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Steve began his career covering the Cape Cod Baseball League and other
sports for what was then called the Cape Cod Standard-Times and later the
Boston Globe. He studied the craft of writing with Robert Lowell, Kurt
Vonnegut, Monroe Engel and Carter Wilson, and served as Fiction Editor of the
Harvard Advocate. In 1999, Steve founded a small independent publishing
company, which has produced niche bestsellers, and has had exceptional
success with the Kindle publishing platform. Steve is a member of the Boston
chapter of the National Writers Union. His career includes that
of author, publishing executive, bookseller, marathoner, and
Website: Kindle Nation.
April L. Hamilton is an author, author services provider, blogger, Technorati BlogCritic, leading
advocate and speaker for the indie author movement, and founder and Editor in
Chief of Publetariat, the premier online news hub
and community for indie authors and small imprints. Her most recent book
is The Indie Author Guide:
Self-Publishing Strategies Anyone Can Use.
Website: April Hamilton
Beth Kallman Werner
has been a professional editor since the age of 20, when she launched PAPER
MAKEOVER to help ESL students. She later spent years in b2b magazines, gaining
practical training and first-hand experience in consultative selling, Fortune
500 customer relations, and integrated marketing strategies.
has counseled some of the world’s largest companies on product launches, brand/platform
development, event production and multi-media promotions. She came to book
publishing in 2008 as Director of Marketing & Sales for Kirkus at Nielsen,
working with Random House, Penguin, Scholastic, Chronicle and many other
publishers as well as countless indie authors on book marketing programs and innovative
2010 Beth launched Author Connections, LLC, to help educate, encourage and
empower authors. Her professional mission is to support high quality content
for hungry readers. She is the author of Travels
of an Independent Woman (#readtiw).
Website: Author Connections
Ron obtained a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Illinois (major: history; minor: English literature) and a law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.
He became a public-service attorney representing indigent and disabled adults and abused and neglected children. During his career as a lawyer, Ron spent most of his time writing arguments for of his client appearing in the trial courts as well as the higher appeals courts. This bred a deeper interest and desire to write.
Ron is currently writing and publishing a four-book series of novels, Promised Valley, asking questions about history and civilization and the possibilities for us now if there had been a different beginning.
Website: Promised Valley
Leigh K. Cunningham, Executive Director/Counsel
is a lawyer with a career as a senior executive for a number of public
companies in her home country of Australia. She has master’s degrees in law and
commerce, as well as an MBA (International Management). Her first two
children's books, The Glass Table and its sequel, Shards
are recipients of silver medals from the Mom's Choice Awards. Her primary area
of writing though is for the adult (fiction) market including her novel, Rain,
a multi-generational family saga set in provincial Australia in the early
sixties. Rain was named the winner in the Literary Fiction category at the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards, and silver medalist at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Regional Fiction: Australia/New Zealand category.
Website: Leigh K Cunningham
Kev C. Webb
Born in Kent, England in 1963, Kev immigrated to Australia in 1971 with
his parents. The family settled in Brisbane, where he has lived ever since. He
is a qualified tradesman, but writing is his passion. Kev completed his
first book, Dream Raider: A Johnny Marsh Adventure, at the age of thirty-three and knew immediately that
this was what he wanted to do. He has not stopped writing since.
Website: Johnny Marsh
After 15 years of writing and editing articles for other people, Fiona
switched to being an author following alife-changing trip to Egypt that
inspired her first novel. Fiona still writes articles when she is not working
on the next two books inher "Chronicles of the Stone”series.
She isdeeply concerned with issuesof child literacy, especially in
her home country of South Africa where many children still cannot read.
Website: Fiona Ingram