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Authors’ Bios

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Julie Wickert
Writer True Story Communication

A longtime professional writer with a knack for storytelling, Julie Wickert has been communicating complex concepts to humans for more than 18 years. Julie started her writing career as a stand-up, face-to-face trainer (teaching technical drawing at a community college), so she is exceptionally sensitive to focusing on “what’s in it for me” for a given audience. She has written everything from the story of a family heirloom and its protective power on the battle fronts of four generations, to product briefs about industrial washing machines. A hometown Austin girl, Julie enjoys volunteering for several nonprofits around town (one of which is building an orphanage in Nicaragua), and hanging out with the dogs and men of her household.

  Coaching
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Carolyn Scarborough
Writing Coach Backyard Pearls, LLC

So you want to write a book… but things get fuzzy after that. It feels overwhelming and maybe even a little terrifying to imagine how to do this thing. That’s where writing coach Carolyn Scarborough steps in. She will gently guide you from wherever you are right now – whether simply imagining a book or halfway through one and blocked – to the satisfaction of DONE!

As your co-journeyer, she supports you in anything from mind-mapping the initial concept, re-igniting motivation and creativity throughout the process, getting out your deepest wisdom (through recorded interviews) to creating an environment that leads to an easy flow of writing.

Carolyn is a professionally trained creativity and writing coach whose passion is igniting your “go power,” along with tapping your inner wisdom and getting it out into the world. She is the author of Backyard Pearls: Cultivating Wisdom and Joy in Everyday Life. Carolyn works with writers around the country leading writing retreats, conducting tele-courses, and doing private coaching. She’s published more than 500 articles during her career as an award-winning magazine writer, editor and newspaper columnist. For more information, go to http://www.backyardpearls.com.

Editing & Proofreading
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David Fried
Writer/Editor DKF Writing

David Kassin Fried is a professional ghost writer and book editor specializing in nonfiction, memoirs, and humor. His book, Ups & Downs, was a 2010 IPPY Award and Foreword Book of the Year Award finalist, and in 2011 he was selected to write the fifth book in Gary Keller’s best-selling Millionaire Real Estate Series (over 1 million copies sold). “… I was struck by how brilliant his ideas are. He helped me improve upon definitions I have used for more than 7 years. I’m a small business–no, a micro business–and I watch my dollars carefully.David’s work was worth every penny and more.”
–Catherine Jewell, Author, STAR Performance

Lauren Mulverhill
Freelance Writer & Copy Editor

Need a creative writer who can develop clear, compelling content? Or a meticulous editor with an eye for grammar, consistency and style? Over the past 15 years, Lauren has helped clients ranging from small businesses to a scientific research institute communicate their messages in a focused, compelling way. Writing expertise includes web content, press releases, marketing collateral, video scripts, and articles for publications; editing assignments include a short book on etiquette, a three-volume technical report for a federal government agency, and scientific journal articles written by non-native English speakers.  Lauren would love to help you promote your business, communicate your cause, and serve as your grammar cop!

Graphic Artists
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MamiSerwaa Amoakohene
Creative Artist Graphical Solutions

MamiSerwaa Amoakohene has been called “a visual interpreter,” “a visual problem solver.” Having the artistry to create designs that matches exactly what her clients had envisioned. Her 15 years in design, marketing and advertising has given her a knack for understanding and interpreting her clients needs and producing effective solutions. As owner of 3Ps Graphical Solutions, a design and brand consulting firm, MamiSerwaa works closely with small to mid-size business and start-ups to help them identify their unique story/brand and assist them in crafting the right marketing and design solution for their specific target market. Her services ranges from print, package design, photography to digital/online marketing. She can be found most often teaching business owners how the can brand themselves. Contact her at email@mamiserwaa.com or visit her at MamiSerwaa.com.

Marketing
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Sheila Allee
Literary Publicist Sheila Allee Communications

Sheila Allee specializes in giving authors the tools they need to successfully promote their books. She assists writers with audience identification, key messaging, website creation, book tours, social media utilization, media kits, speaking engagements and other essentials for publicizing and selling books.

An author herself, she has conducted marketing campaigns for her own books and for the published works of other writers. She has a background in marketing, public relations and communications work for corporations, elected officials, government agencies and nonprofits. For more information about Sheila Allee, literary publicist, visit http://www.sheilaallee.com .

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Stephanie Barko
Literary Publicist

Stephanie Barko’s award-winning clients include traditional publishers and their authors, small presses, and independently published writers. She promotes historical fiction & nonfiction, including history, business/career, memoir, self-help, spirituality and biography.

Ms. Barko was invited into the publishing industry after many years in high tech marketing. She has presented to Oklahoma Writers Federation, DFW Writers Conference,  Women Writing the West, and the Writers’ League of Texas. This summer she will address Historical Novel Society’s US Conference.

Stephanie was a National Finalist in More Magazine’s Reinvention Story Competition, nominated by her peers as Book Publicist of the Year, and voted Preditors & Editors Best Promotion Service.

San Francisco Book Review publishes a column to which she contributes.

Stephanie has degrees in Business & Sociology and lives in Austin. Since 2005, she has moderated a nonfiction book group that has hosted such nationally known authors as Gilbert Tuhabonye, Paul Woodruff, and Janet Conner.

Visit Stephanie at StephanieBarko.com.

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Communication Arts Multimedia

Communication Arts Multimedia creates video and audio projects using full high definition equipment. The award-winning company has been delivering professional audio and video services for decades. They can provide technical versions that are playable anywhere from theaters, on-air and disc to streaming media. Using state-of-the-art field recording equipment, a library of images, sound effects and excellent voice-over talent, they provide author media services such as audio books, audio promotion packages and video book trailers. For more information, visit their CommArtsMultimedia.com.

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Video proFile Austin

Video proFile Austin is a video marketing company specializing in producing affordable videos for businesses. They offer an author video profile package that features a professional shoot environment, reasonable pricing, and only a 50-minute time commitment. The special Book Elves Author Video Profile includes a one-minute professionally recorded and produced video. Your 50-minute session includes 25 minutes of coaching, hair and makeup and 25 minutes of the actual recording session. Visit VideoproFileAustin.com.

Social Media
Website Designers
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Thomas Umstattd Jr.
CEO Author Media

Thomas Umstattd Jr. built his first website at the age of 13 and taught his first web design class at only 16 years old. He has been helping authors and small businesses use the web ever since. Thomas currently serves as the CEO of Castle Media Group LLC, a company that builds websites for world changers. Learn more about Thomas and his team at AuthorMedia.com.

Writers
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Monica Crowe
Website Content, Copywriter, Blogging

Monica Crowe helps entrepreneurs get more customers, grow their e-mail lists and make more money by creating powerful marketing content for the web and print. She is an Associated Press award winner, former reporter, and former managing editor of the lifestyles magazine, “Living Well.” Crowe has written marketing copy for businesses since 2008, and has penned dozens of articles for Lance Armstrong’s website, Livestrong.com, as well as for various other websites, including eHow.com.

To learn more about Crowe and her services, visit http://www.monicacrowe.com.

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David Fried
Writer/Editor DKF Writing

David Kassin Fried is a professional ghost writer and book editor specializing in nonfiction, memoirs, and humor. His book, Ups & Downs, was a 2010 IPPY Award and Foreword Book of the Year Award finalist, and in 2011 he was selected to write the fifth book in Gary Keller’s best-selling Millionaire Real Estate Series (over 1 million copies sold). “… I was struck by how brilliant his ideas are. He helped me improve upon definitions I have used for more than 7 years. I’m a small business–no, a micro business–and I watch my dollars carefully.David’s work was worth every penny and more.”
–Catherine Jewell, Author, STAR Performance