Promo Day 2017 presenters:
Jo Linsdell is an award winning and internationally best selling author and illustrator. A recognized marketing expert, she is also the founder and organizer of the Promo Day event, and the Writers and Authors website (http://www.WritersAndAuthors.info).
Facebook: Book Marketing AME
Penny Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. (AME) and Adjunct Professor at NYU, is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert.
Penny's company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most cutting-edge book marketing campaigns. Penny has owned and operated Author Marketing Experts, Inc.,for 16 years and she also has published 14 books, including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the "leading guide to everything Internet." Her company, AME, has been featured in numerous media outlets such as InTouch Weekly, Fox News, The Huffington Post, BlogHer, Entrepreneur, Publishers Weekly and much more!
Facebook: Krysten Lindsay Hager
Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends...Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2), and Dating the It Guy. Her debut novel, True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book. Krysten's work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times and on Living Dayton.
Facebook: Author Skye Hegyes
“Creativity: having a pencil in one hand and the paper below it. All that’s left is the writing.” ~ Skye Hegyes
Dragons, wolves, and sharp objects are commonplace in Skye Hegyes’s home in North Carolina. She spends most of her time between writing and working. When not doing either of these things, you may find her making crafts or adventuring with her family, which consists of her husband, two daughters, two birds, and three cats… and a partridge in a pear tree…
Instagram: Mars Dorian
Mars Dorian is an illustrating designer and passionate indie author who helps his clients stand out online. He's worked for startups, indie authors, popular bloggers and major US publishers.
Facebook:Stacey Haggard Brewer
Stacey Brewer has been the managing editor for PDMI Publishing, LLC, for the last 4 years and writes fantasy of all flavors, magical realism, and fiction (though she also suffers from the occasional steampunk and sci-fi ambitions). A little time studying journalism was all it took to turn Stacey into a proper grammar fiend, and a love of reading well-written books drives her to continually study the craft of writing and use those studies to help authors refine their work and make it the best it can be.
Clay Gilbert has been hearing the voices of aliens, vampires, and people from the future since about the age of four. It wasn't long before he started to think taking notes on what they said might be a good idea. This has led him many places—through the halls and classrooms of many schools, where he's been both in front of the teacher's desk and behind it, himself—to presenter's podiums at conventions, and, most often, to the comfortable chair behind his writing desk at home, where he uses his Dell computer as both a beacon and a translator for the voices that still find their way through from countless worlds and planes of existence. Clay’s work in various genres has been in print since his first short science fiction story, “The Computer Conspiracy,” was published in Scholasticmagazine when he was just thirteen. He holds an M.A. in English literature from Auburn University, and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from the University of Souh Carolina. Clay is the author of the science fiction novels Annah: Children of Evohe, Book One and Eternity, as well as the vampire novel Dark Road to Paradise. His current projects include the soon-to-be-published Annah and the Exiles: Children of Evohe, Book Two and Annah and the Gates of Grace: Children of Evohe, Book Three, as well as Cassie’s Song, a sequel to Dark Road to Paradise. He has also served as the Chief Editor for PDMI Publishing, and has been a member of the volunteer staff for DragonCon in Atlanta, Georgia for the past decade. He lives and works in Knoxville, TN. His author blog can be found at https://portalsandpathways.wordpress.com/, and the official website for his Children of Evohe novels resides at https://childrenofevohe.com/.
Fantasy enthusiasts will recognize Sandy Lender as the author of the 2007 breakout novel Choices Meant for Gods from ArcheBooks Publishing, but the South Florida resident has been writing since she was knee high to a grasshopper. At the early age of about six, Sandy entertained the folks in her great grandmother’s apartment building in Southern Illinois with stories of squeaky spiders and mice picking berries.
Sandy Lender won a first-place award with that imagination when she wrote a sequel to Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird during her school days in the St. Louis area before earning a degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. That led to a career in journalism where she’s worked for a variety of publications. Today she’s the editor of a national trade magazine during the day and writes the fantasy fiction she loves at night. She presents workshops on writing, editing, online marketing and the surprising topic of parrot husbandry.
But that’s only half the story. Sandy Lender is also a sea turtle conservationist, serving in the group Turtle Time since 2005. She also has companion parrots and turtles in her home who keep her hopping. It takes one ring on her cell phone to discover she’s remained obsessed with Duran Duran since about 1984. She’s beaten cancer twice, but still fights the IRS. Lastly, she remains unaddicted but “strongly attracted” to all forms of chocolate and welcomes discussions about her handsome and demanding muse at any time.
Chris Well is a media veteran with 30+ years’ experience working in magazines, newspapers, broadcasting, and digital media. In that time, he has been a magazine editor, columnist, journalist, broadcaster, and teacher, with field experience covering music, publishing, human interest, and more. (There was also that time he was the editor of a bridal magazine.) Also a published novelist, Chris has written suspense and mysteries for traditional publishers and as a self-published author.
Facebook: Inkstand Editorial
Anne Nerison is the founder of and editor at Inkstand Editorial, LLC, which provides editing services to emerging and published writers of fiction and nonfiction. In her spare time, she can be found reading, playing with her two cats, or enjoying the Minnesota outdoors with her partner. You can find more about her services on her website and follow her blog for book reviews and tips for authors.