The Disrupt Mentors

We are looking for top industry professionals with real expertise that they are willing and eager to share with the Disrupt attendees. Mentors must meet our guidelines and be able to present in the Disrupt formats.

Trudy Catterfeld

Trudy Catterfeld is the Founder of BookMarketingNext and works with independently published authors to build their platforms and market their books. She was previously Marketing Director at PublishNext. She has extensive experience working with motivational and keynote speakers. She is from Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Kristi Coulter

Kristi Coulter holds an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she was the Stephen Farrar Fellow and a Hopwood Award winner. She is a former Ragdale Foundation resident and recipient of a grant from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Her new book, Nothing Good Can Come from This: Essays (MCD x FSG Originals), will be available in August. Her work has appeared in the Awl, Vox, Quartz, Marie Claire, the Mississippi Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Diane Gedymin

Diane Gedymin is the President and Founder of the The Publisher's Desk, which provides premium author coaching, executive editing, consulting, and book packaging. She is also the publisher of Grant’s Town Press, an independent publisher in Nassau, The Bahamas, where she edited and published Sir Orville Turnquest’s recent best seller What Manner of Man Is This? The Duke of Windsor’s Years in The Bahamas. Gedymin was formerly Sr. Vice President and Publishing Director of HarperSanFrancisco. Before Harper, Diane was with Putnam Berkley Group, as Vice President-Senior Editor and Vice President-Subsidiary Rights. She is the author of Get Published: Professionally, Affordably, Fast. She divides her time between the metro New York City area and The Bahamas

Brian Jud

Brian Jud

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. He is a prolific writer of articles about book publishing and marketing and the contributing editor to the monthly newsletters, Book Marketing Matters, The Sales Informer, The Authority, and Bound to Sell.

Phil Knight

Phil Knight

Phil Knight is General Manager of Color House Graphics, a full service book manufacturer serving publishers with offset and digital printing and complete binding options. Phil was previously Vice President of Sales and Marketing for BookCrafters, which was one of the industry leaders in short-run book printing. With decades of experience in book printing, Phil knows how the needs of the independent publisher. Phil is from Chelsea, Michigan.

Randy Kuckuck

Randy is the Executive Director of the Center for Book Publishing which provides unbiased, expert advice to authors and independent publishers. Randy started his publishing career as CFO at BookCrafters. While at BookCrafters, he formed Scarborough House Publishing out of the assets of Stein & Day Publishers, a major New York publishing house. Randy moved into media information as VP of Operations at All Media Guide and then COO of Muze, before founding PublishNext, a publishing services company.

Josef Marc

Josef Marc is the CEO and a co-founder of, blockchain for publishing. Josef’s first career was in music and that’s when he first learned how publishing and self-publishing work. He and a partner wrote, recorded, printed, sold and shipped their own music on vinyl records until the manager of The Police, a superstar group, signed them to a publishing deal for his company. Josef has lead teams at DirecTV, Verizon FIOS TV, Archimedia Technology (acquired by GrayMeta), Front Porch Digital (acquired by Oracle), and at Sony.
Josef is a constant reader. He studied in the pre-law curriculum at the University of San Diego.

Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson is an educator who turned his passion for student literacy into a company, Write About. He empowers young authors to share their writing to a safe peer audience through the iPad apps and web platform he created. Brad has been an Apple Distinguished Educator and Technology-Using Educator of the Year (MACUL). Brad is founder and CEO of Write About and 21 Innovate, LLC.

More to come . . .

Become a speaker

If you are interested in joining our team of mentors for Publishing Disrupt 2018 which will be held October 19-20 in Ann Arbor, MI, please fill out the form below and we’ll respond as soon as possible. Our schedule of Enlighten panels is still being finalized, so you can suggest a topic of modification of one of the ones listed on the current Schedule.

Please note the following guidelines apply for all presenters:

  • All presenters and their presentations must be approved by the Center for Book Publishing. Approval is in the sole discretion of the Center.
  • No promotion of your products or services are permitted in your presentation, unless specifically approved by the Center.
  • All presentations must adhere to the format guidelines for the style of presentation being made.
  • A copy of the slide deck or outline of the presentation must be provided to the Center no later than October 1, 2018, so that it can be included in the Conference Handbook. Formatting requirements will be provided.
  • Exhibitors and Center members will be given preference for presentation slots, but must still meet all criteria set forth in these guidelines.

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