Our Team

OUR TEAM

 

“None of us is as good as all of us”

 

We have over 30 professional freelancer/organisations worldwide that we work closely with (since 2007) …plus an established local creative publishing team that include Proofreaders, Editors, Book Cover Specialists, Book Designers. E-Designers and Book Coach/Marketing and Book Manager.

To produce a great book our dedicated team pull together and allow AUTHOR/PUBLISHERS to create the best work possible. Our publishing software platform allows the team members to follow a simple workflow to take the work from manuscript to finished product in record time. In our model you only need to utilise the services that you need from our global or local team members…who are happy to do most of the work to produce your book, if need be. We operate on a simple fee for service basis based on your needs. We provide AUTHOR/PUBLISHERS a new way to publish that aligns with the enormous changes technology has enabled in book production, distribution and reading. This allows authors to retain rights, 100% of royalties, and all files created in the process belong to the AUTHOR/PUBLISHER.

 

JULIE-ANN HARPER (MANAGING DIRECTOR AND BOOK COACH)

Is the founder of the Pick-a-WooWoo Publishing Group including Do-It-Yourself-Publishing. She has 25 years experience in publishing, business training, group facilitation, public speaking, self publishing workshops and presentations. Julie-Ann is a passionate advocate towards true self publishing and helping authors to view publishing as a business. With 15 awards in the area of publishing and business she truly walks her talk and is willing to share her knowledge with as many Authors as possible … particularly when it comes to self publishing. She is the co-author of 47 educational titles, 2 self published titles, author of 5 children’s picture books and 2 trade published titles (McGraw Hill)

As the MD and Book Coach of Pick-a-WooWoo incorporating four divisions she has practical experience to share with new author/publishers.

 

NICOLE LUCEY – FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Nicole is co-founder of the Pickawoowoo Publishing Group. She was involved with property law administration for many years giving her the much needed administration and financial management skills for her management role in financial operations for Pickawoowoo Publishing Group.. Similarly Nicole manages Book Inventory, Stock, Distribution and Royalties for the Pickawoowoo Group. Nicole’s contribution to the sound financial management of the company has been recognised through the numerous business awards.

 

EVELYN PATMAN –  PROJECT MANAGER & BOOK CONSULTANT

Evelyn’s abilities with skilled book management comes from her 15 years experience in local government with administration and project management. This platform gave her a wide range of transferable skills that she brings to the Pickawoowoo team and book publishing. Similarly, her passion for books meant she was responsible for managing her local shire library which has given her a wealth of expertise that she readily shares with authors.

 

LAILA SAVOLAINEN – ILLUSTRATOR AND BOOK COVER ART SPECIALIST

Laila illustration style is wide and varied. Even though she is known internationally for her vivid colour and expressive work, her portfolio is full of images rendered in black and white, both simple and detailed. She uses traditional materials such as paints and pencils and also has a strong digital palette, including a blend of photography and brushwork. She has a keen appreciation and understanding of the needs individual authors have when bringing their work to life in a way that will reflect them and what they are expressing to the world. Laila understands some authors have strong ideas on what they would like to see as their book covers and/or interiors, whereas others do not. Her flexibility in styles has been a blessing to enable the creation of illustrations for the individual, even if they originally had not seen what it was they needed within the images. Laila has also self-published, as author and illustrator, a number of her own titles. Click to see a preview of work.

 

MARIAN O’CALLAGAN-DUKE ( ILLUSTRATOR & BOOK COVER SPECIALIST)

Marion is a Book designer and illustrator from Western Australia. Graduating in 1994 from Central Metropolitan College of TAFE with a Diploma of Graphic Design majoring in Illustration. Marion has worked in the publishing industry for many years, ten of which for the Fremantle Press and she has designed hundred’s of books and specialises in book covers.

Marion also illustrates children’s books, and has four of her own books in print (to date).

 

EDDIE ALBRECHT – AUS  B.ARTS (Classics and Ancient History), BA HONS

Eddie has been a journalist for more than 24 years with Perth’s metropolitan daily newspaper, The West Australian. During this time he covered most aspects of newspaper production from reporting to sub-editing, and editing. For the past 20 years he has concentrated on production – editing copy, writing headlines, copy tasting, page layout, photo selection and cropping, and caption writing. Eddie has an Honours degree in Classics and Ancient History (University of Western Australia), worked at The West Australian from 1989-2013 and recently completed a stint at independent suburban newspaper the Fremantle Herald. He is a prolific editor of websites and self published authors’ work. He has a great respect for the written word, knowing it can convey accurately or describe precisely any emotion or event, and looks forward to using his skills to achieve this for prospective authors.

 

CHRISTOPHER BRUNTON   – Illustrator, Book Cover Specialist and Digital Consultant

Freelance illustrator and graphic artist Chris Brunton’s 25 years as Art Director at a busy regional newspaper has imbued him with a ‘can-do’ attitude and an arsenal of illustration and cartooning styles to suit any assignment. His tenure working way too close to smelly journalists, egomaniacal sales reps and neurotic promotional personnel has since proven invaluable, as he is now able to help first time authors visualise their crazy ideas, from fuzzy concept to highly professional finished art, harmonising aesthetic considerations with high end marketability.

Chris is a past recipient of a prestigious Black & White Artists of Australia Stanley Award.  Click to see a preview of work.

Mildred Leonard ( Design and Marketing )

Mildred has a bachelor of science and business administration and has specialised in design and online and social media marketing since 2012. Prior to that her experience is quite broad in design and marketing. Since 2004 she has worked as a graphic layout artist for Newspapers, Magazines and Campaign materials, and specialising in online marketing, social media marketing for many international clients.

Skye (Online Book Co-ordinator)

Skye is our virtual assistant and book co-ordinator – her role is to co-ordinate all our book projects between the teams (designers, staff and authors) and to ensure everyone is working harmoniously, including our authors – With 8 years experience in this role she manages us all admirably.

 

Global Team

Our company works with some of the most specialised professional freelancers from over the globe. From book trailer experts to professional graphic designers , photoshop experts to logo specialists, Web designers to SEO guru’s, illustrators to publicity campaign managers … each professional freelancer is a valued member of our team, working within their area of passion. Each member has worked with the Pickawoowoo Publishing Group team for about 4 years now.