Kathy J Perry, Author-Illustrator-Publisher-Speaker
A former elementary teacher, I still want to make a positive impact in today’s youth. I love books, children, and art so, naturally, becoming a children’s book author-illustrator appealed to me. Over the past 4 years, I have learn so much! About the art of writing, watercolor techniques and character design, publishing, and speaking to kids in the elementary school setting. I have loved every minute of it and continue to learn more every day. I hope to write a series of picture books for children 0-4, and then a middle-grade novel in the next few years.
Mark Baral, Character Designer
Mark Baral, a children's book illustrator and character designer, is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in Studio Art at Pensacola Christian College. Mark has fostered his love for art by consistently drawing and painting, which enabled him to produce award-winning artwork both at the regional and national level. The process of bringing characters to life through design and illustration has always captured his attention. His love for stories is a great inspiration to him as he strives to create fun and entertaining characters that enhance the storytelling experience.
Beth Bruno, Editor
Beth Bruno, Ed.M., M.A., began her literary career 20 years ago as a features writer and editor. Her weekly op-ed column, "Stand Up and Be Counted," became an instant hit when she invited readers to share their opinions about hot topics of the day and included them in her columns. In 2001 she published her first book, Wild Tulips, based on humorous and enlightening stories about raising children.
Beth has edited more than 350 fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, many of them now award winners. Her favorite genres are: women's fiction, YA (young adult), self-help, psychology, commercial fiction, mysteries and thrillers, science fiction, adventure, memoir, biography, humor, literary fiction, and general nonfiction.
Another dimension of Beth's experience has been judging for an international contest: The Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Winners in more than 70 categories receive cash prizes, publicity, constructive criticism, publicity, and referrals to literary agents and publishers.
Rachel Lawston, (Lawston Design), Designer
Rachel graduated in Graphic Design Communications, from the University of Creative Arts in 2005. Upon graduating, she was invited to present her work at the D&AD New Blood Exhibition. Since then she has worked with publishing houses, design agencies, for authors and charities that are close to her heart.
She has worked with Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Carlton Books, and Walker Books to name a few. Rising to the challenge of designing books and commissioning artwork for amazing authors like Terry Pratchett, John Boyne and Malorie Blackman are some of her greatest accomplishments.
She is a keen birdwatcher and volunteers as an education volunteer at WWT London Wetland Centre. She loves walking too and often climbs mountains and volcanoes when on holiday. When not on holiday, she makes do with evening strolls with her husband in her local park to see bats and owls. She once spotted a hedgehog having an evening snack there too and hopes to bump into him again this summer...
Robin Blakely, (Creative Center of America), Marketing
For more than two decades, Robin Blakely has helped make professional dreams happen for emerging experts, best-selling authors, renowned artists, and talent-driven brands from across the country. Leveraging publicity to increase business growth, Robin has secured and managed promotional placements for clients at print, broadcast, and live venues that have included HGTV, Book TV, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, the Golden Door Spa, The Hollywood Reporter, ABC World News, Vanity Fair, and more. Robin has coached clients participating in satellite media tours for Crest, Listerine, Huggies, and QVC.
Early in her creative career, Robin was a news writer who became the producer of a live radio talk show that featured guests such as the vice president of the United States; best-selling authors; NY Times bestseller Harvey MacKay; comedians Bob Hope, Jeff Foxworthy, and Steve Allen; newsman Mike Wallace; astronauts, television personalities, movie icons, and others. Robin also produced an educational series in which Los Angeles County schoolchildren were introduced to the behind-the-scenes worlds of award-winning authors, including such luminaries as Madeleine L’Engle, Jon Scieszka, Barbara Park, Patricia Polacco, and more. For seven years, Robin taught and coordinated the Professional Writers Certificate Program at California University Extension Services at California State University, Long Beach.
Click here to see Robin’s four business books.
Sam Hamill, Marketing Apprentice
Sam Hamill worked 3 years in Luxury Real Estate in Los Angeles where his team was granted GOLD status as a top producing team in their market Center in 2017.
Through real estate sam discovered the power of strategizing through digital and social media marketing. The process of producing interesting content and bringing a brand’s presence to the public eye is put front and center with his love for connecting with people. Sam is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business in Houston, TX.
My Choice for Print On Demand and Distribution
My Choice for Large Print Runs
The team at Steuben Press has been working in on demand book printing services for over a decade. We came to the company as book designers, editors, press operators, bindery professionals, and more than anything just people who dig books. Regardless of our backgrounds, we all noticed the same glaring problem in the book printing industry – authors have to struggle way too hard to have their books produced. We wanted to start a company that would take the hassle out of book printing and make it an experience for the author that’s just as much fun as we think it is. We all love the history behind book printing and binding, but strive to provide an experience that takes advantage of all the speed and convenience new technologies provide.
Currently, Feebs to the Rescue has an ebook, audiobook, and a read-along (enhanced ebook with audio and highlighted text).