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Jon Fine, a First Amendment attorney, is best known in the publishing industry as the longtime Director of Author and Publisher Relations for Amazon. He left that position at the beginning of 2015 after almost a decade with the company, and now is consulting in professional online and traditional media and e-commerce, both in legal and business affairs.
Prior to joining Amazon.com, Fine served as VP and Associate General Counsel for Random House, Inc., where he directed legal affairs for the Alfred A. Knopf division as well as for Random House of Canada. Fine previously served as Senior Media Counsel at NBC, handling content and associated issues for NBC News, Saturday Night Live, MSNBC, CNBC and other divisions. He also served as counsel at King World Productions for Inside Edition and other “reality-based” programming. He is a graduate of Cornell University and of the University of Virginia School of Law, and he’s a native New Yorker.
Robin Cutler began her career in publishing over 30 years ago and is currently the Director of IngramSpark. She has also served as Assistant Director at USC Press and Executive Director of University Relations at the University of Wisconsin, she started a trade imprint, SummerHouse Press, and served as its CEO. Robin most recently worked as Vendor Manager for Amazon/CreateSpace. Robin has broad knowledge of indie, academic and trade publishing and is an expert in content creation and distribution, on-demand models, marketing and author strategies. Robin is a leader in the independent publishing space, and when not developing new programs and services for IngramSpark, she can often be found sharing her expertise at industry events around the world.
Kiera Parrott is the Reviews Director for School Library Journal and Library Journal. Through SELF-e, Library Journal is helping indie authors to get discovered in the library. Prior to working at Library Journal, Kiera was children’s librarian in various roles including head of children’s services at Darien Library in Connecticut, Darien’s children’s librarian / collection development coordinator and a children’s librarian at New York Public Library. Kiera’s favorite books are the ones that make her cry — or snort — on public transportation.
Jim Blanton was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Upon graduating from U.K. in 2000 with his M.L.S., Jim went to work for the Chesapeake Public Library in Chesapeake, Virginia where he served in a variety of roles including Assistant Director. He was a two-time recipient of the Virginia Public Library Director’s award for Outstanding Adult Program of the Year, received the VPLD award for Outstanding Young Adult program and was also named by Library Journal as a 2012 Mover and Shaker for his work on a financial literacy game called Save Steve. Jim moved back to Kentucky in 2012 to take on the role of Library Director for the Daviess County Public Library. He served in that role for three years before taking over as Director of the Louisville Free Public Library in August 2015. He currently serves as the Chair for the Kentucky Public Library Association.
L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She is the author of new adult, fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone
, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Learn more about L. Penelope and her books on her website