Vanessa Rodriguez and Peter Lang

Peter and VanessaPeter and Vanessa are co-founders of Uhuru Network, a Digital Marketing Agency with a recently relocated HQ in SF and Rome, Italy. The Agency expertly manages their clients’ inbound marketing efforts to drive revenue and conversions at the lowest cost. They also created two online publications: TrucchiFacebook, an Italian Tech Blog focused on Facebook, and Stylishlyme, a fashion, style, and travel blog, that reach over 1 million unique visitors a month. 

“I believe we’re in the midst of the biggest opportunity since the industrial revolution,” says Peter. “My goal is to take away the stress and fear of social media. The internet is an outstanding resource for people and information. I love removing barriers so that clients can address it professionally, responsibly, fearlessly and with curiosity and spontaneity. (more…)

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Jack Shoemaker

jack shoemakerJack Shoemaker was born in California in 1946, and came of age working as a bookseller at a time of political and literary revolution on the West Coast. He has been co-founder, editor, and publisher of three major independent imprints, North Point Press, Counterpoint, and his current house, Shoemaker & Hoard. The list of titles published by Shoemaker traces the careers of several contemporary masters, often from an author’s first book to his last.

COUNTERPOINT LLC was created in 2007 through the acquisition of three notable independent presses: Counterpoint, Shoemaker & Hoard, and Soft Skull Press. In January 2008, the company began publishing two imprints, Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press. (more…)

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Robbie Scott

Robbie ScottRobbie Scott is the author of the well-received Mystery of Rascal Pratt, an historical fiction for middle grade readers, set in the Marin Headlands, which has made its way onto summer reading lists and into classrooms  across the states. He finished his second novel, The Queen’s Sceptre, for that same audience early this year and has been working with narrator David Marcus Gibson this spring and summer, preparing its audio version.
He is also a software engineer at Bandcamp, the San Francisco-based music and audio distribution platform, the artist-centric service favored by independent musicians world-wide, where he is currently working on, among other things, enhancements geared towards audiobooks, podcasts, and spoken word.
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David Corbett

David CorbettFor fifteen years, David Corbett worked for the San Francisco private investigation firm of Palladino & Sutherland, and played a significant part in a number of high-profile criminal and civil litigations, including the Lincoln Savings & Loan Case, The DeLorean Trial, the Coronado Company marijuana indictments, The Cotton Club Murder Case, The People’s Temple Trial, the first Michael Jackson child molestation case, and a RICO civil litigation brought by the Teamsters against former union leaders associated with organized crime—as well as numerous other drug, murder, and fraud cases. (more…)

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Deirdre Cerkanowicz

Deirdre CerkanowiczDeirdre Cerkanowicz has worked in libraries for over 25 years. She is also a writer and photographer, having started and produced a monthly newsmagazine for six years; as well as written numerous book reviews for publications such as Booklist. She worked for Book Passage before attending library school and still frequents both locations.
She currently is in charge of publicity for the Berkeley Public Library and promotes the Library’s numerous free public programs through press releases, newsletters and social media.

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David Downie

David-Downie2-e1359500337903David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites. He’s currently a European correspondent for the popular literary travel website

He’s also co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera.

Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor) and an app about Paris (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events). (more…)

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Frances Caballo

Frances CaballoFrances Caballo is a social media strategist and manager for writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the San Francisco Writers Conference, the Women’s National Book Association-Francisco Chapter, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association.

Her books include Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to WriteSocial Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your BooksBlogging Just for Writers, and Pinterest Just for Writers.

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Rebecca Foust

Rebecca FoustRebecca Foust was the 2014 Dartmouth Poet in Residence and is the recipient of fellowships from the Frost Place and the MacDowell Colony. Her fifth book, Paradise Drive, won the 2015 Press 53 Award for Poetry and will be released in April. About it Thomas Lux says “sonnet after sonnet is masterful. Not since Berryman’s Henry have I been so engaged by a persona,” and Molly Peacock says, “Foust drives her Keatsian sensibility straight into the 21st soldiers and syringes, booze and valet parking, determined to prove that truth makes beauty.” For more information, visit Paradise Drive can be ordered at

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Patricia Bracewell

Patricia BracewellPatricia Bracewell is a native of California where she taught literature and composition before embarking on her writing career. A lifelong fascination with British history and a chance, on-line reference to an unfamiliar English queen led to years of research, a summer history course at Downing College, Cambridge, and the penning of her debut novel Shadow of the Crown. Set in 11th century England, Shadow is the first book of a trilogy about Emma of Normandy who was a queen in England and a power behind the throne for nearly four decades. Patricia is working on the two follow-up novels in the series, but takes time out for tennis, gardening and travel. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband in Northern California.

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Thomas Christensen

Tom ChristensenThomas Christensen has published more than twenty books as author, editor, or translator. His two most recent books, 1616: The World in Motion and Landscape with Yellow Birds (a translation of the poetry of José Ángel Valente), were both nominated for Northern California Book Awards. 1616 was given a starred review and named one of the best history books of its season by Publishers Weekly. He was a senior editor at North Point Press and executive editor of Mercury House Publishing. Under his direction, Mercury House was nominated for a Carey-Thomas Award for excellence in publishing. He received a special award for dedication to translationfrom the American Literary Translators Association. A collection of his essays, entitled River of Ink, was published in December 2014 by Counterpoint Press.

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