About the Course Creators

Jan B. King is a publisher-turned-coach and one of the founders of eWomenPublishingNetwork, devoted to transforming women who are experts  in their fields into successfully published authors.

Ms. King began her career with Merritt Publishing, a then 30-year-old publishing company, in 1983. When the company’s founder retired in 1990, she became President and CEO. Jan transformed this small niche publisher, publishing about 200 titles a year,  into an employee-owned business as well as a recognized brand for financial information to professionals and consumers. She doubled revenues during the first half of her eight-year tenure, finally leading the company through an employee-buyout and its eventual sale to a leading computer based training company in 1998.
In 1997, Merritt Publishing was named the 44th largest woman owned/run business in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Jan was also a member of Vistage, a membership organization for CEOs) for six years, and co-founded a women’s CEO group.

AuthorSmartsCoverMs. King is the author of three books. Her book Business Plans to Game Plans is praised by academics and business people alike and is in its 3rd edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). Her second book Smart Women Publish was published in 2005 and Authorsmarts was published in 2008.  She is also a long-time member of the Author’s Guild.

Jan has served on several Boards of Directors, including the Enterprise Institute Board for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles. She has been a mentor with the Vistage on Campus program for the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and an instructor with SCORE and the Small Business Development Centers.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in History and Economics, is a certified NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training Program instructor and holds the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resource) designation from the Society of Human Resource Management. In 2002, she received the award for “Outstanding Performance as a Small Business Woman’s Advocate” from the SBA/California Small Business Development Centers.

Ms. King’s views on business and on publishing have been widely quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune Small Business, Working Woman Magazine, the American Bar Association’s Bar Leader magazine, Small Business USA, Business Finance, the Los Angeles Business Journal, on the New York Times online and on numerous business web sites. She has also appeared on Making It! a small business television program on KTTV Los Angeles, The Economic Journal, a PBS business program, as well as on numerous nationally syndicated business radio programs. She writes and speaks extensively on publishing, employee ownership and participative management, and business planning.

Jan’s website is www.janbking.com.


WardCoverI love Jan King! Every now and then you meet someone with whom you have an immediate connection. I had one with her. But more than that, she gave me some great, new, and immediately usable ideas about how to present my books and my speaking topics, which I hope will increase my visibility this year. She also connected me with just the right people – resulting in a speaking engagement at a national conference for women later this year.
–Francine Ward, Esq. author, Esteemable Acts (Random House, 2003)

Jan King has been a lifesaver on my publishing journey. Her support and expertise have been instrumental in helping me a land a great book deal with one of my top-choice publishers. Jan is extremely knowledgeable and provides valuable insights into all aspects of the publishing process – from crafting the book proposal to writing the manuscript, from navigating BEA to reviewing the contract, and so much more. I count on her for constructive feedback on my work, thoughtful answers to my questions, and sage advice every step of the way. She not only knows the ins-and-outs of the publishing industry, but she also gets the emotional ups and downs that come with writing a book. Her endless patience and encouragement keep me going. Hands down, Jan has been one of the best investments I’ve made in my business and I’ve recommended her to many friends and colleagues. If you’re an entrepreneurial woman wanting to get published, Jan will help you make that dream come true.
–Jennifer Lee, author, The Right-Brain Business Plan (New World Library, 2011)

I attended Book Expo America with Jan King in 2008 and as a result of her expert coaching (and a lot of hard work), I landed the book contract I wanted with my top choice of publishers. Jan helped me to understand the book contract so that I could negotiate what would work for me. She was very accessible and we talked strategy at many points throughout the process.
–Adrian Ott, author, The 24-Hour Customer: New Rules for Winning in a Time-Starved, Always-Connected Economy (HarperCollins, June 2010)
Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for experts. Specializing in branding for high-fee markets, she has launched thousands of thought leaders since 1987. Ms. Sullivan is a popular speaker throughout the U.S. and Canada on why buyers buy in lucrative markets and strategies that position experts for those opportunities. Her market intelligence updates are distributed to experts in the U.S. as well as 17 other countries.

Ms. Sullivan has served twice on the editorial board forProfessional Speaker Magazine, and currently serves as contributing editor for RainToday.com, at one of the largest communities of professional service firms at 100,000. Her articles have been published in other publications such as Presentations and USA Today magazines and the Handbook of Business Strategy. Ms. Sullivan also has been quoted in mainstream media such as Fortune.com, The New York Times and Investor’s Business Daily. Her work and views have appeared in books such as Secrets of Six-Figure Women by Barbara Stanney, Getting Started in Consulting by Alan Weiss and Mastering Work Less, Make More by Jennifer White.

Ms. Sullivan’s groundbreaking work has earned her an appointment on the Women’s Leadership Board for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. As a former member of the mentoring committee, she has given three presentations to the student body there on personal branding and prominence. She currently serves on the executive committee as chair of communications.

Vickie opened the doors of Sullivan Speaker Services in February 1987, in search of experts who make the world a better place. With her background in positioning political issues, fundraising and creating a corporate speakers bureau for a non-profit healthcare association, Vickie found her niche in packaging the brilliance of experts to make a bigger impact.

Vickie’s website is www.SullivanSpeaker.com
“It is hard to put into words how Vickie tapped into the essence of what we are about. Her intuition is well-honed, and her insights and observations exacting. Her marketing approach mirrors our own style and our strengths. This isn’t sales work — it’s fun!”
Hildy Gottlieb, Co-Founder, help4nonprofits.com

“It was worth every penny to get your perspective on how I can talk about my work in a way that goes beyond project stories to a speech that will really communicate the essence … I will never think about speaking the same way again.”
Nell Merlino, President, Strategy Communication Action, Ltd.
CEO, Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, www.count-me-in.org

“Vickie is the real deal. Her no holds barred, contrarian ideas work, pure and simple. I’m still shocked at the business I immediately generated as a result of her positioning and marketing concepts.”
Michael Scott, Empowerment Unlimited Inc.