Please join us for LDSPPA’s third annual conference!

Keynote speakers will include:

Brandon Sanderson
Award-winning Author

Brandon Sanderson is an American fantasy and science fiction writer. He is best known for his Mistborn series and his work in finishing Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time. Sanderson worked as an editor for the semi-professional magazine Leading Edge while attending school at Brigham Young University, where he now periodically teaches creative writing. In 2008 Sanderson started a podcast with author Dan Wells and cartoonist Howard Tyler called Writing Excuses, involving topics about creating and producing genre writing and webcomics. His accolades include winning the Hugo Award for Best Novella (2103, The Emperor’s Soul), Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Fantasy (2010, Towers of Midnight), Hugo Award for Best Related Work (2013, Writing Excuses), and the Whitney Award for Best Speculative Fiction (2008, Mistborn: The Hero of Ages).

Sheri Dew
Author, Publisher, CEO of Deseret Book

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kan­sas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has written a number of books, including the biographies of two Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. She served from 1997 to 2002 as second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and is CEO of Deseret Book Company and executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation.

John S. Tanner
Professor, Author, President of BYU–Hawaii

John Tanner is the current president of Brigham Young University–Hawaii and previously served as first counselor in the General Sunday School Presidency, as a mission president in Brazil, and as Academic Vice President of BYU. Tanner began his academic career as an assistant professor at Florida State University and has also been a Fulbright Scholar. Tanner joined the BYU faculty in 1982. Tanner has focused much of his study on John Milton and his book Anxiety in Eden received the Best Book Award from the Milton Society of America in 1992. Tanner also contributed to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, among many other published works. He is a former two-term president of the Association for Mormon Letters. He wrote the words to “Bless Our Fast, We Pray” (Hymn #138) and is also a published poet.

Wendy Ulrich, PhD
Psychologist, Author, Speaker

Wendy Ulrich, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a former president of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists. She has been a visiting professor at Brigham Young University and has served on the Missionary Mental Health Committee of the LDS Church. Her books include Let God Love You, The Temple Experience, Weakness is Not Sin, Forgiving Ourselves, and The Why of Work (a Wall Street Journal #1 best seller, co-authored with her husband, Dave Ulrich). She is the founder of Sixteen Stones Center for Growth, offering seminar-retreats for LDS women and their loved ones ( Wendy and Dave have three children and eight grandchildren.

Friday, September 22

Time Room # Speaker Focus Presentation
8:00–8:50 a.m. 101 (Auditorium) Suzy Bills,
LDSPPA Vice President,
Editing Professor and Director of the Humanities Publication Center, BYU
Preconference Session Q&A: What Is LDSPPA All About?
9:00–10:00 a.m. 101 (Auditorium) John S. Tanner,
President of BYU–Hawaii
General Session How Can Anableps Have Eyes Single to the Glory of God?
10:05–10:55 a.m. 303 Janet Perry,
Podcaster, Blogger
Writing, Journalism, Blogging The Power of Sharing the Word: Curating Good Books with Great Ideas for Living Well
10:05–10:55 a.m. 306 John W. Welch,
Professor of Law
Marketing and Publishing Mormon’s Mandate: Publish or Really Perish
10:05–10:55 a.m. 307 Jonathon Owen,
Editing The Role of Copy Editors in Standardizing the English Language
10:05–10:55 a.m. 318 Jeremy Browne,
Assistant Research Professor and Coordinator of Digital Humanities Education
Design and Production Getting Started with WordPress: Content and Themes
11:00–11:50 a.m. 303 Emma Hoggan,
Project Manager, Future House Publishing
Riley M. Lorimer,
Associate Editorial Manager, Church Historian’s Press
Marketing and Publishing How to Get Book Reviews
11:00–11:50 a.m. 306 Keith Hamilton,
Attorney at Law
Writing, Journalism, Blogging “Like unto Nephi’s Ship”: My “Construction” and Self-Publication of Last Laborer
11:00–11:50 a.m. 318 Jeremy Browne,
Assistant Research Professor and Coordinator of Digital Humanities Education
Design and Production (CONTINUED) Getting Started with WordPress: Content and Themes
11:00–11:50 a.m. 403 Steve Piersanti,
LDSPPA President,
President and Publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers
All Tracks Networking Groups
12:00–12:50 p.m. LDS Business College Cafeteria Marianna Richardson,
LDSPPA Director of Chapters and Divisions,
Adjunct Professor, Marriott School of Business, BYU
Networking Networking Lunch
(lunch provided)
1:00–1:50 p.m. 303 Kate Holbrook, PhD,
Managing Historian of Women’s History, Church History Department

Jennifer Reeder, 
Nineteenth-Century Women’s History Specialist, Church History Department
Writing, Journalism, Blogging Knowledge and Intelligence Shall Flow Down from This Time
1:00–1:50 p.m. 306 Jeanette Bennett,
Founder and Editor of Utah Valley Magazine, BusinessQ Magazine, Utah Valley Bride, and Prosper Magazine
Marketing and Publishing Why Now Is the Best Time Ever to Be in Publishing
1:00–1:50 p.m. 307 Jacob Rawlins,
Assistant Professor, Linguistics and English Language
Editing Observing Niceties: Three Strategies for Communicating with Authors
1:00–1:50 p.m. 318 Jay Drowns,
Photography Manager, UVU Marketing and Communications
Design and Production Photography for Writers
2:00–2:50 p.m. 303 Thomas A. Wayment,
Professor of Ancient Scripture, BYU
Writing, Journalism, Blogging Navigating Apologetic and Academic Writing: Looking to the Future
2:00–2:50 p.m. 306 Bryce Mortimer,
President and Owner of Cedar Fort Publishing and Media
Marketing and Publishing The Inner Workings of a Second-Generation Publisher
2:00–2:50 p.m. 307 Kelsy Thompson,
Editing Looking at the Big Picture: Developmental Editing 101
2:00–2:50 p.m. 403 Carole Mikita,
Senior Reporter, KSL-TV News
Media and Broadcasting The Righteous Desires of Their Hearts
3:00–3:50 p.m. 303 Christopher Robbins,
Founder and President, Familius; President, American West Books; Cofounder, Hummingbird Digital Media
Marketing and Publishing Twenty-Five Years Later: What I Wish I Had Known Then That I Know Now
3:00–3:50 p.m. 306 Robert Walz,
Associate Professor, School of Communications 
Writing, Journalism, Blogging Using Words That Match the Medium: Giving Journalists What They Need So You Can Get What You Want
3:00–3:50 p.m. 318 Erin Willder,
Editing and Layout Administrator for BYU’s Division of Continuing Education
Design and Production InDesign Book Layout
3:00–3:50 p.m. 403 Chris Schoebinger,
Product Director and Senior Acquisitions Editor for Shadow Mountain Publishing
Writing, Journalism, Blogging The Three Knows and the Three No-Nos
4:00–4:50 p.m. 101 (Auditorium) Sheri Dew, 
CEO of Deseret Book Company and Executive Vice President of Deseret Management Corporation
General Session Divine Orbits: How Questions and Candor Can Build Faith

Saturday, September 23

Time  Room # Speaker Focus Title
9:00–9:50 a.m. 101 (Auditorium) Wendy Ulrich, PhD,
Psychologist, Author, Speaker
General Session Navigating the Paradoxes of Creating for an LDS Audience
9:50–10:00 a.m. 101 (Auditorium) Steve Piersanti,
LDSPPA President,
President and Publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers
LDSPPA Business
10:05–10:55 a.m. 303 Steve Piersanti, 
President and Publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Editing Editing Nonfiction Books: Secrets and Strategies for Coaching Authors to Make Books More Useful, Readable, and Salable
10:05–10:55 a.m. 306 Spencer W. McBride,
Historian and Documentary Editor, Joseph Smith Papers Project
Marketing and Publishing Book Promotion in an Ever-Evolving Social Media Landscape
10:05–10:55 a.m. 307 Hannah Marie Richardson,
Reality TV Producer
Media and Broadcasting Reality TV: How Real Is It?
10:05–10:55 a.m. 403 Taylor Halverson,
Teaching & Learning Consultant
Marketing and Publishing The Powers and Perils of Free: Using the Modern Marketplace to Build an Audience
11:00–11:50 p.m. 303 Brad Farmer,
Chief Executive Officer at Gibbs Smith
Steve Piersanti,
President and Publisher of Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Hannah Marie Richardson,
Reality TV Producer
Marketing and Publishing Values-Based Secular Publishing
11:00–11:50 p.m. 306 Callie Stoker,
Owner and Editor of the Manuscript Doctor
Editing Freelancing: The Business Mindset
11:00–11:50 p.m. 307 Devan Jensen,
Executive Editor, BYU’s Religious Studies Center
Don Miles,
Senior Editor, Publishing Services Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Writing, Journalism, Blogging How to Climb the Publishing Mountain (Magazines and Journals)
11:00–11:50 p.m. 403 Brandon Weekes,
Director of Marketing and Business Development at Hales Creative
Marketing and Publishing Creating Your Compelling Brand
12:00–12:50 p.m. LDS Business College Cafeteria Suzy Bills,
LDSPPA Vice President,
Editing Professor and Director of the Humanities Publication Center, BYU
LDSPPA Business Lunch and LDSPPA Praiseworthy Awards 
(lunch provided)
1:00–1:50 p.m. 101 (Auditorium) Brandon Sanderson, 
Bestselling Fantasy and Science Fiction Author
General Session Building Worlds: An Interview with Brandon Sanderson