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Speaking Engagements

If you’d like to book one of our staff, please email bookriot@bookriot.com with details. Please note that when representing RNMG in the media, on a panel, as a speaker, as a jurist, or as a presenter in any capacity that isn’t a one-on-one interview, the company requires that the other panelists, speakers, jurists or presenters include both women and people of color.

Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson is the Executive Director, Demand Generation of Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America, and the co-host of the Get Booked podcast. She has appeared on CNN International and NPR’s On Point. Tell her about your favorite book.

Areas of expertise: audience development; social media strategy; editorial strategy (especially with a social justice lens); community moderation and management; feminism and diversity in literature


Jeff O’Neal

Jeff O’Neal is the CEO and co-founder of Riot New Media Group, Inc (the parent company of BookRiot.com)

Areas of expertise include: startups (esp media and book-related); content strategy; business models for media websites; blogging; social media strategy and implementation; community relations; business management; managing a remote workforce; current events in books and publishing; podcasting


Jenn Northington

Jenn Northington worked as a bookseller and events director from 2004 to 2014, created and curated Book Riot Live in 2015 and 2016, and is now Manager of Editorial Operations at Riot New Media. She also helped co-found the Bookrageous Podcast, is a regular cohost of Book Riot’s Get Booked and SFF Yeah! podcasts, and has appeared on the Today Show Book Club Chat, Minnesota Public Radio, and others to discuss books and publishing. Her public speaking appearances include Book Riot Live, BookExpo America, BookCon, O’Reilly Tools of Change, the American Bookseller Association’s Winter Institute, Granger Leadership Academy, LeakyCon, GeekyCon, Housing Works Bookstore’s Geek Week, and Avon Live.

Areas of expertise include: genre fiction; literary events and programming; book clubs; podcasting; bookstore operations; media company operations


Kelly Jensen

Kelly Jensen is an Editor for Book Riot and cohost of the Hey YA podcast, as well as the All The Books podcast. In her free time, she writes and edits her own award-winning and critically-acclaimed YA books. She’s an expert in all things young adult, with special interest in YA horror, YA nonfiction, and realistic fiction. Kelly is comfortable speaking about mental health, feminism, and the evolution of the book blog world. She’s presented in venues across the country, from classrooms to national stages and as a keynote speaker at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival.

Areas of expertise: young adult books; young adult nonfiction; feminism; book cover trends; trends in teen literature; mental health; editing content for publication online and in print; crafting voice; developing creative content ideas; fresh topical news writing; censorship; prison censorship

Rebecca Joines Schinsky

Rebecca Joines Schinsky is the executive director of business development for Riot New Media Group. She co-hosts the Book Riot Podcast and was a co-founder of Bookrageous. Rebecca has worked on the literary internet since 2008. She has spoken about books, publishing, and the evolution of book-related media and communities at Digital Book World, Minnesota Public Radio, the annual NAIBA conference, the Decatur Book Festival, BEA Blogger Con, Book Riot Live, the James River Writers Conference, and more.

Areas of expertise: developing and selling products for a niche audience; project and interpersonal management strategies; building and managing a diverse editorial staff; current events in books and publishing; feminism/feminist lit


S. Zainab Williams

S. Zainab Williams is managing editor of Book Riot and a co-host of the SFF Yeah! podcast. She reads widely, but her expertise is in science fiction, fantasy, horror, occult literature, and memoir. She has moderated for the Portland Book Festival, and has presented on genre fiction, social media, and editorial work for libraries and college classrooms.

Areas of expertise include: inclusivity in publishing; science fiction; fantasy; horror; occult literature; memoir; social media; community management and moderation; content strategy


Vanessa Diaz

Vanessa Diaz is a former bookseller and is now an associate editor at Book Riot, the largest independent editorial book site in North America. She is the co-host of the Read Harder podcast, creates content for the site’s YouTube channel, and edits Book Riot’s audiobooks and book club newsletters.

Areas of expertise include: Latinx literature; inclusivity in publishing; book clubs; audiobooks; community management and moderation