Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
We’re excited to have team members who serve our clients and know the meaning of teamwork and integrity and conduct themselves in the highest standards of ethics. Client satisfaction and communication is our number one goal and our team is tops and we appreciate them. Our business support specialists assist you with any of your business needs – from book coaching and planning to content writing, editing, graphic design, interior book design, marketing, and more. We’re dedicated to helping you grow and manage your business.
Colleen Wietmarschen, President
From introverted child to successful entrepreneur for 23+ years, Colleen found her greatest accomplishments began in her fifties, including becoming a professional speaker and publishing consultant, to completing a triathlon at age 50, four half marathons so far, starting violin lessons at 54, and completing a 300-mile bike challenge in 30 days.
Like most people, she’s had her fair share of challenges, but people experience challenges on a daily basis; it’s how we handle them and how we prepare for them that matters. Through hard work and connecting with her conscious self, Colleen has discovered it’s never too late to live our purpose.
Colleen’s mission is to work with entrepreneurs and professionals ready to tell and share their story. You always hear how everyone has a story to tell and it’s true, but many entrepreneurs and professionals believe people have already heard the same story. Here’s what Colleen shares with people: one person’s story resonates with someone the way another person’s story doesn’t. Both people can talk or write on the same topic, but each person tells/writes it in an entirely different way so everyone’s story, when told through their words and their voice, is important.
As a speaker, Colleen conveys her vast wisdom of business experience; from running a quarter million plus business to restarting after 18 years, she’s seen it all. Her energy engages and inspires the audience with stories interspersed with her value-packed knowledge.
As a leader, Colleen has a compelling background consulting clients and mentoring students.
Professional Speaker topics – keynote, breakout, workshop:
- Five Key Steps to Expand Your Business from Six to Seven Figures
- Five Tips to Clarity in Your Written and Verbal Content: “It’s More Than Just Words”
- Five Critical Actions to Write a Successful Book
Colleen served as the Executive Director for the Cincinnati Chapter of the Public Speakers Association in 2015. She started the local chapter of the Ohio Valley Business Services Network in 1999, and she served as Co-Editor of IVAACast, a monthly industry e-zine for Virtual Assistants from 2010-2014. In 2016, Colleen provided copywriting for all email marketing campaigns for the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA).
For fun, Colleen likes to participate in competitive walking events, hiking, biking, and swimming. She’s always looking to take part in a half marathon or walking event to stay active. She started private violin lessons a few years ago. Her favorite quote is “Music Makes Us Human.” Author Unknown.
She has been an active participant in Relay for Life, and she chaired the event from 2007-2010 and regularly has chaired several other Relay committees since 1998. Colleen also volunteers for the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati.
Published author: ezinearticles.com
In 2011, Colleen was the recipient of the Best of Cincinnati Writer’s Award presented by U.S. Commerce Association. It was an honor to receive this accolade.
Past Co-Editor for IVAACast, the Industry Newsletter for International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA). I proofread all submitted articles for publication and interviewed and wrote the monthly Member Spotlight article which featured a volunteer member recognized for their outstanding commitment of volunteering for IVAA.
Before its disbandment, Colleen was a Member of Gateway Writers Club and attended meetings with other authors working to perfect her writing and proofreading skills and critiquing other members’ compositions.
Peter Wietmarschen, Vice President of Operations
Peter, our Vice-President of Operations, started working with Colleen in 2015, after graduating from Morehead State University in December 2014. Initially working with the day-to-day operations, he has transitioned to more of a planning role for both Your Literary Prose and our clients. He has found a passion in strategizing new service offerings and improving current services. Peter takes a lead in working with coaches, speakers, and entrepreneurs plan their own writing projects so they can be successful, whatever that means for them.
When not in the office, Peter is an avid soccer fan, supporting the local FC Cincinnati and US National teams and watching the English Premier League on the weekend. He also enjoys reading, both for pleasure and to learn more about business.
Wendy Dunning, Art Director
Wendy is a creative professional with years of expertise and experience in the publishing industry. She’s designed (literally!) hundreds of books for F+W Media, providing art direction to authors and vendors. She was a key member in launching the Impact imprint. She brings a critical eye and strong design sense to any project whether print, presentation, or marketing. For more information, you can view some of Wendy’s work here.
Joni Snowden, Professional Assistant
Joni received her first library card when she was 3 years old and has loved reading books, especially fiction ever since. In 2009, looking for a way to blend her corporate and administrative knowledge with the love of books, writing and publishing, Joni opened the doors of A Novel Space to work with writers by becoming a certified Professional Author’s Assistant. In late 2011, she expanded services again with the addition of a Professional Speaker’s Assistant certification to the list of credentials.
Today, Joni works with fiction authors who struggle with finding time to write, research, locate speaking engagements or handle the paper work. Through A Novel Space, Joni is their behind-the-scenes right hand that takes these important, but time-consuming duties off their shoulders and gives them the freedom to create the stories readers will enjoy.
What makes A Novel Space different from other virtual assistants is the personalized service; tailored to meet the individual needs of the fiction author. Joni can manage everything from coordinating their speaking engagements and calendar, communicating with their website designer, the next conference coordinator or their publisher and keep their social media running smooth.
As a result, her clients receive the support of someone who shares their love of fiction writing, and can provide the assistance they need. The final result is a writer who has time to write, showcase their passion, and interact with their readers.