GA Josh Fisher on CWIP Panel for “Startups and Trendsetters”

Chicago Women in Publishing Gathers Publishing Entrepreneurs and Trendsetters

From bloggers to enhanced ebook publishers, these are the newest publishing-related businesses you need to know about in 2014! Join us as our panelists share the latest in publishing technology:

  • JinJa Birkenbeuel, Founder of Birkdigital, a digital publishing company
  • Josh Fisher, Founder of Appoet, an organization with a GPS-enabled magazine app
  • Zack Price, Founder of Digital Book Network and Blog Into Book, a specialty ebook publisher
  • Rob Walsh, Founder of Scholastica, a publishing platform for academic journals


Wednesday, January 15, 2014


6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking

6:30 to 6:45 p.m. – Announcements and Panel Introduction

6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – Program

8:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Post-program networking


190 S. LaSalle St., 40th floor, Adams Room, Chicago, IL 60603


  • CWIP Basic Members: $10 when registering on or before Monday, January 13; $15 when registering after Monday, January 13
  • Nonmembers: $25 when registering on or before Monday, January 13; $30 when registering after Monday, January 13
  • Students with ID: $10 when registering on or before Monday, January 13; $15 when registering after Monday, January 13
  • The event is free for CWIP Premium Members.


Sign up by Monday, January 13 for discounted registration fee.


By mail: Send a check payable to CWIP, P.O. Box 268107, Chicago, IL 60626

By phone at 773.508.0351

Cash or check only at the door. No refunds.

More information:

Event hashtag: #CWIPtrends

Speaker Bios

JinJa Birkenbeuel

JinJa Birkenbeuel is CEO and President of Birkdesign Inc., a multidisciplinary marketing, content development, advertising, web, and video development agency with a focus on developing creative strategies for corporate, small business, and public sectors. Based in Chicago, Birkdesign works with clients across the country to create branding, messaging, community engagement, social media design, and infographic design solutions. Birkdesign Inc. makes vital creative connections that transform business strategies, educate clients, and create positive outcomes for the growth of the client’s business. JinJa is also the Founder of Birkdigital, a publishing company that helps businesses and people reach a virtual, global, and diverse market through ebook and mobile-based publication design and development.

Josh Fisher

Josh Fisher is a graduate assistant at DePaul University, pursuing his Masters in Writing and Publishing. He is the author of the acclaimed What We Mean, a mobile poetry application based on World War II love letters written by his grandparents. Josh is a digital humanist and the founder of Appoet, an organization that publishes mobile applications for literature, music, photography, and art, including Infused, a GPS-enabled magazine that allows writers, filmmakers, photographers, and musicians to create hotspots anywhere in the world. When a user walks through a hotspot, a push notification is sent to the user’s phone with information on how to engage with the infused piece.

Zack Price 

Zack Price is a serial entrepreneur from Cleveland, Ohio, and now resides in Chicago, where he starts companies inside the entrepreneurial playground, 1871. His current startups are Digital Book Network and BlogIntoBook, which turns bloggers into authors by publishing their best posts in ebook form to Amazon Kindle, Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Barnes & Noble Nook, then paying the bloggers each time their books are downloaded. The service is completely free to bloggers and allows them to keep writing while Blog Into Book handles the publishing. BlogIntoBook is proud to be working with Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office to publish a digital technology roadmap for the city.

Rob Walsh 

Rob Walsh is a founder and product designer of Scholastica (, a publishing platform for academic journals. Scholastica provides journals with an endto-end tool to manage their editorial review processes and publish Open Access articles online, making knowledge more easily available to the world. Formerly an editorial assistant at the journal Callaloo (Johns Hopkins University Press), Mr. Walsh met his cofounders during graduate school at the University of Chicago.

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