Meet Our Team
As the founder and president of Author’s Boutique™ and PubSmart™ Sherrie Wilkolaski is a Renaissance woman of the publishing industry. She brings to the writer’s table an effective fusion of marketing proficiency, best-selling accolades and a background in journalism. Her international public speaking credentials and social media savvy provide independent authors and traditional publishers a multifaceted strategy to achieving success.Sherrie’s specialized insight into the mechanics of the publishing process resulted in the formation of her distinctive boutique publishing house style, which bridges a client’s status from aspiring writer to published author. As a best-selling author, Sherrie has first-hand knowledge of the creative writing experience and the challenges involved in printing, packaging, marketing, and selling books. She has effectively harnessed the benefits of social media and site promotion to maximize an independent author’s circulation and public readership.
In 2011, Sherrie co-founded traditional publishing house Pressque Publishing with Ellie Maas Davis and is a consultant and publishing services broker for a number of small to mid-sized publishers and printers, including HP, and Ellechor. She is columnist for Press Pass, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Luxe Beat Magazine and a featured blogger on a variety of industry publications. She is the former Director of Publishing Services at Lulu. Sherrie’s new radio program, PubSmart™, is launching later this year.
Sherrie sits on the board of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association and was a featured speaker at the 2013 Annual Conference in Hawaii presenting, “The Power of a Book”: How to Use a Book to Enhance Your Career/Credibility as a Journalist”. A global conference speaker, she addressed members of the HP Dscoop Graphic Arts Asia Conference in Beijing, China in 2013. Sherrie is the author of bestselling book, “How to Start a Wedding Planning Business” and the popular coffee table book series, “Cookies and Cocktails”. Her much-anticipated book “Buy My Book! An Author’s Guide to Book Marketing” is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2014. Sherrie is a broadcast journalism alumnus of SUNY College at Buffalo and is a 2012 graduate of the Yale Publishing Course.
Ellie Maas Davis
Educated at Southern Methodist University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, Ellie Maas Davis has written extensively on the environment and issues of human rights. She is the owner of Pressque, a publishing consultation firm located in downtown Charleston that offers editing, ghostwriting, and marketing services to authors and publishers. Published in a number of journals and anthologies, including Seeking: Poetry and Prose Written in Response to Jonathan Green’s Painting, Seeking, she is the author of Shooter: A Woman’s Journey in Combat from Behind the Camera, The Humours of Folly, See Charleston in a Day, and over two-dozen ghostwritten works of fiction and nonfiction, and often reviews books for The Post and Courier. She makes her home on Daniel Island with her family.
John Hagerty is a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Charleston office.
Jacob Cleveland’s bio began with the Vassar Miller Prize winner Paul Allen and how, at the College of Charleston, Paul mentored Jacob in poetry, form, and meter. It moved on to Korea and Japan as Jacob taught ESL and bartered for a room in a monastery on an island off the coast of Pusan. Two years later, it woke up on the floor of an offshore fishing boat and pulled red snapper out of the Atlantic for a captain with a death wish and a sixty-seven-year-old first mate, Skip. Skip, if you’re reading this, you owe me five bucks. Looking for something more, Jacob’s bio worked its way through the medical field, from the acute in-patient psychiatric ward to conducting genetic research and transcranial magnetic stimulation for the Department of Veterans Affairs. All the while, quietly ghostwriting two works of paranormal fiction and editing everything from cookbooks to a series for losers (The Loser’s Guide to Winning) for the media-technology company, BiblioLabs. Then, not with the clap of thunder, but with the delicate opening of a cocoon, Jacob’s bio emerged, no longer a short description of cold facts, it was…a long bio.
Suzette Latsko Bussey
Suzette Latsko Bussey is a published author and executive producer. She is owner of Norton & Hodges and a co-founder of Authro.com.
Ben Bussey is a creator and designer extraordinaire. He owns Left Right Now Ideas and is co-founder of Authro.com.