Inkers Con 2019 Speakers

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Alessandra Torre - NYT Bestselling Author

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. Two of her books have been optioned for film, and her books have been translated in eight different languages, in over twenty countries. Alessandra is a self-publishing advocate and speaks frequently to universities, conventions and author groups. She has online classes available and has built a community of over 9,000 aspiring and published authors through Alessandra Torre Ink.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website or you can find her on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

speaking subjecT

  • Everything you don’t know about Goodreads: Leave this workshop with a step-by-step guide to your next release on Goodreads. Learn do’s and don’ts, secret free ways to promote, and how to get your book into top reviewers’ hands.

  • Outlining for Pantsers: Learn different outlining techniques and how to keep your motivation and creative juices flowing while writing faster, smarter and more coherently.


Helen Hardt - NYT Bestselling author

#1 New York Times, #1 USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Helen Hardt’s passion for the written word began with the books her mother read to her at bedtime. She wrote her first story at age six and hasn’t stopped since. In addition to being an award-winning author of romantic fiction, she’s a mother, an attorney, a black belt in Taekwondo, a grammar geek, an appreciator of fine red wine, and a lover of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. She writes from her home in Colorado, where she lives with her family. Helen loves to hear from readers.

You can learn more about Helen on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

speaking subject

  • Double Your Pub Rate (and your Money): Get a behind-the-scenes look at processes, time hacks, and writing systems from bestsellers who consistently publish more than five books per year.


Susan Stoker - NYT Bestselling author

New York Times, USA Today, #1 Amazon Bestseller, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Tennessee where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last eighteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, Indiana,Texas, and Tennessee. She's married to a retired Army man (and current firefighter/EMT) who now gets to follow her around the country.

You can learn more about Susan on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • Secrets of a Successful Backlist: Learn from Authors who make over half of their annual income off of their backlist. What works, what doesn't, and how much you should be investing in those old books.

  • Widening Your Sales: Strategies to build your following on iBooks, Nook, Kobo and GooglePlay


Jennifer Probst - NYT bestselling Author

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed,  joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, Italian food, and wine—not necessarily in that order.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also a proud three-time RITA finalist.

You can learn more about Jennifer on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Speaking Subject

  • Five Ways to Improve Your Story: What makes one story stand out from another? How do you keep readers glued to the pages and raving over your plot? This workshop will share five ways to amp up your novel and keep your readers begging for more.


Meredith Wild - NYT Bestselling author

Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author. After publishing her debut novel Hardwired in September 2013, Wild used her ten years of experience as a tech entrepreneur to push the boundaries of her “self-published” status, becoming stocked in brick-and-mortar bookstore chains nationwide and forging relationships with the major retailers.

In 2014, Wild founded her own imprint, Waterhouse Press, under which she hit No. 1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Publishers Weekly, and The Examiner. Her foreign rights have been sold in over 22 languages.

You can learn more about Meredith on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Speaking Subject

  • Bare Bones Authoring - Learn the most important things to focus on and how to cut your workload in half.


K.A. Linde - USA Today Bestselling author

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels including the Wright series and Avoiding series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves traveling to new places, reading fantasy novels, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.

You can learn more about K.A. on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Speaking Subject

  • Bare Bones Authoring - Learn the most important things to focus on and how to cut your workload in half.


Meghan Quinn - usa today bestselling author

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of over thirty books, Meghan Quinn specializes in helping readers escape into a world full of heart, humor, and lots of HEAT!

You can learn more about Meghan on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • Double Your Pub Rate (and your Money): Get a behind-the-scenes look at processes, time hacks, and writing systems from bestsellers who consistently publish more than five books per year.

  • Kindle Unlimited Marketing Strategies: How and why you should market your KU books in a different manner versus a traditional, widely distributed novel.


Aly Martinez - USA Today Bestselling author

Aly Martinez is the USA Today bestselling author of over twenty titles including The Retrieval Duet and The Darkest Sunrise Duet. Combined, her books have been translated into nine different languages.

Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Aly now lives in South Carolina with her husband, four young children, and two crazy dogs. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, laughing too loud, and comfy nightgowns—usually in that order.

You can learn more about Aly on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Speaking subject

  • Secrets of a Successful Backlist: Learn from Authors who make over half of their annual income off of their backlist. What works, what doesn't, and how much you should be investing in those old books.

  • Kindle Unlimited Marketing Strategies: How and why you should market your KU books in a different manner versus a traditional, widely distributed novel.


Amy Daws

Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 25 bestselling author of sexy, contemporary romance novels. She enjoys writing love stories that take place in America, as well as across the pond in England. When Amy is not writing in a tire shop waiting room, she's watching Gilmore Girls, or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy smiles awkwardly from a distance.

You can learn more about Amy on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Speaking subject

  • Audiobook Intro and Marketing:  Discover recent growth in the audiobook industry and how to publish your very own audiobook, as well as unique marketing strategies that can boost your audio income.


Gina Ardito - award-winning author

Gina Ardito is the award-winning author of more than twenty romances in contemporary, historical, and paranormal sub-genres. She’s a hybrid author, currently published by Montlake Romance, Amazon Encores, and independently. In 2012, she was named A Woman of Outstanding Leadership in Publishing by the IWLA (International Women’s Leadership Association). That same year, she launched her freelance editing business, Excellence in Editing, and now has a stable of award-winning clients, as well. She’s hosted workshops around the world for writing conferences, author organization chapter meetings, and library events. To her everlasting shame, despite all her accomplishments, she’ll never be more famous than her dog, who starred in commercials for 2015’s Puppy Bowl.

You can learn more about Gina on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • Stealing from Hollywood: Gain a deeper understanding of your characters using method acting. By employing the same ideas used by some of the world’s greatest actors and actresses, you’ll learn how to write characters your readers want to know, love, and root for!


Nana Malone - USA Today Best Seller

USA Today Best Seller, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she "borrowed" from her cousin. It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

You can learn more about Nana on her website or you can find her on Facebook and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • Widening Your Sales: Strategies to build your following on iBooks, Nook, Kobo and GooglePlay

  • Bare Bones Authoring: Learn the most important things to focus on and how to cut your workload in half.


Karla Sorensen

Karla Sorensen has been an avid reader her entire life, preferring stories with a happily-ever-after over just about any other kind. Considering she has an entire line item in her budget for books, she realized it might just be cheaper to write her own stories. It doesn't take much to keep her happy...a book, a really big glass of wine, and at least thirty minutes of complete silence every day. She still keeps her toes in the world of health care marketing, where she made her living pre-babies. Along with her husband, her two sons and her shaggy rescue dog, she lives in West Michigan.

You can learn more about Karla on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Speaking subject

  • Consistent Characters: Learn about the Enneagram, a personality typing system, and how it will help you create consistent, three dimensional characters that are a breeze to write and who create their own plots. Speaker: Karla Sorensen


mike farris - entertainment attorney & author

Mike Farris is a retired entertainment attorney, who was lead counsel for the winning plaintiff in a lawsuit involving publishing rights to "Fifty Shades of Grey." He collaborated with his client on a book about the case, "Fifty Shades of Black and White: Anatomy of the Lawsuit behind a Publishing Phenomenon." Mike is the author of "Poor Innocent Lad: The Tragic Death of Gill Jamieson and the Execution of Myles Fukunaga" and "A Death in the Islands: The Unwritten Law and the Last Trial of Clarence Darrow," both Hawaiian true crime, as well as a collaboration with rodeo cowboy-turned-actor/producer/director Robert Hinkle on Hinkle’s memoir of his years in show business, "Call Me Lucky: A Texan in Hollywood." In the world of fiction, he is the author of the novels "Isle of Broken Dreams," "The Bequest," "Wrongful Termination," "Kanaka Blues," "Manifest Intent," "Rules of Privilege," and "Every Pig Got a Saturday."

You can learn more about Mike on his website or Facebook.

speaking subjecT

  • Legal Issues for Authors with Q&A: Contracts every author should use, whether your copyright is worth the time, and what you can, and can’t, put inside your book.


Mal cooper - Facebook ads expert & author

Mal Cooper is the NYT bestselling author of the Aeon 14 series of books and has heavily utilized advertising strategies to remain in the top 50 Sci-Fi authors on Amazon for over two years. After seeing so many authors struggle with advertising, especially on Facebook, he wrote "Help, My Facebook Ads Suck" to help authors understand how to gain success with ads, and how to identify what is working for them, and to focus on those things.

You can learn more about Mal on his website or Facebook.

speaking subjecT

  • Why aren't my Facebook Ads working? Troubleshooting with a Facebook Ads Expert to help you understand why some ads flop, tweaks you can make to improve your existing ads, and the common problems that lead to high cost-per-clicks and poor conversion.

  • Advanced Ad Strategies for Authors Advance strategies and multiple source plans for seasoned advertisers.


Danielle Sanchez - Owner at Wildfire Marketing Solutions

Danielle Sanchez has always been an avid reader and passionate about her family (and wine). Before coming to publishing, she spent many years working in business management, sales, and marketing for Fortune 500 companies. Since making the move to publishing, she has helped countless authors build their brands, strategize for success, and reach their dreams of hitting the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. She loves to create marketing plans that target all aspects of an author’s business, with a strong focus on digital marketing, sales platforms, advertising, and long-term sales growth.

You can learn more about Dani on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • What will Make or Break Your Book Launch: Top publicists discuss the hottest trends in social media and promotions, killer marketing strategies and why some books take off and other books flop.


Kiki Chatfield - publicist and owner, the next step pr

Kiki Chatfield is the owner of The Next Step PR, LLC, established March 2015. Her company loves helping and educating authors in the community. She loves teaching new authors and helping guide and lead them in all the right directions! Helping is what they love the most. Kiki has a love and passion for reading and loves talking about books whenever she can.  Kiki is all about family, friends, fun and sharing the love and positivity in this community. The Next Step PR also tackled their first event in April 2017, Authors in the Bluegrass. We are excited to host again in 2020. When not online, you can find her out with her family and friends or snuggled in bed with a book or her kids. She loves to travel and planning that next book event she can attend!

You can learn more about Kiki on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • Nailing Your Book Launch: Top publicists discuss the hottest trends in social media and promotions, killer marketing strategies and why some books take off and other books flop.


Terezia Barna - project manager and business expert

Terezia Barna brings over 17 years of corporate marketing, strategy and business planning expertise to Inkers Con. She has led large scale marketing projects for companies such as Oracle, Whole Foods and Microsoft. She specializes in project management, digital marketing and business plans.

You can learn more about Terezia on her website.

speaking subjecT

  • Creating your Business Plan: In one hour, you’ll leave with a written plan in hand and clear goals and action steps for your business.

  • Newsletter Success: Learn the keys to a successful newsletter including improving open rates, click rates, engagement, and avoiding spam/promotion filters.


EJ Whitmer - marketing expert

EJ Whitmer is an Iowa native who writes contemporary romance novels and romantic comedies, as well as domestic thrillers under the pen name EJ Mattox. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in marketing, EJ attended Upper Iowa University and earned her MBA with an emphasis in Global Business. She has spent the past twelve years in marketing, specifically in digital marketing and design. When she is not working or writing, she likes to spend time cooking, crafting, attending sporting events, harassing her outrageously good-looking husband or cuddling her two young sons.

You can learn more about EJ on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

speaking subjecT

  • Secrets of Digital Marketing: Geofencing, retargeting, and native ads - hidden avenues that could lead to amazing results!


Mignon Mykel - Amazon Ad Expert and author

Ever since a young girl, Mignon (yes, like the filet) has been penning stories of falling in love, from the innocent love of a seven-year-old and her apple friend, to a holocaust love story at the age of twelve, to the eventual Love In All Places series, a series with reader favorite family, the NHL playing Prescotts. A self-professed Starbucks snob, you will more often than not find her in what has been dubbed "her corner" at a local Starbucks, where she helps her peers with advertising, and writes whatever her characters tell her—at least, when Porter Prescott isn't interrupting. When not writing, designing, advertising, or nannying the cutest children, you can find her singing, painting, or hiking the beautiful mountains of her current home in Arizona (although she will always be a midwest girl at heart).

You can learn more about Mignon on her website or you can find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Speaking subject

  • The Keys to Amazon Sales

  • Advanced AMS Ads


ELLIE MCLOVE

Ellie is just another editor in this big book world.  Usually found hunched over a computer in last week's clothes with way too much dry shampoo in her hair, Ellie works tirelessly helping authors with their words.  She's never been a best-seller but has edited many best selling manuscripts.

You can learn more about Ellie on her website or you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

SPEAKING SUBJECT

  • Editing Yourself: The 5 most common plot fails and grammatical errors that self-published authors make.


Colleen Oppenheim

Colleen Oppenheim is Kiki Chatfield’s Assistant and the Social Media Specialist at The Next Step PR. She works one on one with all clients, manages the Facebook company page and the company website, and creates all promotional htmls and the company  newsletter. After college, Colleen worked in Advertising and Marketing. She joined The Next Step PR after blogging for 7 years within the indie community.

She is a wife and the mom of three (mostly) wonderful children and numerous animals, including an opinionated Potbelly Pig. Her love of reading began at a young age and carried through college, where she received a B.A. in English Literature. Besides reading, which keeps her sane, Colleen loves wine, animals, and spending time with her family and friends.

You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Speaking subject

  • Nailing Your Book Launch: Top publicists discuss the hottest trends in social media and promotions, killer marketing strategies and why some books take off and other books flop.


TEX thompson

Arianne "Tex" Thompson was once described as "an explosion of 52 enthusiastic kittens latching onto everything at once." In addition to writing the 'Children of the Drought' epic fantasy Western series, Tex is the founder and 'chief instigator' for WORD - Writers Organizations 'Round Dallas. When she's not leading the charge at home in Dallas, Tex brings her particular brand of 'red-penthusiasm' to conferences, conventions, and workshops all over the country - as an egregiously enthusiastic, endlessly energetic one-woman stampede. 

You can find out more on her website and Facebook.

speaking subjects:

  • Seven Deadly Sins of Page One - There's no one right way to begin your story – but there are plenty of wrong ones. In this class, we'll take you on a cautionary tour through the pits of page-one hell, complete with agent pet peeves, reader turn-offs, and "thanks but no thanks" editorial dealbreakers.

  • Troubleshooting Your Novel - Struggling with a difficult manuscript? Well, if it’s stopped being fun or if you’ve just been staring at the same slumping word-heap for way too long now – don’t give up! We’ll load up your toolbox with problem-solving techniques for novelists’ most frequent creative conundrums.


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