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Founder Kelly Notaras began her career in New York City as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin USA and Hyperion Books. Read more..
kn literary arts is the creation of 20-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 Bestsellers The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner and Pussy: A Reclamation by Regena “Mama Gena” Thomashauer, as well as all three of Nancy Levin’s popular books: Jump…and Your Life Will Appear, Worthy and The New Relationship Blueprint. kn literary’s amazing client list also includes Drew Canole, Sara Gottfried, Carrie Green, Matt Kahn, Danette May, Michael Morelli, Agapi Stassinopoulos, Kate Northrup, 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.
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?
Annie Wylde is a writer of fiction and a reader of everything—from literature and poetry to philosophy, science, spirituality, memoir, health and wellness and beyond . As an editor, Annie loves helping writers mold the deep, personal stories they’ve been carrying around for years into beautiful, powerful books.
After receiving her MA from NYU in writing, editing, and publishing, Annie spent several years working on the agenting and editorial sides of the publishing industry, beginning at Don Congdon Associates before moving to Vintage Anchor Books (Knopf Doubleday) at Penguin Random House. Annie left the New York publishing world in 2015 to build deeper relationships with her editing clients and to mentor writers in the process of cultivating their unique voices.
Annie currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she loves dreaming up practical and whimsical domestic innovations—including the proper way to install a French drain and the most efficient layout for a Victorian chicken coop. Annie can be found most days working in her garden, planning outdoor movie nights for friends, and of course writing and editing in front of the fire (typically with a very large cat wrapped around her neck).
Heidi McKye is a writer and an editor who delights in watching a great sentence become an unfolding event in the mind of its reader.
Alexandra comes from a background in digital marketing, product development and human development. Her earlier life passion in the arts paved the path for her interest in human behavior and storytelling. This eventually led to her discovery and love for the vast landscape of marketing, a career that has given her the opportunity to work with many different industries.
She believes it’s an exciting time for the publishing world and that, when used with a positive purpose, marketing becomes a vital tool in spreading the reach of a book’s message. This is why she loves working with kn literary arts, a studio built primarily with the intention to nourish voices and empower writers to complete and share their work.
In her free time Alexandra enjoys finding nature, writing, playing music and traveling.
Heidi McKye discovered her love of books early in life. As a child, she realized characters were sometimes closer friends than the people she knew. She also found herself narrating the events of her life silently in her head as they might be written on the page—-although she never thought she’d ever admit that part aloud. As an adult, those tendencies have receded (slightly). Heidi is a writer and an editor who delights in watching a great sentence become an unfolding event in the mind of its reader. As a book coach, she loves nothing more than watching an aspiring writer becoming an accomplished author.
After receiving her MFA from SAIC in 2009 Heidi taught non-fiction, creative writing, and storytelling for filmmakers in academic settings as well as in professional development workshops. She has been an editor for Pearson International and two literary magazines before coming to work with kn literary. As an educator, an editor, and a writer Heidi understands that compassion, vision, and a critical ear are all key to allowing the books that exist inside of every writer to be birthed into the world.
Books still keep Jason Buchholz up way too late at night reading, but he doesn’t have to hide under the covers with a flashlight anymore. In his writing career he has worked as a travel writer, a publisher, and a journalist, covering business, finance, and technology. His debut novel, A Paper Son, was published in 2016 by Tyrus Books, since acquired by Simon & Schuster.
Alongside his development as a writer, he has come to love editing and supporting other writers in their endeavors to find their voices and tell their stories, whatever those stories might be. He considers it the greatest of honors to have had the opportunity to work with authors from all over the world on everything from epic novels to scientific articles. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter in northern California, where he continues to write, read, and edit deep into the night.