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SPEAKERS Mark Coker


Founder and CEO, Smashwords www.smashwords.com


Mark Coker is founder and CEO of Smashwords, an ebook publishing platform and online bookstore for publishers, authors and readers. Smashwords helps publishers pub- lish, promote and sell their books as multi-format, DRM- free ebooks. Mark is an outspoken advocate for indepen- dent publishing. He frequently writes and speaks about


how ebooks will transform publishing and open up new worldwide mar- kets for authors and publishers. Mark is also the co-author, with his wife, of Boob Tube, a novel that explores the dark side of Hollywood celebrity. He resides in Silicon Valley, blogs at http://blog.smashwords.com and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/markcoker.


Claudia Gryvatz Copquin Reviewer, Long Island Parent www.ClaudiaCopquin.com


In a career spanning two decades, award-winning freelance journalist, editor, author and blogger Claudia Gryvatz Copquin is a frequent contributor to the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper Newsday. She’s also been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and a slew of newspapers across the country, having written hundreds of features and columns on family, par-


enting, business, lifestyle, and bridal. She’s also the author of the non-fiction book, The Neighborhoods of Queens (Yale University Press, 2007) and the soon-to-be re- leased Fast Track Networking: Turning Conversations into Contacts (Career Press, 2010), co-authored with networking guru Lucy Rosen. Copquin is a long-standing member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Authors Guild.


Gregory Cowles Staff Editor, The New York Times Book Review www.nytimes.com


Gregory Cowles is a staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, specializing in fiction, and a frequent contributor to the Book Review’s Paper Cuts blog. He re- ceived his M.F.A. in fiction from Columbia, where he was the editor of Columbia Journal, and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Before coming to the Times, he worked at a small Connecticut newspaper and in the fiction department at The New Yorker.


Angela D’Agostino Vice President of Business Development Bowker and ProQuest www.bowker.com


Angela D’Agostino is the Vice President of Business Develop- ment for Bowker and ProQuest. She joined Bowker in 1990 and has been instrumental in transforming the company from a tra- ditional print reference publisher to a provider of essential data and services for publishers, book retailers, corporations and li- braries throughout the world. Her responsibilities have ranged


across all markets Bowker serves and have been focused on developing the com- pany’s long-term strategy which has included partnerships, acquisitions and the development of strategic relationships with emerging players in the book world such as Google, Sony and Apple. In 2010 Bowker was reorganized to be more tightly integrated with its sister company, ProQuest, at which time Angela assumed re- sponsibilities of business development and content licensing for both Bowker and ProQuest. Angela has a B.A. in English Literature from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


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