The Santa Fe Chapter of the
Association of Publishers
for Special Sales
President: Valerie Stasik
Valerie has been writing, editing, teaching, acting, and directing most of her life. In the days before computer-generated copy, she was an editorial assistant for The Pharmacologist, the house publication of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
She taught writing and literature, participated in many curriculum development committees, and trained other teachers in assessing writings for state testing in Loudoun County, Virginia. Although she no longer teaches, she remains a consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project.
Stasik has written numerous poems, essays, film scripts, award-winning plays, newsletters, and hypnosis scripts. Her debut novel, INCIDENTAL DAUGHTER, was published a few years ago, and she is currently working on a series of YA suspense novels and a family history. She is also on the board of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics.
Born in Pittsburgh, she’s lived in Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. Santa Fe, New Mexico, called her soul in 2006 and she couldn’t resist.
Vice President: Mary Neighbour
Mary and her husband Andrew own and operate MediaNeighbours, a successful publishing services company. Chiefly working with New Mexico authors, artists, and nonprofits, MediaNeighbours provides writing and editing, design and production, and marketing and promotional assistance to all who want to create books. Knowledgeable in both print and digital prepress processes, they specialize in memoirs, self-help, art books, and other books with distinct niche marketing potential.
Mary and Andrew care about their clients’ stories, and the books produced from these stories have garnered National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA), the Eric Hoffer Award, the Montaigne Medal, the Global EBook Awards, and the 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading Awards.
An award-winning writer herself, Mary is passionate about how words are used. As a veteran book editor with more than twenty-five years of experience, Mary knows industry standards and ensures that manuscripts are professional in every aspect. With calm, insightful, supportive guidance, she lends wings to an author’s prose and concepts. And her training in layout and design stretches back to the days when Adobe InDesign was PageMaker.
Continuously producing her own creative works, Mary’s short fiction has won awards, including the 2009 William Van Wert Short Fiction Award for her story, “Gray.” In 2006 the Toby Press published her first book, Speak Right On – Dred Scott, a neo-slave narrative. In 2007 she gave a presentation to the Library of Congress on the 150th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in the Dred Scott case. The webcast of this talk is available online.
Vice President: Karen Bomm
As a lifestyle entrepreneur, Karen Bomm realized her passion before profit philosophy was more in alignment to Main Street than Wall Street. If you find you are a heart-based professional, you will enjoy how Karen will help you learn to trust your authentic voice and understand new ways to express your passion by creating WIN-WIN outcomes for all through the use of social networking.
Contact Mary to help organize APSS-Santa Fe: (email@example.com) or Phone: (505)474-6309
To join the Santa Fe Chapter of APSS go to: www.bookapss.org/JoinAPSSSantaFe.doc