Allyson Longueira

An award-winning writer, editor and designer, Allyson Longueira has more than 15 years of experience in fiction and nonfiction in multiple media, including newspapers, magazines and books. She holds a BA in English from Rutgers University and an MA in design and editing from the prestigious University of Missouri School of Journalism. As editor, Allyson led her newspaper to three general excellence awards in three consecutive years from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. She has taught writing and design at the college and professional levels, including a post as adjunct professor at the University … Learn MoreAllyson Longueira

Marie Whittaker

Marie Whittaker is an award-winning essayist and author of urban fantasy, children’s books and supernatural thrillers. Marie has enjoyed professions as a truck driver and raft guide and is now Associate Publisher and Project Editor at WordFire Press. In 2019 Marie was selected as Director of Superstars Writing Seminars, a world-class conference focusing on the business of writing. She is assistance to bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson. Writing as Amity Green, her debut novel, Scales, the first in her Fate and Fire series, debuted in 2013. Her supernatural thriller, The Witcher Chime, was a finalist for the Indie Book Awards … Learn MoreMarie Whittaker

Deidre J. Manna-Bratten

Deidre J. Manna-Bratten is an enthusiastic brand licensing professional, helping brand owners and licensees understand how to navigate through the challenges and benefits of consumer product licensing. Before joining the Global Licensing Group as their International Project Manager, Deidre worked in the fashion industry for 8 years as a Sales and Marketing Executive. During this time, she had her first taste of licensing as a licensee of Warner Bros (Gossip Girl), creating an inspired-by full range apparel collection with Romeo & Juliet Couture. Deidre has worked with reputable entertainment companies, such as Mattel and Saban Brands, to create compelling products and marketing … Learn MoreDeidre J. Manna-Bratten

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Damon Courtney

Damon Courtney is the creator and CEO of BookFunnel, an ebook delivery service for authors and publishers. Though he would like to be a highly successful indie author, he can only lay claim to publishing a single Fantasy trilogy that he does really like, despite its lack of sales. But, self-publishing three novels did lead to the creation of BookFunnel, so he’s got that going for him. As a lifelong software engineer, Damon is an expert in just about everything technical and can offer unique insight on publishing as it relates to software and technology. In case you haven’t heard, software is eating … Learn MoreDamon Courtney

Loren L. Coleman

Loren L. Coleman is the author of over twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, including writing for such well-known brands as Conan, Star Trek, Magic, and BattleTech. He is also the owner/publisher of Catalyst Game Labs and serves as the company’s chief licensing manager. He has published or republished over 100 novels, hundreds of games or game-related titles, and has worked with such brands as Shadowrun, Vikings, and Dungeons & Dragons. He has also been instrumental in licensing novels and games into seven other languages.

David P. Vandagriff

David P. Vandagriff is an attorney who focuses his practice on contract negotiation and drafting, including the licensing of intellectual property. His current clients are primarily authors, but also include small publishers and literary agents. He is a member of The State Bar of California. Earlier in his career, David was a nationally-known expert on law office automation, wrote a regular column in The ABA Journal for the American Bar Association and was invited (and paid) to speak to many different bar associations from New York to Honolulu. During this time, he wrote Splitsville, a popular software program for divorce … Learn MoreDavid P. Vandagriff

Rebecca Moesta

Rebecca Moesta’s experience in publishing dates back to 1979 when she managed the offices of William Carey Library Publishers in Pasadena, CA. In the 1980s, she earned Masters of Science in Business Administration from Boston University and became a curriculum specialist for Big Bend Community College, writing college workbooks and traveling around Europe teaching management classes to Army NCOs. Rebecca worked as a Tech Writer/Editor for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where she met her husband, Kevin J. Anderson. During her time at LLNL, she began writing and publishing fiction. She is a graduate of the Stanford Publishing Course. For years, … Learn MoreRebecca Moesta

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Christina F. York

Christina F. York—in addition to writing SF, fantasy, YA, romance, action-adventure, erotica, and a variety of licensed properties—is a financial professional with over 40 years of experience in companies large and small across a wide range of industries. She writes the bestselling Haunted Gift Shop mysteries as Christy Fifield is the author of the best-selling Haunted Gift Shop mysteries and the Lady Plumber mysteries as Christy Evans. Amazingly, all three share a single brain. (It’s kind of a scary place to live.) In addition to her professional experience, Ms. York has been the spouse of a writer for over 35 … Learn MoreChristina F. York

T. Thorn Coyle

T. Thorn Coyle is author of the nine book paranormal fantasy seriesThe Witches of Portland, as well as The Panther Chronicles, an alt-history urban fantasy series,the novel Like Water, and two short story collections. Thorn has also written multiple nonfiction books including Sigil Magic for Writers, Artists & Other Creatives, Kissing the Limitless, and Evolutionary Witchcraft. Both traditionally and independently published, Thorn’s work appears in many anthologies, magazines, and collections. Thorn ran a private teaching and consulting business and has taught and lectured on four continents, in nine countries, and twenty-five states and moderated panels at many conferences. Thorn ran a popular podcast for several years and … Learn MoreT. Thorn Coyle

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Dean Wesley Smith

Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith published far more than a hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds of short stories across many genres. At the moment he produces novels in several major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the Old West, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, a superhero series starring Poker Boy, and a mystery series featuring the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang. His monthly magazine, Smith’s Monthly, which consists of only his … Learn MoreDean Wesley Smith

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