Amelia Forczak is a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter and the Founder of Pithy Wordsmithery. She is passionate about helping leaders and entrepreneurs build their thought leadership and grow their businesses. Over the past 10 years, Amelia has ghostwritten 11 nonfiction books, including five bestsellers. She has served as a content strategist or editor for many other successful books and bestsellers.
Amelia holds a B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University. She resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.
As Pithy Wordsmithery’s Business Manager, Tia leads a variety of tasks. She provides support with billing, social media, project management, email campaigns, and client projects. Additionally, she undertakes a plethora of administrative duties to help ensure that Pithy runs as smooth as possible!
Tia graduated with honors from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.A. in Communication Studies. When she isn’t chasing around her identical twin boys, she enjoys exploring the Milwaukee area with her family, cooking, traveling and hanging out with friends.
Melissa Herrett specializes in marketing strategy and content development. She has been writing professionally since 2011 and has written numerous blog posts, case studies, and other types of content, including assisting with the development of two books. Melissa also has experience with social media, email campaigns, and other marketing activities that help grow businesses.
Melissa has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan. In her free time, she runs marathons, and enjoys spending time outdoors, biking, hiking, or camping. She also likes reading, hanging out with friends, and baking.
Nicole Sholly has two decades of writing, editing, and content strategy experience spanning print, digital, and video content. She has provided personalized author-coaching for copywriting, content marketing, and book publishing, as well as marketing consultation and content strategy services. Throughout her career, she has worked with both independent authors and traditional publishers (Wiley, IT Revolution, Sigma Nursing), consulting on and editing more than 150 books on a variety of topics, including business IT, consumer technology, design, marketing, sales, and more.
Kristina Anderson is a designer for Pithy Wordsmithery, and has partnered with the company since 2013. She has over ten years of experience in both graphic design and web design, and is experienced in design for print and web as well as HTML, CSS, jQuery, PHP, and responsive design. She also works in branding, social media management, and product marketing.
Kristina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has also completed design programs through The Art Institute of Chicago and Ascend Training. Besides design, Kristina also enjoys cooking, reading, blogging, and bringing beauty to everyday life. Kristina currently lives on the north side of Chicago with her husband and daughter.
For Nils, editing is truly and rewording activity! Starting his career as copyeditor of his high school newspaper, then graduating from the University of Michigan before moving to San Francisco during the first dot.com bubble, he has spent over three decades developing his proofreading and copyediting acumen. Currently calling the East Coast home, Nils has worked with a diverse list of clients throughout the U.S. and even abroad in industries ranging from consulting to marketing to technology to finance to publishing. Perhaps his most noteworthy accomplishment is having proofread the winning U.S./Mexico/Canada United Bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup (men’s soccer). No matter what form of writing—web content, books, marketing materials, whitepapers—Nils can edit it!
TaShundra Robinson is passionate about helping others find harmony in their lives. As Publishing Assistant, she works closely with Pithy Wordsmithery’s authors and internal team members to ensure projects are organized and run smoothly—while making the journey fun and enjoyable. A skilled life coach and deeply spiritual person, TaShundra’s work has always been centered around creating positive and lasting change by inspiring others to reach their full potential. Being a published author herself, she loves helping other authors turn their dreams into printed pages.
In addition to working with authors, TaShundra has a background in engineering, and she is a certified yoga instructor. She and her husband live in Alabama and enjoy spending quality time together, traveling, and loving on their four kids.
Molly Tranberg is a rockstar content strategist and copywriter who loves solving business pain points with creative campaigns and initiatives. A digital native, Molly curates on-point social media branding and strategy and has worked with clients like Shake Shack, The Campbell Bar, and Zaro’s Family Bakery, among others. Her biggest win on Instagram was growing @grandcentralnyc from 20,000 followers to over 100,000 followers.
Molly has over 10 years of writing, editing, and marketing experience and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing & French Literature from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University.
Dave joins the Pithy team after serving in various copywriting roles over the past year at a Miami-based equity crowdfunding agency, an online business newsletter, and a cannabis tech company in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. A former (but still licensed) attorney and Starbucks barista, he brings a unique mix of experience from both the white-collar world and the service industry which is evident in his writing style. Besides his Juris Doctor from University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, he holds a Master’s degree in health communication from Northwestern University.
Outside of writing, Dave enjoys running, watching NBA basketball (go Bulls, Warriors, and Nets!), and collecting vintage sportswear. He also knows the best places in the city for chocolate bread pudding and beignets. #DessertIsLife
Cherie is an expert proofreader and editor. Her eagle eye makes her an asset to the Pithy Wordsmithery team. A retired educator, Cherie holds a BA in history, a Masters in library science, a Masters in reading, a Law Degree (JD), and a teaching certificate.
In her free time, Cherie volunteers as an Advocate for foster children, writing reports for the court and appearing at hearings to be a voice for the children. She also enjoys crafting, spending time with friends, and cheering on the Oregon Ducks.
Soumaya Yacoub is passionate about entrepreneurship. At Pithy Wordsmithery, she specializes in internal and external business operations, as well as marketing. Soumaya has a background in STEM, and she has worked as a researcher in multiple laboratories in Boston and Chicago. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biotechnology and a master’s degree in biotechnology, as well as a bioengineering diploma from Harvard University. Most recently, she received a certificate in Business Planning from the Women’s Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University.
Jennifer is an artist who specializes in illustration and design. She enjoys working with authors to transform their words into art through pen and ink, watercolor, and many other media. Jennifer is also a professional potter and art educator who feels passionately about arts integration and giving arts opportunities to students in Title 1 schools. She loves listening to personal experiences in order to create the perfect art pairings for projects.
Jennifer has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Masters from the University of Colorado.
Lauren Ezzo is a story fiend and linguistic polymath. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English & Theatre from Hope College, and at this writing has professionally narrated over 300 audiobooks for publishers including Scholastic, Penguin Random House, Simon Schuster, & more. She’s also a sometime author and illustrator. For Pithy, she works as a copywriter, narrator, & coach/consultant for authors narrating their own titles. She loves to read, catch home games at Wrigley, hike her native Michigan, & improvise pasta dishes. She is a proud member of the Audio Publishers Association, and a lifelong bookworm.
If you’ve made a copy error, Scott will find it. On top of his full-time proofreading gig at a prolific Chicago marketing agency, he helps Pithy rid the world of typos on a freelance basis. Earlier in his career, Scott served as managing editor of an independent music magazine called Alarm and has written for publications such as Chicago Reader, Consequence of Sound, A.V. Club, Revolver, and Playboy.
On the side, Scott is working on a collaborative sociopolitical music project called Plutocracy Planet. He also loves bubble tea, fantasy football, and the Chicago Bears.
Carl Echavez has been a customer service industry professional for 10 years. He holds an Associate’s degree in Multimedia. Carl’s depth of talent and variety of skills make him an asset behind the scenes at Pithy. Whether increasing and maintaining our social media engagement or delving into applicable market research to support our strategic services, Carl ensures Pithy’s customers and clients have a good experience through all touchpoints. Outside of work, Carl enjoys spending his time with his family.
Claire is a creative strategist and designer who thrives on transforming ideas into reality through design. She has worked across a wide variety of industries to create branding and marketing materials that inspire people to connect with one another and with the world around them. Claire has over 15 years of design, branding, and marketing experience and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State University and a Master of Fine Arts from Purdue University. In her free time, she can be found voraciously consuming podcasts and audio books, experimenting with watercolors, slalom waterskiing, and traveling the globe to quench her thirst for watermelon juice.
Chet is a classically trained creative nonfiction writer and ghostwriter. He is passionate about helping ordinary people tell their extraordinary true stories. As a seasoned ghostwriter, he loves helping business thought leaders, influencers, Hollywood personalities, and people in the entertainment industry present their message in print and on-screen.
Chet is a magna cum laude graduate of Wabash College. During his undergraduate degree, he studied the art of Creative Nonfiction abroad at the University of Oxford at St. Catherine’s College. Additionally, Chet spent time as a script consultant for a production studio in Hollywood, while studying Creative Production and Screenwriting at UCLA. In his free time, Chet enjoys playing his guitar and rapping out pages on his vintage typewriter.
Heather Chamberlain is a business relationship expert who specializes in building audiences, cultivating strategic partnerships, and converting customers, clients, and followers into lifelong fans. Heather has worked with top-tier brands including LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the National Hockey League, Opry Entertainment Group, and national Broadway productions to increase audience engagement, drive sales, and build a loyal community through authentic connections. Through years of experience across industries, Heather mastered best practices and strategy proven to increase marketing ROI and deepen lifetime customer value. Her passion for elevating the customer and user experience gives her a unique acumen at the intersection between marketing and relationship building.
Jonathan is an award-winning graphic designer with over two decades experience specializing in book design (covers, interiors, and marketing). Client list includes Atria Books, Da Capo Press, Hachette Book Group, Harper Collins, Harry N. Abrams, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Knopf, Pantheon, Pegasus Books, Penguin Random House, Picador, Shambhala Publications, Simon and Schuster, Smithsonian Books, St. Martins Press, VeloPress, and W. W. Norton. Also designs CD booklets, film posters, identities, branding, logos, retail, social media marketing, and more.
His work has been in many prestigious publications, including COMMUNICATION ARTS, HOW magazine, PRINT magazine, among significant design blogs such as The Casual Optimist.
Awards include the AIGA 50 / 50 Covers, AAUP, Bookbuilders of Boston’s New England Book Show, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, Communication Arts, Type Director’s Club, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.