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CHARLOTTE ABBOTT

CONTENT DEVELOPMENT particularly for non-fiction authors and journalists on subjects of memoir, business, current affairs, women’s studies, adoption, lesbian and gay studies, African American studies, mind/body/spirit, nature and the environment, and photography.

Charlotte Abbott is a publishing journalist and digital content strategist who has developed a large and loyal online community of authors, publishers, booksellers, librarians, book bloggers, and e-reading innovators, via weekly discussions on Twitter (#followreader). In her 20 years in the book industry, she has been a reporter and editor for Publishers Weekly, a publishing commentator on National Public Radio, a book critic supervising more than 1000 reviews a year, and an acquiring book editor at HarperCollins and Avon Books. Most recently, she has been advising authors and retailers on how to maximize their online visibility through strategic content development, including social media, blogs and traditional media. She is a board member of the Women’s Media Group and has served as a judge of several noted literary awards.

 

Email: abbcha@gmail.com
Twitter: @charabbott

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ANNE BARTHOLOMEW

ONLINE RETAIL, MARKETING, and CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
favorite categories include debut fiction, mystery & thrillers, cookbooks & food writing, memoir, young adult

Anne Bartholomew is a writer, editor, and bookseller with particular experience in online retail and content development at Amazon.com. Much of her work over the last five years has been focused on connecting authors with readers via custom marketing, interviews, reviews and social media. She is a graduate of Fordham University in New York, as well as the Denver Publishing Institute, and the Institute of Culinary Education. As a reader, her turn-to categories include debut fiction and mysteries, cookbooks, young adult, and memoir, but she’ll happily read anything that comes with a good recommendation.

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LAURIE CHITTENDEN

FICTION, EDITORIAL, AND MARKETING

Laurie Chittenden, currently an Editor-at-Large with Hyperion, began her publishing career as a bookseller with Rizzoli Books in Virginia, but upon moving to New York City she took a position as an Editorial Assistant at Hyperion in 1993. She left to hold the positions of Associate Editor and Editor at Simon & Schuster from 1994 through 1999 where she discovered and launched the careers of best-selling authors Richard Paul Evans and Jennifer Chiaverini. 

During her tenure as Senior Editor at Dutton from 1999 to 2006, Chittenden published fiction and nonfiction by such best-selling authors as Marisa de los Santos, Jenny McCarthy, Governor Ann Richards, Erik Weihenmayer and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Diane Johnson. Most recently, Chittenden was Executive Editor at William Morrow, where she published a number of titles including Marisa de los Santos’ New York Times best-selling Belong to Me and IndieNext pick Falling Together; Brunonia Barry’s New York Times best-selling The Lace Reader and IndieNext pick The Map of True Places; national best-seller, IndieNext and Discover Great New Writers pick In the Sanctuary of Outcasts by Neil White; and Conor Grennan’s New York Times and internationally best-selling Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal. 

Chittenden is also an adjunct professor at NYU where she has taught the Workshop in Manuscript Editing for the Masters in Publishing program. She has lectured extensively at BEA, book expos, conferences, universities, journalist associations, and on television and radio in the United States, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. She has been featured for her work in the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the Observer, Poets & Writers, Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the Women’s Media Group. In addition to her love of publishing, Chittenden is the Special Events Director for the New York Cycle Club and an active volunteer with the Young Professionals Group of the Nature Conservancy.

Email: Lauriechittenden@gmail.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/laurie-chittenden/12/38a/694

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JACK COVERT

BUSINESS, RETAIL, SPECIAL SALES

Jack Covert is the President and Founder of 800-CEO-READ. In 1984, Jack was hired by the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops (an independent chain of bookstores in Milwaukee from 1927–2009) to promote business and computer books to the Milwaukee business community. Over the past decade, 800-CEO-READ has concentrated on selling business books while also spreading great business ideas via its daily blog, its monthly newsletter The Keen Thinker, the monthly publication of essays on ChangeThis, its annual Business Book Awards, and its yearly magazine In The Books. In 2010, 800-CEO-READ began a partnership with Inc. to publish and promote its Business Book Best Seller List. In 2012, 800-CEO-READ will offer an exciting new online service, KnowledgeBlocks, to help users save, organize, and customize their business information.

Jack grew that 3-shelf business book section of the store into a 7-million-dollar specialty business book retailer and has earned quite a reputation. “[I]n the world of business-book publishing . . . , his championship of obscure works has helped turn such books as The Goal into national bestsellers, and his monthly best seller list is a frequently cited standard.” Then–Doubleday/Currency editor Harriet Rubin described Covert “as not simply a bookseller—he’s a tracker and a prophet” (Inc., 1995).
In 2000, Jack began writing reviews of new and notable business books in a monthly, nationally syndicated column entitled “Jack Covert Selects.” Ultimately these reviews led him to collaborate on The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, a book that not only ranks the best business books, but also provides references to nearly 400 notable books for the business reader. The 100 Best has now been updated in paperback and reprinted in ten languages.

Email: Jack@800CEOREAD.com
Twitter: @JackCovert

Barbara-Greenberg

BARBARA J. GREENBERG

BOOK PUBLISHING MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION

Barbara Greenberg brings more than 30 years of experience, creativity, and expertise in book publishing management and production to Your Expert Nation. Her skills have been finely honed over 20 years of in-house work at Macmillan, FSG, Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, DK Ink, Winslow Press and Random House, overseeing adult trade, illustrated books, and books for young readers. She was also instrumental in launching Barnes & Noble’s early eBook initiative. Concurrently Barbara maintained a freelance business proofreading adult and children’s titles for a variety of publishers.

Barbara left in-house work in 2003 to start BJG Publishing Services, where she offers proofreading for print and e-books, pre-submission review of manuscripts when titles need editorial tidying before submission, and editorial services for self-published titles. Barbara also offers a project management service, where she will put together a team of highly qualified professionals who can edit, copyedit, proofread, and design a project from start to finish, and anything in between.

Email: bgreenberg@bjgpublishingservices.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/barbarajgreenberg

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RON HOGAN

E-MAIL MARKETING, ONLINE MARKETING, SOCIAL MEDIA, BOOK BLOGGERS

Ron Hogan helped create the literary Internet by launching Beatrice.com in 1995. He spent several years writing about the business side of publishing as a senior editor for GalleyCat, then briefly worked with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as their director of e-marketing strategy.

These days, he’s using all that experience to help publishing companies and individual authors develop stronger connections with their readers. He speaks frequently at book festivals and publishing conferences about how to make the best use of social networking tools, advances in digital publishing, and other transformative trends in the publishing industry.

Ron also maintains an active presence in New York City’s literary scene, hosting and curating events that introduce readers to great writers. In addition to regular posts at Beatrice, Ron also writes book reviews and literary features for other publications, including Shelf Awareness,Tor.com, and the Dallas Morning News.

Twitter: @RonHogan
Facebook: facebook.com/RonHogan
Website: RonHogan.net

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DAVID KENER

EVENTS, ADULT, YA, ARTS, EDUCATION, LITERATURE, POETRY, LITERACY

David Kener has enjoyed an expansive career in Theatre, Arts and Education, with a significant focus on underserved youth communities. David was just appointed Director, NYC Project Hope for Counseling in Schools. This FEMA funded initiative offers Crisis Counseling and Creative Arts services to students and school communities in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy.

David worked as an actor for many years following his graduation from The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater, studying with the legendary Sandy Meisner.” He has appeared on many stages in the US and internationally including The Signature Theater, where he worked with Arthur Miller, and The American Place Theatre, working with Wynn Handman.

While working as a professional actor in all media, he began his teaching artist career and spent many years working in leadership roles for The Creative Arts Team, The Henry Street Arts Settlement, and Colors United. He then held the position of Executive Director of The Leadership Program, creating an arts focused methodology and establishing partnerships with institutions such as New York University and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. His most recent position, held for over fifteen years was as Executive Director of The American Place Theater where he pioneered the Literature to Life Program serving over 20,000 students annually across twenty-five states, working to improve literacy and cultural awareness.

David has recently been a featured writer for The New York Times, penning a weeklong Drama series for the Learning Network on drama strategies using the Times. He now heads up his own consulting firm Education Development Unlimited (EDU) working with mission driven organizations such as Counseling In Schools, where Caring Inspires Success and Power Writers, helping launch powerpoetry.org, the world’s first transmedia mobile poetry community for youth.

David lives on the upper west side of NYC with his wife, the Costume Designer Michelle Matland and his son Marcus, a sophomore at The Beacon High School, where David serves on the Executive Board as Vice President, Arts Liaison.

Email: david@counselinginschools.orgdavidbkener@gmail.com
Website: www.counselinginschools.org

 

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RON KOLTNOW

MARKETING, BOOK MARKETING, RETAIL BOOKSELLING, LIBRARY MARKETING, FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE
Interested especially in HISTORY, MYSTERY

Ron Koltnow had been a publisher’s sales rep for close to 30 years, first with the Putnam Publishing Group and subsequently Random House. He has worked as a front-line bookseller and as supervisor of a customer service department for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the National Capital Area.  He has experience with retail booksellers, from small, specialized gift shops to large regional chains, and with wholesale accounts. In recent years, Ron had been participating with Random’s academic marketing department at the First Year Experience and other conferences.  At Random House, Ron chaired the Rep Committee and twice received the Outstanding Achievement in Marketing Award.  He is co-recipient of The New England Independent Booksellers Association’s Saul Gilman Award for excellence in service, and was Publisher’s Weekly Rep of the Year in 2010.   His articles and reviews have appeared in The ARSC Journal, Washington, DC’s The City Paper, Magill’s Survey of Foreign Film and Magill’s Cinema Annual.  Koltnow has spoken to library groups, mystery readers, and the general book-loving community.  He is semi-retired in Boston, where he indulges his joint passions for mystery fiction and American History. 

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/Ronnie Ex-Random
TWITTER: @rkoltnow

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ANNE KOSTICK

DIGITAL STRATEGY, EDITORIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT, USER EXPERIENCE (UX) DESIGN, CHILDREN’S EDUCATION AND ENTERTAINMENT, AUDIOBOOKS, PUBLISHING OPTIONS

Anne is a writer, editor, producer and partner in Foxpath IND, where she consults on digital publishing for web and print content and experience design in ebook development and education. Her clients at Foxpath IND include arts and cultural institutions, book publishers, and technology and business services. She is a frequent industry conference and webcast producer, moderator, and speaker. Since the Web was born, Anne has been fascinated with UX and interactive design, especially now, at the intersection of print and digital reading. Her occasional column, “Digital Reading,” discusses UX and related topics in ebooks and digital reading. A member of UXPA, Anne is also program director of the annual Digital Book Awards; emerita president of Women’s Media Group; an advisory board member of BEA Educational Conference and advisory board chair of Library For All. She is the author of several children’s books and a definitive collection of jokes.

Website: http://foxpath.com/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annekostick
Twitter: @bklynanne
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anne.kostick