Founder and Chief Visionary Officer
As an international speaker, publisher, award-winning and best-selling author, known as The Book Shepherd, Judith Briles knows the publishing industry. She’s the author of 31 books—18 published with New York, the rest with her own imprint; has sold foreign rights to 16 countries; sold in excess of 1,000,000 in combined sales; is co-founder of Mile High Press; has created and chaired several publishing conferences; created the book shepherding concept in Colorado; and is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Author U®. Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, was #1 on Amazon, and in 2013 has won the writing/publishing category from USA Book News Book Awards, International Book Awards, Indie Excellence Book Awards, and the bronze IPPY. In 2014, it won Book of the Year in Writing/Publishing from ForeWord Reviews Indie/Fab Book Awards. Her latest book is Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers.
Judith is an innovative and creative guide and book coach who can expertly assist you with your book and publishing project. She has mentored up and coming authors and publishers for years and dedicated untold hours to educating others to the pitfalls, and joys, of the publishing world. She is past president of several publishing and author associations, writes The Book Shepherd segment for the www.BookMarketing.com newsletter and numerous columns. Judith hosts Your Guide to Book Publishing, heard weekly on the Toginet Radio Network. The most recent shows can be directly downloaded on the Home page of her website, The Book Shepherd as well as on the Author U site in the On the Air section.
Cornerstone Virtual Assistance specializes in working with authors and coaches to manage the technical, creative and administrative projects for your business. Kelly Johnson, owner and Online Business Manager, strives to move your business to the next level by ensuring that the foundation of your business is supported through managing projects and proposing creative ideas to help achieve success.
The possibilities to collaborate on projects are endless!
Philippa Burgess discovered AuthorU in 2014, and has served as an active volunteer for the past year. She was instrumental in launching and managing the new member area of AuthorU its new levels for Basic, Gold, Bestseller and Bestseller Local and all of the associated benefits. In addition to her new role at AuthorU, she works as a professional in Marketing, PR and Creative Project Management.
Before moving to Colorado two years ago, Philippa spent almost two decades in Los Angeles working in literary Hollywood (developing and selling screenplays, packaging films and bringing books to film and television) starting at a major talent agency after graduating from the University of Southern California (USC).
When she’s not out enjoying her new life in Colorado, working with writers, writing, marketing, producing, or attending the Emmys (which she will be on September 20), she is training in Kung Fu to earn her 3rd Degree Black Belt. Her website is InspirationAndIdeals.com
– As the acknowledged expert on book publishing and marketing, John Kremer is the owner of Open Horizons, his own publishing company based in Taos, New Mexico. He’s been the editor of the Book Marketing Update newsletter for more than 20 years as well as editor of the Kremer 100 PR newsletter. John’s website is at Book Market.
John is also the author of a number of books on publishing and marketing, including 1001 Ways to Market Your Books: For Authors and Publishers (6th Edition), The Complete Direct Marketing Sourcebook, High Impact Marketing on a Low Impact Budget and Celebrate Today.
He consults in the areas of book marketing, book sales, book promotion, publicity, direct marketing, pricing, book titles, book covers, book marketing plans, book proposals, rights sales, and general planning for book publishers of all sizes as well as for individual authors. While most of John’s consulting is done over the phone, he also provides on-site consulting services.
Nick Zelinger is the principal in NZ Graphics and a multi-award book and cover designer. He is also the author of Another Nightmare Gig from Hell, a compilation on stories from musicians across the country about funny, quirky, spooky recollections of gigs gone wrong. On weekends, you’ll find him in his roll as lead singer for the Thin Ice Band. His website is NZ Graphics.
An award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction, her Milford-Haven Novels have won fifteen literary awards, including the Benjamin Franklin, Indie Excellence, USA Book News, and ForeWord Book of the Year, and have made her a spokesperson for Women’s Fiction.
Mara has a multi-faceted career. As a writer, she has written eight published books, and was a journalist for Rolling Stone, the Financial Times of London and the Associated Press, to name a few. She has written or co-written several screenplays, teleplays, radioplays, and is a published essayist. As an actress, Mara is best known for her continuing role on NBC’s Days of Our Lives, and her one-woman show (co-written with Sydney Swire) won a Peak Award. And as a producer, she created Milford-Haven U.S.A., an ongoing drama that enjoyed a listenership of 4.5 million on BBC Radio. She currently produces audio books of her own and other authors’ works, several of which have won audio awards.
As an author, Mara created her branded author tea events. She has been a speaker and panelist at numerous book festivals, has addressed scores of service organizations, is a past president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association, a board member of Women Writing the West, and a member of the Author’s Guild. Her website is Mara Purl and she can be reached at MaraPurl@aol.com.
Lori Ruff, Chief Branding Officer of ALPFA, The Association of Latino Professionals for America, is a long-standing authority on Social Media and
a LinkedIn Ambassador. She teaches companies and professionals globally how to use social technology to achieve key business objectives.
A long-standing authority in B2B Social Media Marketing, Lori has been named to numerous lists including twice to Forbes Top 50 Global Social Media Power Influencers, Forbes #7 Woman Social Media Power Influencer, CEOWorld’s #7 Social Media Power Women, AGBeat’s Top 50 Industry Influencer, Moody’s 50 Favorite People of 2012, Top 10 Web Sources: US Women, #30Bestof Female Bloggers, and Webbiquity’s #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women Writers.
Dubbed by her fans as “The LinkedIn Diva” Lori is one of the Top most-connected women on LinkedIn. She writes and speaks on topics such as Relationship-Driven Business Development, Presenting an Authentic Online Presence, Building Community & Engagement at conferences and gatherings and is in high demand by executives working to establish best practices.
Lori is a published author on the topics of LinkedIn, Social Media and Privacy: including Keep it Real, Rock the World™ with LinkedIn 3.0, #PrivacyTweet Book01. She is host of InfluenceRadio.net, co-host of RockTheWorld with LinkedIn radio, and a guest host on WebmasterRadio.fm’s Conference Recap Series.
Daniel Hall is a bestselling author, speaker, publisher, nurse, attorney and sometimes blogger. He is also the creator of the highly popular “Real Fast” brand of training products. He left law practice 8 years ago to build his publishing business and has never looked back. Daniel is a true serial entrepreneur and his list of URLs is longer than a piece of paper, so you can check out Daniel’s hub at Daniel Hall Presents.
Tom Campbell title is Sales, Vice President Publishing at King Printing Company, Inc, a leading book manufacturing company for both soft and case bound books using the latest in Inkjet, (1-4 color) digital print technology located in Lowell, Massachusetts. King Printing Company, Inc has a global presence serving the largest to the smallest publishers for their book printing requirements. Prior to joining King Printing Company, Inc in 1999, Mr. Campbell was employed by a number of companies in senior management positions which include, Stone Mountain Handbags, Laser Atlanta, Hayes Microcomputer Products and Digital Equipment Corporation. Other boards positions include Smith Micro Software And Bookbuilders of Boston.
Amy Collins has over 25 years’ experience selling and marketing books. In 2006 Amy created a book sales company which quickly turned into New Shelves Distribution, the fastest-growing book distribution company in North America. New Shelves offers book sales, warehousing, distribution and marketing services as well as consulting and marketing for publishers and authors. Amy and her team are committed to being of service and sharing their book and sales experience. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her website is New Shelves.
Publicity expert Joan Stewart, aka The Publicity Hound, works with authors who want to use traditional media for publicity, and social media to build a loyal base of raving fans. For almost two decades, she has also trained and coached thousands of CEOs and business owners, nonprofit executives, PR agency staff, publicists, marketing directors, speakers and experts via live events, online training, consulting, and her private mentor program. A prolific blogger, she is the author of four books on publicity and has an international following of subscribers to her popular ezine, The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week, in its 13th year of publication. Joan has helped her clients get coverage in top-tier media such as the Wall Street Journal and the Today show.
Susie is the co-owner of i25productions, inc., an award-winning, Colorado based production company and creator of “Authors on Film” – high quality, custom video book trailers. In addition to Authors on Film, i25productions produces national/international commercials, powerful and memorable info and training pieces and compelling, inspirational documentary style stories. In between producing film, Susie bakes amazing bread!
Mitchell is the CEO and Thought Leader Architect at THiNKaha and the Chief Aha Instigator at the Aha Amplifier. He and his team are democratizing thought leadership and make it easy for corporations to easily create compelling content that help turn their experts into recognized thought leaders. Mitchell is an Amazon bestselling author with forty business books, contributor at Entrepreneur Magazine, has provided strategic consulting to over one hundred companies, has advised over five hundred CEOs on critical business issues through the CEO networking groups he’s run, and has been chairman of the board of a NASDAQ-listed company. His publishing companies have published over 250 physical and over 400 eBooks.
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was the Director of Small Press and Vendor Relations for Barnes & Noble, Inc. until 2011. Today, she is a private consultant to the publishing world. Marcella knows the book business inside and out with almost 50 years of experience that began in Washington, DC, when she worked in an independent bookshop. Since then, she has worked in and managed two other bookstores, been a sales rep for St. Martin’s Press and a Marketing Manager at Simon & Schuster. Today, she has taken her decades of knowledge and now does publishing consults.
She has served on a variety of boards relating to the book industry including the Publishers Marketing Association (now Independent Book Publishers Association) and the Small Press Center’s Advisory Council.
Marcella is a rabid baseball fan, and studies photography and Italian in her spare time.