Suzanne Fyhrie Parrott has an extensive background in graphic design and marketing. Receiving a degree from the University of Washington (1981) she went on to launch OneWay Advertising and Design in 1988 working with such notable clientele as Yellowstone Park, Winston Fly Rod Company and Montana Power Company. In 2010 Parrott founded UnrulyGuides.com to communicate her knowledge of marketing, design and formatting directly to the self-publishing market.
Suzanne is the author of the bestselling books the Ebook Formatting the Publishing Guide and The Lost Sigil Ebook Guide, both of which hit #1 spots on Amazon. The guides, which include step-by-step written and corresponding video tutorials were created in order to help the self-publishing author understand the process of moving from raw manuscript to a finished published work.
Her passion is writing YA, NA and children’s books. Her latest releases (October 2015, under the pen name Sumi Fyhrie), include Billy Beetle Bug and his Beetle Bug Board (Book 1, Reading, Exercise and Song series; illustrated by Zoya Kruse-Wu) and Pandas on Parade (Book 1, My Zoo Babies series), which she wrote and illustrated, are geared toward children ages 3-8. She also co-wrote the book Coldfire, a Milky Way Mystery, for ages 9-12.
When not writing, Suzanne enjoys painting, drawing, traveling and taking walks on the beach with her husband, looking for fossils and agates.
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Dawn Kinzer is a member of the Christian Editor Connection, a nationwide, professional network of editors and proofreaders, and The Christian PEN, a nationwide, professional support organization for Christians who provide proofreading and various editing services for writers and publishers.
As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Dawn has been editing writers’ work for ten years through online and local critique groups. She currently meets with two other published authors who gather weekly to edit each other’s work, as well as discuss the craft of writing and the publishing business.
Dawn has edited numerous manuscripts for First Steps authors and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.
David Aretha has written more than 70 books and edited more than 300 books for 20 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, and Scholastic. He authored Malala Yousafzai and the Girls of Pakistan, which in 2014 was voted a Top 10 Young Adult biography by Booklist and earned a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award—one of two Moonbeam awards he won that year. For Malala, David was one of four authors, including Mitch Albom, to earn a Wilbur Award. David’s The Murder of Emmett Till was assigned reading for journalism students at New York University because of its exemplary journalistic prose. Books that he has edited have appeared on the Today show, CBS Early Show, NPR, and MSNBC. He has edited books with forewords penned by Walter Cronkite, John Eisenhower, Margaret Truman, Maureen O’Hara, and two U.S. senators.
Mandie Schrader provides proofreading and copyediting services as well as freelance writing and other storytelling services.
“Every writer needs an editor regardless of whether they’re traditionally published or self-published. Having a second pair of eyes who shares your love of the written word can make all of the difference for your literary work. When self-editing, your brain tends to read what it knows should be on the page instead of what is actually there. Someone who isn’t as familiar or emotionally tied to the story has a different perspective when reading. This allows them to notice typos, grammatical errors and any plot missteps that you may not catch when self-editing. Working with an editor helps ensure that the story you present to the world is concise and well told.”
Elise Fyhrie graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 and is currently residing in the Portland area. She has experience in proofreading, writing, researching, and managing social media sites.
Elise has written several articles for UnrulyGuides.com as well as edited numerous manuscripts for various First Steps authors.
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Zoya Kruse-Wu is a brilliant artist, able to conceptualize and render the imagination.
“My work is about flow. The flow of Gesture, of objects and of people is something that fascinates me. I make objects and forms submit to the flow of the image. I enjoy creating spaces in my work that evoke a strong psychological presence. I am a huge proponent of traditional painting styles. I believe it is very important to make work reflect your voice and experiences. Artist such as Joao Ruas, Jamie Hewlett and Andrew Heim have a important impact on my work.”
Zoya is an exceptional artist, able to make any story come to life. She’s illustrated several books including: The Golden Thread by Brenda Hartman and Billy Beetle Bug and His Beetle Bug Board by Sumi Fyhrie.
Nick Sharma is a former actor and screenwriter, and spent his early career as a freelance illustrator. He is the author of the popular children series Shalu as well as the screenplay turned novel How to be a Hero.
Nick is a brilliant marketer, author and very energetic person. Someone willing to help our authors achieve their dream of a movie script, published work, or just to offer encouragement. Nick currently resides in California.