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Future of Publishing Thought Leaders

Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Website: http://www.markleslie.ca

Social Media:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/markleslielefebvre

TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@markleslielefebvre
YouTube: https://youtube.com/markleslielefebvre

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/markleslie

Mark is a writer, editor, professional speaker, and bookseller with more than thirty years of experience in the book industry as a writer and industry professional. A huge advocate for how technology can further empower authors, Mark has been lucky to be at the helm of bookselling as is transitioned from a print-only game to one that embraced digital publishing. He is the author of more than forty books both indie published and traditionally published. But more than all of that he is primarily a passionate storyteller and book nerd.

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Ines Johnson

Website: https://ineswrites.com/breakdown

Hey guys, what’s up? My name’s Ines.
I’m a television producer/writer turned romance novelist. My path to becoming a full time author wasn’t a smooth one.
After pulling in an annual income of three and four figure royalties for years, and suffering through low or no reviews, as well as lackluster sell-through from book to book, I finally figured out what readers wanted.
Now I teach fiction authors how to write more bingeworthy books using pacing techniques from episodic television structure. Unlike other plotting courses, the Page Turner Pacing course helps writers craft their own plotting system that’s tailored to their subgenre, so that they can increase sales by giving their specific readers the compelling, quality stories they crave in a timely manner.

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Ember Casey

Website: https://embercasey.com

Social Media:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/ember.casey/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmberCasey/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmberCasey

Ember Casey is the USA Today bestselling author of over forty contemporary romance novels. She also writes interactive fiction, poetry, and serial stories (where she branches into fantasy romance under the pen name Ember Blackthorn), and she’s always looking for new ways to tell stories. She’s the founder of the Writing and Selling on Fiction Apps group on Facebook, a community where authors can discuss strategies for publishing in this world of new media.

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Dan Wood

Website: https://www.draft2digital.com

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Dan Wood is the Chief Operating Officer at Draft2Digital, where he has spent the last 9 years helping authors publish their books to stores, libraries and subscription services worldwide. During this time, he has had the privilege to present at conferences across the world and speak with thousands of authors at various stages in their careers. With their acquisition of Smashwords, Draft2Digital now distributes over 900,000 books. Dan is also a Co-Host of the Self Publishing Insiders Podcast.

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Becca Syme

Website: https://betterfasteracademy.com

Becca Syme (MATL) is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and has been coaching success alignment for more than a decade. She is the author of the Quitbooks for Writers series and the popular Write Better-Faster course. She also writes mystery novels in her spare time and lives on one of the thousand lakes in Minnesota.

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Dean Wesley Smith

Website: https://deanwesleysmith.com/

Considered one of the most prolific writers working in modern fiction, USA Today bestselling writer, Dean Wesley Smith has published over two hundred novels in forty years, and hundreds and hundreds of short stories across many genres.
At the moment he produces novels in five major series, including the time travel Thunder Mountain novels set in the old west, the galaxy-spanning Seeders Universe series, the urban fantasy Ghost of a Chance series, and the superhero series starring Poker Boy, and the highly acclaimed puzzle mystery series The Cold Poker Gang.
His monthly magazine called Smith’s Monthly, consisting of only his own fiction, premiered in October 2013 and each month has over 60,000 words per issue, including a new and original novel every month.

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Paddy Finn

Indie Author Magazine: How will the strategy of publishing wide play a part in the future of the industry? Paddy Finn: I don’t subscribe to

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Oriana Leckert

Indie Author Magazine: On an individual level, direct publishing can equate to greater control over titles, greater royalties, and a closer relationship with readers. What

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Sarra Cannon

Website: https://www.SarraCannon.com

Social Media:


IG: https://www.instagram.com/sarracannon

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/heartbreathings
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/sarracannon

Sarra Cannon is the indie author of more than twenty-five Young Adult contemporary fantasy novels, including her bestselling Shadow Demons Saga. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

With close to three-quarters of a million books sold, Sarra is also passionate about helping fellow authors learn to self-publish in a way that puts joy and creativity at the forefront. She is the host of the successful YouTube channel and blog Heart Breathings, where she talks about everything from productivity to plotting. Sarra lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her supportive husband and her adorable red-headed son.

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Steph Pajonas

Website: https://www.spajonas.com
Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SJPajonas

Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, Capricorn, Japanophile, and USA Today Best Selling author. She loves summer, downtempo beats, yoga pants, foxes, owls, dogs, sushi, pasta, and black tea. She lives outside NYC with her husband, two great kids, and her dog who always wants to play. When it comes to her work, she writes about everyday women and uncommon worlds.

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Anthea Sharp

Website: https://antheasharp.com/

Social Media:

IG: https://www.facebook.com/AntheaSharp/

Anthea Sharp is a USA Today bestselling author of YA Fantasy, GameLit, and Steampunk. Her books are filled with magic, adventure, characters you can care about, and a touch of romance. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, and she’s been an enthusiastic indie author since 2011, when she left tradpub and jumped into the new world of publishing. Wow, things have changed in the last dozen years! She can hardly wait to see where they go next…

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Melissa Storm

Website: https://www.NovelPublicity.com

Melissa Storm is an industry veteran with more than 14 years experience under her belt. She currently juggles four active pen names (including Molly Fitz and SK Reign) and also serves as CEO and lead Facebook ads consultant for Novel Publicity. Her client list includes multiple NYT and Amazon top 100 bestselling authors in a variety of genres. Melissa has a particular fondness for #whychoose, lives in Alaska, and really likes cats.

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Theodora Taylor


Theodora Taylor is the bestselling author of the 50 Loving States Series. Despite writing within a niche genre (interracial romance), she has earned six KDP All-Star bonuses and grown a fanbase of rabid readers through the power of Universal Fantasy.

Her book, 7 FIGURE FICTION: How to Use Universal Fantasy to SELL Your Books to ANYONE was an instant #1 non-fiction bestseller in the Writing Category on Amazon and has since been certified as Great by the world’s largest online bookseller.

Most importantly, this book has become a valued and treasured resource for writers around the world.

Theodora has been invited to give presentations on Universal Fantasy by NINC (Novelists Inc.) Conference, RAM (Romance Author Mastermind), and Inker’s Con. She’s also a highly sought after podcasts guest. She’s made appearances on The Creative Penn (hosted by Joanna Penn), Six Figure Authors, #AmWriting, Wish I’d Known Then, and SPA Girls.

She adores talking about Universal Fantasy and can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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Elizabeth Ann West

Website: https://www.futurefictionacademy.com/

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LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-ann-west-190b8b148/

CEO of the Future Fiction Academy, author of over 25 novels across Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Google and any other store front open to indies. Elizabeth has been making a living from her digital writing since 2007 and first published a novel in 2011. An innovator on all things new technology for indie authors, she has shared training and classes for years on dictation, selling direct, running a business, organic marketing, and now writing with AI. The EA in EAW might as well stand for Early Adopter. She has been a speaker at RWA’s national conferences, 20Booksto50K, and on numerous podcasts and Youtube channels over the years.

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Michael Evans

Website: https://mevansinked.com//

Social Media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mevansinked/

Michael Evans is the author of over a dozen sci-fi thriller novels, a serial founder of media and creator economy tech companies, a student at Harvard University, and is obsessed with experiencing, studying, and creating stories that empower others to create better futures.
His stories are genre-bending and feature flawed, relatable characters in high-stakes situations with tech-gone-wrong in the near future.
When not writing, Michael can be found running, hiking, playing basketball, and embarking on real-life thrilling adventures. Ice cream and sunsets are some of his favorites, but he will settle for a warm blanket and a cozy book on a winter day.

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Jonathan Yanez

Website: https://www.jonathan-yanez.com/

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JonathanYanezAuthor/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_jonathan_yanez/
Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@author_jonathan_yanez
More animal than man, he bleeds caffeine and… Ah, I’m just kidding. It sounded cool though, right? I write because that’s what I was born to do and I freaking love doing it When I’m not writing crazy stories, I’m spending time with my wife and two little space marines getting into mischief.

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