Meet the Panelists Coming to Push to Publish


Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online. Meet the panelists joining us for the 2014 Push to Publish conference:

is the New York Times Bestselling creator of Victor Carl, who has been called by Booklist one of the mystery novel’s “most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.”  He is also the author of BLOOD AND BONE, THE ACCOUNTING, and, most recently, THE BARKEEP, which was a Digital Book World Number One Best-Selling Ebook.

Kelly Simmons is a former journalist and advertising creative director. Her first novel, Standing Still, was published by Simon & Schuster in February 2008, and hailed by Publishers Weekly as “an exhilarating debut.” Her second novel, The Bird House, received a starred review from Kirkus, and they are really, really picky. Her new novel, One More Day, will be published in October, 2015. She is a founding member of The Liars Club, a group of published novelists dedicated to building community.
Beth Kephart is the author of eighteen books, including memoir, young adult literature, a corporate fairytale, and an autobiography of a river. Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir (Gotham) won the 2013 Books for a Better Life Award (Motivational Category), was featured as a top writing book by O Magazine, and was named a Best Writing Book by Poets and Writers. Small Damages (Philomel), a young adult novel that takes place in southern Spain, was named a 2013 Carolyn W. Field Honor Book and a best book of the year by many publications. Three new books are set for publication in 2015 and 2016. She is also a Radnor High Hall of Famer.
Gregory Frost is the author of novels including the Shadowbridge series (Del Rey) and Fitcher’s Brides (Tor). His short stories have appeared most recently in Asimov’s, Supernatural Noir (Ellen Datlow, ed.) and Apex Magazine. He’s director of the fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College. To learn more, follow him on twitter (@gregory_frost).
Janice Gable Bashman is the Bram Stoker nominated author of PREDATOR, a young adult novel (Month9Books 2014), and WANTED UNDEAD OR ALIVE (with NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Jonathan Maberry) (Citadel Press 2010). She is editor of THE BIG THRILL (International Thriller Writers’ magazine). She serves on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology for the International Thriller Writers.

Alison DeLuca is the best-selling author of THE CROWN PHOENIX BOOKS, a four-book steampunk series, and CHRISTMAS O’CLOCK, a fiction collection written to help international families via the charity Water is Life. When she is not scribbling madly at her desk, she uses her twenty years of language teaching experience as an editor and monthly columnist for Girl Who Reads. Alison is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Judi Fennell is an award-winning, best-selling author of romantic comedies, including the Manley Maids series from Berkley, the Bottled Magic series and Tritone Trilogy from Sourcebooks Casablanca, as well as erotic romance novellas writing as Raven Morris, has her feet on both sides of the publishing fence in traditional and indie publishing. Owner/operator of, a formatting/editorial/cover design/promotional & marketing firm, Judi has helped hundreds of authors bring their publishing dreams to life via independent publishing.

Donna Galanti is the author of the short story collection The Dark Inside, Joshua and The Lightning Road series (2015), and books one and two in the Element Trilogy, A Human Element and A Hidden Element.

Thomas V Hartman’s publishing experience spans 15 years and includes senior editorial roles with Elsevier and John Wiley and Sons. In addition, Hartmann has developed Websites and other digital content for clients such as Harcourt College Publishers, Pearson/Prentice Hall, and Rutgers University.

Merry Jones is the author of the Elle Harrison suspense novels, the Harper Jennings thrillers  and, this November,  the Zoe Hayes mysteries.  For a dozen years, she taught writing at Temple University; currently, she leads workshops in Suspense Writing. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Philadelphia Liars Club.

Don Lafferty’s short fiction has appeared in NEEDLE MAGAZINE, CRIME FACTORY MAGAZINE, SHOTGUN HONEY and a number of other markets and anthologies. HDon is a regular contributor to the global conversation about marketing through the social media channel, and blogs at Don is a member of the Philly Liars Club, the social media director of the Wild River Review, and serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference.

Karen Pokras writes adult contemporary and middle grade fiction under the names Karen Pokras and Karen Pokras Toz. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature.

Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from contemporary to paranormal to science fiction. Her futuristic thriller, Fireseed One was a finalist in YA and SF in the 2013 USA News International Book Awards and an Indie Reader Approved notable. IHer YA paranormal, Dorianna launches this fall with Evernight Teen.

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