Scott Flora is in his eleventh year as Vice President and co-owner of About Books, a book production company providing editing, design, printing, and project management services in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. From 2003 to 2011, Scott also served as Executive Director of The Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN) a trade association for publishers and authors. Scott left the position in March of 2011 and is now SPAN’s Board President.Joel Friedlander (@JFBookman) 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. He’s been launching the careers of self-publishers since 1994 and writes The Book Designer, a popular ’Blog on book design, book marketing and the future of the book. Joel is also the founder of the online training course, “The Self-Publishing Roadmap.” Connect with Joel on Google+.Florrie Binford Kichler is the founder of Patria Press and the immediate past president of the Independent Book Publishers Association.Dan Poynter is widely recognized as the “godfather” of the self-publishing movement worldwide. He is the author of The Self-Publishing Manual (16 revised editions, 25 printings, 2 volumes) and more than a hundred other books available from ParaPublishing.Toni Rakestraw is the co-owner of Rakestraw Book Design, a company that provides editing, design, and book cover services in Oregon. She has worked with self-published authors all over the world, providing the level of expertise they needed, ranging from simple copyediting to project management. She is the author of several published short stories and has co-authored the self-published novel Titanic Deception with her husband, John.Danny O. Snow is a senior research fellow of The Society for New Communications Research and former columnist for Publishers Weekly. He also served a two-year term on the board of directors of the Independent Book Publishers Association, 2009-2011.Rachel Thompson is the author of the self-published Kindle bestsellers Walk in the Snark and Mancode: Exposed as well as her new hit, Broken Pieces. Her wild success promoting her own books using social media led her to found Bad Redhead Media, where she coaches fellow self-publishers in the art and science of maximizing their exposure on Amazon and across social networks worldwide.
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