Different Routes to Publishing with Publishers
Description: Summit host Alexa Bigwarfe facilitates a conversation with four publishers on the different routes one can take to publishing.
Format: Panel Discussion
Level: This presentation is for intermediate level authors.
Publisher, Top Reads
Teri Rider began her career in traditional publishing, immersing herself in almost every aspect of the business from marketing to illustration, design and production. After over 3 decades in the field, hybrid publishing is her specialty and through her company, Top Reads Publishing, Teri publishes under her imprint or guides authors to become author-publishers to the highest standards.Top Reads Publishing was the recipient of the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a Publisher. She currently serves on the IBPA Advocacy Committee. Many titles in the Top Reads catalog have become award winners supporting Top Reads’ motto of “Dedication to Excellence.” Top Reads publishes a collection of Historical and Modern Fiction, Body/Mind/Spirit, Healing and Creative Arts non-fiction, and will launch a new imprint, Nocturne Press for children’s picture books in 2019.
Senior Editor, Light Messages Publishing
Elizabeth Turnbull was born and raised in Haiti where she grew up surrounded by the people and landscapes of her latest book, Say to These Mountains. After graduating from Quisqueya Christian School, in Port-au-Prince, Elizabeth went on to study Spanish and Journalism at Wake Forest University and received her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. Today, she is the Senior Editor for Light Messages Publishing where she is immensely grateful to immerse herself in new stories every day. Elizabeth is also the author of two children’s books: Janjak and Freda Go to the Iron Market and Bonnwit Kabrit. Elizabeth lives on a budding farm in Hillsborough, NC, with her husband Roberto and a handful of critters.
Founder, Old Mate Media
Kate Stead is an indie author and publisher. She founded Old Mate Media, a boutique publishing company, in Sydney Australia, with her husband, award-winning author and editor Chris Stead. Focusing on creating beautiful and professional children’s and non-fiction books, she guides authors through the confusing landscape of the self-publishing industry. Kate’s career spans many industries, including molecular biology, events planning, corporate marketing and project management. She brings this diverse experience to publishing and is passionate about helping indie authors first set and then achieve their publishing goals.
Owner, Date with a Muse
Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscientific principles, she applies these same principles to her work with writers to create confidence, writing flow, and success. Her book, Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise your Novel without an Outline helps non-outlining fiction writers to work through the writing and revision process with ease. It has been lauded by multiple New York Times bestselling author John David Mann as “brimming over with invaluable practical writerly wisdom…her love of life—pours out of every paragraph. Read her book. It will infuse joy into your days and make you a better writer.” Annalisa writes for many local, national, and international publications, has written and produced sketches for a Telly-Award winning television show. She has been featured on Huffington Post Live for her fiction writing, CBS, Associated Press and Korean Broadcast Systems, as well as many internationals podcasts, radio programs, writing conferences and workshops. She is a graduate professor of English at Norwich University, a two-time teacher of the year nominee for her use of neuroscientific principles, and a recipient of the French congressional Medal of Honor as a member of a five-week peace-promoting speaking tour of France, in French. A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College’s English Department & Creative Writing program, Parent studied writing under Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini. She likes to joke that she’s been writing stories since she could hold a crayon. Her first poem was published when she was 9 years old, and she was selected to read it aloud at a ceremony in the state house of her home state of New Hampshire. Suffice it to say that from a young age, writing had her hooked. She believes in taking the writing craft seriously without taking herself too seriously, and attempts to heed the wisdom of the ancient Roman poet Horace: “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment.
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