Deborah Hutchison

Our Keynote Speaker for October will be Deborah Hutchison who will speak on “How One Book Became a Movie”.

Gutsy Gals Inspire Me (GGIM) was created by Deborah Hutchison in 2008 to inspire girls and women to be courageous, clear, confident, and to “drive their destinies” by pursuing their dreams. The company works toward this by recognizing and promoting inspirational female role models and their stories through award programs, conference panels, “Hollywood style” animated educational films and teaching/activity guides, a line of GGIM note cards, and other merchandise including family and friend agreements.

Nora McDevitt

Our Keynote Speaker for November will be Nora McDevitt who will speak on “Dramatic Storytelling: Developing Your Narrative Structure”.

Nora is a producer and a writer with 10 plus years in scripted and unscripted programming including documentaries, independent feature films, commercials, digital, interactive and television.  She creates content, tells stories, and develops ideas.  She works across platforms, continually looking to how technology will disrupt platforms and delivery mechanisms transforming how we tell stories.  Her experience has taught her that there are always many ways to solve a problem or achieve a goal.


Cathy Helowicz

Our Keynote Speaker for January will be Cathy Helowicz who will speak on “How to Promote Your Book Using Social Media”.

Cathy started her career as a Computer Scientist with the National Security Agency (NSA). After retiring she continued her work in the computer arena as a consultant, switching over to Social Media consulting in 2009, developing and managing over 20 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for businesses and Authors.

Always writing Cathy launched her writing and publishing career in 2001 with her first book “On Grandpop’s Lap” which was written for her Dad.  She still continues her social media work but is a full-time writer and also the Executive Director of our PBWG.

Minx Boren

Our Keynote Speaker for February is Minx Boren who will speak on “What Awakens Your Creativity and Passion?”

Minx is a master certified coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation. For almost 35 years, Minx has been developing and presenting innovative programs that support health and balance, creativity and effectiveness, and reflection and achievement. As a life coach, her focus is on not only what it means to live a joyful, meaningful, and fulfilling life but also what it takes to do.

Coach Minx is also a writer, poet, columnist, motivational speaker, and workshop facilitator. She is the author of four books of poetry, co-author of eight books for women, and author of two life journey books: Healing Is a Journeyfind your own path to hope, recovery, and wellness and Friendship Is a Journeya celebration of true connection and deep caring. Most recently, she is working on a third book to be published by Blue Mountain Arts.


Brian Jud

Our Keynote Speaker for March will be Brian Jud who will speak on “How to Make Real Money Selling Books”.

Brian Jud is an author, book-marketing consultant, speaker, seminar leader, television host and president of Premium Book Company that sells books to non-bookstore buyers on a non-returnable, commission basis. Brian is also the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales.

Brian is the author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books (Without Worrying About Returns) This is the ultimate do-it-yourself guide to selling your books to non-bookstore buyers in large quantities, with no returns. He also wrote Beyond the Bookstore (a Publishers Weekly® book), a primer on non-bookstore marketing.

Brian has also written and published five titles on career transition that are distributed internationally. He is a prolific writer of articles about book publishing and marketing. He is the author of the eight e-booklets with Proven Tips for Publishing Success and the contributing editor to the monthly newsletters, Book Marketing Matters, The Sales Informer, The Authority and Bound to Sell. He was the host of the television show, The Book Authority that aired for 13 years.

Brian is an adjunct lecturer of sales and marketing courses for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut. Brian is a regular speaker on marketing topics at IBPA’s Publishing University and for publishing groups around the country. Brian has a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA in Marketing from Xavier University.

Nina Romano

Our Keynote Speaker for April will be Nina Romano who will speak on “How to Strengthen Your Writing Through Scenes”.

Nina is a Professor and Author who holds an MFA in Creative Writing.  Author of two poetry books and five poetry collections: Cooking Lessons from Rock Press, Coffeehouse Meditations from Kitsune Books, She Wouldnt Sing at My Wedding from Bridle Path Press, Faraway Confections from Aldrich Press. Westward: Guided by Starfalls and Moonbows from Red Dashwood LLC. Nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. The Wayfarer Trilogy published by Turner Publishing. The first novel of the series, The Secret Language of Women, won the Independent Publishers 2016 IPPY Gold Medal for Romance.