September 9-10, 2022

Success strategies and insider advice for writers at ANY stage

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This Year's Inspiring  Keynote Speakers

JANE FRIEDMAN: Editor, Award-Winning Writing Blogger

Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. She’s the editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential industry newsletter for authors, and has previously worked for Writer’s Digest and the Virginia Quarterly Review. In 2019, Jane was awarded Publishing Commentator of the Year by Digital Book World; her newsletter was awarded Media Outlet of the Year in 2020.


In addition to being a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at; her expertise has been featured by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, Publishers Weekly, NPR, PBS, NBC, CBS, the National Press Club, and many other outlets. Jane has delivered keynotes and workshops on the digital era of authorship at worldwide industry events, including the Writer’s Digest annual conference, Stockholm Writers Festival, San Miguel Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, Frankfurt Book Fair, BookExpo America, and Digital Book World. She’s also served on grant panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund, and has held positions as a professor of writing, media, and publishing at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Virginia.


ROBIN CUTLER: Publishing Expert, CEO of Summerhouse Press

Robin Cutler is the President of LMBPN Worldwide Publishing as well as the CEO of How To Publish, a consulting service for indie authors and publishers. Robin both created and led the development of IngramSpark, an international, award-winning self-publishing platform from 2013-2020. She has published over 1000 books as Assistant Director at USC Press, and is CEO and founder of her trade imprint, Summerhouse Press. Robin also worked for Amazon for six years. 

Robin served on the board of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) from 2014-2018. She speaks frequently at writing and publishing conferences worldwide including Book Expo America, Frankfurt Bookfair, London Bookfair, SFWC, and NINC to name a few. Robin has in-depth knowledge of indie, academic, and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation, distribution, on-demand models, and author strategies. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Robin now lives in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico and enjoys gardening and collecting artwork from her travels.  She is also hard at work developing a screenplay with her daughter, Virginia. Follow Robin on Twitter @rcutlerbookpub or contact her at or


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