Association of Publishers
for Special Sales
Chapter President: Kathy Miller
Kathy@bookapss.org ; (908) 647-1856
Kathy Miller has a knack for finding the best tools and resources. When she can’t find a good system or tool where one is needed, she creates one by breaking down what many find challenging into manageable steps that are easy to follow.
You know you’ve found a good system when it makes way for genuine expression of your innate gifts, talents and abilities. For Kathy, the natural expression is in sharing the tools and techniques she has found. Her first tool was published as Too Busy to Budget, a workbook for organizing your finances. This book has been sold through online and retail bookstores, college bookstores, and at conferences for special needs, life coaches and professional organizers. Kathy now helps other authors bring forth their tools and techniques through her collaborative publishing company, A Good Steward.
In 2006, Kathy received the COLA Award for Servant Leadership, and in 2009 she was honored by NJBiz as one of New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business. In 2013, Kathy took a sabbatical to attend a six month in-residence teacher training for the best tool she has found, the Ishayas’ Ascension, a meditation-like technique based on Praise, Gratitude and Love. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Donnie, and teaches Ishayas’ Ascension workshops throughout the Northeast.
Communications Coordinator: Donna Thompson donna@WoodpeckerPress.com
Donna R. Thompson is the publishing director and owner of Woodpecker Press, LLC (est. 2008), a publishing company dedicated to helping business owners self-publish. Her passions are publishing and public relations. Donna loves helping her clients understand publishing and the benefits of adding that “published author” credential to their list of achievements. Her business background together with her extensive career in publishing allow her to bring her unique combination of insight to every project.
Donna’s publishing career spans more than 35 years. She has been a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association since 2009 and joined the Association of Publishers for Special Sales in 2016, serving as communications coordinator of the New Jersey Chapter.
She received the NJAWBO Teal Heart Award in 2007, was named NJAWBO Essex Businesswoman of the Year in 2009, and earned the NJAWBO MetroEast Trailblazer Award in 2014. She’s a 1976 graduate of Caldwell College with a B.S. in business administration.
Donna has also been active in her community. She was elected to the Cedar Grove Board of Education in 1999, serving as vice president (2000–2001) and president (2001–2003). She cofounded the Cedar Grove Education Foundation, Inc., in 2003 and served as its president from 2005 to 2008. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Sempre Avanti, Inc.
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