Founder and Best-Selling Ghostwriter
Amelia Forczak is passionate about helping authors write and market their books. As the Founder of Pithy Wordsmithery, she works with clients across a range of industries to help them build their thought leadership, leveraging their authorship to grow their businesses. Amelia’s background in both ghostwriting and marketing gives her a unique perspective in the industry. She understands what it takes to write a book, as well as what it takes to market one. In a world where authors are responsible for driving their own book sales, Amelia offers sage marketing advice for non-marketers. Amelia is the ghostwriter of seven published books, including four best-sellers. She has served as a content strategist or editor for many other successful books and best-sellers.
Amelia's Gallup StrengthsFinder Results: Futuristic, Strategic, Communication, Woo, ActivatorWriting, ghostwriting, and editing experience includes: Harvard Business Review, Forbes, McGraw Hill, Career Press, Skyhorse Publishing, Grand Harbor Press (Brilliance Audio/Amazon), Hogan Assessments, Bibliomotion, Motivational Press, Talent Management Magazine, Monster.com, Booz & Company strategy+business, The Creativity Post, Diversity Executive, InnovationManagement.se, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Chief Learning Officer, Human Resources Executive, HRO Today, Corporate Responsibility Magazine, Sales and Service Excellence Magazine, and ASHHRA News Brief.
As Pithy Wordsmithery’s Business Manager, Tia oversees internal operations and provides administrative support. She has 15 years of executive administrative assistant experience in a variety of industries including staffing, human resources, sales, real estate, and financial institutions.
Tia graduated with honors from DePaul University in Chicago with a B.A. in Communications. When she isn't chasing around her identical twin boys, she enjoys exploring the Milwaukee area with her family, cooking, and hanging out with friends.
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.
Chris Peters is a writer and editor for Pithy Wordsmithery. He has a BA in English from the University of Michigan and an MA in professional writing from the University of New Orleans. Over the past decade, he’s assisted on more than thirty-five published titles. He’s worked for a wide range of publishers and clients, including news and music blogs, weekly and monthly magazines, and full-scale publishers of fiction and nonfiction. His editorial experience includes internships with REAL Detroit Weekly, Pelican Publishing, and two years as associate editor for Active Trader magazine.
Kristina Anderson is a designer for Pithy Wordsmithery, and has partnered with the company since 2013. She specializes 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. Kristina attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has also completed courses 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 in Chicago.
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. She currently lives in Seattle.
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.