How Book Illustrators Tell & Sell Your Story | Bob Oller, Oller Studios
Williamsburg based artist, Bob Oller creates in a variety of media, crafting whimsical trees, landscapes, people and animals into pieces of fine art. His creative mind and prolific energy has filled his studio, art galleries and collector’s walls with art from Williamsburg, Paris, the Caribbean, Cuba…. Many say in wonder “…all out of one mind!” Bob Oller, born in Western Kentucky, raised in Central Florida and a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia for over 30 years, was trained in fine arts, graphic design and illustration at the University of Central Florida. He has spent his life focused on creating images for the commercial and fine arts world.
A sense of humor and a passion for engaging art is his signature. ”It’s not the media but the creative mind that draws your eye… My hope is that my art tells a story you love and engages your imagination, allowing you to add creative details…connecting you to the art.
How to Promote Your Book Like a Pro | Tasha Fuller, Tasha’s Books
Author, Publisher, Speaker, Coach, Wife & Mother A self publishing phenomenon, Tasha Fuller has taken the children’s book market by storm. Her story’s are poetry in motion and exemplifies the perfect combination of education and entertainment, for every child to enjoy.
Writing Books From Your Vantage Point | Christine Stoddard, Quail Bell Publishing
Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. She is the founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine, an art and culture magazine. Stoddard also is the author of Mi Abuela, Queen of Nightmares (Semiperfect Press), Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Harlem Mestiza (Maverick Duck Press), Ova (Dancing Girl Press), Chica/Mujer (Locofo Chaps), Lavinia Moves to New York (Underground Voices), and other titles. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Bustle, Amazon.com’s literary magazine Day One, and elsewhere.
Jim Henson: The Biography | Brian J. Jones, Author
New York Times bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones spent nearly two decades as a public policy analyst and speechwriter—including nearly ten years in the U.S. Senate—before turning to biography in 2007. He is past president of Biographers International Organization.
Brian’s 2016 biography of filmmaker George Lucas is the first comprehensive biography of the iconic filmmaker and pop-culture figure in nearly two decades. The result of three years of archival research, interviews, and writing, GEORGE LUCAS: A LIFE was immediately praised by Kirkus as “a sweeping, perceptive biography” and selected as one of the “Best Books of 2016.” The New York Times hailed the biography as “definitive,” People magazine — cheerfully calling the biography ‘whiz-bang!’ — celebrated it for its “ebullient” tone, while Parade called it simply “must-read.”
Brian’s second book, JIM HENSON: THE BIOGRAPHY (Ballantine, 2013)—the first fill-length biography of the iconic creator of the Muppets—was a New York Times bestseller, and chosen as the Best Biography of 2013 by Goodreads. His first book, WASHINGTON IRVING: AN AMERICAN ORIGINAL (Arcade, 2008), was hailed by critics as the “definitive” biography of America’s first writer and pop culture icon, and received the Medal for Literary Excellence from the St. Nicholas Society of New York.
An engaging public speaker and presenter, Brian has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Today Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Diane Rehm Show, and has spoken at such diverse venues as the Smithsonian Institute, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the New York Public Library.
Born in Kansas and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brian has a degree in English from the University of New Mexico, which he immediately parlayed into a brief career as a manager of a comic book store before getting into politics and writing. Today however, he lives in Virginia with his wife and a very excitable dog who refuses to stay off the furniture. He presently serves as the Associate Director of the Great Lives lecture series at the University of Mary Washington. When he’s not doing that, he’s hard at work on a biography of Dr. Seuss for Dutton/Random House.