"During the recession, having a 1-800 number and a full-time employee to staff the phone was an expense I decided to cut. Also, it was easier to receive e-mails from international authors and publishers rather than deciphering accents over the phone and figuring out international time zones to call them back (12 midnight in Los Angeles is 8am in London, etc.) Any author or publisher that wishes to talk via phone is more than welcome to make an appointment with us via e-mail.”
—Jeffrey Keen, President & CEO, American Book Fest
About American Book Fest President & CEO, Jeffrey Keen
Located in Los Angeles and Phoenix, American Book Fest is involved in numerous aspects of the publishing and entertainment industries.
Jeffrey Keen is the President and CEO of American Book Fest. Jeffrey has worked in the publishing industry in an executive capacity for over twenty years and has helped hundreds of authors, publishers and public speakers garner media coverage and strategic partnerships that boost both sales and the reputation of represented clients. From working with mega-million best-selling authors to first time authors self-publishing their work, Jeff has brought insight, expertise and creativity to all of his projects.
The Best Book Awards launched in 2003 and through Jeff's leadership and dedication, thousands of authors and publishers have benefited from the awards specifically designed to garner publicity and attention during the busy holiday retail season. Now in its 15th year, the Best Book Awards are one of the largest mainstream book award competitions in the United States.
AmericanBookFest.com was launched in 2014 with the intention of becoming not only an online presence but eventually offering workshops and live events throughout the United States. American Book Fest is now the main sponsor of our family of book award contests and publishing related websites. And, as the name implies, we celebrate the written word in all genres, fiction and non-fiction.