The Board

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Judith Briles

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 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.

John Kremer 

- 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.

John Maling


Publisher of Mile High Press, Editor and Author John Maling has had his hands, and eyes, into the art of writing and authoring since he can remember. Several of the books that he’s edited have won multiple awards, including his own book, Have You Ever Held a Mountain? Information on his editing is at The Book Shepherd and Mile High Press.

AJ White

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A.J. White is the author of The Bloomers: Wise Women Creating a New World and of the Wise Women Series. Following this book will be three guidebooks that will assist the awakening woman to heal herself and claim her authority.   She has worked years in the hospital and corporate environment as well as a variety of nursing roles in many different venues worldwide.  With a Masters in Nursing, she will earn her PhD in Nursing from University of Phoenix in the spring of 2013.

A.J.’s passion is to empower women to claim her rightful place in society.  As she says, “Life is just getting interesting!” Her website is Wise Women Press.

Mara Purl

Mara Purl


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

Steve Replin

Steve Replin


Steve is an entertainment and trademark/copyright lawyer with many writing and publishing clients. He has been involved in the careers of many writers guiding them through the many issues pertaining to publishing contracts, obtaining rights and permissions for photo’s, cover art, motion picture contracts, options to acquire literary property from film producers, and so on.  He is also very instrumental in the business structuring and growth strategies of new and growing entrepreneurs.  Holding a CPA certificate and an MBA in addition to his law degree, he has been involved with literally thousands of businesses over his career. Additionally, he has published his own book and is familiar with the issues from both sides of the table. You may contact him at: and The Replin Law Group, LLC. Phone number: (303) 322-7919; website- Replin Rhoades. “Let experience guide you to success!”

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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, co-host of RockTheWorld with LinkedIn radio, and a guest host on’s Conference Recap Series.

Daniel Hall

Daniel Hall


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.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson


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.
Kelly’s certifications include Professional Author’s Assistant, Certified Shopping Cart Strategist, Hootsuite, and article writing coach. Services offered include website and blog maintenance, newsletter creation, book publishing support, desktop publishing, and teleseminar management. Her website is Cornerstone VA.

The possibilities to collaborate on projects are endless!

Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell


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.

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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 Her website is New Shelves.

Joan Stewart

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.

Ed Hoskins

A Colorado native, Ed is a Certified Public Accountant (Retired). He practiced as a Denver tax accountant for 25 years, privileged to serve a host of creative small business people, including authors, founders of non-profits, consultants and artists. He retired to the Pacific Northwest in 1999 to marry his bicycling sweetheart. In Seattle for 9 years, he volunteered for and served on the board of the Seattle Wine Society when not simply enjoying the cool maritime climate. Living in Broomfield, Colorado, since 2008, Ed spends much of his time in the kitchen and garden when not trying vainly to keep pace with his much busier children and granddaughters.

Susie Scott
Susie is the co-owner of i25productions, inc., an award-winning, Colorado based production company  Susieand 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!



Friend to the Board

Marcella Smith

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.


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