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
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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