Lauren Magnussen

Lauren has been working and playing with the written word since she was only a few years old, and a love of the art and substance of the English language has been at the core of her personal and professional ambitions for decades. Since her early forays into the realm of writing, she has worked on all sides of the process: by furiously researching, analyzing, and copy editing, Lauren helps writers create polished, original books. She believes in the power of communication to get things done, and throws herself into every project to make sure it is better than when she began it. She has a B.A. in English from The College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing her M.A. at George Mason University.

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Jenna Scafuri

From a young age, Jenna has drawn inspiration from heroines in books of all genres, and her passion for reading led her to enjoy a career in writing and editing for more than ten years in the aerospace, corrections, and education industries. Jenna is a proud Spartan, having earned her B.A. in English from Michigan State University, where she studied publishing, creative writing, and professional writing, and worked for several literary journals on campus. Jenna lives with her husband in Northern Virginia where they can usually be spotted at one of the many local wineries, enjoying a night at the theater, or taking to the skies flying small airplanes and hot air balloons.

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Brandon Coward

Brandon is a veteran editor whose experience in publishing includes helping bring New York Times bestsellers of all kinds to life at a top New York publisher and literary agency. His favorite part about working with authors is making their dreams come true. Prior to entering the world of books, he helped lead the production and copyediting operations of a daily newspaper. In his spare time, he enjoys playing racquetball and taking his daughter to Washington Nationals baseball games.

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Myles Schrag

Myles has been helping authors tell their stories for more than twenty years, in acquisitions and as a developmental editor, ghostwriter, and writing coach. He has authored or edited eight books himself and is grateful for the variety of genres and topics that he encounters every day with Amplify Publishing Group. Myles has a B.A. in English and minor in communications from Goshen (Ind.) College and an M.S. in kinesiology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He loves living the outdoor life in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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CW Patrick

As a seasoned writing and communications professional, CW brings over twelve years of experience in freelance writing, editing, graphic design, photography, and photo editing—all fueled by a lifelong passion for creativity and storytelling. At heart, CW is a storyteller, driven by an insatiable curiosity about the human condition. From a young age, she was fascinated by the power of words and the stories they can tell. This passion for understanding led her to become a ghostwriter, specializing in memoirs, and eventually solidified her career in publishing. CW believes everyone has a unique story that not only deserves to be told but needs to be heard. Her goal is to help tell these stories, fostering a deeper understanding of one another.

Beyond her artistic endeavors, she is a seasoned leader with more than twenty years of experience in training, management, sales, and business development. Her journey has been characterized by an unwavering commitment to client service, building productive relationships, resolving complex issues, and winning client loyalty. These experiences have been instrumental in achieving high-reaching standards and goals, demonstrating her ability to thrive in chaotic environments while maintaining a well-organized, professional grace.

As a proud military spouse to a now retired Army Colonel and mother to three precocious children, CW’s journey has been marked by adventure and resilience. Originally from the New York area, she traded the chill of the north for the endless summer of St. Augustine, Florida.

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Rachel Applebach

Rachel is a big believer in the power of editing. At Amplify Publishing Group, she is eager to help authors realize their vision through the process of polishing and publishing their manuscript. Her passion is for books of any kind: from academic nonfiction to memoir, science fiction to historical romance. Rachel graduated from Emerson College with an M.A. in publishing and writing, and from Christopher Newport with a B.A. in English literature and minors in leadership and writing.

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Gillian Barth

Ever since Gillian was little, she’s always enjoyed reading books. She didn’t always know that publishing was the career meant for her, but now that she works at Amplify Publishing Group as an assistant production editor, she can’t imagine working in a different career. Gillian received bachelor of arts degrees in history and English at Virginia Tech, where she helped publish her senior history seminar’s monograph on women’s history and worked as a student editor for the history department’s student-run academic journal. After Virginia Tech, Gillian completed the Columbia Publishing Course where she earned her certificate in publishing.

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Tyler Brown

Before becoming an assistant production editor, Tyler Brown worked as an intern for Amplify Publishing Group. Now, she collaborates with children’s picture book authors to help their dreams and passions become a reality. It is her deepest desire to help facilitate story creation, and she is always excited to see an author’s work on bookstore shelves. Tyler has a B.A. in English from Christopher Newport University with a concentration in literature and a writing minor.

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Nina Spahn

Prior to moving to the Washington, DC, area and joining Amplify Publishing Group, Nina worked in editorial at a New York publishing house. There, she worked on multiple USA Today and New York Times bestsellers spanning a variety of genres. Nina now specializes in a number of narrative nonfiction genres including business, memoir, self-help, topical nonfiction, and essay collections, and oversees the full production department APG. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in writing and a B.A. in communications and attended New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute before beginning her career in publishing.

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