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2018 Board Members

Contact our Board Members with your questions and concerns. We will do our best to provide you with answers to your questions or connect you with the experts who can help you. We serve as volunteers in addition to maintaining our own daily businesses, so please be patient if you don't receive an answer immediately. To make sure your email gets noticed, please put "SLPA" in the subject line.



Warren Martin


Vice President

Pat Dorsey



Michael DePung



Linda Austin


Membership Chair

Peggy Nehmen


Publicity  open position publicity@stlouispublishers.org
Editorial Director Andrew Doty editor@stlouispublishers.org

Newsletter Designer

Cathy Wood



Kevin Ericson


Social Media    media@stlouispublishers.org
  Jo Lena Johnson
  Janet Kraus

Board Member at Large

Bob Baker


Meet your Board Members

Warren Martin

Warren Martin often tells people that he doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up.  In 2012 he published his first fiction book Forgotten Soldiers and currently teaches business and leadership related courses for Norwich University and Bryan University. After a 21-year career in the Army, Warren transitioned into business operations and later business ownership. During recent years he has been focusing on academic pursuits, writing, and serving and supporting various organizations.  In addition to being a Board Member for the SLPA, Warren is a member of the St. Louis and Missouri Writers Guilds and the American Legion and serves as president for the area chapter of the Special Forces Association. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Green Beret Foundation.


Pat Dorsey


Patrick Dorsey has spent his career as a professional business writer helping people and businesses tell their stories. A natural storyteller his whole life, he began creating his own books in first grade by stapling together crayoned pages. He's a St. Louis native in all but birthplace and holds a degree in English from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. In 2013, he released his adventure novel GOD'S FORGE through Legendary Planet -- his first book published without either a stapler or crayons.


Mike DePung

Mike DePung writes fiction, poetry, and essays when he is not working as an educational consultant. He involves himself as a philanthropist in various organizations: Pencils of Promise (education), Kids Helping Kids, Stray Rescue and ASPCA. As a family man, he seeks the welfare of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Linda Austin

Linda Austin became an advocate for life writing and memoir after writing and publishing her mother’s memoir, Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, of growing up in Japan around WWII. She has since written and published Poems That Come to Mind, about caregiving, and a Korean War veteran’s memoir, Battlefield Doc. She encourages life writing via her website http://moonbridgebooks.com and advises on indie-publishing and social media marketing.

Peggy Nehmen

Peggy Nehmen is a book designer, veteran graphic designer and marketing consultant has a love of typography, book design, and all things creative. Nehmen-Kodner provides branding and marketing for indie authors, start-ups, and established companies. Peggy helps authors through the design process to produce customized book covers and interiors. www.n-kcreative.com

 Andrew Doty

Andrew Doty began publishing poetry at the age of 16, then earned a degree in creative writing before pursuing a career as an editor. Through his editing company, Editwright, he provides comprehensive editorial services (developmental editing, substantive editing, line editing, copyediting, and proofreading) to independent authors, small publishers, and professional companies. His portfolio includes both bestselling books and celebrity authors. In addition to incessant reading and editing, Andrew continues to write and publish poetry as well as create and record music.   


Cathy Wood

Cathy Wood knows publishing like few other book designers and graphic designers in the St. Louis area. After decades as a professional designer for large advertising and marketing agencies, Cathy now specializes in publication design for independent authors and editors.

Kevin Ericson

One hundred years ago Kevin Ericson’s Grandfather crossed the Atlantic aboard the Lusitania, immigrating to Chicago. He wrote about coming to America in a series of newspaper columns that were published in a Swedish newspaper. Kevin recently inherited copies of the articles and is working on translating them and compiling them into a book.
Jo Lena Johnson

Jo Lena Johnson, the AG Resilience Coach, is a certified mediator, international trainer, acclaimed author, founder of Absolute Good Training and Life Skills Management, and publisher of Mission Possible Press. She has taught 100,000 people worldwide with her no-nonsense and dynamic approach, with messages of how to effectively communicate, manage conflict, and maintain resilience, even after something bad happens.

 Bob Baker
Bob Baker is an author, teacher, musician, and visual artist dedicated to showing creative people of all kinds how to get exposure, connect with fans, and increase their incomes. He is the author of: Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook; 55 Ways to Promote & Sell Your Book on the Internet; Unleash the Artist Within; and more. Check out Bob’s free ezine, blog, podcast, video clips and articles at www.FullTimeAuthor.com and www.TheBuzzFactor.com.




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