Speaker bios are in alphabetical order by the day.
Speakers for Saturday
Bestselling author Alex Carroll is one of the world’s leading experts on radio & podcast publicity. The numbers speak for themselves. He has been a guest on more than ONE THOUSAND radio shows & podcasts (1,246 to be exact), captured well over $4,500,000 in free airtime, and generated more than $1,500,000 in orders directly from listeners … all without spending a dime on advertising and rarely leaving the comfort of his own home. More importantly, his 10,000+ clients in 30+ countries around the world have collectively sold hundreds of millions of books … and generated Billions in sales, following in his footsteps.
Beginning as a music journalist turned publicist, Kathleen Kaiser’s career spans 40 years of involvement in the most exciting industries of her generation. From rock and roll in the 60s and 70s to the digital/Internet revolution of the late 80s and 90s, she has been a marketing professional for Fortune 100 companies, small startups, and nonprofits.
She opened Kathleen Kaiser & Associates in 1993 which now focuses on working with the literary and arts communities. With four published books and three plays under her belt, Kathleen understands how authors are often confused by the new world of marketing books and themselves. She aids authors navigate social media, build audience and sell books. She was named "Publicist of the Year" for 2016 by the Book Publicists of Southern California
Kathleen is President of the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network (SPAWN), Past President of the Ventura County Writers Club, organizer of the monthly IWOSC/SPAWN VC meetings in Newbury Park, and producer of the 805 Writers’ Conference. Learn more at: www.KathleenKaiserAndAssociates.com.
Tristine Rainer has had dual careers as a pioneer and expert in the fields of contemporary diary and memoir writing and as an executive, producer and writer of television movies.
In 1972 when Rainer was a grad student at UCLA she co-founded the university’s Women’s Studies program and taught the first course offered on women writers, funded by Curriculum and Educational Development. In 1975 she joined the faculty of International College in Los Angeles, where she co-taught a writing class with her mentor Anaïs Nin.
In 1978 Tristine Rainer’s book The New Diary: How to Use a Journal for Self-guidance and Expanded Creativity (Tarcher/Penguin-Random, 1978, updated 2004) was published with a preface by Anaïs Nin. It popularized contemporary journal writing and created its lexicon. Never out of print in the States, The New Diary has been translated into many European languages, and published in Korea (2011) and China (2012).
Rainer’s first job in the television business was as a Development Executive at Dan Curtis Productions in 1979. After several other development jobs, in 1984 she became President of Grand Central Films, a co-venture for international co-productions between Thames Television and D.L.Taffner. As an independent producer she nurtured projects from conception to broadcast under her own banner: Games Mother Never Taught You, producer (CBS, Loretta Swit, Sam Waterston), Having it All, producer (ABC, Dyan Cannon) Secrets of a Married Man, executive producer (NBC, William Shatner, Cybill Sheppard) and Forbidden Nights, executive producer, screenplay writer (CBS, Melissa Gilbert). Her films won awards for their non-stereotypical portrayals of women and minorities.
Having gained experiential knowledge in shaping true-life stories for a wide audience, Rainer wrote Your Life as Story: Discovering the New Autobiography and Writing Memoir as Literature (1997, Tarcher/ Penguin-Random, 1997) to teach others how to see and share the universals of story structure within their unique life events. She returned to teaching and lecturing, creating the first autobiographic writing course for UCLA Extension (1996), the first autobiographic film course for University of Hawaii (2003), and the first memoir class in the USC Masters of Professional Writing Program, where for 11 years she was a faculty member until 2010. Rainer has coached many authors to publication, including New York Times bestseller and MacArthur genius award winner Elyn Saks, The Center Cannot Hold (Hyperion, 2007).
As founder and Director of the Center for Autobiographic Studies, Rainer promotes the creation and preservation of autobiographic works, teaches, lectures and consults. Her own memoir about her relationship with her mentor Anaïs Nin, Apprenticed to Venus, was released July, 2017 by Arcade Books. An intimate look at the intricacies―and risks―of the female mentor-protégé relationship, Apprenticed to Venus stories her deep friendship, for good or ill, with a pivotal historical figure. www.centerautobio.org
Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU.
Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of fourteen books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the "leading guide to everything Internet."
AME was the first book marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™, which strategically harnesses social networking sites, Twitter, blogs, book videos, and relevant sites in order to push an author’s message into the online community. AME has had over eleven books top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal. To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, you can visit her web site at www.amarketingexpert.com.
Alexandra Sokoloff is the bestselling, Thriller Award-winning and Bram Stoker and Anthony Award-nominated author of eleven supernatural, paranormal and crime thrillers. The New York Times has called her "a daughter of Mary Shelley" and her books "Some of the most original and freshly unnerving work in the genre."
As a screenwriter she has sold original suspense and horror scripts and written novel adaptations for numerous Hollywood studios (Sony, Fox, Disney, Miramax), for producers such as Michael Bay, David Heyman, Laura Ziskin and Neal Moritz.
She is also the workshop leader of the internationally acclaimed Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workshops, based on her Screenwriting Tricks for Authors workbooks and blog.
Her bestselling, Thriller Award-nominated Huntress/FBI series follows a haunted FBI agent on the hunt for that most rare of criminals: a female serial killer. Huntress Moon, Blood Moon, Cold Moon, Hunger Moon and Bitter Moon are out now. The series is being developed for television with Alex as writer/producer. www.alexandrasokoloff.com
Speakers for Sunday
Craig Anderson first found success in New York as one of the founding members of the Hudson Guild Theatre. He directed On Golden Pond there and when it moved to Broadway. He won a Tony Award for producing Brian Friel’s Da, with Barnard Hughes and continued to direct more than 30 plays that sensitively explored the complexities of the human condition. He then moved to L.A. and formed Craig Anderson Productions. Among his 40 plus TV movies are: O, Pioneers with Jessica Lange; August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson with Alfre Woodard; True Women with Angelina Jolie; Return of the Native with Catherine Zeta Jones and Clive Owen; and a live TV version for CBS of On Golden Pond, which re-united Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews for the first time since The Sound of Music. He has produced over fifteen books to screen projects over the last twenty years for both broadcast and cable networks.
Angela Bole is chief executive officer of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), the largest book publishing association in the U.S. serving independent publishers and self-published authors. IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. IBPA’s vision is a world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to professionally engage in all aspects of the publishing industry.
Prior to joining IBPA, Angela served two years as deputy executive director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), an organization that fosters conversation and consensus across all sectors of the book business. Before that, she served two years as BISG’s associate director and two years as its marketing and communications manager.
Angela holds a Masters of Science in Book Publishing from New York University and currently serves on the board of directors for the Book Industry Study Group. In 2017, she was awarded the Book Industry Study Group’s Industry Champion Award, given to an individual whose efforts have gone beyond the requirements of his or her position to advance the book industry.
Literary Agent Charlotte Gusay’s love of the literary has deep roots. She has come to be known as the “Diane Keaton” of agents - eclectic, quality, and very selective in choosing projects to represent. Founded on the basis of her hands-on experience in the book business (as a bookseller for many years,) Charlotte Gusay (founder-owner) represents both fiction and nonfiction books, entertainment rights, books to film, selected screenplays and screenwriters and she often partners with WGA film agents.
The Charlotte Gusay Literary Agency is looking for those books – both fiction and nonfiction that are both quality and commercial. For example, the Agency is particularly interested in innovative, unusual, eclectic, literary, historical, humorous books and those on any issues or topics, timely or socially important. Selection always comes down to the writing. The writing must be superb; the voice, seductive.
Some (Not All) Areas of Interest:
Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Feminist Fiction, Historical Fiction, Humorous Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mainstream Fiction, Military/War Fiction, Multicultural Fiction, Mystery, Regional Fiction, Suspense, Agriculture/Horticulture, Alternative Lifestyles, Anthropology/Archaeology, Art/Architecture, Biography, Communications, Cooking/Foods/Nutrition, Ethnic, Feminism, Film/Cinema/Stage, Gardening, Gay/Lesbian Nonfiction, General Nonfiction, Gift Book, Photography, Government/Politics, Health/Medicine, History, House and Home, Humanities, Humorous Nonfiction, Language and Literature, Literary Criticism, Multicultural Nonfiction, Music and Dance, Nature and Environment,Philosophy, Popular Science, Psychology, Reference, Regional Nonfiction, Religion, Sports, Travel, Pop Culture, and Humor. www.gusay.com
Peter Lance is a five-time Emmy-winning investigative reporter now working as a screenwriter and novelist. He began his career as a journalist in New England before moving to WNET, the PBS flagship in New York, where he won his first New York area Emmy. In 1981 Lance became Investigative Correspondent for ABC News. For his very first investigative piece on 20/20 Lance won his fifth Emmy for "Unnecessary Surgery," an exposé of unnecessary surgery in an Arkansas hospital.
Then, in 1987, he took a break from non-fiction. Lance came to L.A. and began working as a writer and story editor for Michael Mann on two of his acclaimed NBC series: CRIME STORY and MIAMI VICE. In 1997 Lance's first novel FIRST DEGREE BURN (from Berkley-Penguin) became a national best seller. Later Lance adapted VEIL: THE SECRET WARS OF THE CIA, Bob Woodward's best-seller on William Casey for HBO.
In the year 2000 Lance returned to investigative reporting with his best-selling non-fiction investigative biography: THE STINGRAY: Lethal Tactics of The Sole Survivor.
Following the 9/11 attacks Lance started investigating the origins of the FBI's original probe of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef. After visiting Yousef's former bomb factory in the Philippines, he came away with 100's of pages of classified documents proving that the al Qaeda terrorist had set the 9/11 plot into motion as early as 1994.
The result was his acclaimed investigative book from HarperCollins 1000 YEARS FOR REVENGE. Lance followed that book with COVER UP in 2004. In TRIPLE CROSS, the final book in Lance's 9/11 investigative trilogy, Lance provided stunning evidence that senior FBI and Justice Dept. officials may have obstructed justice in their failure to monitor Ali A Mohamed, Osama bin Laden's principal spy inside the United. States. Lance is adapting two of his books, TRIPLE CROSS and DEAL WITH THE DEVIL for a 10 hour dramatic cable series.
Literary Agent, Toni Lopopolo, has a book publishing resume that began in the publicity department of Bantam Books, New York City where she publicized authors such as Philip Roth, Barbara Cartland, Isaac Asimov, and Louis L’Amour. She next served as Library Promotion Director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and visited almost every major library in the USA. Houghton Mlfflin offered her a position in Boston as Marketing Manager, Paperback Books. Her big campaigns included Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins. When Macmillan offered Toni the title of Executive Editor, she moved back to New York City and published Judy Mazel’s Beverly Hills Diet and Elvis 56 by Al Wertheimer among other hits. St. Martin’s Press made an offer she couldn’t refuse, Toni became Executive Editor, published Hot Flashes by Barbara Raskin and Rich and Famous by Kate Coscarelli plus Elsa Lanchester, Herself, by Elsa Lanchester, On The Other Hand by Fay Wray and many more titles.
In l991, Toni opened Toni Lopopolo Literary Management. She has since sold books for authors Sol Stein, Lee Silber, Lillian Glass, Steve Duno, Nancy Baer, Flo Fitzgerald, Judith Smith-Levin, Howard Olgin, and Jeanette Baker among others. Toni relocated her company to Santa Barbara, California in 2011. She’s well known for her writing workshops, Tea with Toni,wherein she uses a unique method that helps first-time novelists master the skills needed to write viable book-length fiction, plus, she aids nonfiction writers produce compelling narrative nonfiction, including memoir, using fiction techniques. www.LopopoloLiterary.com
Zhena Muzyka is a social entrepreneur, author, women’s business and life coach, public speaker and the publisher of Enliven Books, a new Mind-Body-Spirit imprint from Atria/Simon and Schuster. As the host of "Change Maker" CBS Radio Podcast, Zhena explores the inner terrain of personal development with bestselling authors, politicians, artists, experts and business leaders. Zhena’s book, Life by the Cup, chronicles her experience of growing a multimillion-dollar fair trade tea company, Zhena’s Gypsy Tea, as a single mom with $6 to her name in hopes to inspire others to achieve their most audacious dreams. Life by the Cup is in development for a TV series by Mark Wahlberg and his production company, creators of HBO shows Boardwalk Empire, Entourage and In Treatment.
Celebrated for her work in fair trade business practices, Zhena was named a Country Living Women Entrepreneur Honoree, a Top Woman in Business by Pacific Business Times, 20 most inspiring women in Coco Eco Magazine, and has received the Enterprising Women of the Year award and the Socially Responsible Business award, among others. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Inc., Entrepreneur, and additional mediums for her unique view of business and meditation, work and family life with empire building.
Zhena is a trusted advisor to women-owned businesses and creates inspirational media on www.Zhena.TV now. She lives in California with her 2 kids, husband, 2 cats, puppy, and hummingbird garden. You can contact her at www.Zhena.TV