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.
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?
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).
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. It’s an exciting time for the publishing world, and when used with a positive purpose, marketing becomes a vital tool to 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 she enjoys finding nature, writing, playing music and traveling.
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.