Founder; New York Times Best-Selling Ghostwriter
Amelia Forczak is the Founder of Pithy Wordsmithery, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in helping people write and market their books. She and her team members work with C-Suite leaders and entrepreneurs across a range of industries to help them build and monetize their thought leadership to grow their businesses. Over the past 10 years, Amelia has ghostwritten nine business books, including five bestsellers. She has served as a content strategist or editor for many other successful books and bestsellers.
In addition to working on book development, Amelia spearheads clients’ marketing strategies, including website design, email marketing, social media, and graphic design. Amelia also manages a Forbes column on leadership strategy where she provides ghostwriting and editing support for women business executives.
Aside from growing Pithy Wordsmithery, Amelia has been a working model in Chicago and New York for nearly 15 years. With representation by Stewart Talent and Select (formerly Elite Model Management), she has worked with clients such as Starbucks, Mercedes, American Girl, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, The Virgin Hotel, and more.
Amelia holds a B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University. She resides in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with her husband and daughter.
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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, HR, 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 has been helping authors create impactful works for more than 15 years. With a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Professional Writing from the University of New Orleans, he’s assisted in bringing hundreds of titles to publication as a fact checker, copyeditor, and proofreader. As an editor for Active Trader Magazine, he helped financial professionals craft meaningful articles out of highly technical topics while providing actionable advice for traders in markets across the globe. Since then he has worked professionally in roles as varied as music editor, regional news staff writer, and special interest writer for numerous online and print content providers. From development to galley proof, his years of experience across various industries have provided invaluable insights on how to present your message in the most effective way possible.
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.
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.