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Our Team

Meet our team of writing, publishing, and marketing experts

We’ve been in business since 2011. Many of our team members have been with us since the beginning, and we’ve grown to become a team of 20+ experts located across the U.S. We share a passion for books, marketing, and helping people tell their story. All of us believe in finding joy in work. Our passion for our business, for being “Pithy,” makes working with us unforgettable.

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Amelia Forczak

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. Amelia has ghostwritten 15 nonfiction books, including nine 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.

Deanna Novak

Deanna Novak is an award-winning published author with over twenty years of experience writing about law, policy, business, leadership, genealogy, culture, and traditions. She is the founder of The Write Journeys, LLC, where she provides ghostwriting, copywriting, and editing services for businesses, non-profits, entrepreneurs, law firms, and novelists. Deanna works with her clients to create the books they’ve only dared dream about, articles, proposals, blogs, and various other content and copy. Her diverse educational and professional experiences have enabled her to connect with her clients and help them tell their stories in more powerful ways.

Devon Pine

Devon Pine has a decade of experience building dynamic branding strategies that help businesses achieve their marketing goals. She has worked with clients in a variety of industries tackling business development challenges, writing content, developing social media campaigns, and refreshing websites. She has a knack for turning big ideas into actionable plans that move the needle.

Devon is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. She currently resides in Chicago and enjoys traveling, trying out new recipes, and taking too many photos of her cat.

Emmy Thiel

Emmy is a seasoned professional with a rounded background in executive assistance, general management, and project management. Her multifaceted experience across these fields has made her a versatile professional capable of handling diverse challenges with poise and efficiency.

Tia Levesque

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.

Scott Morrow

With a decade in publishing and eight years in marketing, Scott Morrow has served as managing editor, contributing writer, copyeditor, and proofreader to shape content in music, marketing, design, and business.

Nils Kuehn

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!

Dave Vasudevan

Founder and owner of an award-winning advertising agency in India, sold the Agency before migrating to the USA 30 years ago. Been in the advertising industry for over 45 years. Winner of 2 international and 1 National award. I have been a beta Tester for Photoshop for the past 26 years. As a published author, my book on Adobe Photoshop sold seven editions, and I am the developer of 36 Headline fonts for the Tamil language. I have degrees in Business and Printing. I worked for the world’s largest printing company that does business with over 12.6 billion a year, resigned from the position, and am now VP and Creative Director of Digislate, Inc. Highly proficient in Major Adobe packages (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, AfterEffects and Premier)—skilled WordPress web designer / Developer, and Motion Graphics Designer.

Lauren Ezzo

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.

Cherie Gilmore-Forczak

Cherie is an expert in children’s literature. 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.

Jenn Cooper

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.

Kristina Anderson

Kristina Anderson is a designer for Pithy Wordsmithery, and has partnered with the company since 2013. She has nearly 15 years of experience in both graphic design and web 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.

Katie Dvorak

Katie Dvorak has always loved books and knew she wanted to work in publishing for as long as she can remember. For more than twenty years she has worked as a development editor (doing a lot of project managing, copyediting, and proofreading, too) for such companies as Wiley, O’Reilly, The Pragmatic Programmers, Highpoint Executive Publishing, becker&mayer, and the American Medical Association. Her love is guiding authors to create well-organized, well-explained, and entertaining books that help others learn a new skill or about something new. She lives in Northern California with her husband and son, where she loves to hike, try new recipes, and dream of her next travel adventure.

Jake Clark

I’ve been a graphic designer for seventeen years, the last ten have seen my focus be solely on cover design. I’ve worked in almost all genres and have designed over 1000+ covers.

Born, raised and live in the upper state of South Carolina, I have been married for fourteen years and have twin daughters who just turned ten!

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