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IBPA Publishing University 2019 Call for Speakers

IBPA Publishing University 2019 is scheduled for April 5-6, 2019 (with preconference sessions on April 4th) in Chicago, Illinois. The deadline to submit an IBPA Publishing University 2019 speaker proposal is October 1, 2018. To be fair to all, this deadline will not be extended.

IBPA Publishing University 2018 Speaker Bios

IBPA is thrilled to announce the keynote speaker for Publishing University 2018! Join us for a fun and inspiring discussion about making the most of ambition and happiness with Daniel Lerner, Psychology Professor, New York University and Author, U Thrive.

Cutting edge science now shows that when we pursue our passions in the correct way, we can realize the highest levels of personal and professional success.


In his Publishing University keynote address, Daniel Lerner defines two types of passion: harmonious and obsessive. When you’re harmoniously passionate, you not only love what you do, but you are more focused, energetic, and productive, and live a far more fulfilling life. Conversely, obsessive passions are marked by a compulsive, dogged pursuit of achievement, leading to guilt, shame, pessimism, unhappiness, and, far too often, early burnout. 


Drawing on a diverse cast of iconic cultural figures—from Richard Branson to Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson Mandela to Kanye West—Daniel illuminates the difference between healthy and dangerous passions, how and why to ignite, explore, and stoke your healthy ones, and even how to find passion in work that you may have given up as passionless long ago. And if you’ve fallen into patterns of blind obsession, Daniel helps you transition out. Ultimately, this keynote is a fiery, fun, and practical primer on how to live a successfully passionate (and passionately successful!) life.

As instructor of the ever-popular NYU course, “The Science of Happiness,” and as author of U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life), DANIEL LERNER is using positive psychology to help people lead happy lives. Using cutting-edge research into how executives, artists, and athletes overcome anxiety, Daniel is teaching us to achieve well-being, rediscover our core strengths, and define success—on our own terms.

Preorder a copy of Daniel's book U Thrive for him to sign onsite. Order via the link below, then pick up your book onsite. We're not able to ship books to you directly.

Additional Speakers and "Ask the Experts" Participants:

Sam Alexander

Brand Strategist, Greenleaf Book Group

Sam Alexander is a brand and marketing expert with over a decade of advertising, branding, and sponsorship marketing experience across a range of industries from telecommunications to entertainment and publishing. As Brand Strategist at Greenleaf Book Group, Sam guides authors and thought leaders on sharing their messages with the world through optimal brand positioning and winning content strategies. Sam has worked on the brand campaigns for Steve Harvey and Justin Timberlake and he actually enjoys assembling IKEA furniture. 

Jim Azevedo

Marketing Director, Smashwords

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks, serving over 125,000 independent authors, publishers, and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped authors around the world release more than 460,000 titles and distribute their work globally to top ebook retailers, subscription services and public libraries. Follow Smashwords on Twitter @Smashwords or Jim @jazzervedo.  For ebook publishing best practices, subscribe to Smashwords' free Smart Author podcast via Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast platform.

Chelsea Bennett

Public Relations & Events Coordinator, Lulu.com

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Chelsea Bennett is the Public Relations and Events Coordinator for Lulu.com and is constantly researching and developing new resources for self-published authors. Her areas of expertise include self-publishing, Print-on-Demand technology, building an author brand and marketing for self-published authors. Stop by and say hello!

Larry Bennett

Executive Director/North America, Nord Compo

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Larry Bennett, Executive Director, North America, manages North America for French technology company Nord Compo, the leading supplier of composition and digital services to French language publishers.  Prior to Nord Compo, he was President of Distribution at Bookmasters, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the global distribution business, including print and eBooks.  Before Bookmasters, he served as Vice President of Digital Print Media at Baker & Taylor, where he was responsible for developing and managing the company's Digital Print Media (print on demand) business worldwide.  Additionally, he has been the CEO of several small publishing and distribution start-ups.

He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Placing a high value on languages, he is a fluent Spanish speaker, and he speaks business-level French and conversational Italian.

Alexa Bigwarfe

Founder and Publisher, Kat Biggie Press

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Alexa Bigwarfe is a mother to 3 wildlings, author, publisher, writer-entrepreneur, and podcaster. Her writing career began after her infant daughter passed away at 2 days old. She has written and/or edited and self-published numerous books of her own and for other authors through her hybrid publishing company, Kat Biggie Press. She uses that hard-earned publishing knowledge to support other writers and small businesses in completing, publishing, and marketing their books through her author support company Write.Publish.Sell. Visit http://writepublishsell.co.

Shannon Bodie

Partner & Art Director, BookWise Design

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Shannon Bodie has worked in the publishing industry for over 20 years. She has enjoyed sharing her knowledge of the industry as a speaker, consultant, and design judge for over 15 years. Shannon has a reputation for outstanding service and award-winning design.  She specializes in full-service design for publishers and authors of all sizes: from book covers and interior layout, to ebooks, websites, print and online marketing, social media, and branding. She has focus in utilizing multi-media and digital methods for greener publishing. Learn more at BookWiseDesign.com.

Angela Bole

CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association

Angela Bole is chief executive officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving independent publishers and self-published authors. IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.

Prior to joining IBPA, Angela served two years as deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), an organization that fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, she served two years as BISG’s associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager.


Angela holds a Masters of Science in Book Publishing from New York University and currently serves on the board of directors for the Book Industry Study Group. She lives in Redondo Beach, California where she rides her bike to work as often as possible.

L.M. Browning

Founder, Homebound Publications

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


L.M. Browning is an award-winning author of twelve books. In 2010, she debuted with a three-title contemplative poetry series. These three books went on to garner several accolades including a total of 3 pushcart-prize nominations, the Nautilus Gold Medal for Poetry, and Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award. She has freelanced for several publications and has a biannual interview column in The Wayfarer magazine in which she has interviewed dozens of notable creative figures such as Academy Award-Nominated filmmaker Tomm Moore, Peabody-winning host of On Being Krista Tippett and celebrated poet David Whyte. Balancing her passion for writing with her love of learning, Browning is a graduate of the University of London, a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers, and sits on the Board of the Independent Book Publishers Association. In 2011, she founded Homebound Publications and its five divisions. She is currently working to complete a B.A. in Creative Writing and Journalism at Harvard University.

Jonnie Bryant

Executive Director, Sales & Marketing, McNaughton & Gunn, Inc. (M&G)

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Jonnie Bryant serves on the M&G Leadership Team, providing direction and support at the woman owned book manufacturer’s headquarters and production facility in Saline, MI.  In 2015, M&G proudly celebrated 40 years of creating books and making history for its customers.

Jonnie says, "Many of our original customers print with M&G to this day because we have stayed true to our core value of delivering quality books that meet their individual needs. We specialize in serving large publishing companies, indie publishers, and self-publishers.  With an average tenure of twenty years in our company, our team members possess the deep experience to provide the superior products and service that our customers expect. M&G team members produce more than 6,000 book titles annually—each one receiving our undivided effort—because we know that the books we create today will make history tomorrow."


Learn more at McNaughton & Gunn.

Sean Buvala

Author, Speaker, Trainer, and Performance Artist (Publisher, The Small Tooth Dog Publishing Group LLC)

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Sean Buvala has been engaged with storytelling and communication since 1986. He started his work by accidentally using active storytelling to convert a classroom of slightly (but comically) homicidal 8th-grade teenagers from angry kids to storytelling practitioners themselves. From then on, both the kids and Sean were sold on the influence of a great story. An author, speaker, trainer and performance artist, Sean describes the collection of stories in his head as "life and legend" representing the mix of stories from his experiences, myth and legend from many cultures, sacred stories and observations of shared life events. He lives in the desert southwest in the Phoenix, Arizona area. Learn more at seantells.com.

Sharon Castlen

Founder, Integrated Book Marketing

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Sharon Castlen, founder of Integrated Book Marketing works with small presses and independent publishers across the country in three areas: pre-press coaching; distribution; full marketing strategy & implementation. Since 1984, she has also shared her expertise and mentored clients, authors, and publishers through workshops, keynote addresses, webinars, and ‘ask-the-expert’ sessions during national and regional publisher and author gatherings. She speaks each year at the IBPA Publishing University in addition to regional author/speaker groups in the northeast and northwest. She focuses on both non-fiction & fiction titles for adults and children. She works in both the secular and Christian communities in all aspects of her book marketing and publishing services. She is a member of IBPA, PNBA and on the board of directors of APSS.  Visit www.IntegratedBookMarketing.com.

Stephanie Chandler

Founder and CEO, Nonfiction Authors Association

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Stephanie Chandler is the author of several books including The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan: Online and Offline Promotion Strategies to Build Your Audience and Sell More Books. Stephanie is also founder and CEO of the Nonfiction Authors Association, a vibrant educational community for experienced and aspiring writers, and the Nonfiction Writers Conference, an annual event conducted entirely online. A frequent speaker at business events and on the radio, she has been featured in Entrepreneur, BusinessWeek, and Wired magazine.

Michele Cobb

Partner, Forte Business Consulting & Audio Publishing Director, L.A. Theatre Works

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Michele Cobb has served on the Audio Publishers Association (APA) board since 2001, as a director and officer, and is currently Executive Director. She is a partner at Forte Business Consulting, which provides PR, Sales, Marketing and Business Development services for the publishing industry, and she is Publisher of both AudioFile Magazine and MMB Media, as well as Audio Publishing Director for L.A. Theatre Works. 

Mary Jo ("MJ") Courchesne

Owner & President, Gryphon Publishing Consulting

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Mary Jo (“MJ”) Courchesne is the owner and president of Gryphon Publishing Consulting, LLC (www.gryphonpublishingconsulting.net). A publishing veteran with 21 years of experience in trade, academic and direct-response publishing, she has spent the last 16 years specializing in licensing, subsidiary rights, and permissions. For the last 11 years she has also served as Adjunct Professor in The George Washington University's Masters in Publishing program where she instructs a course entitled Editorial Content, Rights and Permissions. She is an active member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the American Society of Picture Professionals, the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and Washington Publishers.

Robin Cutler

Director, IngramSpark

Robin is committed to helping independent publishers easily get their content into the hands of readers around the globe. To help make this happen, Robin Cutler leads the development of IngramSpark and continues to support and refine the platform to better serve independent publishers around the world. Robin has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation and distribution, on-demand models, marketing and author strategies. Robin is a leader in the independent publishing space, and when not developing new programs and services for IngramSpark, she can often be found sharing her expertise at industry events around the world.

Bailey Davis

Publisher Engagement Specialist, Ingram Content Group

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Bailey Davis helps lead the newly formed Publisher Engagement team at Ingram Content Group. While Bailey started her career at Ingram in the Customer Service department, she quickly moved into a sales position, working with Independent Publishers.  In this role, she educated and assisted mid-sized publishers in how best to utilize Ingram’s POD, digital and global distribution services to maximize their revenue.  She also led efforts to build programs and services specifically designed for our Independent publishers. Now, as Ingram’s Publisher Engagement Specialist, Bailey continues to find new and better ways to communicate and interact with all publishers.  Focusing on the customer experience, she designs publisher facing training, education and events and works with internal product teams to build products and services that our publishers need and want.

Bailey received her B.A. degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University and is now enrolled in the MBA program there.

Seth Dellon

Director of Strategic Development, Publishers Weekly

Seth Dellon is a 10+ year vet of the publishing industry, with experience in digital strategy, foreign rights, and marketing. He's the former associate publisher of Foreword Reviews, a co-founder of the online rights network PubMatch, and is currently director of strategic development at Publishers Weekly where he oversees digital operations as well as program and audience development.

Carol Desmond

Gonzalez & Oberlander LLP

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Carol Desmond began her career in branding immersing in almost every aspect of the business from naming to design, to expansion, to assuring multi-levels of intellectual property revenue.  Carol worked with General Counsel at the Hearst Corporation protecting more than 30,000 trademarks worldwide for many years.  At Gonzalez & Oberlander LLP, Carol applies years of experience and expertise in brand recognition and intellectual property protection, including trademarks, copyrights, domain names, Internet matters, infringement issues, publishing and licensing contracts and permissions. The firm specializes in assisting small to medium sized businesses who need personalized support in monetizing intellectual property protection.

Tamara Dever

Owner and Creative Director, TLC Graphics

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


The founder of Austin, TX-based TLC Graphics, Tamara Dever is dedicated to creating quality books for authors worldwide. TLC Graphics has garnered nearly 200 awards and is committed to offering their best to every client. After 20+ years of bringing others’ books to fruition, they recently published an acclaimed publishing guide and journal, My Publishing Journey. You’ll find the book and other publishing resources at www.tlcgraphics.com.

George Dick

Owner & CEO, Four Colour Imports, Ltd

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


George Dick has served as owner and CEO of Four Colour Imports, Ltd since 1985. His company prints and publishes illustrated books in China. A subsidiary in Ohio performs high digital scanning, web design, and prepress services as part of the color book manufacturing process. He received a BA from the University of Virginia in 1973, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1979. In 1980, he began his business career with a silicon valley start-up, Triad Enterprises. Since then, he has participated in the launch of several high tech enterprises, including BBR Wireless, Print2Web, Interstate4U.com.

Marika Flatt

Founder, PR by the Book

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Marika Flatt launched PR by the Book over 15 years ago, combining her love of the media, public relations and books. Leading up to that, after garnering experience as the host of two cable television shows, reporting for her college newspaper, producing for her college TV station, and working with NBC-TV in Dallas, Marika spent seven years leading the publicity team of an Austin-based book publicity firm.


Marika received a Gold Bulldog Award for a publicity campaign that resulted in exposure in over 700 media outlets. Marika is also the recipient of an Austin Public Relations Society of America Outstanding Mentor Award, the Anne D. Robinson Creative Initiative Award, and a nominee for “Profiles in Power.”


Marika is a past-president of Women Communicators of Austin, serves as an Expert for IBPA, is listed on Twitter’s Women in Publishing (#womeninpublishing) and served on the selection committee for the Texas Book Festival.


Keeping her in touch with her journalism side, Marika has been a travel writer for over 15 years and serves as the Travel Editor for Texas Lifestyle Magazine. Also, Marika can be heard on the statewide NPR show “Texas Standard,” giving her Weekend Trip Tips. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, Marika is the proud parent of three kids (with husband, Doug, who is the co-owner of PR by the Book).

Corrin Foster

Director of Marketing and Branding, Greenleaf Book Group

With over fifteen years of experience in branding and digital marketing, Corrin Foster has extensive knowledge of content strategy, product marketing, and online advertising. At Greenleaf, she develops and executes strategic marketing programs; oversees social media; and consults with authors on building their brand, establishing online presence, and growing reader communities. Corrin holds an MBA in marketing from Indiana University, completed the Yale Publishing Course, and was a 2015 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Corrin is also a popular lifestyle blogger and social media influencer, having worked with brands such as Target, Chevrolet, Method, and others. She speaks regularly on the topics of social media and influencer marketing and has spoken at IBPA Publishing University, WordPress WordCamp, and South by Southwest.

Cynthia Frank

President, QED Press / Cypress House / Lost Coast Press

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Cynthia Frank, president of QED Press, Cypress House, and Lost Coast Press, has more than thirty years’ experience in writing, publishing, editing, and teaching. Cynthia served for many years on the education committee for PNBA (Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association), and has presented workshops for IBPA (the Independent Book Publishers Association), Publishing University, the University of Denver Publishing Institute, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the National Association of Science Writers, California Poets in the Schools, the California Writers Club, and BAIPA (the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association). She received an “IPPY Award” as one of Ten Outstanding Women of Independent Publishing. Her company, Cypress House, is a full-service book-production and promotion provider as well as a royalty house, and has won national and international awards and grants.

Jerry Friends

Publisher and Distributor, Thomson-Shore, Inc.

Participating in "Ask the Experts."

As the head of Thomson-Shore's independent publisher services, Jerry provides consultation, art direction, and marketing support to independent authors and small publishers. From editing and design, to printing and distribution, Jerry and his team offer everything authors and small publishers need to create professional quality books and make them available to the book trade.

Tavia Gilbert

Producer and Performer; Publisher, Animal Mineral Press

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Tavia Gilbert, winner of the 2017 Best Female Narrator Audie Award, is a producer and a prolific performer (nearly 500 solo and full-cast audiobook narrations to date), as well as a writer and the co-founder and publisher of Animal Mineral Press. She holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a popular college guest lecturer on writing and performance.

Sandy Gould

Direct Sales Manager, Color House Graphics

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Sandy Gould has a passion for helping indie book publishers and authors see their creative vision become reality in the most straightforward and cost-effective way. Having spent most of her over twenty-year career in the printing and book manufacturing industry, she can apply a combination of her technical skills and book publishing expertise to deliver effective results.

(Sandy@colorhousegraphics.com or Phone: 800-454-1916)

Deltina Hay

CTO and Director of Elearning Development, Elearning Delta

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Deltina Hay is the CTO and Director of Elearning Development at Elearning Delta. For nearly 30 years, Deltina has helped businesses of all sizes with their custom programming, web development, search optimization, and social media marketing. Deltina is the author of three books and over 20 courses. Deltina's books and online video courses have helped over 60,000 people find success online.


Elearning Delta is a full-service elearning solutions company, specializing in innovative course development and custom learning management systems. The Elearning Delta team can produce your elearning project from the ground up, providing full production services all the way through your ecommerce solution.

Hobie Hobart

Dunn+Associates Strategic Design and Branding

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Are you on the right track with your book? Are your title and subtitle powerful enough to reach your target market and get the results you want? In 15 minutes, Hobie Hobart of Dunn+Associates Design can give you an idea of where you stand and provide some input on what you can do to know that your book will be successful.

Deborah L. Jacobs

Publisher, DJWorking Unlimited Inc.

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Deborah L. Jacobs (moderator and IBPA member) is a lawyer, award-winning journalist and indie publisher. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, Estate Planning Smarts: A Practical, User-Friendly, Action-Oriented Guide, and a dynamic speaker about personal finance. Her latest book, Four Seasons in a Day: Travel, Transitions and Letting Go of the Place We Call Home, performed by Tavia Gilbert, won first place in the travel category of the 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards.

Mike Junior

VP, Business Development, PageMajik

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Mike Junior is VP, Business Development, and responsible for market development in North America. PageMajik is an intelligent production workflow system designed to deliver productivity gains of up to 40% while limiting change management resistance and accelerating the benefits.

Mike has over three decades of experience in publishing and content development. Prior to joining PageMajik, in his roles at McGraw-Hill, including as Editor-in Chief, he worked with world renowned authors, published many best-sellers and grew his unit to $200 million. “Over the years, I’ve been lucky to have many interesting roles but none more rewarding and challenging than the co-creation of a work where I interacted with the finest production, design, editorial and author professionals to publish best-selling content.”


As VP, Strategy and Business Development, Mike also led an innovative unit that achieved new revenues of over $100 million by introducing new platforms and products to develop and deliver digital content.

Gail M. Kearns

President, To Press and Beyond

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Gail M. Kearns began her career in publishing in 1995 after working over 20 years in the motion picture industry as a production coordinator and development executive. For the next years Gail helped dozens of authors shape their books for publication.


Currently, she is president of To Press and Beyond, a full-service book shepherding agency that guides projects from inception to completion, providing a wide range of services including ghostwriting, copywriting, writing for the web, and implementing innovative plans for marketing and PR.


Gail calls herself a Book Sherpa to underscore the fact that with all the complexities involved in the trek to producing a successful book, every author needs help climbing the publishing mountain. Most recently, she co-authored a gourmet cookbook titled The Gourmet Girls Go Camping Cookbook published by Mise en Press.


Books of all genres shepherded by To Press & Beyond have garnered such awards as the prestigious IPPY, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Foreword’s BOTYA, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards, Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, and Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.


Gail is a longtime member of IBPA and APSS. Her publishing consulting has taken her throughout the U.S. and abroad. She and her team have over 30 years of combined experience in the book trade and a skilled understanding of the indie publishing landscape

Jonathan Kirsch

Attorney, Law Office of Jonathan Kirsch, APC

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Jonathan Kirsch is a publishing and intellectual property attorney based in Los Angeles, an expert witness in publishing industry disputes, an Adjunct Professor on the Faculty of New York University’s Professional Publishing Institute, and a lecturer and consultant on publishing matters. He has long served as general counsel to IBPA, which presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award for special achievement in publishing. He is the author of 13 books, including Kirsch’s Handbook of Publishing Law and Kirsch’s Guide to the Book Contract, which are now in revision for a new and updated single-volume edition. (Photo credit: Alfred Benjamin)

Ian Lamont

Founder, i30 Media Corp.

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Ian Lamont is the founder of i30 Media Corporation. His media career has spanned more than 20 years across three continents, including a stint in the British music industry and a six-year residence in Taipei, where he learned Mandarin and worked for a local TV network and newspaper. Returning to the Boston area, he shifted into digital media, building websites for Harvard University, developing online services for technology publisher IDG, and serving as managing editor of The Industry Standard blog platform and prediction market. Later, Ian founded two ventures, including a mobile software company and i30 Media, which publishes In 30 Minutes guides (in30minutes.com). The guides help people understand mildly complex subjects, including business, software, and medicine.

Maggie Langrick

CEO and Publisher, LifeTree Media Ltd.

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Maggie Langrick is CEO and Publisher at LifeTree Media Ltd., a hybrid publishing company specializing in nonfiction books and ebooks that help, heal and inspire. LifeTree's books have been translated and sold into five foreign language markets, placed on mainstream media bestseller lists, and won several national and international awards.


Before founding LifeTree in 2013, Maggie was Arts and Life editor for the Vancouver Sun newspaper. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence, Canada's only national peer-reviewed editing prize, for her work on Shell, by Michelle Stewart. She is the author of the forthcoming book How to Write a Real Book: A Guide to Crafting Great Nonfiction for Authors Who Aren't Writers. Maggie calls herself "an optimistic cheerleader for the human race", and thrives on a balanced diet of yoga and ribald humor.

Jackie Lapin

Founder, SpeakerTunity™

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Jackie Lapin is a leader in helping transformational leaders, authors, practitioners, speakers and messengers connect with their next followers around the globe. For the past 10 years, her internationally acclaimed Conscious Companies have been providing PR campaigns, radio media tours and speaking engagements to support the growth and revenue of change-makers. Her clients have included Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Joe Vitale, James Twyman, Denise Linn, Arielle Ford, Hay House and more.

The success of her companies has been built on her detail-oriented, comprehensive proprietary one-of-a-kind data-driven lists—the information from which she is now sharing with the world! Her most recent offering is SpeakerTunity™, the twice monthly transformational speaker leads tip sheet, providing speakers with the direct contacts to book themselves on stages across North America. (www.Speakertunity.com)  The newest additions to the SpeakerTunity™ family are SpeakerTunity Radio Insider™, with leads to book transformational radio shows and podcasts; and SpeakerTunity Summits™, where you can submit yourself to Virtual Summit hosts. 

Richard Lena

Founder, Brattle Publishing Group

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Richard Lena is the founder of the Brattle Publishing Group, a content and product developer, and an instructional designer specializing in print and digital learning experiences for diverse audiences. For over 24 years, Richard has worked in the publishing industry—conceptualizing, designing, and managing the development of entertainment and educational products in various formats including print, digital, video, and audio products. Prior to his work at the Brattle Publishing Group, Richard was the Vice President of Instructional Solutions for InContext Publishing Partners, where he worked closely with publishers to conceptualize innovative instructional and entertainment products.

Prior to his work at InContext, Richard was the Director of Instructional Technology at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s School Division and the Senior Director of Curriculum Development at the Classwell Learning Group, a Division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Richard holds a BA from Boston’s Suffolk University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Zack Lieberman

Founder, EXIT STRATEGY new media

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Zack Lieberman’s professional background is in design, film, web, and interactive product development: he came up launching high-profile projects as a Senior Producer at MTV, and more recently led digital media production for an acclaimed Sony Pictures Television show, where he won an Emmy Award as part of a great team.


Zack has since founded my own production company EXIT STRATEGY new media, where he leads the product design and development for its consulting unit, which has garnered clients a combined XX+ million pageviews per month from 70+ countries. He’s executive produced and led development on dozens of projects: from developing multi-platform video advertising systems with XX+ million monthly impressions to managing complex technical advertising integrations for Fortune 500 clients; Zack has overseen the design, development, and launch of rich ecommerce applications and dynamic interactive experiences for some of the largest media, wellness, biochem, gardening, and hydroponics companies in the world.


Zack also co-created the award-winning series The West Side (http://thewestside.tv) and was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film; the magazine heralded The West Side as “ingenious low-budget independent filmmaking that just happens to be viewable only on the Web.” The series captured worldwide acclaim and won the 2008 Webby Award for Best Drama Series.


In his “free” time, Zack also leads technical development for a new bleeding-edge interactive publishing platform (for iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, VR/Oculus) as part of an ongoing personal project: a young boy’s Alice in Wonderland set in New York City called MAX & CHARLIE. The project is being made into a feature film, video game, and graphic novel -- the graphic novel was recently published and was heralded as “one of the best indie graphic novels of Fall.” Learn more at maxandcharlie.com.

Lisa London

CPA; President, Deep River Press, Inc.

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Lisa London, CPA, had three decades of experience as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche, a Fortune 500 level Director of Finance, a CFO for a venture capital firm, and as a small business consultant. She is known world-wide for her ability to explain complex accounting requirements to small business owners and nonprofits in a relatable manner. Her The Accountant Beside You series was developed after helping her church convert their accounting system. Lisa’s first book, QuickBooks for Churches & Other Religious Organizations, is in use by over 10,000 groups across the globe.


She is also the president of Deep River Press, Inc., a small publishing house dedicated to useful resources and fascinating fiction. Her website, AccountantBesideYou.com, is a wealth of information for small businesses, NPOs, and religious organizations. Additionally, she has an online school, speaks to conferences and corporate groups, and is a frequent guest on radio stations around the nation. Her latest book, Banish Your Bookkeeping Nightmares-The Go-To Guide for the Self Employed to Save Money, Reduce Frustration, & Satisfy the IRS  was an Amazon Bestseller and was quoted in US News & World Report.  When Lisa wants to get away from the financial world, she enjoys writing historical fiction and visiting the gorgeous North Carolina beaches.

Shahid Mahmud

Founder, Arc Manor Publishers

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Shahid Mahmud established Arc Manor Publishers in 2006, subsequently creating the Phoenix Pick imprint to publish science fiction and fantasy books. The company now publishes some of the most iconic names in the genre as well as two magazines; Galaxy’s Edge (SF/fantasy) and Heart’s Kiss (romance). Before 2006 Shahid was an evil money manager but kept his evilness well hidden. So much so, that the acting mayor of San Diego declared November 7th, 2005 to be “Shahid Mahmud” day for services rendered to the City.

Arc Manor offers its award-winning (including IBPA’s own Benjamin Franklin Award) design and typesetting services to authors and other small publishers.

Tim Malott

Business Development Manager, HF Group / Book Partners

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Tim Malott is the Business Development Manager for HF Group / Book Partners. He's been in printing his entire career. 


Tim has been on both sides of the desk – not only in sales, but also as a customer where he served as the Production Manager at the University of Notre Dame. This gives him a unique perspective of what is needed to complete any type of production project.


HF Group / Book Partners has been serving publishers of all types – small, independent, medium, and large for over 85 years. They are also the binder for the Library of Congress. HF Group Book Partners print soft and hard cover books, in color and black and white in short run quantities and are proud sponsors of the IBPA. Let Tim help you bring your book dream into a reality.

Josef Marc

Chief Executive Officer, Publica

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Josef Marc is CEO of Publica, blockchain for publishing. Founded in late 2017, this is Publica’s first appearance at IBPA. A self-described blockchain fan and digital media nerd, Josef started in books and publishing in the early 1980’s in the odd jobs nobody else wanted to do. He has contributed to #1 bestsellers, obscure gems, and successfully self-published his own work. Before Publica, he led teams building systems he designed for CBS Olympics, Sony, Verizon, DirecTV, Library Of Congress. Returning to his first love, books, he’s here to explain author-centric business models based on the blockchain revolution.

Jim Milliot

Editorial Director, Publishers Weekly

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Jim is editorial director of Publishers Weekly and VP of PWxyz, the company that acquired PW from Reed in 2010. Jim has been with PW for 20 years, starting as the business and news editor, topics he still covers. Prior to joining PW, Jim was executive editor at Simba Information, a publisher of newsletters and market studies on various media segments, trade and educational book publishing. Simba’s flagship publications were BP Report and Educational Marketer, for which Jim served as editor from 1983 to 1993. A graduate of Fordham University, Jim is a regular contributor to industry publications, including Bowker’s Book Consumer Annual Review, and is frequently quoted in the general media on publishing issues.

Karla Olson

Patagonia Books

Participating in "Ask the Experts."


Karla Olson is the Director of Patagonia Books, which publishes books as a mission outreach within the sports clothing company, Patagonia, Inc. She is also the president of Publishers and Writers of San Diego and Publishers and Writers of Orange County, and founder of Read Local, a marketing coalition for authors. She has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years and is the owner of BookStudio, a publishing consultancy. Before BookStudio, she was the Creative Director of Tehabi Books, the owner of Via Press, and the editorial director of the Michael Friedman Publishing Group, a book packaging company in New York City.

Kelly Peterson

Director of Client Services, INscribe Digital (a division of Independent Publishers Group)

Participating in "Ask the Experts."

Kelly Peterson, the Director of Client Services at INscribe Digital (a division of Independent Publishers Group), brings 20+ years of marketing and merchandising experience to her current role.  She helps major trade publishers, university press, independent publishers, authors and agents maximize their eBook sales and marketing efforts at the major retailers. Prior to INscribe, Kelly worked at Borders Group Inc. for 14 years, initially with Waldenbooks and later running the eBook program.

Nick Ranciglio

Sales Manager, Jaffe Book Solutions