Meet Our Team
KN Literary Arts is the creation of twenty-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 multimedia 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.
With 23 years of experience at Brilliance and Amazon Publishing, Amy Hosford’s areas of expertise (and where she has the most fun!) include facilitating collaborative and creative author experiences, people leadership and career development, managing author, agent, and publisher relations, strategic planning, and helping teams to implement and achieve their annual growth goals.
Amy’s passion for the arts runs deep! In addition to supporting not-for-profit literary arts initiatives, she also works in the healing arts as a trained Clarity Breathwork practitioner. When she’s not working, she balances her time supporting the West Michigan Symphony as a board member, she takes regular classes at the downtown yoga studio and taps into all the local natural resources in her hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.
Jill Esplin is a life and business coach who is an energetic, positive powerhouse. By leveraging her strong people skills and entrepreneurial spirit, she propels the success of individuals and companies. With a thirst for learning, she has steered her career in different directions with success at every turn. After college, Jill started Leading For Life, a motivational speaking and leadership development company for teens. Though she found this career rewarding and fruitful, Jill felt called to expand her work when she met a best-selling author in 2010. Jill has worked closely with top authors, teachers, and entrepreneurs in the personal growth industry. She specializes in coaching and business development with expertise in enrollment and producing live events. Her program sales total over $15 million dollars to date. In 2012, Jill graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a Master’s in Spiritual Psychology with an emphasis on Consciousness, Health and Healing. Jill is currently based in Los Angeles but can be found anywhere in the world as long as there is Wi-Fi.
Kerri Nelson survived a fifteen-year career in the legal field before moving on to pen and publish twenty-seven fiction novels and novellas including two USA Today bestselling novels from her Working Stiff cozy mystery series. Alongside her own books, she has been a ghostwriter on over fifty non-fiction books in a variety of professional fields. After a decade in the publishing industry as a writing coach and freelance editor, she decided to launch a coaching business for women who wanted to pursue
entrepreneurship while raising their kids at home. Through her coaching efforts, she became a sales and marketing expert and has helped dozens of clients create profitable business success.
Kerri is a Certified Life Coach who specializes in many coaching methods which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Neurolinguistic Practitioner, Writing Coach, Hypnotherapy, Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, VITA Love and Relationship Coaching, and The Life Coach School.
When she’s not busy working, she enjoys traveling the world, exploring historical places with her three adventurous kids, and trying new, delicious treats with her foodie husband.
Sheryl Zajechowski brings 25 years of publishing experience to KN Literary. Her previous roles at Brilliance Publishing in sales, contracts, and editorial give her a broad perspective of the end-to-end publishing process for both audio and books. During her time as an audio acquisition editor she was responsible for a list of hundreds of titles, including New York Times bestsellers, across a wide range of genres. Sheryl also worked on the Amazon Publishing Waterfall Press imprint, where two of her acquisitions were selected as Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalists. Sheryl made author happiness a top priority and was a passionate advocate for her titles, earning her the respect of literary agents and her peers.
Sheryl has completed the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver and the Rebellious Leader women’s leadership program, as well as publishing courses through the Graham School of Business at the University of Chicago. She serves on the board of directors for READ Ottawa, an adult literacy organization, and volunteers on community investment panels for her local United Way. Sheryl recharges by spending time on her yoga mat, walking her Golden Retriever near Lake Michigan, and escaping with a stack of books to her little cabin in the woods.
Nirmala is a New York–based writer, editor, book midwife, theater artist, and mythmaker. Her work lives at the crossroads of creativity, mythology, storytelling, and collective liberation. As a multi-genre collaborator and creative facilitator, she believes in generative solutions in the midst of chaos, the coexistence of messiness and magic, and breathtaking beauty as a natural consequence of this wild ride. Her specialties include literary nonfiction, speculative fiction, mindfulness meditation, spirituality and personal development, art and design, and social change. Nirmala is trained in several methods of narrative-based collective healing, including Emergent Strategy, Family Constellations, Playback Theatre, Social Presencing Theater, Theatre of the Oppressed, and the Work That Reconnects. In her spare time, she drinks lots of black tea, indulges in luxury skincare, and plots the building of her own community retreat center in upstate New York. Find out more about Nirmala at nirmalanataraj.com.
Sarah Bossenbroek spent over a decade in print and online journalism, working as both a travel editor and a managing editor while writing on topics ranging from health and nutrition to workplace culture to arts and entertainment. While working in the nonprofit and education spheres over the past decade, she discovered a love of book editing as well as proposal coaching and editing. Sarah has found her most fulfilling work to be with clients in the teaching memoir, psychology and self-improvement genres. Based in Portland, Oregon, she’s grateful to be able to explore the outdoors with her family in and near a city where great food, culture and art are around every corner. She still prefers reading traditional books, but the invention of audiobooks and podcasts means she no longer risks her life by having her nose in a book while crossing busy streets.
Books still keep Jason Buchholz up too late, 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.
His love for storytelling finds further expression in editing and supporting other writers in their endeavors to find their voices. 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 in northern California, where he continues to write, read, and edit deep into the night.
Emily Krempholtz is a writer, editor, book coach, and storyteller. Her reading interests are as varied and ever-changing as her hair color, but her specialties as an editor include memoir, personal development, and speculative fiction. With a background that spans from journalism to fantasy novels, Emily is passionate about pulling at the threads of a narrative—be it memoir, self-help, or sci-fi—to unearth the powerful stories that lie beneath the fabric of the human experience. She prides herself on being an enthusiastic, supportive, and honest advocate for the authors she works with.
In her spare time, Emily loves to ride horses, bake bread, decorate cakes, and drink more tea than is probably healthy. When she’s not traveling, she lives in sunny Colorado, where you can usually find her in the mountains—either hiking (and pretending to be a character in a novel) or curled up in a hammock with a good book (and also pretending to be a character in a novel). She’s on a lifelong quest to discover the magic in the world, and has a sneaking suspicion that the written word is where she’ll find it.
Lindsay Michko is a lifelong book enthusiast with a passion for learning and a keen eye for details. She has spent much of her career in the publishing world, but previous work includes photography, marketing, and copywriting. Lindsay holds a BA in Environmental Studies with minors in Visual Arts and Writing & Literature, and is a trained professional consulting astrologer. She spends her free time learning new things, listening to records, and enjoying life in the Colorado Front Range.
TONI SCIARRA POYNTER
TONI SCIARRA POYNTER
Toni Sciarra Poynter is a book publishing industry veteran and a bestselling independent nonfiction editor and writer. She’s been fortunate to focus her career on helping experts bring their knowledge to the public through books that aim to inform, inspire, and improve lives.
She spent more than 25 years at major publishing houses and held editorial acquisition positions at HarperCollins, William Morrow, and Simon and Schuster, working with noted authorities such as bestselling trainer Jack Canfield, Families and Work Institute President Ellen Galinsky, Salk Institute neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D., New York Times science writers Gina Kolata and Sandra Blakeslee, Mayo Clinic, and the Emily Post Institute.
An editorial consultant since 2008, her clients have been published by Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Public Affairs/Hachette, Rodale, and Workman. Highlights include Dangerous Personalities/Joe Navarro (Wall Street Journal bestseller), The Code of the Extraordinary Mind/Vishen Lakhiani (New York Times bestseller), The Bullet Journal Method/Ryder Carroll (New York Times bestseller), and Mind in the Making/Ellen Galinsky (1.5 billion+ media impressions).
She is a past co-president of Women’s Media Group (2013, 2014) and a member of the Authors Guild.
She lives in Manhattan, where she loves to explore and photograph the city, and dance—an activity which has given her the opportunity to be a flower, a sylph, a Jet, a Shark, a hoofer, and a murderess.
A detailed bio is available here.
Christine Lynn is a life coach and productivity specialist who has been working in digital marketing for almost a decade. She spent four years as a full-time blogger before selling that business to study mindset coaching and help others grow their businesses.
Christine has always had a deep love for the arts, studying photography, art history, and English literature through college. She has lived all over the country and is currently based in the mountains of South Carolina along with her two pups.
Our mission is to support authors who wish to be positive changemakers. We help authors bring transformational stories, ideas and wisdom to the page and create books of enduring quality and value. We believe in the alchemy of working in partnership and pride ourselves on creating collaborative teams that unlock every author’s fullest potential. Our aim is to create authors who are educated about the publishing process and who feel empowered and confident about putting their written work out into the world.
Our Values & Commitments
- That books should be a tool to inform, entertain and uplift readers
- That the best books are birthed through team effort
- That many important voices have historically been underrepresented in publishing, and that a diverse bookshelf is critical to ending systemic inequity
- That personal integrity and good intent are the foundation of excellent working relationships
- That facts and science matter, and misinformation causes harm
- That book collaboration can be a source of deep personal growth and joy
- Our team will be with you from start to finish
- We’ll only propose services we truly believe will help you reach your goals
- We’ll hand-pick a collaborator who is a good match for your topic, experience and personality
- We’ll give you genuine feedback in a supportive, caring manner
- We’ll keep your ideas confidential
- You’ll be able to reach us quickly and easily throughout our work together