Meet our speakers
Women in Publishing Summit Host, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host, Publisher, Champion of Women
Alexa Bigwarfe is an author, speaker, and publisher. Her writing career began as a therapeutic journey after her infant daughter passed away at 2-days old. Her debut book, Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother, launched an unexpected career in publishing and author coaching. Her most recent book, Ditch the Fear and Just Write It! is a guide to help female entrepreneurs who know they want to write a book but need the push to get started. The Women in Publishing Summit is her third online summit for writers, but the first focused solely on women.
Co-Founder and COO, Thinkific
Miranda Lievers is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur devoted to the intersection of small business and technology. As co-founder & COO of Thinkific, she’s helped over 36,000 business owners earn $100 Million+ with online courses over the last year alone while educating millions of students around the globe. Prior to Thinkific, Miranda helped scale a team from 40 to 1600 before jumping ship from corporate life, grew her own side hustle to 7 figures, and earned her MBA just for fun. She’s an active writer, mentor for women in business, and mom.
CEO, Vervanté Publishing
Cindy Tyler is founder and owner of Vervanté, a publishing and distribution company with a 17-year track record. The Vervante team provides services for authors and infopreneurs to create and distribute books and a wide variety of products quickly and easily. Best of all, they do so without hidden fees or any hassle. At the lowest point of the economic downturn in early 2000, Cindy launched Vervante on the hunch and strong belief that on-demand publishing was a trend gathering great speed. The team at Vervante is proud to serve the publishing needs of world-class authors, infopreneurs and corporations who trust Vervante to publish and distribute their books and coaching materials.
Kathy Meis is founder and CEO of Bublish, the world’s first complete publishing solution with built-in marketing, branding and discoverability. With more than 25 years of experience in the media and publishing industries, she has served in a wide variety of editorial and management positions at some of the industry’s leading media companies, including CBS and Forbes, Inc. She is a founding partner of the PubSmart conference as well as a professional writer, editor, and ghostwriter. Kathy speaks and blogs regularly on the subject of book promotion, author branding, book marketing, and discoverability. She has appeared at many conferences, including Book Expo America, Women in Media, GrubSteet, PubSmart, and IndieRecon.
Head of Marketing and Editor of the ProWritingAid Blog
Angela J. Ford
Author and Book Launch Strategist
Angela J. Ford is the author of The Four Worlds Series and a Book Launch Strategist. She’s passionate about helping authors and bloggers do more work they love by helping them with book marketing. You’re most likely to find her with her nose in a book and a cup of coffee in hand.
Storyteller & Live Video Strategist
Roshanda Pratt is a digital media pioneer empowering brands to tell their compelling story. As a storyteller and live video strategist she utilizes her 20 years experience in the television news industry to transform, teach, and train brands to amplify their voice and monetize their story on social media through live video. Recently, she authored an Amazon best seller, CEO of Live Video, a step-by-step guide on how to engage and convert your live audience. Roshanda is considered a vocal champion for entrepreneurs who can no longer remain silent about their brand. She and her husband, Jacobee are creating beautiful stories with 4 children in South Carolina.
Author and Publishing Coach
Anne Rainbow is a successful and highly respected writer, teacher and mentor. Although Anne calls herself the ScrivenerVirgin, she is now recognised as a Scrivener expert. Her blog, ScrivenerVirgin, encourages all writers to use this sophisticated writing tool, which can take an author from blank page to self-published book. Her website is also the door to RedPen through which Anne offers online training for writers in self-editing, marketing and self-publishing. For a few students at a time, this provides access to her RedPen Mentoring scheme, where Anne helps writers to achieve their writing dreams.
Judith Glory Modjoc, ESSEC business school MBA, is a dynamic and passionate entrepreneur who loves to help women in their career and business, be their best version ever. As she regularly says in her workshops and seminars, “Let’s bring out all the glory in you!” In her early years as an entrepreneur, Judith won a prestigious award from the Mandessi Bell Foundation for young entrepreneurs in Cameroon. After her immigration to Canada in 2011, Judith followed an entrepreneurship program with McGill University. Judith Glory is a Leadership Expert, Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, certified by John Maxwell himself.
Author and Writing Teacher
New England native Joan Dempsey, author of the novel THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS, received her MFA degree and teaching certificate in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. She teaches serious creative writers the craft of revision through online courses, free resources, and one-on-one feedback. She is the winner of the 2017 Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. Find her online at http://www.joandempsey.com/
LoudPen is a Lifestyle Entrepreneur with two different businesses, 8515 + ISLP. That said, Penny has many different titles that she uses for each company. As far as ISLP, Pen is a Lifestyle Blogger, Influencer, Writer, Editor, Product Developer, Designer, Producer, and Director. In regards to 8515, Pen is a Publicist, Event Planner, Creative Director, Casting Director, Stylist, and Makeup Artist. Basically, LoudPen has many different pens and loves to ink the page. On a day to day basis, Pen is usually writing content, developing products, producing, directing, creating a marketing or PR campaign, meeting with clients, planning events, posting on social media, etc. Follow Penny’s Ink on Instagram & Twitter: @LoudPen @ISLPDTX @8515Agency @PenniesandPens
Dr. Joy Don Baker and Dr. Terri Goodman
Joy Don Baker, PhD, RN-BC, CNOR, CNE, NEA-BC, FAAN and Terri Goodman, PhD, RN, CNOR as writing partners have co-authored The Wake-Up Call, the first novel in the Nurseketeers Series. Their second book in the series is scheduled for publication in 2019. They are both accomplished authors, speakers at national and international conferences, and leaders in perioperative nursing.
Dr. Baker has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the AORN Journal and on the national AORN Board of Directors as director and vice president. Baker received the Outstanding Achievement in Perioperative Academic Nursing Education award. She is a Clinical Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington where she teaches Evidence-Based Practice in the nursing masters’ program.
Dr. Goodman is the owner and CEO of Terri Goodman & Associates, an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education, and was a recipient of AORN’s Jerry G. Peers Outstanding Service Award.
Amy Simpkins has an engineer’s brain and a poet’s heart. Her life’s work has been centered around the integration of seemingly unrelated things and the subsequent solution of wickedly hard problems. Ms. Simpkins is a speaker, author, and thought leader in innovation. She facilitates massive leaps forward, helping individuals and organizations with big ideas make connections they’ve been missing. She believes that innovation is for everyone and holds the key to both personal fulfillment and lasting global change. She has been helping innovators implement their ideas since 2013 and is the author of Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion. As a young, female executive in the tech world, she puts her theories about disruptive innovation and bringing your whole self to work into practice every single day. She is a messy chef, a world traveler, a taekwondo orange belt, a red tent facilitator, a homeschooling mom of three, and a tough cookie in the Colorado backcountry.
Founder, New Shelves
Amy Collins is the President of New Shelves Books, one of the best-known book sales and marketing agencies in the US. Collins is a trusted expert, speaker, and recommended sales consultant for some of the largest book and library retailers and wholesalers in the publishing industry. She is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and in the last 20 years, Amy and her team have sold over 40 Million books into the bookstore, library, and Chain store market for small and midsized publishers. She is a columnist for and a board member of several publishing organizations and a trusted teacher in the world of independent publishers.
Na'ima B. Robert
Author and Founding Editor of SISTERS
Na’ima B. Robert has been telling stories and helping other women tell theirs for over 15 years. She is the award-winning author of the bestseller, ‘From My Sisters’ Lips’ and founding editor of ‘SISTERS’, the magazine for fabulous Muslim women. Her historical novel, ‘Far from Home’ earned her a Muslim Writers Award and the Children’s Africana Book Award in Washington. Recognised for her contribution to diversity in children’s literature, her acclaimed children’s books include ‘Ramadan Moon’ and ‘Going to Mecca’ and the YA novels, ‘Boy vs Girl’ and ‘She Wore Red Trainers’. Her books have been selected as ‘A’ Level texts and studied at university level. She trains and mentors writers as part of the Muslimah Writers project. www.muslimahwriters.com
Founder, Motina Books
Diane Windsor is the owner of Motina Books, an independent publisher in the Dallas area. She’s always loved books, and spent many late nights in high school scaring herself to death reading Stephen King novels. Diane founded Motina Books to help moms tell their stories, both fiction and non-fiction. There’s a special place in her heart for single moms. Diane lives in Allen, Texas with her husband and two Boxers. When she’s not writing, editing, or formatting, she’s probably baking sourdough bread – her latest addiction!
CEO, Guide My Brand
Kristi Dosh is a publicist who founded Guide My Brand to work with entrepreneurs and nonfiction authors to establish themselves as experts in their niches and become more visible for their expertise through opportunities such as guest blogs, podcast interviews, public speaking engagements, feature articles and media appearances. Kristi is her own best case study, beginning her career as a corporate attorney and used a combination of blogging, social media, public speaking and media appearances to become a nationally-recognized expert on the business of sports. She left the corporate world to work for such outlets as Forbes and ESPN, and today she works with busy entrepreneurs and nonfiction authors who want to become experts themselves and step into the spotlight so they can grow their businesses. You can visit her website at www.guidemybrand.com and join her free, private Facebook group, The Visibility Workshop.
Liliana Lopez is an author, world traveler, food lover and unicorn rider. She has written Am I Pretty? and ¿Soy Bonita? and her new children’s book is coming out next year. She is originally from Mexico but grew up in California. She is fluent in Spanish and English and is currently learning Italian and French. She loves to incorporate Spanish words in her books and believes that all children should learn more than one language. She loves to travel and learn new cultures. She’s also working on more children’s books and playing with her cat Moonie. When she is not creating new stories, you can find her riding unicorns, swimming with dolphins or fishing for stars.
Virtual Tax Advisor
Melissa is a Virtual Tax Advisor for creative business owners. She helps demystify taxes for people who light up over their work and freak out over their numbers. She is a California native, married to her college sweetheart for 10 years and they have 4 awesome kids together. You can find her chugging iced coffee while geeking out over all things tax.
CEO, LitRing and Author
Shelly is the founder and author of Dinner for a Dollar where she explains how she feeds her family a simple, allergy-friendly, whole food diet with loads of fruits and veggies for $1 per person per meal. Shelly is a wife and mother of 4. When her son was diagnosed 10 years ago with several food allergies, she felt completely overwhelmed, believing the myth that she had to spend a fortune on food and all day in the kitchen to feed her family safe, whole foods. She couldn’t find anything on the market that taught her how to eat a simple, allergy-friendly whole food, veggie-forward diet on a tight budget, so she created her own system that ticked all these boxes and turned it into a book to share with the world. She has a passion for helping others slash their whole food budgets and get out of the kitchen and on with their lives.
Shelly wrote the book and launched her company in 4 months – all while going through a complete kitchen remodel and wrangling 4 kids. She can’t wait to share with you about the mindset and work habit that allowed her to pull this off – all while working on a tight budget.
Author and Attorney
Helen Sedwick, author and attorney, has represented small businesses and entrepreneurs for 30 years. Her historical novel Coyote Winds has earned five-star reviews from ForeWord Reviews and is an IndieBRAG Medallion Honoree. Publisher’s Weekly lists her Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook as one of the top resource books for independent authors. Helen’s blog coaches writers on everything from saving on taxes to avoiding scams. For more information about Helen, check out her website at http://helensedwick.com.
Marcelle della Faille
Marcelle della Faille, known as the Attraction Queen, is an author, mentor, trainer and Law of Attraction expert whose first book, “Le secret de la loi d’Attraction” (The Law of Attraction Secret), quickly became a best-seller in 2005. Her other books – the Workbook for Law of Attraction Secret, The Prosperity Odyssey, A Secret Within Their Reach for Children, all offer valuable lessons on the practical application of the universal principles of attraction and alignment in the personal and professional lives of tens of thousands of readers. Her most recent book, Make peace with money – radiate more love and receive more money teaches you how to transmute money into love in order to stop struggling with it. Thanks to this book, abundance and happiness will be the two pillars of your life. Also translator of numerous New Thought books (The Science of Getting Rich, The Science of Well-Being, The Science of Being Great, from Wallace D. Wattles, and ‘The Master Key’ and ‘Cause and Effect’ from Charles F. Haanel, and ‘The Secret of Ages’, from Robert Collier), Marcelle is well-known for her writings and training programs that inspire you to develop your passion into a profitable business. Through her website loveandmoneyalchemy.com, Marcelle helps women entrepreneurs acknowledge the alchemy that exists between love and money in order to transform their limiting beliefs into love so they can become a high-income magnet.
In 2015, Kristi Carlson left her middle-management career to live a more creative, project-based life. Soon after, she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign in order to become the author of Eat Like A Gilmore, a cookbook for fans of Gilmore Girls. Published via Skyhorse Publishing, the book became a #1 bestseller on Amazon. The follow-up book, Eat Like A Gilmore: Daily Cravings was released November, 2018. Kristi lives in Burbank, California with her husband and their two orange cats.
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. She’s an instructor/mentor with The Creative Academy and Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program where she loves helping other writers find their unique story to tell. Eileen lives in Vancouver with two very naughty dogs.
CEO and Founder, Venone Public Relations
Kelly Richardson, is the Founder and CEO of Venone Public Relations, and works with authors to help launch their books by leveraging media. Formerly a CEO in the Beauty Industry, she has over ten years of product launch and start-up experience.
Author and Certified Professional Success Coach
Kate Butler is a #1 Best Selling Author, Certified Professional Success Coach and International Speaker. Kate has been featured on HBO, in the Huffington Post and many other televisions, news, and radio platforms. Kate’s children’s books, More Than Mud and More Than Magic, have received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence®, the Readers Favorite International Book Award® and have also been endorsed by popular children’s brands, Kidorable® and the Garden State Discovery Museum™. Kate received her degree in Mass Communication and Interpersonal Communication Studies from Towson University, MD. After 10 years in the corporate industry, Kate decided it was time to fulfill her true passion. Kate then went onto to study business at Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania and received her certificate in Entrepreneur Acceleration. Kate now follows her soulful mission to guide people to activate their core brilliance so they can impact people’s lives and ignite their own. In pursuit of this mission, Kate has impacted thousands of lives through her books, keynote speeches, live events, and coaching programs in her business as a Certified Professional Success Coach.
Both working for BookBaby and being a self-published author since 2008, Karen has been on both sides of the self-publishing world and how it has evolved. She loves working with her authors, helping them launch their books and achieving their publishing goals.
Belinda Griffin, founder of SmartAuthorsLab.com, helps authors launch bestselling books with impact, so they can make the difference they are here to make. As one of Tim Grahl’s certified Book Launch coaches, Belinda offers expert guidance, as well as practical done-for-you and done-with-you support, to help you plan your first or next launch. Belinda also helps writers to grow and nurture their all-important author platforms, both before and after publication.
SVP, ListenUp IndiePub
Diane promotes the audiobook production and distribution services that ListenUp offers to the indie arena. She enjoys providing information and guidance to indie authors and publishers and implementing strategies that help authors gain more listenership and success with their audiobooks. Diane has had a long career in content creation, marketing and distribution and for the last five years she’s been busy building the platform for ListenUp. Visit the website at www.listenupindie.pub
Author and Coach
Eva Lesko Natiello is the award-winning author of New York Times and USA Today bestseller, THE MEMORY BOX, her debut psychological thriller. Eva draws on her 20+ years of experience in PR, marketing and branding to coach authors on self-publishing and book marketing. She is the creator and facilitator of Self-Publish Like a Pro and Find Your Readers Book Marketing Workshops. You can catch her speaking at writers’ conferences or read her articles on self-publishing and book marketing in the Huffington Post. She is thrilled to empower authors to be successful, dynamic authorpreneurs, while helping them to create greater visibility for their books. Eva is currently working on her next thriller.
Author and Book Coach
Lise Cartwright has no fancy letters after her name. She has no special degrees in writing, nor has she sought any awards. Lise writes because she loves to share her knowledge with the world, inspiring hope and a way forward to doing what you love, one person at a time. Lise resides in beautiful New Zealand with her Australian hubby. She writes nonfiction books about health and wellness, entrepreneurship, and writing while helping authors navigate the business side of running a successful author business.
CEO, BadRedHead Media
Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning, best-selling Broken Places (one of IndieReader’s “Best of 2015” top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco Book Festivals), and the bestselling, multi-award-winning Broken Pieces (as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed). She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, Feminine Collective, Indie Reader Medium, OnMogul, Transformation Is Real, Blue Ink Review, Book Machine, and several other publications.
President, Always With Me Foundation
Diana Collins is of many things! She is a wife, mother to two beautiful girls, ppd survivor, postpartum doula, president of The Always with Me Foundation, and podcast/video producer at Collins Media Production! She’s one busy mama but wouldn’t change a thing! After losing her best friend Sabrina to postpartum depression and hitting rock bottom herself, she went off a journey of extreme healing and finding her purpose in life. She enjoys bringing sisterhood in motherhood and creating real authentic relationships wherever she goes. Diana says that life is too short and we must live the life we deserve! When she’s not busy changing the world, you’ll find her reading a book, crafting, laughing at her own jokes, and texting in GIF!
It was a natural transition for Kate to move into ghostwriting books for Authority Clients. The role she plays in crafting successful, profitable books for her author clients combines her decades of marketing experience, her uncanny ability to listen to others well and her clear, concise language skills. Most authors come to the task of authoring a book with at least some hesitation. They question whether their book can succeed in the overcrowded book marketplace. They wonder if anyone will want to read the book. If it is their first book, they really don’t know where to start at all. The truth is, for many book authors their intense pride at first holding a book with their name as author on the cover – sadly and slowly descends into disappointment when they learn book sales are not as easy as they expected. It’s why hiring Kate as your ghostwriter is different than you will find with another academic-minded, editor-turned-ghostwriter. Marketing savvy begins with a successful book long before the book is published. Author clients are able to tap into Kate’s background in marketing and writing persuasive content to create a book their readers are excited to purchase. With her help, the author is able to create a profitable community to follow their concepts.
Cancer Survivor, Photographer and Writer
Jen Rozenbaum embraces her femininity while allowing women to embrace their own. By daring her clients to shed their clothes, they begin to shed their inhibitions. In the last ten years, Jen has found a burgeoning audience in the intimate photography market and is now sharing her shamelessly feminine movement with women worldwide. She proves that you can own your world if you live fearlessly, think audaciously and act spontaneously. Jen Rozenbaum lives in New York with her husband and two beautiful children. She is a cancer survivor, photographer and writer.
Author and Illustrator
Lindsay Ford is the owner/operator of bread+clutter, a multi-media design and brand company creating books, art and fashion in support of mental health and our inner weirdos. Lindsay has self-published Tommy Tutu, which is part of the Awkward + Awesome children’s book series; a reading revolution changing the way we think of the world and the people in it. When Lindsay is not creating books and managing her own business, she is raising her two-year-old daughter with her partner on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Find out more about what Lindsay is up to on her Instagram feed @breadandclutter.
Coach and Author
In a culture obsessed with food and the “ideal” body image, Jenny offers men and women the chance to experience body love, pleasure with food again, greater self-esteem and total acceptance of self. Her work focuses on healing our often fraught relationship with our bodies and with tuning into intrinsic wisdom to learn how to nourish ourselves naturally and joyfully. Jenny’s own journey of body-blame and food fear led her on a path of healing that inspired her to write her #1 best-selling book and Foreward Review finalist, The Body Image Blueprint. She earned her masters in psychology and education from the university of Pennsylvania and later went on to receive her certificate in Eating Psychology Coaching and Mindful Eating. She resides in Boston with her husband, 3 spirited daughters and 2 kittens.
CEO, The Book Doctor
Erin Casey graduated from Cornell College in 2009 with degrees in English and Secondary Education.
She attended the Denver Publishing Institute in 2009 and has been a recruiter ever since. She is the Communications and Student Relationships Manager at The Iowa Writers’ House and one of two Directors of The Writers’ Rooms, a non-profit corporation that focuses on creating a free, safe environment for writers no matter their experience, gender, background, and income. Just like in her book, community is very important to her. An advocate for mental health, Erin’s written and published several articles on the Mighty, specifically about anxiety and depression. She’s also a devoted bird mom. When not volunteering and working, she’s writing LGBT/urban/medieval YA fantasy and sharing her literary journey on Instagram and Twitter. One of these days, she might actually get some sleep.
Author and CEO, LibraryBub
Alinka Rutkowska is a USA Today best-selling author, a Wall Street Journal best-selling author and a top 100 Amazon best-selling author in business and money. She’s sold more than 100,000 copies of her books and her book creation process has been showcased in Entrepreneur magazine. She’s the CEO of Leaders Press, and has launched all its titles to best-seller status. She’s the founder of LibraryBub, which connects independent authors with 10,000+ librarians. She’s a sought after lecturer and has been voted top 5 speaker and named most creative book marketer at the Bestseller Summit Online. She’s been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Business, Writer’s Digest, Alliance of Independence Authors, International Book Publishers’ Association and many more. To emulate Alinka’s success, sign up for her free book marketing class at www.authorremake.com and discover the #1 mistake you might be making that’s jeopardizing your author career.
Women's Rights Advocate and Author
Chandra’s a Women’s Rights Advocate and former Commissioner of The Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and Board member for Women’s March Bay Area. In 2017 Chandra launched The Socialpreneur, a purpose driven business that prepares potential political candidates to get ready to run for political office and coaches women on a Mission to Change the World by building leadership within their company, business, and/or community. Paired with a book titled, Black, Brown & Political: Get Informed, Get Empowered, and Change the Game. In 2018 Chandra founded the Powerhouse Academy ™. A program that turns leaders with a message into Influential Women in their industry, elevating their message in media and on major stages.
Meet Our Panelists
E. Claudette Freeman
Author and Publisher, Pecan Tree Publishing
Lyn Fairchild Hawks
Author and Artist
Mentor and Speaker
Author And Speaker
Kristyn M. Levis
Lyn Fairchild Hawks
Dr. Jennifer Jones
Writer and Coach
Writer and Entrepreneur
Author and Coach
Founder, TLC Book Design
Inner Wilderness Guide
Founder & CEO of LaunchCrate Publishing
Dr. Lori Baudino
Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Author
Author and Coach
E. Claudette Freeman
Author and Publisher, Pecan Tree Publishing
Laura Lyles Reagan
Author and Sociologist
Author and Christian Ministry Leader
Kimberly Ann Klasnic
Speaker, Author and Entertainer
Founder, Grace and Hope Consulting
Michelle Y. Talbert
Founder, Her Power Moves
Publisher, Top Reads
Owner, Date With a Muse
Senior Editor, Light Messages Publishing
Founder, Old Mate Media
Sarah St. John
Founder, Unleash Your BOLD