12th Annual Ipne Independent Publishers & Authors Conference

Conference Speakers

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Alyssa Berthiaume

Alyssa Berthiaume is an award-winning author, an international book coach, and a developmental editor and ghostwriter. She is the founder and CEO of The Write Place, Right Time.

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Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins

Bridgett McGowen-Hawkins, is an award-winning author and international professional speaker. She is an award-winning publisher and owner of the hybrid publishing company Press 49.

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Emily Enger

Emily Enger is a book marketing and publicity coach. She teaches poets and authors how to incorporate minimalist marketing strategies into their creative process so they become successful without feeling overwhelmed. Emily has worked in marketing and PR for over ten years. Learn more at emilyenger.com.

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Barbara Ingrassia

Barbara Ingrassia  has a passion for raising awareness about the role of copyright law in our daily lives, while bringing some FUN to a heavy but important topic. She equips authors and other creators with copyright skills to achieve & protect their dreams and goals, from presentations, rights clearance, to copyright registration, and website compliance reviews.

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Edie Clarke

Edie Clarke, a remote video producer and YouTube strategist with over eight years of experience, empowers entrepreneurs through easy-to-use video tools, enhancing online presence, and achieving business goals. With a YouTube channel boasting over 2.5 million views, Edie can help authors leverage video marketing effectively for organic reach and reader engagement.

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Carol Abrahamson

After she founded Executive Authors, Carol Abrahamson’s first book brought her one-person business over $2 million in consulting revenues and industry-leader status. She’s written 41 more books about her expertise and has helped hundreds of business authors create books that helped them build the business of their dreams.

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James Patrick Kelly

James Patrick Kelly has won science fiction’s Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He has published over a hundred stories and his fiction has been translated into eighteen languages. He writes a technology column for Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and recently retired from faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine where he taught for fifteen years.


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Kathryn Goldman

Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property and internet law attorney who helps creative professionals protect their work so they can profit from it. She believes sustainable businesses are built on properly protected creative assets. Kathryn practices law in Baltimore, Maryland, with the firm of Goldman & Minton, P.C.

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Jennia D’Lima

Jennia D’Lima is passionate about everything related to the publishing industry and has written or edited for academic work, newspapers, university presses, and everything in between! She loves connecting with her authors and sees each project as a unique and exciting collaboration. In addition to editing, she is a book awards judge, the creative nonfiction expert at NAIWE, and a co-host on the Writing & Editing podcast. Find her at jenniaedits.com.

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Luke Davis

Luke Davis is a software engineer working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Along with colleagues in Google’s machine learning research division, Google Brain, he has published on methods of “steering” artificial intelligence to help authors explore new methods of creating fiction. Through his time in military intelligence, he also spent several years in the national security and intelligence field.

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Emily Davis

Emily Davis is an avid reader and bookseller turned sales representative at Ingram Content Group, where she guides indie authors and publishers to success on the Lightning Source and IngramSpark platforms.

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Gwyn Jordan

Gwyn Jordan is the founder of Gold Dust Literary Agency and Gold Dust Editing & Book Promotions. She is an acquiring editor for Entangled Publishing and a book reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly, with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MBA in Accounting.

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Leon Conrad

Tutor, author, voice-centered communication skills consultant, sensitive editor, and entertaining and thought-provoking storyteller, Leon Conrad is a polymath based in London, UK, who spent his formative years in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria, Egypt. His innovative book Story and Structure: A Complete Guide was shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize and has gone on to win a number of literary awards, including the IPNE 2022 Nonfiction Book of the Year. Find him at LeonConrad.com.

Dede Cummings

Dede Cummings is a writer, book designer, and publisher. She’s a five-time winner of the New England Book Award, including two additional “Best in Show” awards, and she’s designed award-winning books by authors such as Thomas Pynchon, Mary Oliver, William Shirer, and Andre Dubus. In her role as publisher of Green Writers Press, she is always looking for environmentally themed fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. At her imprint DCDesign Books, she acquires books that tell literary and compelling stories with a focus on writing about place.

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Deidre Randall

Deidre Randall is the CEO of Peter E. Randall Publisher, a 53-year-old independent publisher located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Deidre provides project management and marketing consultation for all titles. Deidre has consulted with and published over 700 authors, promoting more than 350 titles since 1998. She’s an award- winning songwriter, and a poet who received nominations for Poet Laureate of Portsmouth in 2003 and 2007.

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Eddie Vincent

Eddie Vincent, co-owner of Encircle Publications and IPNE president since 2018, has been in the publishing and graphic design field for more than 30 years. His company, Encircle Publications specializes in complete book production, and was the home to The Aurorean poetry journal. Eddie works with publishers and independent authors, helping them with all their design needs and all facets of bringing a book to life. Eddie and his wife Cynthia, a poet and editor, live in Maine.

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Charlotte Pierce

An independent publisher since 1989, IPNE VP Charlotte Pierce has long advocated for the collaborative economy. A member of IPNE since 2008, Charlotte has served in various roles both on the board and in committees. Pierce Press welcomes inquiries from potential guests for live-streaming shows and podcasts like Face The Book TV (publishing process and author spotlights), Peeragogy In Action (alternative education and open source topics), and Ready, Row! USA (rowing for the rest of us).

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BJ Magnani

BJ Magnani‘s fascination with toxicology led her to a career in pathology and laboratory medicine. She is Professor of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Emerita at Tufts University School of Medicine and the author of the Dr. Lily Robinson thriller series about a Boston physician recruited by the U.S. government as a covert assassin. A portion of the proceeds from her novels helps women receive free breast and cervical cancer screening through the CAP Foundation. Author | BJ Magnani

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MAtt Cost

Matt Cost, has published five books in the Mainely Mystery series and four books in the Clay Wolfe Trap series, with the fifth, “Pirate Trap”, due out in March of 2024. For historical novels, Cost has published “At Every Hazard” and its sequel, “Love in a Time of Hate”, as well as “I am Cuba”. In April of 2023, Cost combined his love of histories and mysteries into a historical PI mystery set in 1923 Brooklyn, “Velma Gone Awry”. Cost now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. mattcost.net

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Curt Wendelboe

Curt Wendelboe published numerous short stories before having his debut novel, Death Along the Spirit Road, published in 2011. He has six books in the “Spirit Road” series that are set on Indian reservations in the West. He has published four books in the contemporary “Bitter Wind” series, four books in the “Nelson Lane” series set in the Great Depression, four books in the “Tucker Ashley” series set in 1870s Dakota Territory, plus two stand-alone novels. cmwendelboe.com

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Pam Sheppard

Pam Sheppard is a veteran of decades of selling books to smart retail and wholesale buyers across 10 states. The skillsets and insights she developed are uniquely adaptable for her work as publishing consultant, metadata analyst, and developmental editor. Pam is also a specialist in “comp title” analysis, a key element to book marketing.

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Suzanne Tregenza Moore

Suzanne Tregenza Moore Suzanne Tregenza Moore helps nonfiction authors focus on revenue and thought leadership status. She supports her clients with strategy, marketing, technology, and mindset. In this work, she’s been described as “invaluable” and a “gentle butt- kicker.” She is the best-selling author of Hang on Tight! Learn to Love the Roller Coaster of Entrepreneurship. Find her at suzannetmoore.com.

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Samantha Kolber

Samantha Kolber is the owner and publisher of Rootstock Publishing, a curated hybrid and traditional press founded in Montpelier, Vermont in 2017. She is the author of Birth of a Daughter (Kelsay Books, 2020), a Five-Star Readers’ Favorite, Gold Winner in Realistic Poetry in the Human Relations Indie Book Award, and Poetry Winner in the 2023 San Francisco Book Festival.

Connie Taylor

Connie Taylor started publishing in the 1980s when she established a print shop in Cordova, Alaska, releasing books by local authors. She later moved to Anchorage and published legal texts. She now concentrates on memoir and children’s books. Fathom Publishing’s recent releases include an anthology of stories by NY and CT authors, a memoir of Alaska homesteaders, and a nonfiction children’s book of a rescued sea otter. Connie is also the author herself of two children’s nature books and a children’s graphic novel.

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Susan Oleksiw

Susan Oleksiw’s books include the Pioneer Valley Mystery series and the Mellingham series. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, anthologies, and other magazines; her nonfiction, in the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing and other publications. Her co-founded publishing house, Crime Spell Books. Susan is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and The Authors Guild. Learn more at susanoleksiw.com.

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Scott Channell

Scott Channell is a leading expert on B2B lead generation and setting discovery calls. Before he taught it, he did it, booking more than 2,000 discovery calls in diverse industries. He is the author of five books on sales scripts, setting and conducting discovery calls, and finding ideal clients. Learn more at ScottChannell.com.

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Jennifer LawleR

Jennifer Lawler  learned to edit in the trenches of traditional publishing with its ridiculous deadlines, pitiless competition, and crushing bureaucracy. She has been an editor and writer for more than 20 years and now teaches editors at www.ClubEdFreelancers.com.

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Stephanie Feger

Stephanie Feger is the author of several books, including Make Your Author emPact: Sell More Books, Increase Your Reach & Achieve Your Why and the forthcoming The Book Marketing Habit. She is founder, owner, and chief strategist of the emPower PR Group, a boutique marketing solution for nonfiction authors looking to write books that sell, to promote their books to audiences who most need and want them, and to build meaningful businesses from empowering messages. emPowerPRGroup.com.

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Kim MacQueen

Kim MacQueen has worked with first-time authors to bring their books to the marketplace for more than a decade. Formerly the Director of the Center for Publishing at Champlain College, Kim holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Bay Path University, serves on the board of the Green Mountain Book Festival, and is currently an editor and publisher with Onion River Press. She has published two novels and variety of essays in digital and print publications.

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Rae Padilla Francoeur

Rae Padilla Francoeur published the memoir Free Fall: A Late-in-Life Love Affair with Seal Press. Former managing editor of newspapers and magazines, and art museum creative director, Rae writes articles, essays, book reviews, novels, and short stories. She is founder and president of New Arts Collaborative, an arts marketing and promotional business, and she works on behalf of the literary arts by presenting through author panels and at writer conferences.

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Tara R. Alemany

Tara R. Alemany is an award-winning author of seven books, as well as a speaker, business consultant, publisher, and self-described “recovering serial entrepreneur.” She is the host of the Publish with Purpose virtual summit and the Art of Self-Editing Challenge. Tara’s hybrid publishing company, Emerald Lake Books, specializes in working with positive people to create high-quality books. In her spare time, Tara is a winemaker and a military Mom to two young adults (one of each). She is owned by a black cat.