kn literary arts is the creation of 15-year publishing veteran Kelly Notaras. After starting her career in New York City—working as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin USA and Hyperion Books—she relocated several years ago to Boulder, Colorado where she served for four years as the VP and Editorial Director at Sounds True, a multi-media spirituality publishing company. There she oversaw an impressive list of spiritual luminaries including Adyashanti, Reggie Ray, Krishna Das, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Caroline Myss, and many more.
In 2010 she left Sounds True to ghostwrite her first book, but her love of editing was never far away. Since starting kn literary arts, she has been honored to edit a wide variety of personal growth books including New York Times Bestseller The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner, Daily Love by Mastin Kipp and Jump…and Your Life Will Appear by Nancy Levin. kn literary’s amazing client list also includes Sara Gottfried, Michael Morelli, Agapi Stassinopoulos, Regena Thomashauer (a.k.a. “Mama Gena”), Kate Northrup, Donna Gates, Bruce Tift, Thomas Hübl and many more.
Along with an impressive roster of talented editorial associates, Kelly is dedicated to the kn literary arts mission: bringing life-changing books into the world—and making sure they’re good once they’re here.
Chandika Devi was the kid who was regularly chastised for hiding a novel inside of her textbook. A graduate of Prescott College and the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Association, Chandika spent many years traveling in search of compelling stories to tell. Now she’s once again found her nose back in her books.
At kn literary Chandika enjoys helping authors focus their personal and professional experiences into books that touch the lives of their readers. She draws inspiration from her clients and is deeply grateful for the opportunity to hold space for them as they speak their truth, exploring the power of language by transforming ideas into words that touch both the mind and the heart.
Chandika continues to craft her personal narrative through the shamanic arts, transpersonal psychology, alternative education, urban farming, meditation, spiritual music, feminist theory and the eight limbs of yoga. In addition to her roles as Matchmaker, editor, self-publishing consultant and ghostwriter, Chandika also speaks Brazilian Portuguese and has served on the translation team for her spiritual master, Sri Prem Baba, and his organization, Awaken Love, since 2012.
Chandika lives in Portland, OR with her groovy husband, book-obsessed step-daughter and a pair of funny-looking mutts named Taco and Nacho.
Nikki Van De Car
Matchmaker + Editorial Services Division Manager
Growing up, Nikki Van De Car only ever wanted to read books. After graduating, she became a literary agent, and found that the most rewarding aspect of her work was helping authors craft their stories, whether in fiction, memoir or nonfiction—because every book really does tell a story.
Nikki left agenting in 2009. She now lives in her hometown of Volcano, Hawaii, raising her daughter and pursuing her secondary love of knitting. She is the author of What To Knit When You’re Expecting and What To Knit: The Toddler Years, along with SereKNITy and Feng Crochet. Nikki found that the act of knitting brought her a sense of peace and internal understanding that she had been missing, and it inspired her to pursue yoga, meditation, shinrin-yoku and to develop her spiritual practice, which brought her to her most recent book, Practical Magic, published in 2017 by Running Press.
Nikki joined kn literary in 2014 to get back to working with words and the people who write them. She loves fostering an idea. Helping writers envision precisely what they want to say, and working with them on sharing their story, is work that feels like play. After all, what could be better than to help grow a book into something that can change the world?
Rachel Mehl comes to us from her native Pittsburgh with an eclectic background in administration, project management and human resources. A natural cheerleader, she loves helping kn literary authors start and finish their projects as smoothly as possible. Despite being an avid reader, Rachel was a “newbie” to the publishing world when she first encountered kn literary and has been enjoying learning the ins and outs of the book biz.
A lover of fashion, she has an enviable hat collection, which she often wears while working on home projects, performing Angel Acts, and seeking adventures with her mischievous feline pal, Misha.