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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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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.

Website: www.counselinginschools.org

 

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NEIL NATHAN

EDUCATION, YOUNG ADULT LITERACY, MUSIC, SOCIAL MEDIA, DIGITAL MARKETING

Neil Nathan is an education expert who designs and facilitates professional development workshops for thousands of teachers and school administrators across the country. Neil currently builds the capacity of schools to design and align their curriculum to the new Common Core State Standards.

Neil graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Economics and moved to New York City, where he simultaneously began his careers as a singer songwriter and humanities teacher. While at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, Neil directed a nationally renowned arts education program and was featured on the cover of American Teacher Magazine. After 10 successful years in the classroom, Neil was trained by the New Teacher Center and became a mentor to first year teachers in schools both high functioning and high needs. He was quickly promoted to Lead Mentor and was tapped to design and facilitate the professional training for his mentor colleagues. Since then, Neil has trained educators at esteemed conferences across the country alongside best selling education authors Grant Wiggins, Rick Wormeli, and Diane Heacox.

Neil is currently an Instructional Coach, training teachers to build the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills necessary for students to achieve the college and career readiness the Common Core State Standards are calling for. He works closely with teachers to infuse more non-fiction texts into their instruction and help students cite evidence from these texts to develop and defend their opinions. He also helps teachers to build reading comprehension, analysis, and narrative writing skills in their students.

Neil is currently writing his education memoir in which he shares his expertise on how to improve teaching and fix America’s schools, having successfully worked in some of the highest performing and highest needs schools in the nation.

Neil has also found success as a singer songwriter. His songs are spun weekly on Sirius/XM’s The Coffeehouse and have been featured on Showtime’s Californication Soundtrack, ESPN Sportscenter, NHL Live, San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park, Return starring Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon & Mad Men’s John Slattery, and Descent starring Rosario Dawson. Neil has scored independent films and produced and advised numerous artists for his record label, Pirate Vinyl.

He’s also had great success building buzz and growing their fan bases through the implementation of cutting edge internet marketing strategies. He’s had extensive experience using the Topspin Software Platform, the leader in audience growth and management used by both musicians and authors.

“Neil Nathan might not be a household name, but we’re adding a big fat “yet” to the end of that statement.”- Flavorpill

“Has a talent that cuts to and through the heart.” – Philadelphia Daily News

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nnathan

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JENNIFER NORTHCUTT

FICTION including COMMERCIAL, AFRICAN AMERICAN, LITERARY and YA FICTION

Jennifer Northcutt is a former Senior Book Buyer for Borders Group Incorporated. In the 14 years that she worked for the company she bought a variety of book categories from contemporary and literary fiction to young adult fiction. Within each category she implemented marketing strategy surrounding such book brands as The Twilight Saga as well as popular authors such as Lisa Genova, Jodi Picoult, and Nicholas Sparks. Jennifer is also known for the various author interviews that she conducted with such names as Richard Russo, Stephenie Meyer and Jeanette Walls.

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JEANETTE ZWART

FICTION; LITERARY FICTION; NARRATIVE NON-FICTION;  ADULT, YA and CHILDREN’S BOOKS, SALES; MARKETING; AUTHOR TOURS

With over 20 years in general book publishing, much of it as Vice President of Sales responsible for independent retail and library jobber sales for such major publishers as Penguin USA and HarperCollins, Jeanette Zwart has a national reputation as someone who knows how to identify titles with the greatest potential for success in the retail and library channels, and for getting retailers to partner with the publisher  to set up a title for optimal sales.  She sees retailers, publishers and writers as working in tandem to find the right reader for every book.

Jeanette has worked on many bestsellers including Lauren Oliver’s Young Adult novels Before I Fall and Delirium; and Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT trilogy.  Adult non-fiction titles she’s worked on include such non-fiction titles as It Worked For Me:  Lessons In Life and Leadership, Colin Powell’s inspirational lessons from a life of public service and leadership; diet and health books including the Dr. Atkins books; Mehment Oz’s You: The Owner’s Manual and  Drew Manning’s  Fit2Fat2Fit: The Unexpected Lessons from Gaining and Losing 75 lbs on Purpose (seen recently on Dr. Oz and other national media).

She has a special expertise in building mid-list and debut authors, and is proud of her contribution to the success of books like Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin; A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash; Canada by Richard Ford; Serena by Ron Rash; and Round House by Louise Erdrich.

Phone: 917-225-9450