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The Team

Discover the wonderful people whose assistance with editorial and design, administration and marketing helps me to make books, reach the readers who are most likely to enjoy them and encourage the creative way. Without these people, there would be no books, no Alliance of Independent Authors, no Indie Author Fringe and no Creativist Club. Thank you guys, thank you, thank you, thank you!

Amie McCracken

Amie McCracken

EDITING & FORMATTING

Amie McCracken is a voracious reader, an editor, a writer, a photographer, an entrepreneur, a traveller, and a connoisseur of comfort. Oh yeah, she’s addicted to reading and tea.

She’s ambitious and strong, but shy, and likes to sit in the background. The world calls to her, and on her travels she always carries with her a laptop, camera, and a lot of ideas floating around in her head. They tend to take over (the ideas), and most of the time you’ll catch her staring off into space.

She gets a thrill out of capturing the unique quiet moments in people’s lives, whether painful, exhilarating, dull, happy or teary, both in the written word and through photography.

Amie says: “My opportunity to work with Orna could not be more fulfilling. It’s been a wonderful experience to learn from someone so versed in indie publishing and also so dedicated to her own writing and that of other authors.”

Jay Artale

Jay Artale

CONTENT MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

Jay is a project manager specialising in content marketing and social media, who left a lucrative corporate career to pursue her passions for writing and creating. She fuses strategic planning and project management experience with her creative side, to create actionable brand-profile solutions for entrepreneurs with a vision, helping other solopreneurs achieve their business goals. She is also a successful indie Travel Guide author, avid blogger and ghostwriter.

Orna says: “Jay is a powerhouse combination of practicality and creativity. Her organizational skills keep ALLi running smoothly, supporting our planning and social media and she keeps me on track creatively, as well as helping with writing and production. She is uniquely multi-talented and multi-skilled.”

Jay says: “When you work alongside Orna Ross, you know that anything is possible. Creativity is a powerful force. Nothing can stand in its way when you harness its powers, and that’s what Orna is skilled at. I’m happy to be standing here in the cross-winds, being swept up in a gust of creative motion.”

Joni Rodgers

Joni Rodgers

EDITORIAL CONSULTANT

NYT bestselling author Joni Rodgers began her writing career as a novelist, published by MacAdam-Cage, Bertelsmann and HarperCollins. Her syndicated newspaper column and bestselling memoir Bald in the Land of Big Hair (HarperCollins 2001) brought her to the attention of celebrities and other extraordinary people who asked her to help them tell their stories. As a high profile ghostwriter, book doctor and editor, she’s done more than a dozen books with Random House, S&S, Hyperion, HarperCollins, Perigee and Crown and worked with a handful of stellar indie authors who are committed to meeting (or exceeding!) traditional publishing craft standards. She lives in Texas and vlogs about books she loves on Joni’s List.

Orna says: “Finding the right editor is a key moment in every indie author’s life. From the moment Joni and I started working together, she delivered the most intelligent, engaged and useful editorial feedback I ever got from any editor or consultant, inside or outside trade publishing. She’s also a brilliant line-editor. Joni lives and breathes books and cares deeply about craft. Working with her is fun and so rewarding.”

Joni says: “Orna Ross is a fabulous dame and a joy to work with. She’s impressed me with her raw talent, inspired me with her creative spirit and reality-checked me with her work-savvy kitchen sink wisdom. As a publishing industry mover/shaker, she continues to amaze and motivate me.”

Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

DESIGNER

Andrew is the founder and creative lead at Design for Writers, where he has been providing professional design services (such as web, cover and promotional design) for writers, publishers and writing organisations since 2009.

Orna says: “Andrew is a gifted book designer who worked on the covers for After The Rising, Before The Fall and In The Hour as well as the covers for the ALLi self-Publishing guidebooks. He has a meticulous step-by-step process that unites simplicity of fonts and cover detail with arresting creative imagery. I especially love the Before The Fall cover and love working with Andrew.”

Andrew says: “I like working with Orna because over many years and many projects we’ve merrily created some great things together…and have yet to come to blows!”

Jane Dixon Smith

Jane Dixon Smith

DESIGNER

Jane—professionally known as JD Smith—started life as a graphic designer and is now also an award-winning book designer. She lives in the English Lake District.

Orna says: “Jane Dixon-Smith is not a woman to waste words: she leaves it to me to tell you that she is also one of those superwomen. As well as her award-winning book design, Jane has written and published several historical fiction novels, is a member of the Triskele Books collective, and designer and editor of the writers’ ezine Words with JAM, and the readers’ review site Bookmuse. She is the most versatile book designer I know (just take a look at the variety of covers she produces). I think that being an author herself gives Jane a unique insight into the heart and soul of a book and its author. She is endlessly patient and obliging through all my tweaks and changes. I know she loves working with indie authors; I certainly love working with her.”

Jane says: “I like working with Orna because she is as passionate about books as I am.”

Jerusha Rodgers

Jerusha Rodgers

EDITOR

Jerusha Rodgers is the founder of Rabid Badger Editing and author of Your Title Here: How to Craft a Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal. As a freelance editor and facilitator, she’s worked with emerging and bestselling indie authors and with traditional publishers including Random House, S&S, Perigee and Unbridled Books. Jerusha lives in Houston, Texas.

Jerusha says: “I enjoy working with Orna Ross because we share a passion for elevating indie publishing through innovation. Her commitment to finding new ways to connect great writing with fresh audiences is contagious and fosters a wonderful atmosphere in which to create, evolve and inspire. She’s fun at book festivals, too!”

Helen Langford

Helen Langford

ACTOR & VOICEOVER

Actor, Voiceover, Italy-blogger and Yogi, Helen currently narrates audiobooks from her sunny home studio in Southern Italy. She loves drawing on her theatre experience to bring to life the characters, accents and emotional journey of a novel.

Orna says: “Among her other gifts, Helen is a fine actor with a gorgeous voice and the ability to talk both Engiish and HIberno-English (a different language/accent altogether!). When I heard she was moving into the narration business, I was thrilled at the opportunity to connect again and pick up where we left off in Dublin, some years ago.”

Helen says: “I met Orna in Dublin when I was leaving full-time acting, and she helped me apply my creativity to some terribly grown-up notions such as making money and starting a business. I got a whole new perspective on my life & career. Orna’s own journey is an inspiration. I think of her as a literary Madonna – the queen of creative re-invention: bold, unafraid and resourceful to the last!”

Sarah Begley

Sarah Begley

ASSISTANT

Sarah is a virtual assistant and copywriter supporting business owners with website, project and blog management, as well as general business administration. Her passion is writing short, sharp sales video scripts to help businesses promote their products and services by standing out in today’s crowded marketplace. When not jet-setting the globe, Sarah resides in the French Alps.

Sarah says: “Being approached by Orna to support her business was a dream. Not only am I an avid reader, I enjoy writing online copy for businesses, and have aspirations of writing my own book one day. So learning from her, albeit indirectly, makes Orna the perfect client! Her positivity, endless ideas and desire to help authors reach their literary goals, is inspirational.”