Editors, literary agents, writers, journalists, publishing pros. The WFF guest speakers will be speaking about the international publishing marketplace and world, they will be offering advice on specific genres, how to thrive in a digital publishing world. There will be master classes and brainstorming sessions.

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PORTER ANDERSON
Direttore editoriale di Publishing Perspectives

Porter Anderson BA, MA, MFA, is a journalist, speaker, and consultant specializing in book publishing. Formerly with CNN, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media, he is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives, founded by Frankfurt Book Fair New York, the magazine for the international publishing industry. With Jane Friedman, he produces The Hot Sheet publishing-industry newsletter, providing expert analysis and interpretation in a private subscription bulletin format, expressly for traditionally publishing and self-publishing authors. With Friedman, he programmed the new DBW Indie Author conference in New York in January 2017, as a Hot Sheet project. Anderson also writes the #MusicForWriters series on contemporary composers for Thought Catalog. Anderson also has guided The FutureBook’s coverage of digital publishing for The Bookseller in the UK and led the development of its inaugural Author Day conference in London. This year under the aegis of his Porter Anderson Media consultancy, Anderson will be speaking, covering and/or programming events at major publishing events including London Book Fair, Publishers Forum in Berlin, BookExpo in New York, the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, The Muse and the Marketplace in Boston, Frankfurt Book Fair, Books in Browsers,The FutureBook, Sharjah International Book Fair in the United Arab Emirates, Nielsen Children’s Book Summit, StoryDrive Asia in Singapore, and many more. As a producer, Anderson has held a diplomatic posting to Rome with the United Nations (P5, Level 7), assigned to the international headquarters of the World Food Programme. He also has served as executive producer for Denmark’s INDEX: Design To Improve Life, under the patronage of HRH Frederik, in Copenhagen. He is a Fellow with the National Critics Institute and a native of Charleston, South Carolina. His dream sponsor is Campari. More information is at PorterAnderson.com.




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RICCIARDA BARBIERI
Feltrinelli Editor

Ricciardi Barbieri was born in Milano, 1975. She managed the Piemme fiction editions and subsequently for Sperling & Kupfer and Frassinelli. She has been responsible for Italian and foreign fiction for Feltrinelli since 2010, where she has worked with authors such as Lorenzo Marone, Chiara Gamberale, Alessia Gazzola and Nicolas Barreau.




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RICARDO FAYET
Reedsy co-founder

Ricardo Fayet is the co-founder of Reedsy, a global network that connects authors and publishers with top editorial, design, marketing and ghostwriting talent. A technology and startup enthusiast, he likes to imagine how small players will build the future of publishing. He is behind the launch of Reedsy’s latest initiative,Reedsy Learning, a series of free mini-courses on writing, publishing and marketing, taught by the industry's best professionals and delivered to your over 20,000 authors each day.




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MARIA FRANCESCA GAGLIARDI
Editor, media scout

Maria was born in Catanzaro in 1983. She studied in Rome where she now lives. She works as a freelance literary editor and collaborates with the largest Italian publishing houses and founded and directed the Ghena brand. Maria is currently working as a Scout for several movie and TV producers searching out storylines and ideas from the literary and publishing world. She created Maria Francesca Gagliardi Media Scouting with which she reads, explores and discovers, thus offering a complete editorial monitoring service unique to Italy.




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MARCO GIACOMELLO

Lawyer and Founder of MarkMark, a technology consultancy company, I manage the legal division and am responsibile for intellectual property rights with specific focus on digital publishing and technology start-ups. With a Ph.D in law and new technology I also lecture high level education courses on legal information technology. I collaborate with the website of 'Wired' magazine and with the Legal Tech section of the monthly publication '3D Printing Creative'. Co-founder of 'Librlnnovando', an Italian event dedicated to the future of digital publishing and held annually in major Italian cities. Author of "Introduction to ePublishing Contracts", "My Digital", "Social Family" and "Manual to Defend From Post-Truth".




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FRANCESCO GUNGUI
Writer, editor, book coach

Francesco Gungui, writer, editor, book coach. Born in Milan 1980 where he lives and works. He studied Cultural Heritage Sciences at the Università Statale of Milan. After trying to become a painter and being rejected twice by the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, he realised that he was better at writing than drawing. He published twelve novels between 2008 and 2017. The last one is “All the Time You Want” (Giunti). He is a passionate member of the  “Centro di Formazione Supereroi” (Super Heros Training Center). In 2016 he launched a site for writers (aspiring and non-aspiring) and publishers looking to work with him.




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BEENA KAMLANI
Editor at Penguin Random House

A long-time editor at Viking Penguin, now part of Penguin Random House, Beena Kamlani has edited a wide range of authors—among them, Garrison Keillor, Kim Edwards, Terry McMillan, Diane Middlebrook, Sir Peter Medawar, Peter Kramer, David Leavitt, Jiang Rong, Paul Beatty, Robert Kanigel, Bob Shacochis—and was Saul Bellow’s editor for nearly two decades until his death in 2005. She also worked with Robert Fagles for over twenty years on his translations of Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad, and Virgil’s Aeneid. She has also taught book editing at New York University for the past eighteen years, and was presented the university’s award for teaching excellence in 2002. She now teaches a course on self-editing for writers at Hunter College, CUNY, New York. She is also a Pushcart Prize winning fiction writer whose work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Identity Lessons: Learning to be American (Penguin, 1999), Growing Up Ethnic in America (Penguin, 2000), The Lifted Brow (Australia, 2008), World Literature Today and other publications. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Ledig House, Hawthornden Castle, Hedgebrook, and won a nomination for the inaugural Pushcart-Jentel Arts fellowship for fiction at Jentel Arts in Wyoming for 2010. She was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in Fiction at Sewanee and was awarded a grant in fiction from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Born in India and educated in England, she has a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in English and American Literature, and European Literature since 1850.  She is working on a novel, and a collection of short stories.




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STEFANO IZZO
DeA Pianeta editor

Stefano Izzo,  born in Florence in 1979, has lived in Milan for  years where he is editor of DeA Planeta  Italian fiction. He has worked in Rizzoli with some of the most distinguished Italian authors including Edoardo Albinati, Silvia Avallone, Maurizio de Giovanni, Walter Siti, Giuseppina Torregrossa, Sebastiano Vassalli and Andrea Vitali.




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ROSEMARY LAUREY
Author

USA Today Best-selling author Rosemary Laurey is a retired special education teacher and grandmother who now lives in Ohio and has a wonderful time writing and letting her imagination run riot.  As Rosemary, she writes historical, paranormal and contemporary romance. Her work has received numerous nominations and awards including  the PRISM Best of the Best and the Dorothy Parker Award. She also writes fantasy as Georgia Evans and Erotica as Madeleine Oh.  Her hobbies are dusting, vacuuming and cleaning windows but, sadly, the demands of her writing career leave her little time for these pursuits.  For news of current and upcoming  releases please visit: www.rosemarylaurey.com and www.madeleineoh.com




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ANDREA MASTROMATTEI
Ilmiolibro, content strategies e community manager

Andrea lives and works in Rome. He has worked at GEDI (Gruppo Editoriale l'Espresso - la Repubblica) since 2008, where he deals with content strategies and community management in the digital division. He is mainly involved with books and ebooks at ilmiolibro.it. He has a degree in political science and worked in communications policy and international affairs at the European Parliament. but then he became passionately involved in everything digital.
ilmiolibro.it
 
GEDI's digital publishing platform is ilmiolibro.it is an innovative tool that focuses the publishing process on book authors and a community of book lovers. Authors can make use of discoverability mechanisms that reward talent by means of contests and community activities. It is a flexible and quality-based productive tool which distributes both ebooks and paperbacks while being an effective marketing tool offering higher profit margins, quick payments, the ability to update texts and providing information in real time on clicks and sales. More than 35,000 authors make use of this tool which has been used by writers, people in the entertainment industry, teachers and university professors since 2008 to publish great books.




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FLO NICOLL
Harlequin senior editor, UK

Flo Nicoll is a Senior Editor with Harlequin. She manages the Harlequin Presents series and also edits for Harlequin’s trade fiction lists. Harlequin is unique in the women’s fiction market, combining branded series romance programs, traditional author-led trade fiction, and brand-led trade publishing.Harlequin sold 131 million books worldwide last year, or just over 4 books per second. Harlequin books are sold in 107 international markets, in 29 languages around the world, publishing over 800 titles globally per month.




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BONNIE O'NEILL
USA Writer, Director, Producer

Bonnie O’Neill is a Writer, Director, Producer and adoring mother who has taught film production, history and screenwriting in San Francisco for fifteen years and lectured internationally on the Transmedia movement. The Hero’s Journey is the foundation of many of her lectures and she applies the steps to her own projects, both fiction and non-fiction.Ms. O’Neill’s feature experience ranges from Consulting on The English Patient to Consulting Producer on Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? to Writer/Producer/Director of Housewife in the Heart of Darkness which was shot in the Congo where she documented the abuse which occurred during Mobutu’s reign. She works as a Story Editor and Consultant on short films which has inspired her to start the Hudson NY Shorts Film Festival. In her first novel, #Tweeting the TL, Ms. O’Neill used the steps of the Hero’s Journey to help harness her passion for storytelling and satire to expose the dark side of her city’s Tenderloin district. Her projects reflect a personal premise: To survive is to merely exist. To thrive is to know bliss. Coffee, chocolate and cats are her only addictions. She and her bi-coastal kitty split time between San Francisco and New York. Ms. O’Neill has a B.A. in Information and Communication Studies from CSU, Chico and a M.A. in Film from San Francisco State University.




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MARIO PENNACCHIO
STEP Language Services, Founder

Mario Pennacchio was born in Potenza on 22 July 1973. After working for several multinationals, he saw the error of his ways and abandoned financial statements and Excel spreadsheets to start working with words. He became a translator “for love”, and with his wife set up STEP Language Services, an agency that works with prestigious international brands such as Philips, Honda, Epson, HP and Microsoft. His legal training came in handy when translating contracts and corporate documents, but his passion for nursery rhymes led him into the world of children’s literature, first as an author and then as a translator. In 2012 he published COSA C'È SOTTO - Il terremoto a casa mia (ArteStampa), a book completed in just 15 days to collect funds for the primary school in the town of Mirandola, hit by an earthquake, which won the jury prize at Cento’s Premio della Letteratura per ragazzi. In 2013 he published Il Quaderno delle Filastrocche (Kellerman), presented at the Più Libri Più Liberi book fair in Rome. Since 2012 he has been one of the team of translators for Walt Disney e-books.  




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KATHARINE SANDS
Usa, Literary Agent

Katharine has worked with a varied list of authors who publish a diverse array of books including both fiction, memoir and non-fiction. Among the books she represents are: The Apothecary’s Curse, nominated for the Bram Stoker Award in the First Novel category for 2017; and Girl Walks Out of a Bar, a memoir that was featured by People Magazine as Notable Nonfiction. She is actively building her list and looking for books that have a clear benefit for readers’ lives in categories of food, travel, lifestyle, home arts, beauty, wisdom, relationships, parenting, fresh looks, life challenges, or popular culture. When reading fiction, she wants to be compelled and propelled by urgent storytelling, and hooked by characters. For memoir, she likes to be transported to a world rarely or newly observed.




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SHARI STAUCH
Book Coach

Creator of Where Writers Win, Shari Stauch has been involved in publishing, marketing, and PR for thirty years. She works with authors and publishers, helping them market themselves and their work to find more readers and sell more books. Where Writers Win’s innovative Winner Circle offers access to vetted book reviewers, live and virtual book clubs, festivals and competitions, and other curated resources developed specifically for authors, publishers and book publicists.




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ALESSANDRA TAVELLA
Amazon Publishing

Trentasei anni, sanremese di nascita ma milanese d’adozione, laureata in Economia Aziendale in Bocconi e con una precedente esperienza pluriennale in consulenza aziendale, è in Amazon dal 2012. Alessandra lavora in Amazon Publishing  dal 2015, e ha seguito il  lancio della casa editrice in Italia nel novembre 2015.




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Marty Ambrose
Author

Marty has been a writer most of her life, consumed with the world of literature while teaching English and creative writing at Florida Southwestern State College or creating her own fiction.  Her writing career has spanned almost fifteen years, with eight published novels for Avalon Books, Kensington Books, and Thomas & Mercer.  Her traditional Mango Bay mystery series is going strong with the latest release, Coastal Corpse, for Five Star in July, 2016. While writing cozy mysteries, Marty has also become increasingly interested in combining historical and women’s fiction not only as the “backstairs of history” but, also, as a way to create a unique narrative—tapping into the popularity of genre bending.  Her new work, Claire's Last Secret, builds on her background as a Romantics scholar, using the “almost famous” member of the Byron/Shelley “haunted summer,” Claire Clairmont, as the protagonist/sleuth.  The novel takes place in both Geneva and Florence and spans two eras played out against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century conspiracy. In short, Marty loves telling a story—whether it takes place on a small island in Florida or a palazzo in Florence.




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Mary Leo
Usa Today Best Selling Author

Mary Leo is a USA Today bestselling author of over twenty-five books. She’s written about cowboys, billionaires, Italian mobsters, trendy cooking-show hosts, Santa’s security elves and a serial killer. Her novels have been both traditionally and indie published. She has worked in Hollywood as an intern for the late film producer and screenwriter Debra Hill, had one of her books and a screenplay optioned for a movie, and once drove across the entire United States for a chance to meet Tom Selleck. Mary loves English tea, gelato, aromatic olive oil, making new friends, and laughing so hard it hurts. www.maryleo.com




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Sandra Lonchamp
European Coordinator, Kobo Writing Life

Passionate about literature since childhood, Sandra Lonchamp completed first a Master’s degree in Modern Literature, then in Communication and Publishing from the Sorbonne University. She started her career as a Publishing and Press Relations Assistant. She then worked as a journalist for French TV for several years, before spending a few months working for an online newspaper in Padova (Italy). Her last job was Communication Manager for the Paris City Hall of Paris for 4 years, before joining Kobo as European Coordinator for Kobo Writing Life in March 2017.




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ATHINA PAPA
Translator, interpreter

Athina Papa has been a professional wordsmith all her life. She was born and grew up in the US and was educated in Europe. She has been an interpreter for international organizations and a translator for over 20 years. She has taught interpretation, translation and effective communication at several Italian Universities and institutions. In 2012 she founded Language+Literary Translations , for the translation of novels and has overseen the translation of books by Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, Claudia Alexander, Nancy Warren, Dr. Debra Holland, C.J. Lyons, Julie Kenner, Lisa Marie Rice, Donna Grant, Hess Michaels, Julianne Maclean, Shelley Adina and more. She is a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters and of the American Translators Association, a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and associate member of Romance Writers of America.




speaker womens fiction festival
Athina Papa
Translator, interpreter

Athina Papa has been a professional wordsmith all her life. She was born and grew up in the US and was educated in Europe. She has been an interpreter for international organizations and a translator for over 20 years. She has taught interpretation, translation and effective communication at several Italian Universities and institutions. In 2012 she founded Language+Literary Translations , for the translation of novels and has overseen the translation of books by Bella Andre, Barbara Freethy, Claudia Alexander, Nancy Warren, Dr. Debra Holland, C.J. Lyons, Julie Kenner, Lisa Marie Rice, Donna Grant, Hess Michaels, Julianne Maclean, Shelley Adina and more. She is a member of the International Association of Conference Interpreters and of the American Translators Association, a partner member of the Alliance of Independent Authors and associate member of Romance Writers of America.