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 35 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 Her latest book is  How to Avoid 101 Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos, joining Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms,  winning 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. Othe publishing and author related books include Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers,  The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers and Show Me About Book Publishing.  

Her books have landed her on national shows including Oprah, Fox and CNN and featured in Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, People–even the National Enquirer!  Since 1987, she has made more than 1,000 speeches to global audiences and all 50 states. All her publishing related books have become #1 best-sellers on Amazon. Collectively, she has won over 30 book awards but if you ask her which is her favorite, she will tell you, “The one my publisher never told me about: Woman to Woman-From Sabotage to Support was selected as the Chicago Tribune’s Business Book of the Year in 1987 and I stumbled upon in it in a search three years after it was awarded!”

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 monthly for Joel Friedlander’s The Book Designer blog, The Book Shepherd segment for the newsletter and numerous columns. Judith hosts AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing, heard weekly on the Toginet Radio Network. All 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.

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!





Richard Rieman

Audiobook Narrator Richard Rieman of Audiobook Revolution Productions ( is the author of “The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation,” a 2016 Global EBook Awards Gold Medal Winner. Richard is an audiobook self-publishing expert and Audible Approved Narrator, an honor given to the top 10% of Audible narrators. Richard also produces audiobooks for authors voicing their own audiobooks and consults authors and independent book publishers on audiobook production. 

Before his audiobook adventures, Richard was a news anchor and reporter at the RKO Radio Networks in New York, WTOP in Washington DC, and ABC and NBC Radio in Chicago.


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Robin Cutler

-As the Director of IngramSpark at Ingram Content Group, Robin Cutler 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.


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.

Nick Zelinger   Nick Zelinger

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.

Mara Purl
DirectorMara 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

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.

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.

Amy Collins

Amy Collins

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.

Kathy Meis

Kathy Meis is the founder and CEO of Bublish, the world’s first complete publishing platform with integrated brand-building, marketing, and discoverability features. 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 professional writer, editor, and ghostwriter. Kathy speaks and blogs regularly on the subject of book promotion, author branding, social marketing, and discoverability.



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.

Susie ScottSusie Scott  

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 Levy

Mitchell LevyMitchell 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. 

 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.