Presenters “From Pen to Published”

Conference 2014 logoKeynote Speakers and Our Expert Presenters 

We’ve scheduled sixteen breakout sessions and staffed them with experienced speakers from near and far. Many of the sessions are practical: how to design a YouTube or book trailer video, how to apply for a DBA or pay your sales taxes, and how to create a first-rate book cover. Other sessions focus on particular genres and the craft of writing: romance and fantasy, point of view, setting, critique groups, dialog, playwriting, and non-fiction/non-memoir writing. And many more. Your challenge will be to select the four sessions!

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Meet Our Presenters and Speakers!

Marina Adair

Marina Adair

Marina Adair is a #1 national best-selling author of romance novels: St. Helena Vineyard series, Sugar’s Twice as Sweet, part of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California. Visit her at www.MarinaAdair.com  Session: “The Shocking Truth about Romance,” GENRE

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Nina Amir

Nina Amir, the author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, inspires writers to create published products and careers as authors as well as to achieve their goals and fulfill their potential. A developmental editor, proposal consultant and author, book and blog-to-book coach, founded National Nonfiction Writing Month. http://www.ninaamir.com Session: “How to Successfully Tackle Social Media,” MARKETING

Elizabeth Barrett

Elizabeth Barrett

Elisabeth Barrett lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and spends her days teaching, editing, writing sexy contemporary romance, and enjoying time with her sometimes-bearded husband and three spirited children. She is constantly perfecting her home-work-writing juggling act, but in her free time she loves to hike open space preserves, grow orchids, bake sweet things her husband won’t eat, and sing in grand choruses. www.elisabethbarrett.com Session: “The Shocking Truth about Romance,” GENRE

Catharine Bramkamp

Catharine Bramkamp

Catharine Bramkamp, a writing coach, professor, author and producer of Newbie Writers Podcast. Her books are: Don’t Write Like You Talk, The Cheap Retreat Work Book, the Real Estate Diva Mystery Series and the poetry chapbook‚ Ammonia Sunrise. She is a regular contributor to Vintage Voices anthology and editor of the just released conference poetry anthology, And the Beats Go On. http://www.Yourbookstartshere.com  Session: “Non-Fiction Writing: Get Book You Need Using the Stuff You Have,” GENRE

Amy Cloughley

Amy Cloughley

Amy Cloughley, is an agent with Kimberley Cameron & Associates. Keeping with the agency’s unique legacy of The Reece Halsey Agency, she strives to represent the highest quality writing. Amy came to the agency with a background in editing, writing, and marketing. She seeks literary and commercial fiction, mystery/suspense, as well as narrative nonfiction projects. http://www.kimberleycameron.com Session: “Your First Page & How to Get It Out of the Slush Pile” PUBLISHING

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Robert Digitale

Robert Digitale, is a staff writer for The Press Democrat. He conceived and edited three fictional serials that were published in the newspaper using multiple writers. He has published his first fantasy novel, Horse Stalker, and now is writing the second book in the series, Blaze and Skyfire. http://www.horsestalker.com Session: “Beyond Dragons and time Travel,”  GENRE

Tina Folsom

Tina Folsom

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tina Folsom is a self-publishing rock star. Her most popular series in the Scanguards Vampires series, but she also writes about Greek gods and other alpha heroes. She now has seventeen novels in English and over two dozen translated; she has sold over a million books. Session: “The Shocking Truth about Romance,” GENRE

Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson is the author of the novel How To Buy a Love of Reading (Dutton – 2009), and a freelance editor, consultant, and writing teacher. She has written for such magazines as The Writer, Parents, and Writer’s Digest, and her short fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is at work on her next novel, These Hidden Seashttp://www.tanyaegangibson.com Session: “Crafting Dazzling Double-Duty (and Triple-Duty!) Dialogue,” CRAFT

Alexis Fajardo

Alexis Fajardo

Alexis Fajardo, is a student of the classics‚ whether Daffy Duck or Damocles ‚ and has created a unique blend of the two in his graphic novel series Kid Beowulf. Lex has taught cartooning throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Santa Rosa, where, when not penning Kid Beowulf he can be found working for PEANUTS at the Charles M. Schulz Studio. http://kidbeowulf.com Session: “A YouTube & Book Trailer How-To,” MARKETING

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia is a poet, critic, and teacher who’s published four collections of poetry and Can Poetry Matter. As Chairman of the National Endowments for the Arts, he created the largest and most effective literary programs in federal history: Shakespeare in American Communities, Poetry Out Loud, and The Big Read. Gioia currently teaches poetry and public culture at USC. http://danagioia.net Lunch Keynote Speaker, “The Joy and the Misery of Being a Poet”

Jonathan Glick

Jonathan Glick

Jonathan Glick came to the Bay Area two years ago to be Senior Designer at Insight Editions in San Rafael, CA. Prior to Insight, he worked in New York as mouse+tiger studio, designing books and covers for a wide range of major publishers. He began his career working at Welcome books.http://www.insighteditions.com/  http://jon-glick.blogspot.com/
Session: “Book Covers That Sell” MARKETING

Garret Groenveld

Garret Groenveld

Garret Groenveld is a poet and playwright in San Francisco. He is a founding writer with PlayGround and the author of more than a dozen full-length plays including “Missives,” “The Empty Nesters,” and “The Serving Class.” His play “The Hummingbirds” (currently touring Romania and being remounted in Mexico City) was the winner of the Global Age Project and the Internationalists Global Playwrighting Prize. Session: “A Playwriting Primer,” GENRE

Sharon Hamilton

Sharon Hamilton

Sharon Hamilton loves all things paranormal: Angels, Dark Angels, Watchers, Guardians, Upogenie and Vampires. She also has developed a series of hot romantic suspense Navy SEAL stories that have ranked her in the top 100 at Amazon in that genre and the book ranked in the top 100 for 12 weeks in a row. An avid organic vegetable and flower gardener, Sharon and her husband live in the Wine Country in Northern California, where most of her stories take place. http://sharonhamiltonauthor.com Session: “The Shocking Truth about Romance,” GENRE

Carolyn Jewel

Carolyn Jewel

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award-winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. She has a son, three cats, and a dog. Session: “The Shocking Truth about Romance,” GENRE

Anne Jordan

Anne Jordan

Anne Jordan has been a popular instructor at several universities and colleges. She’s also a successful screenwriter, script doctor, and founder of the Northern California Screenwriters Expo. Anne is the author of  The Big Secret – What Hollywood Won’t Tell You. You can learn more about her at www.popcornentertainmentgroup.com Session: “The Secret That All Best Selling Authors Know – How to Outline Your Story” CRAFT

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Gil Mansergh

Jack London Award-winner Gil Mansergh is a syndicated film columnist and host/producer of KRCB-FM’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers radio program. He has written over sixty nonfiction books, and the historical, coming-of-age novel The Marvelous Journals of Miss Virginia Pettingill. Gil is currently polishing his second novel, Hollywood Beau, which is set in 1925 Los Angles. http://gilmansergh.com Session: “A YouTube & Book Trailer How-To,” MARKETING

Linda C. McCabe

Linda C. McCabe

Linda C. McCabe is the author of Quest of the Warrior Maiden, an epic historic fantasy set in the time of Charlemagne. Her novel was awarded Best Historic Fantasy in the 2013 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Book Awards. She is also a past president of Redwood Writers. www.LindaCMcCabe.com Session: “Beyond Dragons and Time Travel,”  GENRE

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue

Amanda McTigue‘s debut novel, Going to Solace, was named a 2012 Best Read by Gil Mansergh, host of KRCB-FM’s Word By Word: Conversations With Writers radio program. Her stage works have appeared at Carnegie Hall and the Minnesota Opera. Amanda teaches writing and performance at SSU and regional workshops. Her second novel, Some Other Cuba, arrives in 2015. https://amandamctigue.com Session: “The Power of Place,” CRAFT

Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers

Linda Joy Myers is president of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and the author of The Power of Memoir, Don’t Call Me Mother, and Journey to Memoir. She guides writers to success in her coaching and through the Write Your Memoir in Six Months course. http://www.namw.org Session: “How to Write a Winning Book Proposal,” PUBLISHING

Andy Ross

Andy Ross

Andy Ross was the owner of the Legendary Cody’s Books in Berkeley from 1977-2007. In 2008 he started the Andy Ross Literary Agency. Andy represents books in a wide range of genres including: narrative non-fiction, journalism, history, current events, literary and commercial fiction, and teen fiction Andy has a popular blog, “Ask the Agent,” where he talks about writing, and book publishing. and reminisces about his life as a bookseller. You can find Andy’s website at www.andyrossagency.com. Session: “Your First Page & How to Get It Out of the Slush Pile” PUBLISHING

John Rothmann

John Rothmann

John F. Rothmann is a political and foreign policy consultant and is an expert on the American Presidency. He is a professor serving on the faculty of the Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco. Rothmann is the co-author of Icon of Evil: Hitler’s Mufti, and the Rise of Radical Islam (Random House, 2008) and Harold E Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican (McFarland, 2013). Rothmann was a Talk Show Host on KGO News Talk 810 AM from 1996 to 2011 and is currently the Political Analyst on KKSF 910 AM. http://www.johnrothmann.com Morning Keynote Speaker

Helen Sedwick

Helen Sedwick

In addition to practicing business law for almost thirty years, Helen Sedwick is the author of the historical novel, Coyote Winds, which won first prize for Historical Fiction from the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and a five star review from ForeWord Reviews. http://keepingitlegal.blogspot.com/ Session: “DBA, EIN, POD and ©, Legal Guide to the Alphabet Soup of Writing and Blogging”  PUBLISHING

Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens

Ransom Stephens is a science writer, physicist, and technologist. The author of two novels, The God Patent (self-pub’ed ebook ==> acquired and republished by tiny Numina Press ==> acquired and re-republished by giant Amazon Publishing) and The Sensory Deception (47North). Dr. Stephens is a beer-drinking, cussing, Raider fan. http://ransomstephens.com Session: “Make Point of View Work for You,” CRAFT

Peter Swehla

Peter Swehla

Peter Swehla is a fan of storytelling in all forms, having worked on TV shows, commercials, and videos for the Snoopy YouTube channel–has also helped several artists reach their Kickstarter goals. Peter lives with his wife and three children in Sonoma County and works on his own creative story projects. Session: “A YouTube & Book Trailer How-To,” MARKETING

Julia Tracey

Julia Tracey

Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning journalist, blogger and author. Her women’s history book project, The Doris Diaries, was a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in 2013 and the first volume of that series has won several awards. With a background in traditional print journalism and publishing, as well as PR and marketing, Julia is a passionate advocate for bootstraps writing and DIY self-promotion. Visit her website: http://www.juliaparktracey.com Session: “Packaging Yourself,” MARKETING 

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner

Brooke Warner is founder of Warner Coaching Inc., publisher of She Writes Press, and author of What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is an equal advocate for publishing with a traditional house and self-publishing. She lives and works in Berkeley, California. http://www.warnercoaching.com http://www.shewritespress.com   Session: “Publishing Pathways” PUBLISHING

Ann Wilkes

Ann Wilkes

Ann Wilkes‘ published speculative short stories are quirky and tragic, like Twilight Zone episodes. She’s also developing a Web content business and dabbles in event coordination. At Science Fiction and Other ODDysseys (scifiodd.com), she delivers interviews and news. Learn more at www.annwilkes.com. Session: “Beyond Dragons and time Travel,”  GENRE

 Download a single page schedule here.