PAT MORRIS is past president of the Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA), an organization trying to make sense of this crazy publishing industry. She's been a professional editor for over 30 years, but obnoxiously corrected people's grammar long before that. Her clients include the Federal government, corporations, novelists, children's book authors, memoirists, and everything in between. Pat is the author of two nonfiction books.
BILL HAMMOND is former sales manager of Little, Brown and publisher at the Hazelden Foundation, he has served as a business consultant to numerous publishing companies nation-wide. He is the author of three historical novels published by the Naval Institute Press (another will be released this fall). He’s also been an agent and has served as project editor for a number of local authors and corporations.
JULIE ARTHUR began her career in books unpacking boxes in the back room of a B Dalton store. She progressed through many bookstore positions, finally becoming the Midwest buyer for Barnes & Noble for 28 years before becoming sales manager for Adventure Publications. Julie is the author of two books and is currently working rewriting a book on Minnesota state parks.
DAN ODEGARD has worked in the book business as a writer, agent, editor, consultant, bookseller, and publisher. He has done post-doctoral work in publishing at the Universities of Virginia and Chicago, and has taught courses in publishing at both the University of Minnesota and Wisconsin. He was the co-founder of Odegard Books in Saint Paul as well as having been the owner of Odegard Books of Minneapolis. He later was the trade publisher of Hazelden Publishing and the publisher of Meadows Publishing. In addition, he was the principal of Writer and Publisher Assistance, Prodigal Publishing and a partner in SLC Enterprises – all publishing, bookselling, and writing consulting companies. He too has written a few books, edited many more, and offered solicited (and unsolicited) advice on writing, publishing and bookselling to many.
DOROTHY MOLSTAD is a nationally known PR/marketing expert with more than 30 years of experience working with authors and publishers, covering topics from tea cups to tractors, fiction to law books. She even put a book character, PEEF the Christmas Bear, into a holiday parade as a spinning, lighted float. She lists as a highlight the international publicity earned for Voyageur Press' Snowflake books, which resulted in a US postage stamp, a feature article in Better Homes and Gardens, and an interview on the Martha Stewart Show. Dorothy also teaches media-training skills, marketing and PR techniques nationally and is recognized as an expert in booking local and national media appearances and garnering print and electronic stories for her clients. Her enviable database of local and national contacts is kept under lock and key.
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