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Who

Passion. Experience. Credibility.

Meet Your Hosts:

 
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Co-host, Educator, Author

Amanda Filippelli

Amanda is an internationally recognized editor, writer, and book coach. She received her degree in English and Creative Writing from Roosevelt University with continued education certificates from Western Michigan University. Amanda started her career as an associate editor for the Oyez Review in Chicago, and has studied under a number of industry titans. An award-winning writer herself and publishing industry expert, Amanda has done it all from freelance to copy editing to content editing to ghostwriting and book coaching, and as Editor-in-Chief for One Idea Press, she helps authors realize their true voice.

Amanda’s work has also been widely published and featured, including in Barzakh Magazine, TEDxWomenPittsburgh, PCA/ACA, and WHIRL Magazine. She was the recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40Under40 award, and is also the host of Write to Heal workshops, where she helps people connect and heal through the power of storytelling. Before becoming a professional writer, Amanda worked in the mental healthcare system for ten years, teaching adolescent survivors of trauma how to take control of their narrative. Amanda continues this work as an author, through her workshops, the School of Writers, and as a publisher.


 
 

 
 
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Co-host, Educator, Author

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith is the person you call in the middle of the night when you have a wild idea but have no idea if it’s good, if anyone will care, or where to even start. She’s someone who has x-ray vision to your highest potential and guides it right out of you to see your dream come to full manifestation. 

Lindsey has worked with large corporations to develop courses, hundreds of writers to help them launch their books, developed TEDx talks, and produced large scale conferences with incredible missions. Lindsey’s past experiences have culminated in the founding of One Idea PressThe Wild Rose Collective and joining Speilburg Literary Agency as a Literary Agent because she believes there is power in sharing stories and elevating voices.

Personally, Lindsey dabbles in stand-up comedy and has performed a total of thrice times. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her punk rock husband and their adorable pup, Winnie Cooper.

 
 
 
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Co-host, Creative Director, Author

Quelcy Kogel

Quelcy is a multi-passionate creative who works as a food and prop stylist, event designer, blogger, photographer, and dog cuddler. As a stylist, Quelcy has worked with international brands and small businesses alike to tell their stories. She was a contributing editor for Design*Sponge and currently for TABLE Magazine. She founded WithTheGrains.com as a way to document her own farm-to-table adventures. Quelcy released her first cookbook, The Gluten Free Grains Cookbook, with Page Street Publishing in April, 2019. Quelcy lives in Polish Hill with her farming, dog-photoshopping partner, Kyle, and their adorable dog, Julep.

 
 

Meet Our Guests:

 
 
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Editor

Laura Apperson

A native Atlantan, current New Yorker, Laura revels in mornings that contain good literature and endless amounts of coffee. Writing, for her, means telling a story truthfully and beautifully.

Laura has a degree in English from Georgia State University, a research institution in the heart of Atlanta, Ga. She worked in journalism for four years at The Signal, where she learned how to be an expert editor and manage an editorial team. Afterward, she moved to magazines at New South Publishing, where she wrote for several local Atlanta magazines.

You can currently find Laura in New York City, where she is an editor at Callisto Media, working with bestselling nonfiction authors. Previously, she was an associate editor at St. Martin’s Press.

 
 

 
 
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Literary agent

Stacey Graham

Stacey Graham comes to us from the other side of the literary blanket, as an author of four books, multiple short stories, as a screenwriter, ghostwriter, and editor. She loves working with writers at all stages of their careers and will use her experience in authorship to help navigate the sometimes crazy waters of publishing for her clients. She currently lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband and five children. She considers the resulting nervous tick from her children to be charming.

 
 

 
 
 
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literary agent

Eric Smith

Eric Smith is a literary agent at P.S. Literary, with a love for young adult books, sci-fi, fantasy, and nonfiction. He began his publishing career at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, working social media and marketing on numerous books he absolutely adored. Eric completed his BA in English at Kean University, and his MA in English at Arcadia University. 

Eric is eagerly acquiring fiction and nonfiction projects. He’s actively seeking out new, diverse voices in Young Adult (particularly sci-fi and fantasy), and Literary and Commercial Fiction (again, loves sci-fi and fantasy, but also thrillers and mysteries). In terms of nonfiction, he’s interested in cookbooks, pop culture, humor, essay collections, and blog to book ideas.

 
 

More industry leaders being added. Stay tuned!