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The New Jersey Chapter

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Association of Publishers

for Special Sales

Chapter President: Kathy Miller ;  (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 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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2016 Events Planned to Help APSS-New Jersey

Members Sell More Books



AUGUST 2016 

8/9 -- “Making Persuasive Presentations For Large-Quantity Sales” Webinar by Brian Jud at Noon; Register at


Book Selling University   --  at the American Red Cross Building, 209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ                                   

Tuesday, September 13 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). A content-heavy day of dynamic, practical, book-marketing information. Discover how you can become more profitable selling your books in ways that you never imagined and to people you never knew existed — in large, non-returnable quantities. Also, speakers on niche publicity and selling books on Facebook

 For a complete agenda and more information go to


 OCTOBER 2016 

10/11                     "Brown Bag Lunch Meeting"

                               Location, speaker and topic TBD



11/8                     "Brown Bag Lunch Meeting"

                             Location, speaker and topic TBD



12/13                     "Brown Bag Lunch Meeting"

                               Location, speaker and topic TBD


We are looking for interesting places to meet that are accessible by wheelchair. Comment below to let us know if you have a place in mind near you.

We will need help with event planning for participation in author meet & greets, book signings, local fairs and conferences. There will be other things to do as well (e.g. take photos at events, write and distribute a chapter newsletter, find venues for meetings, community outreach). Please let us know if you would like to offer time and talents to help grow the APSS NJ organization and support members.


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