Business Resources for Authors


Alice Anderson

Going Paperless: Evernote for Authors

Alice Anderson is, as yet, an unpublished romance writer. She lives in the Southeast with her husband, dog and two kitties. When she’s not slaving over her latest novel, she’s hard at work creating designs for other authors and promoting romance to the world through her creation, the CataNetwork. A member of RWA, Georgia Romance Writers, Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter, CataUniversity, and RWClist, Alice has done designs and promotion for authors. She’s created communities that are popular with readers. And her website for writers has been named one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest. Twice. Learn more about Alice on her website.

Kelsey Browning

Kelsey Browning

Founding Daily Tips Coordinator

With degrees in economics and higher education administration, Kelsey Browning worked in fundraising, job development and employer relations for over a decade. In those settings, she developed strengths in strategic planning (why are we on this path?), relationship management (who is interested in our product?) and selling the invisible (who believes in us enough to be our advocate?). Her business specialties are networking, public speaking, productivity and organization. To this day, she enjoys a long-term love affair with outlines and bullet points. Kelsey writes contemporary and paranormal romance and is a co-founder of Romance University blog where the mission is to empower writers, entertain readers and understand men. In addition to fiction, she writes and edits non-fiction on a freelance basis. For more about Kelsey, please see her website.

Jana DeLeon

Estimated Tax Payments Series

Jana DeLeon is a former CFO who jumped off the corporate ladder to write books. Today, she writes boring training manuals by day and murderous fiction by the dawn’s early light. Her 2012 Harlequin Intrigue release THE LOST GIRLS OF JOHNSON’S BAYOU earned her a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Jana has a degree in accounting and gives accounting, tax and writing advice on her writing website

Michelle Diener

WordPress Section (Dashboard & Advanced Images lessons)

“Born in London and brought up in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, reading and writing have always been my passions. My parents gave me a typewriter for my birthday when I was about twelve to write my stories on, and I have been able to type two-handed and at speed ever since.” Michelle’s debut historical novel, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, was released with Gallery Books on August 2nd, 2011. The second book in the series, KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS is scheduled for an April 2012 release. The books are set in the court of Henry VIII and feature the real historical figures of artist Susanna Horenbout and Henry’s Keeper of the Palace of Westminster, John Parker. A short story, which fits between the two books chronologically, is due out as an ebook in January / February 2012, and is entitled DANGEROUS SANCTUARY. Michelle currently lives on the west coast of Australia with her husband and two children. She can be found online at Magical MusingsTwitter and Facebook.


Kelli Finger

Campus Coordinator

Kelli is a writer and classically-trained vocalist who earned a Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University and is now studying grant writing. A strong advocate for people with disabilities and minorities, she’s worked the last six years as a Braille proofreader, reading textbooks in every subject and grade level alongside a sighted person, checking for errors, and matching the Braille text with the print. Kelli has been writing for publication for  ten years, and is published as Abbey MacInnis by digital presses. She also indie publishes and knows firsthand the tough obstacles and difficult decisions writers face everyday. “My family’s a strong support system. Along with a close circle of friends, composed of both writers and nonwriters, and my now retired guide dog black Labrador Tess. Each gives me their own unique brand of love and support, allowing me to walk my life’s path with confidence. I don’t know where I’d be without them all.”

Margaret Golla

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Margaret is a late-to-bloom writer. Oh, that isn’t to say she hasn’t written stuff over the years, but she did successfully stop writing for about twelve years. Various interests got in her way: horses (buying, riding and showing hunters takes time and money!), marriage, travel (England, Wales, Germany, France) and that nasty word “work.” But in the year 2000, when she had a child and went to work part-time, she wondered if she could write a novel. She did—and she’s grateful it will never see the light of day. That isn’t to say she didn’t learn from her writing mistakes and—oh, boy—there were many! Eleven years later she is still learning, but mixed in with the mistakes is a variety of epiphanies. In 2008, she discovered her love for writing children’s books. And the stories continue to unfold. Visit her blog, Gnome de Plume.

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Suzan Harden

Author Business Plan Series

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Suzan Harden spent eight years in management information systems with companies such as DuPont and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Instead of facing the requirement of an MBA to advance her career, she took a left turn and entered law school. She had her own law firm and later joined Hissey, Kientz & Herron, PLLC, where she headed the Probate Department in the Houston office. Suzan now writes fiction full-time. You can learn more about Suzan at her author website.

Guido Henkel

Take Pride in Your eBook Formatting series

Guido is the author of the Jason Dark: Ghost Hunter series, an accomplished musician and composer and computer game developer. He continues to write and publish his fiction and also offers professional services as an ebook formatter and cover designer. Learn more about him on his website.

Joan Leacott

Tips 4 WIPs series, Campus Instructor

Over the course of her career, Joan Leacott has worked with most versions of MS Word, creating user documents with all the bells and whistles. When she began writing fiction, Word was the easy part. To help other fiction writers, she waded through the complex MS Word software, selecting the functionality necessary for producing, editing, and critiquing a manuscript. The result is the course Mastering Word for Fiction Writers. After releasing her third title, she put her newly honed Word skills to use for her friends—and her business Woven Red Author Services was born. Joan is a member of the Romance Writers of America. Her home chapter is in Toronto, and she belongs to a number of online groups. Joan Leacott writes—and proudly self-publishes—contemporary multi-generational novels featuring the lives, loves, and scandals of small-town Clarence Bay, Canada. Check out her books at or friend her at Joan Leacott on Facebook.

Chip MacGregor

What Does An Author Need To Ask About Book Contracts?

Chip MacGregor has been a lifelong book guy—from high school literary magazine to bestselling books, from conference speaker to an unbeatable track record of representing renowned writers. Founder of MacGregor Literary Inc., Chip shares with his clients his comprehensive knowledge of the publishing industry and has secured more than 1,000 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers. Chip is also an author with more than two-dozen titles to his credit, including two books that hit #1 on the bestseller lists in their category. A popular writer’s conference speaker, Chip has presented workshops at more than 100 locations. Learn more about him by following his blog.

Pepper Phillips

Researcher, Spreadsheet Developer

Author of sassy, Southern romance novels, Pepper still commits much time to curating contest and conference information on various websites. She released her debut book THE DEVIL HAS DIMPLES in October 2011. Visit her website.

Jamie Raintree

WordPress Section

Jamie Raintree has been a web and graphic designer for seven years. She recently made the decision to focus on writing full time…or as much time as her little girl will allow. Jamie writes Women’s Fiction and blogs about her writing journey as well as the writing craft on her website.

Edie Ramer


Edie Ramer is funnier on the page than in real life. A multiple award-winning writer, she writes about cats, dragons, aliens, ghosts and people with attitude. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, two dogs and one important cat. Read more about her on her website.

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Alison Stuart

Facebook Events: Launching a Virtual Book in a Virtual World

Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of cross-genre historicals with heart.  Whether dueling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes.  She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town.  She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website.

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