Please note: Speakers and/or panelists for Brainstorming: The Future of Publishing and Brainstorming On The Beach are listed alphabetically. Posted July 8, 2010, this is not a complete list.
Lou Aronica, Publisher, The Story Plant
Lou Aronica spent twenty years at publishing houses, serving as Deputy Publisher at Bantam before becoming Publisher at Berkley and Avon. During this time, he edited and published numerous New York Times bestsellers. A NYT bestselling author himself, Aronica has written two pseudonymous novels and coauthored eight works of nonfiction. He will once again head up Ninc’s End of Conference free-for-all, no-topics-barred closing session on Sunday morning. Never, never-never-never, make transportation arrangements that will force you to miss this most honest and important session. http://www.thestoryplant.com/Story_Plant_Site/Home.html
Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency
Lucienne Diver joined The Knight Agency in 2008, after spending fifteen years at New York City’s prestigious Spectrum Literary Agency. Over the course of her dynamic career she has sold over seven hundred titles to every major publisher, and has built a client list of more than forty authors spanning the commercial fiction genres, primarily in the areas of fantasy, romance, mystery, suspense and young adult fiction. Her authors have been honored with the RITA, National Readers' Choice Award, the Golden Heart, and the Romantic Times Reader’s Choice, and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. http://www.knightagency.net/
Eileen Fallon, Eileen Fallon Literary Agency
David Forrer, InkWell Management
Literary agent David Forrer joined Kimberly Witherspoon in 1999, working with many bestselling international authors including Rebecca Wells and Anthony Bourdain, and focusing particularly on co-agented authors based in the UK and Australia. He began his career in publishing as an assistant with the Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. Born in Chicago, David graduated from the University of Illinois with a BA in English and a BS in Marketing, and received his Masters in Creative Writing (Fiction) from Boston University in 1996. His areas of interest include literary & commercial fiction (particularly women's fiction and suspense) and edgy, humorous non-fiction.
Heather Graham, NYT Bestselling Author
Also writing as Shannon Drake and Heather Graham Pozzessere, consistent New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham is published in approximately twenty languages, and has been honored with awards from Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today, and has appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight. Heather firmly believes in giving back, and that is evident by her personal involvement in many worthwhile fundraisers, such as Writers for New Orleans. http://www.eheathergraham.com/
Donna Hayes: Publisher and CEO
Donna Hayes is Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin Enterprises Limited, one of the leading global publishers of women's fiction, with 2002 revenues of $618 million. As the Publisher and CEO, Hayes continues to shift Harlequin's focus from romance fiction to women's fiction and to increase the level of innovation in the company. Several of the company's most successful lines, including MIRA and Red Dress Ink, were developed under her leadership. http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/article/harlequin-publisher-ceo-donna-hayes-innovation-ingrained-her-companys-dna-113280/1
Melinda Haynes, M.Ed. CH
In addition to holding the faculty position of lecturer, novelist Melinda Rucker Haynes, M.Ed., CH, education research projects director and teacher trainer at the University of Nevada, has over twenty years experience as a corporate trainer, consultant and seminar/workshop presenter. She is a certified hypnotherapist and neurolinguistic programming practitioner with a hypnotherapy practice that helps writers and other creatives eliminate creative blocks and increase production fluency. Her formal and continuing education includes BA and M.Ed. degrees from University of Nevada in Secondary/Adult Education with teaching emphasis in Spanish, reading, second language acquisition and learning disabilities; Hypnotherapist Certification, National Guild of Hypnotists; Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner, TimeLine Therapy Practitioner and Ericksonian Hypnosis, Tad James, Ph.D/American Board of Neurolinguistic Programming; Past Life Regression Therapy Certification, Dr. Brian L. Weiss Institute.
Brenda Hiatt , Author
Since 1992, Brenda Hiatt has published six Harlequin Regencies, one Harlequin Superromance, and six single title historicals with HarperCollins/Avon. Brenda was one of the founders of RWA's Published Author Special Interest Chapter (PASIC) and has been an active member of Novelists, Inc since 1992, serving as Ninc's President in 2006. For the past ten years Brenda has also been known throughout the writing community for her "Show Me the Money" survey, in which she compiles and shares data on publisher advances and royalty payments. The most recent update is always available at http://www.brendahiatt.com.
Kay Hooper, NYT Bestselling Author
Kay Hooper, current president of Novelist’s Inc., and a bestselling, award-winning author, has more than thirteen million copies of her books in print worldwide. She sold her first novel in 1980, when she was a mere child, and in the eons since has written and published around 70 more. She is a New York Times bestseller, currently writing the long-running Bishop/Special Crimes Unit series of thrillers for Bantam. Kay lives in North Carolina, sharing her home with two tolerant dogs and more than a dozen cats (counting fosters!). Visit her website at http://kayhooper.com.
Angela James, Executive Editor, Carina Press
According to Malle Vallik at Harlequin: “Internally, whenever we presented the status of Carina Press and the number of acquisitions we had made, we always said that Angela was the best acquisition we made. And she was. None of this could have happened as well or as smartly if Angela had not been our Executive Editor. Her passion, creativity, smarts, desire to build a successful imprint were integral. She was also not afraid to occasionally tell us back at head office that we were crazy.” That’s what we’re looking for — honest opinions and plain talk! http://carinapress.com/blog/tag/angela-james/
Alan Kaufman, Literary Attorney
Alan Kaufman has more than 25 years of book publishing legal expertise. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Kaufman had been Senior Vice-President and General Counsel for Penguin Books for 20 years. Mr. Kaufman focuses on publishing and related media, the negotiation and drafting of publishing, licensing, and distribution agreements, trademark, copyright and libel counseling (including manuscript review), general business and corporate counseling (including human resources, antitrust, mergers and acquisitions), litigation management and counseling. Mr. Kaufman is an active member of the Intellectual Property Bar and serves as Counsel to the American Book Producers Association, the trade organization of book packagers. http://www.kaufmanpublaw.com/
Barbara Keiler, Author
Writing under the pen name Judith Arnold, Barbara Keiler, a former Ninc President, has sold more than eighty-five novels, with more than ten million copies in print worldwide. She’s been a multiple finalist for RWA’s Rita Award and the winner of RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards for best Harlequin American Romance, best Harlequin Superromance, best Series Romance and best Contemporary Single Title Romance. Publishers Weekly named her novel Love In Bloom as one of the best novels of the year, and her novel Barefoot In the Grass has appeared on recommended reading lists at hospitals. Barbara’s current release is Meet Me In Manhattan. http://juditharnold.com/
Christopher Kenneally: Director, Author & Creator Relations
Copyright Clearance Center
Christopher Kenneally is Director of Author & Creator Relations at the Copyright Clearance Center, where is responsible for programs that address the business needs of authors of all backgrounds, from academics to freelancers. He is host of an ongoing series of writing conferences called, “Beyond the Book,” which are frequently broadcast nationally on C-SPAN’s Book-TV and in Canada on BookTelevision. Before joining CCC in October 2001, Kenneally was a corporate communications consultant to foundations and emerging businesses. http://www.beyondthebook.com
J. A. Konrath, Author, Blogger
Joe has been publishing exciting fiction since 2004, and been nominated for many awards, including the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, Dagger, and Barry, and has won the Derringer, Bob Kellog, EQMM Reader's Choice, and two Lovie awards. He is also known throughout the Internet world for his entertaining and informative blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. Joe is a one man phenomenon in the area of e-book publishing for fun and profit, and his experience, expertise, and plain-out savvy make him a man whose opinions and how-to ideas we all want to hear! http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/
Sue Lange, Publicity Coordinator, Book View Cafe
Sue Lange is the Publicity Coordinator of Book View Café, a cooperative site created by a group of writers who wanted to take advantage of the internet’s possibilities for reaching a wider audience and to distribute their work directly to their readers. Her multimedia extravaganza, The Textile Planet, is available at Book View Cafe without charge. Her blog, Singularity Watch, covers the intersection of tech and culture. Sue is an author herself and, naturally, her works are available at http://www.bookviewcafe.com
Dr. D.P. Lyle, Author and Lecturer
D. P. Lyle, MD is the Macavity Award winning and Edgar® Award nominated author of the non-fiction books, Murder and Mayhem, Forensics For Dummies, Forensics and Fiction, and Howdunnit: Forensics: A Guide For Writers. He has worked with many novelists and with the writers of popular television shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Diagnosis Murder, Monk, Judging Amy, Peacemakers, Cold Case, House, Medium, Women’s Murder Club, and 1-800-Missing. His essay on Jules Verne's The Mysterious Island appears in the International Thriller Writers anthology Thrillers: 100 Must Reads. http://www.dplylemd.com/
Pati Nagle, Publications Coordinator for Book View Press/Book View Café
Pati’s stories have appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Cricket, and several anthologies. She was a finalist for Writers of the Future and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. She has also written historical novels as P.G. Nagle. Her fantasy novel, The Betrayal, appeared in 2009, and its sequel, Heart of the Exiled, will be released in January, 2011. http://patinagle.com/
Peter Novins, Brainstorming: The Future of Publishing facilitator, and workshop presenter
Peter Novins is a Senior Partner at VShift Consulting, where he centers on finding new strategic opportunities and operational improvements for international clients across diverse industries. Prior to VShift, Mr. Novins was the Global Chief Operating Officer at Proudfoot Consulting. As a Senior Partner at Ernst & Young, he is a international authority on knowledge management. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Brian O’Leary, Founder, Magellan Consulting Partners
A publishing veteran with 25 years of consulting, management and operational experience, Brian O'Leary is in the process of conducting a series of studies on the subject of internet book piracy, named The Piracy Project. Prior to starting Magellan Media, Mr. O'Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., an internationally recognized geographic reference publisher. Before Hammond, Mr. O'Leary directed operations at several of Time Inc.'s weekly magazines and was part of the team that launched Entertainment Weekly. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College. http://www.magellanmediapartners.com/
Linda Parks, Co-owner, Fireside Books and Gifts
Located in Forest City, North Carolina, Fireside Books and Gifts has found a way to remain viable as an independent bookstore, building on customer service and a diversity of in-store activities geared to the community. Using expertise gained through a career in business management and sales, Linda now manages all aspects of the bookstore, working with publishers, vendors, authors and advertisers. She also serves as the administrator of numerous book related social networking and media sites. http://www.firesidebooksandgifts.com
Carly Phillips, NYT Bestselling Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carly Phillips has written over 28 romance novels with contemporary characters and plotlines that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. She sold her first novel, BRAZEN to Harlequin Temptation in 1998 and hasn't slowed down since. Carly's life is filled with a devoted energy and passion to romance, family and career. Carly lives in Purchase, New York, with her husband, two daughters and two soft-coated wheaten terriers. More information on Carly can be found at her website: http://www.carlyphillips.com.
Carolyn Pittis, Harpercollins
Carolyn Pittis is Senior Vice President, Global Author Services of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. In this role, she is responsible for building marketing and information tools and services to increase authors’ reach and revenues in the digital marketplace. In addition, she oversees the HarperCollins Speakers’ Bureau. She was appointed to this position in December 2009.
Joan Schulhafer, Joan Schulhafer Publishing & Media Consulting
Joan Schulhafer has spent her career working independently and as a key executive at Avon, Bantam, Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Books, Silhouette Books, and Kensington Publishing. Joan was instrumental in the launch of new genre and literary imprints including the prestigious science fiction/fantasy line Eos. Her experience targeting the romance, mystery/suspense, science fiction/fantasy, African American and GLBT audiences contributed greatly to a network of contacts that benefit her clients today. Through the years, Joan has worked with fiction and nonfiction titles in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, mass market and now e-books. Fiction in all formats is at the core of her business. http://www.joanschulhafer.com/
Jennifer Stevenson, Author
Jennifer writes sexy funny romantic fantasy and romance, and has learned the ins-and-outs of publicizing her books online, knowing that authors live not only by writing their books, but need to market them as well. She also feeds crows, keeps cats, and roller skates with the Fleetwood Speed Team. Clearly a woman of many talents. Find her at Book View Cafe http://www.bookviewcafe.com/index.php/Jennifer-Stevenson-Bookshelf/.
Deborah Werksman, Editorial Manager, Sourcebooks, Inc.
Deb Werksman has been with Sourcebooks for over 12 years, before which she owned her own publishing company. For the past five years she has been building Sourcebooks' romance and Jane Austen fiction lists, and also acquires historical fiction and commercial women's fiction. Sourcebooks is the world's largest woman-owned independent publishing house and we are known for our sales and marketing. We publish authors, not books, and are committed to innovative publishing, and to getting our authors' books to the largest possible audience, anytime, anywhere, and in every format. http://www.sourcebooks.com/
Marsha Zinberg, Executive Editor, Harlequin Enterprises
Marsha Zinberg is Executive Editor and Editorial Coordinator of Harlequin Enterprises Feature and Custom Publishing Special Projects, such as limited continuity projects, all backlist programs, Reader's Choice, The New York Times Bestselling collection, The Diamond Collection in honor of Harlequin’s sixtieth anniversary, and more. When it became clear that those little one-off ideas had become an ongoing part of Harlequin's business, Marsha stepped up from her position as Senior Editor of Superromance to coordinate and build the Special Projects program. http://isabelswift.blogspot.com/2008/04/presentingmarsha-zinberg-executive.html
Al Zuckerman, Founder, Writers House
Albert Zuckerman has been a literary agent and book doctor to some two dozen blockbuster novels and the author of Writing the Blockbuster Novel. At Writers House, he presides over a firm that represents hundreds of leading writers in all categories. Author of two published novels, winner of the 1964 Stanley Drama Award, and a former writer for three television series, he also taught playwriting at the Yale School of Drama. He has worked with Ken Follett for 35 years, and his two most recent successes are The Blind Side and The Big Short by Michael Lewis. http://writershouse.com/