Speakers

IndieReCon will feature many self-publishing bestselling authors and industry insiders.

Rachel Abbott

Rachel Abbott

Rachel Abbott was born and raised in Manchester. She trained as a systems analyst before launching her own interactive media company in the early 1980s. After selling her company in 2000, she moved to the Le Marche region of Italy. When six-­foot ...
Piers Alexander -- Author

Piers Alexander -- Author

Piers Alexander is a London-based writer and serial entrepreneur. He is selling his debut novel, The Bitter Trade , through the WHSmith Travel bookshops, and it has been in the airport charts since October. An adventure set during England's Glorious Revolution...
Porter Anderson -- Futurebook

Porter Anderson -- Futurebook

Porter Anderson is a career journalist whose venues have included three of Time Warner’s CNN networks, the Village Voice, Thought Catalog, the Bookseller, Publishing Perspectives, the Dallas Times Herald, Dallas Observer, D Magazine, the Tampa Tribune, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and other media.
Bella Andre -- Author

Bella Andre -- Author

Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of “The Sullivans” and “The Morrisons” series. Having sold more than 4 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 18 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a groundbreaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.
Jay Artale -- Author & Social Media Strategy

Jay Artale -- Author & Social Media Strategy

Jay's an Indie Travel Guide Author, as well as a prolific business blogger and stealth ghostwriter. Originally from the flatlands and big skies of rural Norfolk in the UK, Jay currently lives in Los Angeles but is preparing for a future as a full-time global digital nomad. She's a project manager specialising in Social Media Management and Content Marketing Strategies, and recently joined the Alliance of Independent Authors as their Social Media and Outreach Manager , and is part of the team supporting the social media planning and activity for IndieReCon. She also recently became a Social Media Mentor at WoMentoringProject . This voluntary team helps to give female voices that would otherwise find it hard to be heard, a greater opportunity of reaching their true potential. Her social media expertise involves completing assessments and audits of your social media networks and making strategic recommendations for growing your brand and network presence. Jay's a staunch supporter of social media (when it's used effectively) and is currently writing "Pinterest for Authors " an extensive guide on how to leverage this visual bookmarking social network to grow your author brand. You can get a sneak peak at her passion and knowledge on the topic in her IndieReCon segment "Pinterest for Authors: Building your Brand with Pins and Boards."
Amanda Barbara -- Pubslush

Amanda Barbara -- Pubslush

Amanda L. Barbara is the vice president of Pubslush, a global crowdfunding publishing platform for books where authors raise funds and gauge audience interest in new book ideas. In addition, trendsetting readers can pledge their financial support to bring books to life.
Jessica Bell -- Author

Jessica Bell -- Author

In addition to her four novels, two poetry collections (including Fabric , which was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2012), and her bestselling pocket writing guides (Writing in a Nutshell Series ), Jessica Bell has published a variety of ...
Joy Capps -- Bublish

Joy Capps -- Bublish

Joy Capps is an award-winning, results-driven business communicator who thrives on building relationships and brands through strategic marketing communication campaigns. Each program she develops consistently increases visibility, augments sales, expands...
Guido Caroti -- Graphic Design

Guido Caroti -- Graphic Design

Guido Caroti is a Graphic Designer based in New York City. Formerly an Art Director at Random House, where he oversaw the design of Fodor's Travel Guides, he has 20+ years experience in publishing and specializes in book design. He currently works with...
Paul Cameron -- Booktrack

Paul Cameron -- Booktrack

Prior to Booktrack, Paul trained as an Aeronautical Engineer and for over a decade then flew as an officer with the Royal New Zealand Air Force before founding a new Division of a high tech electronics and software company that provides products and services...
Tom Chalmers -- IPR License

Tom Chalmers -- IPR License

Tom Chalmers is the founder and Managing Director of IPR License, the first global and digital platform on which to list and license literary rights. Previously, he set-up Legend Press in 2005, a book publisher focused predominantly on mainstream literary and commercial fiction. Legend Press has been shortlisted for Independent Publisher of the Year.
Mark Coker -- Smashwords

Mark Coker -- Smashwords

Mark Coker founded Smashwords in 2008 to change the way books are published, marketed and sold. Mark is co-author along with his wife, Lesleyann, of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the behind-the-scenes world of daytime television soap operas. It was Mark's experience trying to get Boob Tube published that inspired him to start Smashwords. He believes Smashwords holds the promise to make publishing more enriching for authors, readers and publishers. Mark is also the author of The Smashwords Style Guide (how to format an ebook), The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide (how to market any book) and The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success (best practices of the most commercially successful ebook authors).
Ali Cross -- Author

Ali Cross -- Author

Ali Cross grew up watching Bruce Lee movies and dreamed of being a kick-butt martial artist like Cynthia Rothrock. Well, she never became the kind of ninja she envisioned, but she does hold a black belt in awesome. She lives in Utah with her kickin’ h...
Robin Cutler -- Ingram

Robin Cutler -- Ingram

Robin is committed to helping independent publishers easily get their content into the hands of readers around the globe. To help make this happen, Robin Cutler led the development of IngramSpark and continues to support and refine the platform to better serve independent publishers around the world.
Seth Dellon -- PubMatch

Seth Dellon -- PubMatch

Seth Dellon is the Director of Product Development for PubMatch (a joint venture between Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit), where he oversaw the creation of PubMatch since its inception, targeting and creating new functionality to serve PubMatch’s growing network, and helping it grow from simple communication network to a complete platform for those in the rights arena.
Monique Duarte -- FicShelf

Monique Duarte -- FicShelf

Having always been an avid reader, Monique discovered the world of self-publishing when it was in its infancy. Deriving huge amounts of pleasure from the authors she read online, she wanted to find a way to reward them, and it was this which inspired...
David Farland -- Author

David Farland -- Author

David Farland is an award-winning, bestselling author with over 50 novels in print. He has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for his science fiction novel On My Way to Paradise and over seven awards for his fantasy novel Nightingale.
Ricardo Fayet -- Reedsy

Ricardo Fayet -- Reedsy

Ricard Fayet is co-founder of one of the most exciting startups in the self-publishing industry. He slowly immersed himself in the publishing industry a few years ago, one that is ever-changing since Amazon entered it, and co-founded Reedsy to create...
Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca is an acclaimed and award-winning author of nonfiction and teen novels dedicated to helping children and adults find their unique voice in the world. Her title includes the Requiem Series, Collide, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students,...
Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin -- The Inkwell Group

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin -- The Inkwell Group

Vanessa runs The Inkwell Group, Ireland’s leading and most comprehensive publishing consultancy, and is the founder of writing.ie the national Irish writing resources website with a global following. Working closely with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature on projects such as The National Emerging Writer Programme, Vanessa bridges the gap between new writers and publishing in all its forms, giving them all the options. As a literary scout she works with agents and publishers in Ireland and the UK and has been instrumental in launching the careers of many new authors, including writers who have gone on to be award winners and to hit the New York Times bestseller list.
Barbara Freethy -- Author

Barbara Freethy -- Author

Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of 42 novels ranging from contemporary romance to romantic suspense and women's fiction. Traditionally published for many years, Barbara opened her own publishing company in 2011 and has since...
Joel Friedlander -- The Book Designer

Joel Friedlander -- The Book Designer

Joel is an award-winning book designer, a blogger, and the author of A Self-Publisher’s Companion: Expert Advice for Authors Who Want to Publish . Joel is the proprietor of Marin Bookworks in San Rafael, California, a publishing services company w...
Jane Friedman -- Digital Media & Publishing

Jane Friedman -- Digital Media & Publishing

Jane Friedman has more than 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors. From 2001–2010 she worked at Writer’s Digest, where she ultimately became publisher and editorial director of the $10...
Ben Galley -- Author

Ben Galley -- Author

Ben Galley is a young indie author and purveyor of dark fantasy from rainy old England, who isn’t shy about admitting that he still believes in dragons. As well as being the author of the epic and gritty Emaneska Series, Ben also works hard as a self-publishing consultant, sharing his passion for writing and publishing with upcoming authors. His newest book: Shelf Help – The Pocket Guide to Self-Publishing, can tell you all you need to know about self-publishing. Ben is also the proud co-founder and director of indie-only eBook store Libiro.
Dawn Grant -- Author

Dawn Grant -- Author

D C Grant writes for children and young adults in the mystery/thriller and historical fiction genres. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand and is known to drink lots of coffee to power her through the late night writing sessions.
Dan Holloway -- Author

Dan Holloway -- Author

Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet, journalist and literary impresario. He was the organising force behind Year Zero Writers, one of the first high profile collectives of the Kindle age, which specialised in blending literary and avant garde fiction with...
Steena Holmes -- Author

Steena Holmes -- Author

Steena Holmes is a million-selling USA Today, Amazon and New York Times bestselling author. A woman who believes that 'in the end, everything succumbs...to the passions of your heart', she took those passions and made them a dream come true by pouring ...
Jason Hovey -- Booktrack

Jason Hovey -- Booktrack

Jason is a former educator with over 15 years of experience in online media. After an early career as a classroom teacher and technology coordinator, Jason has worked for both large and start up companies in senior product, marketing, and business development...
Karen Inglis -- Self Publishing Adventures

Karen Inglis -- Self Publishing Adventures

Karen Inglis lives in London, UK. She self-published her first children’s book The Secret Lake – a time travel mystery adventure for 8-11 year-olds in September 2011. A year later came, Eeek! The Runaway Alien , a fast-paced graphic novel for 7-10 year-olds, about a soccer-mad alien who runs away to Earth during the World Cup. In May 2014 she brought out Henry Haynes and The Great Escape – another page-turning graphic novel, this time for 6-8 year-olds. Karen has also published an interactive iPad book app, based on her rhyming picture book "Ferdinand Fox’s Big Sleep".
S.R. Johannes -- Author

S.R. Johannes -- Author

S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Amazon bestselling Nature of Grace thriller series (Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable). S.R. Johannes is a winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award in YA, an IPPY a Silver Medalist for YA...
Christopher Joyce -- CHINDI

Christopher Joyce -- CHINDI

CHINDI is a network of independent authors living in and around Chichester in W Sussex. We share ideas, expertise and contacts to reach as many readers as possible in a cost effective manner. CHINDI organises events to promote our books and encourage m...
Maris Kreizman -- Kickstarter

Maris Kreizman -- Kickstarter

Maris Kreizman is a publishing outreach lead at Kickstarter. She was previously the editorial director of digital content for Barnes & Noble/NOOK and a book editor at Free Press/Simon & Schuster and Counterpoint/Basic Books. She is a writer and critic...
Jim Kukral -- Author Marketing Club

Jim Kukral -- Author Marketing Club

Jim Kukral is a 18-year Internet marketing professional who was named by Dun & Bradstreet as one of “The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter.” Jim also serves as a Program Faculty Member for the University of San Francisco’s Internet Marketing Program where he teaches classes to students around the globe on the topics of Internet marketing, entrepreneurship and social media. In addition, SmallBizTrends.com chose Jim as one of 100 top small business influencers online.
Sharmaine Lovegrove -- Fremantle

Sharmaine Lovegrove -- Fremantle

Sharmaine Lovegrove is literary consultant and book scout at FremantleMedia one  the world's largest creators, producers and distributors of prime time serial drama and entertainment.
CJ Lyons -- Author

CJ Lyons -- Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, former pediatric ER doctor CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge Thrillers with Heart. Winner of the International Thriller Writers’ coveted Thriller A...
Diego Marano -- Kobo Writing Life

Diego Marano -- Kobo Writing Life

Diego Marano is the Kobo Writing Life Manager in the UK. Joining Kobo after having worked in different roles across Waterstones.com, John Wiley & Sons (UK) and Elsevier (Italy), Diego brings to the table a combination of technical skills, market awareness...
JJ Marsh -- Author

JJ Marsh -- Author

JJ Marsh is a founder member of Triskele Books, co-editor of The Woolf Quarterly, a regular columnist for Words with JAM and Displaced Nation, and a reviewer for Bookmuse. Originally from Wales, she now lives in Switzerland with her husband and dogs....
Mark McGuinness -- Lateral Action

Mark McGuinness -- Lateral Action

Mark is a poet who earns his living as a coach to artists, indie writers and other creative entrepreneurs. He is the author of Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success and Motivation for Creative People (forthcoming),...
Kathy Meis -- Bublish

Kathy Meis -- Bublish

Kathy Meis is founder of Bublish, a comprehensive marketing solution that helps authors build their brand, reach their readers and track audience engagement. She is a professional writer, editor, ghostwriter and editorial manager with more than twenty years of experience in the media and publishing industries. Kathy is a founding editor of Forbes MediaCritic and a founding partner of PubSmart, a new author-centric publishing conference held in Charleston, South Carolina.
Roz Morris -- Author

Roz Morris -- Author

Roz Morris a professional writer, editor and blogger living in London. She has sold more than 4 million copies of books worldwide, although you won’t have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors.
Toby Mundy -- Toby Mundy Associates

Toby Mundy -- Toby Mundy Associates

Toby Mundy is the founder of Toby Mundy Associates (TMA), an author management company that helps writers build careers, maximise income and plan for the future. It also helps organisations license their brands and intellectual property. TMA works in close association with Ed Victor Limited, one of London’s pre-eminent literary agencies, to ensure that its clients receive seamless service.
Christine Nolfi -- Author

Christine Nolfi -- Author

Christine Nolfi is the author of the guide Reviews Sell Books and ten novels, including the 2015 series Heavenscribe . Her debut Treasure Me was a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist and cited by USA Today as “One of the best of the Indies”. Her nov...
Yen Ooi -- Author

Yen Ooi -- Author

Yen Ooi holds postgraduate degrees in English Literature and International Business, and a Bachelors degree in Commercial Music. Having enjoyed a vibrant career as project manager in music touring and education, Yen started writing in 2008 and is interested...
Joanna Penn -- The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn -- The Creative Penn

Joanna Penn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ARKANE thriller series and the London Psychic series underJ. F. Penn as well as inspirational non-fiction. Joanna is also an international speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one...
David Penny -- Author

David Penny -- Author

David Penny is the author of 4 Science Fiction novels and several short stories published during the 1970’s. Near-starvation led him down the slippery slope of work, which distracted him from his true calling. He has now returned to writing and The R...
John Prebble -- Arts Council England

John Prebble -- Arts Council England

John Prebble is Relationship Manager for Literature at Arts Council England, working around the East and South East. He advises organisations and individuals on funding opportunities to develop literature in its many forms.
Rohan Quine -- Author

Rohan Quine -- Author

Rohan’s novel The Imagination Thief is published both in paperback and as an ebook that links to film and audio and photographic content in conjunction with the text: see www.rohanquine.com/press-media for some nice reviews in The Guardian and elsewhere. H...
Orna Ross -- Alliance of Independent Authors

Orna Ross -- Alliance of Independent Authors

Orna Ross describes herself as a conscious creativist, a term she coined to describe those who apply the creative process to all aspects of life. She writes and publishes novels, poems and the Go Creative! books and is Founder/Director of the non-profit,...
Patricia Sands -- Author

Patricia Sands -- Author

Patricia Sands is a writer, speaker, and photographer living in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France, where she spends par...
Miral Sattar -- Bibliocrunch

Miral Sattar -- Bibliocrunch

Miral Sattar is CEO of Bibliocrunch , a platform that matches authors with trusted, prescreened book publishing professionals. Miral loves books and loves helping authors fulfill their publishing dream. Her company Bibliocrunch has helped numerous authors...
Penny C. Sansevieri -- Author Marketing Experts

Penny C. Sansevieri -- Author Marketing Experts

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. She is the author of...
Helen Sedwick -- Author

Helen Sedwick -- Author

Helen is a business lawyer with 30 years of experience assisting clients in setting up and running their businesses, legally and successfully. Her clients include entrepreneurs such as wineries, green toy makers, software engineers, and writers. She does...
Victoria Strauss -- Writer Beware

Victoria Strauss -- Writer Beware

Victoria Strauss is co-founder, with Ann Crispin, of Writer Beware, a publishing industry watchdog group that provides information and warnings about the many scams and schemes that threaten writers. She received the Service to SFWA Award in 2009 for her work with Writer Beware.
Michael J. Sullivan -- Author

Michael J. Sullivan -- Author

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press (2 books), self (6 books), and big-five (8 books). His works have sold more than half a million English language copies, been translated into thirteen...
Rebecca Swift -- The Literary Consultancy

Rebecca Swift -- The Literary Consultancy

Rebecca Swift is the Director of The Literary Consultancy. She read English at Oxford University and has since worked as an editor and writer. For seven years she worked at Virago Press, where she first conceived of the idea for TLC.
Peter Urpeth -- Emergents

Peter Urpeth -- Emergents

Peter runs the Writing Development programme and provides support to writers throughout the Highlands and Islands.
H.M. Ward

H.M. Ward

H.M. Ward continues to reign as an independent New York Times bestselling author who is swiftly approaching 10 million copies sold to date, placing her among the literary titans. Ward has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, and...
Dan Wood -- Draft2Digital

Dan Wood -- Draft2Digital

Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Publisher Relations at Draft2Digital.  Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 12,000 ...
Debbie Young -- Alliance of Independent Authors

Debbie Young -- Alliance of Independent Authors

Debbie joined ALLi in 2012 and became its blog editor in May 2013. She helps other authors increase their book sales via her Off The Shelf consultancy and her handbook Sell Your Books!, published in 2012. A compulsive blogger and book reviewer, she also...