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Dr. Bush earned her doctoral degree in English from Arizona State University and taught writing and literature courses for over 20 years in university class rooms. For 10 of those years, she also developed curriculum and facilitated workshops and conferences to train other faculty members to teach more effectively in person and online.
Early in her academic career she discovered the literary value of memoir and autobiography. Specializing in western American women’s autobiography, she published a ground-breaking book of literary research in Mormon women’s autobiographies: Faithful Transgressions in the American West: Six Twentieth-Century Mormon Women’s Autobiographical Acts (Utah State University Press, 2004). She has also published numerous articles in scholarly and non-scholarly publications, an award-winning short story, and many blogs.
Seeking new challenges, Dr. Bush resigned from the university in 2012 to become an entrepreneur by starting a book writing business, which now offers publishing services.
Holly Welker is the editor of Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex, and Marriage (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and coeditor of Singing and Dancing to The Book of Mormon: Critical Essays on the Broadway Musical (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016). She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona as well as an MFA in nonfiction writing and a PhD in literature with an emphasis in contemporary American literary nonfiction (autobiography, essay, and memoir) from the University of Iowa. She has taught university-level creative writing courses (poetry and nonfiction), as well as a range of literature courses. Holly has edited poetry collections, memoirs, personal essay collections, and novels. Her own writing has appeared in such publications as Best American Essays, The Iowa Review, Poetry International, Slate, and the New York Times.
Evelyn Jeffries is in her fourth career focusing on the written word. After graduating from Brigham Young University with an MA in English, she taught English and writing for several years. She subsequently spent 20 years as a litigation paralegal researching, interviewing, writing, and editing; then 19 years as a real estate agent, writing and editing residential and commercial contracts. She is now a freelance editor living in South Jordan, Utah. She has edited 30 books for Utah and Arizona entrepreneurs and writers and served as a volunteer editor for the LDS Church History Department.
Wendy Ledger has a BA in French and English, graduating magna cum laude from Tuft University. She received an MA in creative writing from San Francisco University and taught introductory creative writing there. She has been a transcriptionist since 1989 and has been certified as an editor through the UC Berkeley Extension Professional Sequence in Editing program. Wendy has published three books, Joy Returns!, Kate and the Horses, and The Loudest Meow.
Sarah Bush Lloyd earned an MEd in educational psychology and an MEd in school administration, as well as a BS in home economics, health, and vocational education from Brigham Young University. She worked as a principal, a guidance counselor, and a home economics and health teacher for over 25 years in Utah public schools before retiring to begin working at Peacock Proud Press. Sarah is a talented writer and accountability coach who also manages projects and produces Book in a Barn.
Gloria Carmer has worked as an Executive Assistant to the Director of Audit at a world class firm. At a previous firm, she trained employees in MS Word and Excel before becoming an SQL programmer who managed the firm’s CRM software. She also owned her own consulting business in the use of MS Office Suite products. At Peacock Proud Press, Gloria performs administrative tasks, manages our database, and assists at events. In her free time she loves to knit by day and attend the symphony, the ballet, and opera at night.
Jana Galvan has over twenty years of experience working as a graphic designer and artist. Before starting her design career, Jana worked in management for several retail outlets. Upon graduating from the University of Utah with a BFA, she worked for the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2002. As a member of the “Look of the Games” department, she designed, managed, and installed graphics for the Salt Lake Ice Center, Olympic and Paralympic Medals Plaza, and the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes Village. Jana also designed the Athlete Medals for the Paralympic Winter Games. After four years with the Olympics, Jana was hired as the Design Manager for the International Department, and then as the Event Design Manager for Stampin’ Up!, a paper-crafting company. At Stampin’ Up!, Jana managed and produced materials for catalogs and collateral, merchandise, event staging, show graphics, and environmental graphics for their domestic and international markets. In her free time, Jana enjoys portrait painting and cooking.
Brett Keirstead is a sales professional with thirty years of experience turning around under-performing sales teams, mentoring rising leaders, and working with C-suite executives to secure complex projects that drive revenue and lead to high company valuations. He uses sales principles daily as a husband, father of three, and youth sports coach. Throughout his book, We Are All Sales, People, Brett tells engaging, real-life stories that illustrate exactly how applying these 5 key sales principles can improve people’s communication and relationships in schools, youth sports teams, families, churches, community organizations, and businesses.
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