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Lindsey Smith

the publishing industry

Lindsey Smith, known as the Food Mood Girl, is a nationally recognized author, health coach, and dynamic speaker. She has written numerous books including Food Guilt No More, Hear Me Roar, and Junk Foods & Junk Moods. Her latest release titled Eat Your Feelings will be published under St Martins Press in January 2018. Lindsey's experience in self-publishing and mainstream publishing alike make her a sought after teacher by new writers looking to publish their first book.


Wayne Wise


Wayne Wise is a writer, artist, seeker, shaman and magician, or at least claims to be in casual conversation. He has a BA in History and an MA in Clinical Psychology and in his life has worked as a counselor, an administrative assistant for a state legislator, an inter-office mail courier, a freelance comic book inker, and a department store Santa. He wrote music and comics-based articles for several local news mags and a couple of national magazines. In 1993 he and his business partner/collaborator Fred Wheaton self-published the comic book "Grey Legacy". In 2010 he wrote and drew a follow-up called "Grey Legacy Tales". Raised in rural southwestern Pennsylvania he is currently employed by the Eisner Award-nominated comic book store Phantom of the Attic in Pittsburgh and recently taught a course in Comics and Pop Culture as a guest lecturer at Chatham University.


Amanda Filippelli

creative writing workshop

Amanda began her career in publishing as a writer and associate editor for a Chicago literary magazine. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for One Idea Press, while also offering a dynamic array of freelance services. Her intimate knowledge of the publishing world and her love for creative writing make her an innovative and sought after editor, writer, and book coach. 


Dontaira Terrell

author platforms

Dontaira Terrell is a Florida A&M University graduate, communications strategist and lifestyle journalist with a penchant for health + wellness, travel, in-depth celebrity interviews and social buzz. Her love for documenting life’s best moments happened as a youth, consuming local and national news and engrossing herself in a variety of magazines, newspapers and books to read. As a 7-year editorial veteran her career has taken her to the White House under the Obama Administration to South Africa for once in a lifetime writing opportunities. Dontaira would love to hear from you and invites you to connect with her on Twitter and Instagram @dontairaterrell. After all, "Keeping you entertained one word at a time," is her mantra. 


Sangeeta Mehta

What Happens Next? The Publishing House

Sangeeta Mehta (sangeeta_editor) has worked in the book publishing field since the late 1990s, after receiving her master's degree in comparative literature from UCLA. She has been an acquiring editor at both Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (the children's division of the Hachette Book Group) and Simon Pulse (the teen paperback division of Simon & Schuster). She later returned to Hachette to freelance-edit a New York Times bestseller. She currently consults on book projects for corporate and independent book publishers (with current and recent clients including Macmillan, Lee & Low, and Workman Publishing) and individual authors. Prior to working in New York publishing, Sangeeta was a projects manager/reader at two California-based literary agencies. 


Beth Caldwell


Beth Caldwell is an author, speaker and success strategist. A public relations expert, she helps her clients to elevate their presence and become respected experts and leaders in their industry. Beth is the host of a popular webTV show called Smart Leadership. She’s also the author of 7 books and a columnist for Smart Business Magazine and The Pittsburgh Business Times. She has received a number of awards, including “Top 20 Most Influential Women on LinkedIn, Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40″ award, and she was recognized recently recognized with the Pennsylvania Woman of Courage Award. Even though she’s spoken on stage with Suze Orman and works with Steve Harvey in his Global Success Institute, Beth is most fondly known and recognized for her organization Pittsburgh Professional Women, a resource organization that she started in 2004. She is the mom of two college age sons and the mischievous adolescent JJ Kitty, who likes to make regular appearances on her webinars.

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Bonnie Budzowski

editors session

A skilled marketing professional, Bonnie Budzowski is laser-focused on helping clients to leverage the power of a book to attract prospects and differentiate a business from the crowd. As founder and principal of inCredible Messages, Bonnie works with entrepreneurs, executives, coaches, and consultants who want to establish themselves as thought leaders by writing a book. She coaches and guides her clients through all stages of a book project, from strategy to roadmap, from drafting to publication. Clients appreciate her business insight, editorial savvy, and her ability to provide accountability and support to get the job done.