The Business of Writing International Summit – 2014 Summit Exhibitors


“I enjoyed the exhibitors. Just going table to table talking with them was a real treat for me.”

We wish to thank all our exhibitors listed below for their generous support of the 2014 Business of Writing International Summit.

Please thank these exhibitors by buying their books, products and services and letting them know that you appreciate their support of the Summit.

Mark Wayne Adams, Author

Born in Kentucky, Mark Wayne Adamss experience includes Walt Disney World Company, SeaWorld Orlando, Art Director for GSI Architectural Sign Company, and store manager for Sprint Print, Inc. Mark is now CEO of Mark Wayne Adams, Inc. and serves as President Elect for theFlorida Authors and Publishers Association.He also offers valuable insight and inspiring presentations as a national public speaker for professional organizations and elementary schools.

During the past eight years as CEO of MWA, Inc., Mark has illustrated over thirty childrens books which have won over fifty childrens book awards. Several of these award-winning titles are available at the Summit.

Mark Wayne Adams can be reached atwww.markwayneadams.comor via email Follow him on Twitter:@markwayneadams

The Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS) has many products and services to help you sell more books in large quantities. We also offer a program to sell your books to non-bookstore buyers on a commission-basis, all non-returnable.

Gina Barlean, Author

Gina M. Barlean will have her four novels available for sale. Her debut novel, Casting Stones is a dramatic fiction set in the depression era, about judgment, sacrifice and survival. Recipes for Revenge is a collection of four humorously dark short stories about men who did their women wrong and got what was coming to them via recipes made with “special” ingredients. Dead Blow is a psychological suspense about a woman losing her mind and driving her husband insane. Finally, Barlean is proud to present her newest novel, a cozy mystery titled,Thorns of Rosewood. Four elderly women in an assisted living facility finally decide to confess to a crime theyd gotten away with in the 70s. Visit Barleans website at

A small press publisher dealing in experimental fiction, BlackWyrms offerings span from fantasy to mystery to inspiration.

Patricia Charpentier Writing Your Life

Patricia teaches, writes, edits, ghostwrites, and publishes personal and family history. She offers workshops and ongoing courses, including coaching programs that utilize audio/video modules, one-on-one coaching, group Q&A calls, and more to help you succeed in writing your personal and family history. Her next program, See It Through! Finish My Book in 90 Days, begins in September 2014. The books Ill be selling include:

  • Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time – walks you through the process of writing your life story
  • Five-Year Journal – is a great way to capture your lifes eventsin less than five minutes a day
  • Bringing Your Ancestors to Life – information on how to transform genealogical information into story
  • I Remember – a book of prompts designed to trigger memories

City Diecutting, Inc.
Affordable Custom & Stock Displays
Helping publishers sell books in quality since 1989. City Diecutting Inc. is the country’s premier manufacturer of quality Point of Purchase corrugated displays for books and audio-visual materials. Our satisfied clients include many of the world’s largest multi-faceted publishers as well as single title, home based authors.

Peggy DeKay, Author

Peggy DeKay will be signing and selling her book, Self-Publishing for Virgins: The first-time authors guide to self-publishing. She will also have CDs of her audio podcasts on The Business of Writing Today and samples of her previous newsletters will be available while supplies last. You will also be able to sign up for her free newsletter on self-publishing

Dunn+Associates Strategic Book Cover Design and Branding for Authors and Experts

Bestselling book cover design. Coaching and support from manuscript to ready-to-sell book with connections to industry insiders. Marketing materials such as book marks, posters, sellsheets, custom business cards featuring the book, publisher logos, personal branded logos, seminar brochures, ebooks, social media marketing design, and more.Clients include Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Ken Blanchard, Deepak Chopra, Sylvia Browne, Jack Canfield, HarperCollins, Prentice Hall, Simon and Schuster, Pearson, Hay House, Bantam, Scholastic.

For 25 years, Hobie Hobart and his partner Kathi Dunn (known as one of the countrys top book cover designers) have created success tools like bestselling book covers andinformation products that authors, speakers and experts use to build their brands and business empires.Theirfirm has received over150 awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association, Foreword Magazines Book of the Year, USA Book News, Indie Excellence, American Advertising Federation, Print Magazine, among others.
If you want your book to have a chance at being a bestseller, AND get noticed by distributors, publishers,online and offline buyers, you must have a stellar, strategically-designed cover. Talk to Hobie and Kathi about your most powerful marketing tool at their exhibitor booth. And get a free hug!

Laura Anne Ewald, Author

Laura Anne Ewald, a former college librarian turned freelance writer, editor, and book indexer, will be featuring her contemporary pro-life novel, A Chance for Life, and the first two books of her science fiction Commonwealth Chronicles, The Stars of Dreams and The Stars of Home, along with two novellas, the paranormal romance, Voices in the Night, and the sci-fi, Derry’s Hope.

Debbonnaire Kovacs, Author

Debbonnaire will be selling two novels and two religious books.Gaelas Gardensis about a caretaker for a public garden estate who is first alarmed and then intrigued by a strange man who shows up one day. A little romance, a little mystery, a little spirituality; something for everybody! Seacliffeis a mock-Gothic novel about two sisters trapped by a storm in a sinister, castle-like house with a “type A hero,” his dotty mother, a glowering servant, and strange goings-on at night. Forty Ways My Labyrinth is Like My Lifeis a small book of devotionals for Lent or anytime. Ten Promises, Carved in Stonetakes a very different approach to the Biblical Ten Commandments, proposing that they are not orders, but promises.

Victorine Lieske, Author

New York Times Best Selling author Victorine Lieske will be selling her romantic suspense novel, Not What She Seems, as well as her science fiction novel The Overtaking. She will also have copies of her book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, which focuses on successfully selling genre fiction in eBook form.

Joseph Michael (Scrivener Coach)

Joseph Michael (aka Scrivener Coach) will be selling access to a top notch digital training course for learning Scrivener called “Learn Scrivener Fast.” There will be several learning packages available as well as private coaching sessions.

Ellen Birkett Morris

Freelance Writer, Media Consultant and Author
Clear, Concise, Compelling Copy
Come by and pick up a business card or a copy of my books, Surrender and The Writing Group Book.

New Shelves Publishing Services, founded by Amy Collins in 2008, is the fastest-growing book distribution company in North America. They offer book sales, warehousing, POD distribution and marketing services as well as consulting and marketing for publishers and authors.

Eddie Price, Author

Kentucky author Eddie Price will be selling and signing copies of his award-winning historical fiction novel, Widders Landing. He is also happy to share his experiences in finding a publisher for his book and his remarkable marketing success that has his book in a fourth printing. Learn what worked for him in his journey to publication and what he is doing to achieve such impressive sales figures.

Let Sheridan Books provide you with a simple yet powerful approach to selling more books. From conversion to direct-to-consumer distribution we provide you with the pieces you are missing to make the process of selling eBooks from your website easy for you. In addition, our print-on-demand and offset printing capabilities provide authors, speakers, and professional publishers one-stop shopping for all your book printing and eBook needs.

John W. Smith, Author

John W. Smith will have his first book of Short Stories Nightmares of a Madman available for sale. Dark and Stormy Night is a just released anthology, edited by John, featuring eighteen writers from across the nation. In addition, he will have booklets available featuring E-Short stories: Spirit Dagger, a paranormal romance, and Colonial Scum, co-written by George Burbank, which is a fictional story of revenge. Visit John’s website at or contact him at

Thomson-Shore is an employee-owned book manufacturer with capabilities of printing soft and case bound books in 1-color or 4-color via digital and offset (1-50,000 books at a time) in addition to producing eBooks and marketing kits, while providing fulfillment and distribution services.

Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, Carol Topp, CPA
Did you know youre in business before you make money? The book Business Tips and Taxes for Writers by Carol Topp, CPA offers clear information on unclear topics like business and taxes for freelance writers, authors and bloggers. Available at TaxesForWriters. Visit Carol at her table with your questions on business and taxes. If you can stump her, she has a prize for you!

With over 40 years of experience, Total Printing Systems offers digital and offset book manufacturing in short to medium print runs. Using state-of-the-art equipment, TPS produces single and multicolor books; trade books, children’s books, textbooks, and much more. Our bindery offers many binding styles, from saddle stitch and perfect bound to hard case and plastic spiral. “If you can think it, we can do it.”

Well Read Press is an independently owned small press that evolved in 2013. The mission of Well Read Press is to assist the beginning writer in publishing their works. The staff of two is currently working with writers in Central Illinois by promoting and encouraging non published writers to continue to strive towards acquiring the title “Author”. To assist in this endeavor, Well Read Press sponsored an anthology entitled A Dark and Stormy Night. Seventeen writers succeeded in meeting the challenge and have their stories in the book. Three participants have published a book while the book was in production. Eight of the writers had never published until the release of the anthology.

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