Publishing Guide - Who We Are

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    Tristram Adams

    Tristam Adams is the editor-in-chief of Zer0 Books. He is a theorist and writer. He completed his thesis, Vox-Exo: Horrors of a Voice, at Goldsmiths College, London in 2019; his supervisors were Mark Fisher and Lynn Turner. He is the author of The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organises Empathy (Repeater Books, 2016). His research explores voice, horror, mask, empathy, cringe comedy, popular culture, capitalism and technology in an interdisciplinary mode encompassing Lacanian psychoanalysis, continental philosophy, critical theory and literary criticism. He is currently writing a book titled Mask as Object a: horror beyond voice.

    Ben Blundell

    Ben is a publicist based in South West Wales and has worked in Sales and Marketing for 6 years. He has a keen interest in social media and is always looking for new ways to bring our authors and their books to mainstream audiences.

    Gavin Davies

    Pembrokeshire based Gavin Davies has worked in sales, marketing, and advertising for 25 years. He won the title of Britain's Top Salesperson in 2008 and has taught sales techniques and sales psychology to some of Europe's leading companies. He is a published author with several bestselling titles (as G L Davies). He has received fantastic feedback on his commitment, energy and pursuit of delivering fantastic work on purchased Extra PR service packages and he prides himself on his determination and energy to support authors to make their writing dreams come true.;

    Lisa von Fircks

    Lisa works on our foreign rights. Her publishing career began in the sales force at Wiley, in the then-pioneering field of ‘special sales', as well as traditional selling to retailers and securing textbook adoptions. She later worked on international co-editions of children’s illustrated pop-up books and went on to become Rights & E-business Manager at Kogan Page. Most recently she was Senior Commissioning Editor of Finance at Macmillan. Lisa qualified as a Reiki healer in 2000. Outside of CI and her other freelance publishing work, she is a Ceremonies Registrar.

    Emma Goddard

    Emma has worked in PR, marketing and project management. She was part of the team that worked on the very first Zer0 Books titles, and is pleased to be working with Zer0 authors again whilst overseeing the transition following the acquisition of CI in October 2021. Emma lives on an organic farm in Wiltshire with her husband and their two boys.

    Tariq Goddard

    Tariq Goddard was born in London in 1975. He is the author of seven novels, and the publisher of Repeater and Zero Books.

    Matthew Greenfield

    Matthew Greenfield works as the text designer for Moon Books and supports other imprints as required. As well as book design, he also works as a videographer and produced the introductory video on the CI Website home page. Matthew is a musician and has a First Class Honours degree in Music Management.

    Trevor Greenfield

    Trevor is publisher for the Moon Books imprint. He has MA degrees in Religious Studies and English Literature from the Universities of Sussex and Southampton. He is the author of An Introduction to Radical Theology (Christian Alternative), Mindful Soul, Mindful Living (O Books), and over 20 titles published by Moon Books - too many to list here. He lives in West Sussex.

    Vicky Hartley

    Vicky is Deputy Managing Director at Watkins Media Limited (the parent company of CI) she has over two decades of experience in book publishing. She started her career in the marketing team at Hachette but has also worked in publicity, sales, and digital product development before taking on the operational leadership at Watkins Media.

    Etan Ilfeld

    Etan Ilfeld is the owner of Collective Ink. He is a London-based entrepreneur and the founder of Tenderbooks, Repeater Books, and the owner and managing director of Watkins Books, Watkins Media, and the Mind Sports Olympiad. Ilfeld is the inventor of Diving Chess, the author of Beyond Contemporary Art, a co-author of Duchamp versus Einstein, and the creator of the Synchronicity Oracle.

    Bernardo Kastrup

    Bernardo is the publisher of Iff Books. He has a Ph.D. in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing, and he has worked as a scientist in some of the world's foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the "Casimir Effect" of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Bernardo has authored many academic papers and books on philosophy and science, including The Idea Of The World, Why Materialism Is Baloney, Brief Peeks Beyond, Dreamed Up Reality, Meaning In Absurdity, More Than Allegory and Rationalist Spirituality (all published by Iff Books).

    Krystina Kellingley

    Krystina Kellingley is a reader, copyeditor and proofreader for Collective Ink, and also heads our Extra Editorial Services department. Krystina has a First Class degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature and an MA in Creative Writing. She is the author of Mistflower the Loneliest Mouse, a children’s novel published by Our Street, and has had several short stories published as well as online articles on dream interpretation and other subjects. Krystina travels internationally to tutor in writing workshops as well as privately mentoring new writers of adult and children’s fiction. She is currently working on an adult supernatural fiction novel. She lives in Lancashire, in the north of England.

    Phoebe Matthews

    Phoebe Matthews is a Chelsea College of Arts alumna with 6 years' experience in social media marketing, branding/design and translation.

    She has lived and worked across Europe and Asia coordinating marketing teams and collaborating on a range of creative projects and is currently managing social media and publicity for Zer0 Books.

    Maria Moloney

    Maria Moloney Wilbrink has worked for Collective Ink since 2008. She is the author of five MBS books (all published by CI), and a children’s novel (and has contributed to several others), edited two magazines, and has many articles published in popular MBS magazines. Over several years she has guest lectured at a UK university, travelled internationally to give talks and workshops, and taught creative writing. She has an honours degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature, and has studied both Writing and Research at postgraduate level. Maria lives in the United Kingdom.

    Brian Mountford

    Brian is publisher-at-large for Christian Alternative. He is interested in the borderlands between the sacred and secular and the search of those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. For thirty years he was the Vicar of Oxford’s University Church, is a Supernumerary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford and Canon Emeritus of Christ Church Cathedral. His most recent CI book is a memoir entitled Church Going Gone – a biography of religion, doubt and faith. His best seller is Christian Atheist (O Books).

    Daniela Norris

    Daniela is a former diplomat and political writer turned inspirational author and speaker. She is the author of two non-fiction titles; Collecting Feathers and On Dragonfly Wings (Axis Mundi Books), two fiction; Recognitions and Preomonitions (Roundfire Books), and has a non-fiction title coming up on fencing - From First To Last. She lives with her family in Cornwall, UK, and focuses on literary awards.

    Simon Murrells

    Director at Accountancy Solutions. Simon has provided CI with practical, bespoke support helping us modernize and streamline our accounting processes.

    Frank Smecker

    Frank Smecker is CI’s Editorial Manager. He studied philosophy as a PhD candidate at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a writer and author, as well as an erstwhile musician. He lives in Vermont with his wife and two cats.

    Chris Todhunter

    Founder and technical director of Studio Republic, a sustainable creative agency. 20+ years of experience in the design and print industry. What began in a spare room in 2003 as a digital freelance resource for local agencies, has blossomed into one of the UK South Coast's leading digital agencies. Over the years, they've worked with a big range of clients, including international brands, focusing on ethically minded businesses, charities, and non-profit organizations. "We're both more interested in the work we do than the bottom line, so hopefully we're a good fit".

    Steve Wagstaff

    Steve is responsible for assisting with all things 'Sales & Distribution'. He spent the previous 26 years of his working life in the corporate entertainment industry as Operations Director for a busy adrenaline activity provider. While he split his time between sales & marketing, staff development, and customer service, his overarching priority was always the bottom line. In his downtime, he travels the country (and sometimes the World) drumming for a Guns 'n' Roses tribute band, and when time allows, he is a keen golfer. He lives with his family in Oxfordshire, UK.

    Tim Ward

    Tim is the publisher of the Changemakers imprint. He is the author of seven books in that imprint, including the bestselling What the Buddha Never Taught and Savage Breast: One Man’s Search for the Goddess. His travel stories have appeared in 13 anthologies, including Traveler’s Tales Best Travel Writing 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also co-owns Intermedia Communications Training with Teresa Erickson, his wife and business partner. They live in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

    Nick Welch

    Nick designs amazing covers across the CI imprints. He is an award-winning graphic designer with over 25 years' experience in the publishing industry. He has worked in both the US and the UK for major book publishers and design agencies. He lives in Bath, England. But as far as we know, he hasn't tried writing a book.

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