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Bestselling Author Kerry Lonsdale, Ten Speed Press Executive Editor Lisa Westmoreland, SheWrites Publisher Brooke Warner to Speak at the 20th Anniversary EWIP Conference

Kerry Lonsdale

    Kerry Lonsdale

Bestselling author and Women’s Fiction Writers Association founding member Kerry Lonsdale, Ten Speed Press Executive Editor Lisa Westmoreland, and SheWrites publisher Brooke Warner are among the publishing professionals to join the Exceptional Women in Publishing’s 20th anniversary conference on March 30, 2017.

Eventbrite - EWIP Turns 20: 2017 Women's Leadership Conference

The book publishing panel gives an insider look at an industry in tumult as technology redefines the relationship among authors, publishers and readers. Westmoreland is a 10-year veteran of the publishing industry, during which time the Big Six became the Big Five. Warner, former executive editor at Seal Press, launched SheWrites in 2012 with Kamy Wicoff in response to the ever-increasing barriers for talented aspiring writers. The hybrid publisher, which has signed more than 100 authors, has been growing during a time when the combined share of books published by authors and micro-publishers take up 42 percent of the market share, compared to 34 percent from “Big Publishing.”

The panel will also give insights from authors, including:

  • Lonsdale, a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Kindle bestselling author of such books as Everything We Keep and her most recent release All The Breaking Waves, cofounded the Women’s Fiction Writers Association in 2013 to create a safe, nurturing place for male and female writers of women’s fiction
  • An award winner in both journalism and books, Vanessa Hua recently published her short-story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, dubbed a “searing debut” by Oprah Magazine. Currently a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle, Hua also worked at The Los Angeles Times and The Hartford Courant. Her journalism work has appeared in outlets such as The New Yorker online, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Hua has two upcoming novels to be published by Ballantine: A River of Stars and The Sea Palaces.
  • Aya de Leon is director of Poetry for the People, where she teaches creative writing in the African American Studies Department at the University of California at Berkeley. Grounded in spoken word and theater performance, De Leon won the San Francisco Poetry Slam in a four-way tie for first place and won critical acclaim for her solo theater show, “Thieves in the Temple: The Reclaiming of Hip Hop.” A frequent blogger whose work has appeared in outlets like xojane, Bitch Magazine, Writers Digest, and Essence Magazine, de Leon recently published the feminist heist novel Uptown Thief from Kensington Publishers.
  • At her London boarding school, Naheed Senzai was voted “most likely to lead a literary revolution” thanks to her successful reading of comic books during class. A Silicon Valley analyst, Muslim, and self-described “exuberant author,” Senzai has lived two cultures and all over the world, an experience and upbringing that informs her award-winning children’s books, which include Shooting Kabul, inspired by her own husband, Afghan American political scientist Fareed Senzai, fleeing his native Afghanistan from Soviet forces as a boy and ending up in Fremont, California, home to the largest Afghan diaspora in America. Simon and Schuster also published her follow-up books, Saving Kabul Corner and Ticket to India.

The publishers panel, is organized and moderated by dynamo and Fuse Literary Agency founding partner Laurie McLean. McLean truly embodies an exceptional woman in publishing, having worked at a newspaper, then spending 20 years as the CEO of a Silicon Valley publicity agency and nearly a decade as an agent and senior agent at Larsen Pomada Literary Agents in San Francisco. She is the co-director of the annual San Francisco Writers Conference, one of the premier gatherings in publishing.

The session will conclude the leadership conference that includes sessions on personal branding and business strategy across all publishing disciplines, as well as the annual Exceptional Woman award, to The Hollywood Reporter/Billboard media group co-president Janet Min.

Exceptional Women in Publishing was established in 1998 to educate, empower and support women in publishing and to educate, empower and support women and girls through the power of publishing. In addition to events, workshops and trainings offered throughout the year, EWIP presents its signature Women’s Leadership Conference each spring, and honors an Exceptional Woman in Publishing. For more information about EWIP and to join, see ewip.org or email info@ewip.org. Tickets are available through EventBrite.

Standing Together: 20 Years of Exceptional Women

Thursday, March 30, 2016 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM


8:00 AM Registration and breakfast

9:00 AM Breakfast Panel Standing Together, Taking a Stand

10:10 AM Sessions Tracks

  • Not In My Sandbox: Fighting unconscious bias & gender equality by knowing your rights [Personal Branding track]
  • Who’s There? Developing the audience you want and need [Business Strategy track]

11:10 AM Session Tracks

  • From Crossroads to Intersection: How All Roads Lead to You [PBT]
  • Event as Brand, Platform and Distribution [BST]

12:00 PM 19th Annual EWIP Award Presentation: Janice Min,co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group

1:30 PM Session Tracks

  • Live Now…: Video’s Third Wave [PBT]
  • Brought To You By Who Knows Whom: Sponsorship, freemium, subscription, native advertising and other ways business is trying to figure it out [BST]

2:30 PM Session Tracks

  • 24-7: How to reclaim your life in a relentless technological pace [PBT]
  • Number’s Game: Pivoting to data and product thinking [BST]

3:30-5 PM Publishers Panel + Author Signing

  • Moderator: Fuse Literary Agency partner Laurie McLean
  • Authors Aya de Leon, Vanessa Hua, Naheed Senzai
  • Ten Speed Press executive editor Lisa Westmoreland
  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association founder and bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale
  • She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner

MAGGIE Awards: Deadline Jan. 20 for publishing competition

Deadline for MAGGIE entries: January 20, 2017



Can you believe it’ll be 66 years? The MAGGIE Awards from the Western Publishing Association (WPA) is looking to honor the “The Best in the West” in a wide variety of publishing categories.

The 2016 winners included periodicals such as Recoil, Orange Coast and Sonoma, as well as standout articles such as “The War on Sex Trafficking is the New War on Drugs” (Reason), “Gone Hiking” (Backpacker) and “How to Sail Off Into the Sunset” (Coast).

The competition is underway, but not for much longer. Enter today!

Janice Min to Receive the 2017 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award

Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) is thrilled to announce Janice Min (@janicemin) as recipient of its 2017 Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award.

Min, strategist with Eldridge Industries and former co-president and chief creative officer of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group, will be honored at EWIP’s Women’s Leadership Conference on Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. The conference theme is “Standing Together: 20 years of Exceptional Women in Publishing,” and celebrates EWIP’s 20th anniversary.

“Janice Min is a true visionary and innovator in print and digital publishing,” said EWIP President Vera Chan. “She’s a leader and turnaround artist of the highest caliber, successfully remaking publications on both coasts and expanding their reach in new arenas. We are excited to recognize her.”

Under Min’s leadership, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has won multiple awards, including a National Magazine Award for General Excellence, Special Interest, in 2015 and 2016.

Min rose to prominence as the top editor of Us Weekly which she remade into a consumer and advertising juggernaut. She took the helm of THR in 2010, engineering one of publishing’s biggest media turnarounds. In 2014, she also took over Billboard with similar results. Today, The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group reaches more than 24 million readers a month online, with a social footprint of more than 20 million.

Min has also led a move into live events and television, executive producing THR’s award-winning entertainment roundtable series for A&E and SundanceTV. Video from THR and Billboard, with online shows airing from every film and music festival, is on Facebook, and Min oversees the entertainment news groups’ dedicated Facebook Live team.

Min helps elevate women in media through Billboard’s annual Women in Music show, Woman of the Year, and Women in Music list, which identifies the 50 most powerful female executives in the industry. THR presents an annual Women in Entertainment VIP breakfast, which honors a female pioneer and leader in her industry with the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award.

In addition, The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment Mentorship Program annually pairs 15 to 20 high school junior girls with top-level women in the entertainment business.

Min, a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, currently serves on The Paley Center for Media’s Los Angeles Board of Governors.

Min will be a featured keynote at EWIP’s Women’s Leadership Conference. The 2017 daylong conference includes two tracks, personal brand and business strategy with phenomenal speakers, engaging discussions, and practical tips. In addition, a special authors’ panel, moderated by Fuse Literary partner Laurie McLean, will offers insights from bestselling authors and top editors about book publishing.

Attend this high-energy day and make connections with women and men whose ideas, stories, and experience will help transform your career. For details about the conference and for early bird tickets and ticket packages, go to the Conference page on ewip.org or directly to EventBrite.

About the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award

Each year EWIP honors an accomplished woman with the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award. We select someone who has achieved prominence in her career, made extraordinary contributions to publishing, and demonstrated success and leadership in nontraditional and/or exceptional ways. Recipients, beginning with Gloria Steinem in 1999, inspire all of us. Click here for a list of awardees through the years.

About Exceptional Woman in Publishing

Exceptional Women in Publishing was established in 1998 to educate, empower and support women in publishing and to educate, empower and support women and girls through the power of publishing. In addition to events, workshops and trainings offered throughout the year, EWIP presents its signature Women’s Leadership Conference each spring, and honors an Exceptional Woman in Publishing. For more information about EWIP and to join, see ewip.org or email info@ewip.org. Follow EWIP on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.