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2024 Speakers

Alessandra Torre

Q&A with Bestselling Author
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

Alex Smith

Presentation: How to Maximize Your Print Book Profits with Bookvault

Angel Lawson

PRESENTATION: BUILDING SUPERFANS
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

Annabeth Albert

Presentation: Dynamic Openings for the Win

Becca Syme

Presentation: Writers Antidote to Overwhelm

Chelsea Bennett

Presentation: The “Direct” Path From Followers to Buyers. Why your readers WANT to buy directly from you and how you can encourage them!

C.J. Archer

Q&A with Bestselling Author

Daniela Romero

Presentation: The 3 Rs of Authorial Evolution

Dawn Alexander

Presentation: Tackling the Tropes of Your Genre

Giana Darling

Presentation: The Secrets of Successful World Building
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

Jennifer Probst

Q&A WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Jessica Snyder

Presentation: Tackling the Tropes of Your Genre

Kaydence Snow

Presentation: How to Leverage Book Signing Events to Make Money, Build a Network, and Turn Readers into Superfans

Kirsten Oliphant

Presentation: Building Superfans; Creating a Series Addiction

Laura Granger

Presentation: Wide Strategies that Win with Kobo

Laura Hidalgo

Presentation: Data-Driven Cover Design

Laurie Cooper

Presentation: A Crash Course in Online Ads for Authors

Lee Savino

Presentation: The Path to a MIllion Book Sales

L.T. Ryan

Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

Lucy Lennox

Q&A WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Matthew J Holmes

Presentation: How To Reach More Readers And Sell More Books With Facebook Ads In 2024

Melissa Miller

Presentation: The Hidden Six Figure Author: Building a Sustainable Indie Career

Orlando Sanchez

PRESENTATION: BRANDCRAFT: AN AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO BUILDING AN ENDURING BRAND
Q&A WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Penny Sansevieri

Presentation: The Secrets of Selling Books on Amazon

Pierre Jeanty

Presentation: Mastering Direct Sales on Shopify
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

Quinn Ward

Presentation: A Better Approach to AMS ads

Rachel Howzell Hall

Q&A WITH BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Ricardo Fayet

Presentation: How to Hands-free your AMS ads

Sarra Cannon

Presentation: Planning for Author Success

Steff Green

Presentation: Between Pantsing & Outlines: The Skeleton Draft
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

Terezia Barna

Presentation: MAXIMIZING YOUR MARKETING WITH EMAILS

TM Holladay

Presentation: Creating Conflict With Your Characters

Xio Axelrod

Presentation: From Pen to Platform: Building Your Author Brand on Social Media

Alessandra Torre

NYT Bestselling Author & Inkers Con Co-Founder
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault


Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of over twenty-seven novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, and guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com. Her New York Times bestseller Hollywood Dirt was produced as a full-length movie in 2017. Two more of her books have been optioned for film, and her books have been translated into eleven different languages, in over twenty-six countries.

Alessandra has signed multiple six-figure publishing deals with industry giants Amazon, Hachette, and Harlequin, yet found her greatest success with self-publishing, hitting the New York Times list seven times, all with self-published novels. Alessandra is a popular public speaker and presents frequently to universities, conventions, and author groups.

Alex Smith

How to Maximize Your Print Book Profits with Bookvault

Alex Smith has been with Printondemand-worldwide for over 7 years during which time he has gained an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry. This placed him in the perfect position to take a leading role in the redevelopment of the Bookvault platform. He has been able to work very closely with some of the leading indie-publishing entrepreneurs to ensure that Bookvault continues to deliver the latest and greatest features that they need for their businesses.

Angel Lawson

Building Superfans
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault


Angel Lawson is a USA Today and International Bestselling Romance author of dark, angst-filled, trauma fiction like her co-written series, Royals of Forsyth U, with Samantha Rue.

She lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day, you can find her listening to true crime podcasts or binge-watching documentaries about serial killers or cults.

Annabeth Albert

Dynamic Openings for the Win

Annabeth Albert is a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. She has many critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romances. Her work has been nominated for multiple awards and has topped the Amazon Gay Romance charts. Her books have been called “Sweet and Witty” from the New York Times among other outlets. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings. In her personal life, she wrangles two active teens, enjoys cooking, knitting, and road trips (only one bed!) and proudly waves the bisexual pride flag.

Becca Syme

Writers Antidote to Overwhelm

Becca Syme holds a master’s degree in transformational leadership and has been a success coach (primarily utilizing the Gallup Strengthsfinder®) for over fifteen years. She’s coached over 5,000 individual authors and creatives through her Write Better-Faster and Strengths for Writers classes & coaching cohorts: six- and seven-figure authors, major award winners, midlisters, and new authors alike. Becca is the host of QuitCast for Writers and a mystery author.

Chelsea Bennett

The “Direct” Path From Followers to Buyers. Why your readers WANT to buy directly from you and how you can encourage them!

Chelsea Bennett is the Education and Community Manager for http://Lulu.com and host of Lulu’s YouTube series, Lulu University, as well as their monthly webinar series. Her areas of expertise include self-publishing, Print-on-Demand technology, building an author brand, direct sales and marketing. When not thinking about publishing, Chelsea can be found playing disc golf with her husband or having in-depth conversations about the universe with her cat, Batman.

C.J. Archer

Q&A with Bestselling Author

C.J. Archer is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of historical mystery and historical fantasy novels including the GLASS AND STEELE series, the CLEOPATRA FOX MYSTERIES, the MINISTRY OF CURIOSITIES and THE GLASS LIBRARY series.
She has loved history and books for as long as she can remember and feels fortunate that she found a way to combine the two. She has at various times worked as a librarian, IT support person and technical writer but in her heart has always been a fiction writer. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, 2 children and Coco the black and white cat.

Daniela Romero

The 3 Rs of Authorial Evolution

Daniela's not just your average author; she's the force behind the Baddies Book Box and a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Chicana Author. She writes New Adult romance and is known for her vibrant characters and thought-provoking narratives. Her stories are more than just love tales; they tackle real-world issues with finesse.

Dawn Alexander

Tackling the Tropes of Your Genre

Dawn Alexander is a developmental editor and story coach who works with authors at all levels of their publishing journey. In the years since she made the transition from teaching high school to indie editing, she has helped debut authors as well as Amazon Top 100, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling authors strengthen their stories and refine their voices.

Giana Darling

The Secrets of Successful World Building
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault


Giana Darling is a USA Today and Top 40 Amazon best selling Canadian romance writer who specializes in the taboo and angsty side of love and romance. She currently lives in beautiful British Columbia where she spends time riding on the back of her husband’s bike, baking pies, and reading snuggled up with her cat, Persephone, and Golden Retriever, Romeo.

Jennifer Probst

Q&A with Bestselling Author

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of over fifty books in contemporary romance fiction. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website at www.jenniferprobst.com.

Jessica Snyder

Tackling the Tropes of Your Genre

Jessica Snyder is a romance editor, author coach, and host of The HEA Club, a community for romance authors. Her clients, who range from New York Times-bestselling authors to pre-published writers, appreciate her combination of honesty, kindness, snark and market knowledge to support their career growth. She leverages a background that includes three decades of romance reading, over ten years working in the publishing industry, military service and a lifelong love of language to help romance authors happily ever after.

Kaydence Snow

How to Leverage Book Signing Events to Make Money, Build a Network, and Turn Readers into Superfans

Kaydence Snow has lived all over the world but ended up settled in Melbourne, Australia. She lives near the beach with her business partner and husband John.

She believes sarcasm is the highest form of wit and has the vocabulary of a highly educated, well-read sailor. When she's not writing, or reading other people's writing, she loves to travel and learn new things.

Kaydence is the co-founder of Beventi, BookEdge, and OhWrite. She and John build software to make life easier for authors.

Kenya Wright

Q&A with Bestselling Author

Kenya Wright is a USA Today bestselling author of over 70 novels. For her ten-year career, she’s focused on increasing the presence of diverse characters in romantic fiction. She also writes mysteries that touch on societal problems. Her books have been sold all over the world and published in print, eBook, and audio. In between full-time writing, she homeschools her three children. They live a nomadic lifestyle, traveling and connecting with amazing people all over the world.

Kirsten Oliphant

Building Superfans; Creating a Series Addiction

Kirsten Oliphant is a USA Today Bestselling author with an MFA in Fiction. She writes closed door romantic comedy as Emma St. Clair and was the host of the Create If Writing podcast.

Laura Granger

Presentation: Wide Strategies that Win with Kobo

Laura is Kobo Writing Life’s Author Engagement Manager. In her role on the KWL team, she works closely with indie authors to help them reach new readers on Kobo. She has a BA in English from York University and a post-grad certificate in book, magazine and electronic publishing from Centennial College. When she’s off the clock, you can find her curled up with a romance book or binge-watching a new reality show.

Laura Hidalgo

Data-Driven Cover Design

Laura Hidalgo, a visionary graphic designer with two decades of experience, is the driving force behind Spellbinding Design, a sought-after book cover design company. With a career dedicated to transforming authors' words into captivating visual designs, she honed her craft through collaborations with small publishers and businesses before founding Spellbinding Design. As the founder and creative director, Laura instills her commitment to excellence in book cover design and branding within her team. Renowned for their innovative approach in the publishing industry, they leverage marketing expertise to turn artwork into a profitable investment. Laura's dedication and artistic flair have elevated her book covers to revered works of art, earning acclaim from readers and bestselling authors. Her designs redefine industry standards, enhancing the visual appeal of literature and enriching the reading experience. With a hands-on approach, Laura and Spellbinding Design shape the future of book cover design.

Laurie Cooper

A Crash Course in Online Ads for Authors

Award-winning speaker, Laurie Cooper, launched her online business, Pub-Craft: Marketing for Books and Brands, in October 2013. She helps fiction authors go from struggling, feeling invisible and not knowing what to do next, to finding and connecting with their ideal readers. In her first year of business, Laurie went from 1 to over 200 clients and helped 100+ authors hit the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Lists. While she works as a marketing coach with authors from around the world, Laurie calls Ottawa, Canada her home. Learn more about Laurie and her course, The Visible Author Method. Connect at www.Pub-Craft.com.

Lee Savino

The Path to a MIllion Book Sales

Lee Savino is a USA today bestselling author of over 69 romance novels, a mom and a chocoholic. She runs the Millionaire Author Mastermind Facebook group and co-teaches the Money Magic Membership with Renee Rose, the Six Figure Strategy Course with Nick Eriks, and the Seven Figure Author course with herself.

L.T. Ryan

Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault

L.T. RYAN is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling author of several mysteries and thrillers, including the Wall Street Journal bestselling Jack Noble and Rachel Hatch series. With over eight million books sold, when he's not penning his next adventure, L.T. enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with his wife, daughter and four dogs at their home in central Virginia.

Lucy Lennox

Q&A with Bestselling Author

Lennox is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty gay romance titles including the GoodReads Hall of Fame winner Wilde Love. Born and raised in the southeast USA, she is finally putting good use to that English Lit degree she earned before the turn of the century.

Lucy enjoys naps, pizza, and procrastinating. She stays up way too late each night reading romance because it’s simply the best.

For more information and to stay updated about future releases, sales and audio news and to grab some free and bonus reads, please sign up for Lucy’s author newsletter on her website at Lucy http://Lennox.com or to stay in the know, join her exciting reader group, Lucy's Lair on Facebook.

Matthew J Holmes

How to Reach More Readers and Sell More Books with Facebook Ads in 2024

Matthew J Holmes (most people call him Matt) helped his wife, Lori, an author of fantasy novels, build a thriving six-figure author business. He now helps other authors do the same, with a particular focus on launching, optimizing and scaling Facebook Ads, as this has been, and still is, the driving force behind Lori's business. Matt also shares his learnings on what it takes to build and run a six-figure author business. On a personal note, Matt lives in the UK with his wife, Lori, their three children and two dogs. When he's not working, Matt can usually be found in the gym, walking the dogs, spending time with his wife and children, or exploring the British countryside in the family campervan.

Melissa Miller

The Hidden Six Figure Author: Building a Sustainable Indie Career

Melissa Miller is a USA Today bestselling author of mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. She writes hopeful crime fiction for optimists—fast-paced, twisty books for readers who believe light drives out dark, love is brave, and kind is strong.

Orlando Sanchez

BRANDCRAFT: AN AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO BUILDING AN ENDURING BRAND

Orlando Sanchez has been writing ever since his teens when he was immersed in creating scenarios for playing Dungeon and Dragons with his friends every weekend. An avid reader, his influences are too numerous to list here.

The worlds of his books are urban settings with a twist of the paranormal lurking just behind the scenes and generous doses of magic, martial arts, and mayhem. He has written more than 80 books so far, with his acclaimed, bestselling series being the Montague & Strong Detective Agency novels, and multiple interconnected series.

Penny Sansevieri

The Secrets of Selling Books on Amazon

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She was named one of the top influencers of 2019 by New York Metropolitan Magazine.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon visibility campaigns as well offering national media pitching, online book marketing, author events, and other strategies designed to build the author/book visibility.

She is the author of 23 books, including the newly released: "The Amazon Author Formula," "Revise and Re-Release Your Book", "5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors," and “From Book to Bestseller”

Pierre Jeanty

Mastering Direct Sales on Shopify
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault


Pierre Jeanty is a marketer and distinguished indie author in poetry and self-help, recognized as a USA Today bestseller. His writing, often centered on relationships, has amassed nearly 3 million social media followers. Recently, Jeanty has transitioned into an educational role, applying his extensive experience in book publishing and Facebook marketing to guide authors in Direct To Consumer strategies. Known for generating significant revenues and elevating businesses to seven-figure successes, he excels in e-commerce-driven book business development. Jeanty leads a marketing agency, a book fulfillment company focused on authors, and a publishing company in Florida, where he resides with his wife Natalie and their three children.

Quinn Ward

A Better Approach to AMS ads

Quinn Ward is the six-figure author of over two dozen contemporary gay romance novels, including the best-selling Homeruns Series. They’re the senior adviser at Author Ad School, mentoring students to achieve higher profitability through Amazon Ads and optimized marketing.

Rachel Howzell Hall

Q&A with Bestselling Author

Rachel Howzell Hall is the critically acclaimed author of the bestselling thrillers, What Never Happened, These Toxic Things, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize-nominated, Wall Street Journal and Amazon Charts bestseller We Lie Here. She’s been nominated for a number of mystery awards, including the Anthony, Strand and International Thriller Award, the Lefty, Barry and Shamus. She is also the author of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize-nominated And Now She’s Gone, and the author of the Audible Originals bestseller See How They Run, and the Thriller Award- and Audie Awards-nominated How It Ends, Rachel is a New York Times bestselling author of The Good Sister with James Patterson. She’s also received acclaim for They All Fall Down and for her Detective Elouise Norton series. Rachel is a former member of the board of directors for Mystery Writers of America and was a featured writer on NPR’s acclaimed Crime in the City series and the National Endowment for the Arts weekly podcast.

Ricardo Fayet

Presentation: How to Hands-free your AMS ads

Ricardo Fayet is one of the four founders of Reedsy, a marketplace connecting authors to the world's top publishing talent—from editors to cover designers, book marketers, or literary translators. He's the author of two books on marketing for authors: How to Market a Book: Overperform in a Crowded Market and Amazon Ads for Authors: Unlock Your Full Advertising Potential.

Sarra Cannon

Planning for Author Success

Author Sarra Cannon writes YA contemporary fantasy novels filled with magic, twists, and endings her fans have lovingly dubbed, "Sarra Hangers". Her books are often inspired by her love of anime, gaming, and shows like Buffy. She started her self-publishing journey in 2010 and has since sold over one million copies of her books, including her bestselling Shadow Demons Saga. The ultimate planner girl, Sarra is also passionate about sharing productivity tips, true-to-life vlogs, and lessons on how to keep joy at the center of it all on her popular YouTube channel, Heart Breathings. Sarra currently lives in the Dallas area with her game-developer husband and two young children.

Steff Green

Between Pantsing & Outlines: The Skeleton Draft
Panel: Opening the Bestseller Vault


Under her pen name Steffanie Holmes, Steff is a USA Today bestselling author of the paranormal, gothic, kooky, and fantastical. Her books feature clever, witty heroines, secret societies, creepy old mansions and alpha males who always get what they want. Legally blind since birth, Steff received the 2017 Attitude Award for Artistic Achievement. She was also a finalist for a 2018 Women of Influence award, and is the current president of the Romance Writers of New Zealand. Steff is also the creator of Rage Against the Manuscript – a podcast, books, and courses to help writers tell their story, find their readers, and build a badass writing career. She lives in New Zealand with her husband, a horde of cantankerous cats, and their medieval sword collection.

Terezia Barna

Maximizing Your Marketing with Emails

Terezia Barna brings over 17 years of corporate marketing, strategy and business planning expertise to Inkers Con. She has led large scale marketing projects for companies such as Oracle, Whole Foods and Microsoft. She specializes in project management, digital marketing and email marketing.

T.M. Holladay

Creating Conflict With Your Characters

T.M. Holladay is the creator behind Series Bibles for Writers, the bestselling workbooks that have helped thousands of writers craft compelling characters and unforgettable worlds. When she’s not writing rom-com and young adult contemporary fantasy about mermaids that aren’t really mermaids, she pretends to be a concert pianist. Her husband and three kids pretend to listen. She hyper-organizes her iCloud folders and her closet is a dark abyss of chaos.

Xio Axelrod

From Pen to Platform: Building Your Author Brand on Social Media

Xio Axelrod is a USA Today bestselling and award winning author of contemporary fiction and romance. Her work has been featured in Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Popsugar, Cosmopolitan, Vulture, Town and Country, and more. Xio grew up in the recording industry and began performing at a very young age. When she isn’t working on the next story, she can be found behind a microphone in a studio, writing songs in her guest room-turned-recording-booth, or occasionally performing as her fictional band, The Lillys. As a veteran social media butterfly, Xio is a completely unapologetic, badge-wearing, fic-writing fangirl. A Philadelphia native, she lives in complete denial of the last five minutes of Buffy with one very patient, full-time, indoor husband, and two part-time, supremely pampered, outdoor cats.