40+ years of Content-Editing and Management Experience
Demonstrated History of Delivering Thought-Provoking Journalism Across Various Media Formats
Published Experience in Leading Organizational Change
Progressive Experience in Using Digital Tools to Amplify Messaging/Impact
Federally-Funded Success in Producing Content for Diverse and Under-Represented Communities
Established Leadership in Notable Events and Storytelling Environments
Innovative and Strategic Thinkers
Unwavering Work Ethic
Cultural Competency and Commitment
Publisher & Chief Editor
Toni oversees the publishing house, manages its budget and leads the overall execution for routine operations and client relationship management. She designs and implements the strategic vision and planning for the editorial mission of the organization. In addition to directing staff performance and managing author retention and recruitment, Toni methodically tracks the evolutionary changes in the book industry, as well as demographic and social changes in the nation. Toni may run select projects herself, developing and delivering singular coverage on critical issues, and she partners with the editorial staff on all projects to ensure that book content is original, well-crafted, and visually appealing prior to publication.
Copy Editing Subject Matter Expert
As the Senior Copy Editor, Joseph reviews author submissions for grammar and other errors before publication. Over a series of content audits, he diligently combs the copy for mistakes, fact checks statements for accuracy, verifies sources, and cross-references with other published texts to ensure the manuscript is all original work. As part of the finalization process, Joseph reviews/updates the title's front matter, formats the content and completes the pagination to ensure the proper layout and presentation.
When Joe isn't on his boat casting his line, or in his favorite recliner reading to one of his grandchildren, you will find him with a FWP manuscript in his hand...marveling at the commitment and lives of our authors. He is an integral part of the fabric that makes FWP who we were; and since the beginning, Joe has been a part of our family.
Visual Artistry & Digital Media
Given her gift for visual representation and branding, Keisha is a critical asset to the FWP Team and a key part of the book development process. Authors find her quick wit and flare for taking their vision to the next level an invaluable piece of the puzzle in bringing their vision to life.
As the Cover & Graphics Artist, Keisha works with the author and Publisher to produce vivid covers that reflect the diverse content and/or characters within the book. She also works with the marketing team to create promotional materials for the book cover art created. Her proficiency in design software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) ensures visually-appealing covers that convey the author’s vision.
As the Digital Media Coordinator, Keisha is responsible for creating our social media campaigns to ensure FWP brand consistency. She collaborates with our authors and other FWP brand ambassadors to expand the collective presence into new social media platforms, while expanding our presence on existing platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Accounting & Royalties Management Support
As the Accounting Manager, Amanda is responsible for all billing, payroll, and AP/AR transactions for the publishing house. She coordinates financial management requirements, while ensuring team budgets are reviewed and approved by the Chief Editor. As our Royalties Management Officer, Amanda monitors all pre-sales season orders for free priority shipping and provides monthly sales reports on regular purchasing season and inventory control.
Amanda has combined two of her favorite things when she joined FWP; reading and numbers. From day one, she has been committed to being the "first one to buy every new book published", and to date; she has done just that. Her personal library is starting look just like FWP HQ!