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Michael J. Klassen

President

Michael J Klassen, bestselling, award-winning ghostwriter, author, freelance writer, book coach, and publisher, has worked on projects with authors as varied as former president Jimmy Carter (Lessons From Life Bible), Michael John Cusick (Surfing For God) and Rafael Cruz (A Time For Action). He has also served as the theological reviewer for over 30 study Bibles and worked on over 70 traditionally published works. His published works have sold millions of copies and can be found in nearly every Christian bookstore in America.

Mike’s latest book will be published by Thomas Nelson (division of HarperCollins) in 2022.

Michael J. Klassen

Geoff Stone

Editorial Director

Geoffrey Stone has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing, working as acquisitions editor and editorial director for regional and major publishing houses. He has worked on various genres from Civil War history to pop culture, from Christian living to cooking (including two New York Times bestsellers) and has worked with notable authors such as Wolfgang Puck, John Ash, Ed McMahon, Rick and Bubba, Andy Andrew, and Tom Coburn. He has edited over a hundred books. Whether it’s large projects or small Geoffrey’s experience will help you succeed.

Michael J. Klassen

Jen Clark

Operations Director

Experienced as a ghostwriter, book coach, editor, and journalist Jen Clark understands the magnitude of the publication process. Completing a book project takes a team! She enjoys collaborating with the author and offers excellent project management, steadfast support and attention to detail.

Michael J. Klassen

Karen Bouchard

Acquisitions Editor

Karen Bouchard is a bestselling author and national speaker, and provides book coaching, ghostwriting, and editing for a variety of traditionally- and independently-published authors. She has more than 30 years’ experience in publishing and has worked with many traditional publishers including Thomas Nelson, Revell, and Waterbrook Press (an imprint of Penguin Random House). Karen has also authored more than a dozen books of her own under the name “Karen Linamen,” including Just Hand Over the Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt and The Chocolate Diaries.

Michael J. Klassen

Lisa Hawker

Website Designer/Copyeditor

Lisa’s 2015 novel, The Drowning Game (HarperCollins Witness Impulse), was a USA TODAY bestseller and a Best First Novel finalist in the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards. Since then, she’s written three more highly acclaimed novels, including Body and Bone (2016), End of the Road (2017), and The Throwaways (2019). The reason for her success? She knows how to promote books. When she isn’t working on her next blockbuster, Lisa creates Illumify’s amazing author websites, in addition to copyediting and promoting our authors’ books.

LHawker@IllumifyMedia.com

Michael J. Klassen

Larry Yoder

Acquisitions Editor

Larry knows the publishing industry like few people. During his 30-year career, he worked as a publisher representative to independent bookstores and bookstore chains for Macmillan publishing. He has identified and coached bestselling authors throughout his career and then ran The Bookies bookstore in Glendale, Colorado for ten years. Semi-retired, he works with Illumify as an Acquisitions Editor.

LYoder@IllumifyMedia.com

Michael J. Klassen

Michael J. Klassen

President

Michael J. Klassen

Michael J Klassen, bestselling, award-winning ghostwriter, author, freelance writer, book coach, and publisher, has worked on projects with authors as varied as former president Jimmy Carter (Lessons From Life Bible), Michael John Cusick (Surfing For God) and Rafael Cruz (A Time For Action). He has also served as the theological reviewer for over 30 study Bibles and worked on over 70 traditionally published works. His published works have sold millions of copies and can be found in nearly every Christian bookstore in America.

Mike’s latest book will be published by Thomas Nelson (division of HarperCollins) in 2022.

Geoff Stone

Editorial Director

Michael J. Klassen

Geoffrey Stone has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing, working as acquisitions editor and editorial director for regional and major publishing houses. He has worked on various genres from Civil War history to pop culture, from Christian living to cooking (including two New York Times bestsellers) and has worked with notable authors such as Wolfgang Puck, John Ash, Ed McMahon, Rick and Bubba, Andy Andrew, and Tom Coburn. He has edited over a hundred books. Whether it’s large projects or small Geoffrey’s experience will help you succeed.

Jen Clark

Operations Director

Michael J. Klassen

Experienced as a ghostwriter, book coach, editor, and journalist Jen Clark understands the magnitude of the publication process. Completing a book project takes a team! She enjoys collaborating with the author and offers excellent project management, steadfast support and attention to detail.

Karen Bouchard

Acquisitions Editor

Michael J. Klassen

Karen Bouchard is a bestselling author and national speaker, and provides book coaching, ghostwriting, and editing for a variety of traditionally- and independently-published authors. She has more than 30 years’ experience in publishing and has worked with many traditional publishers including Thomas Nelson, Revell, and Waterbrook Press (an imprint of Penguin Random House). Karen has also authored more than a dozen books of her own under the name “Karen Linamen,” including Just Hand Over the Chocolate and No One Will Get Hurt and The Chocolate Diaries.

Lisa Hawker

Website Designer/Copyeditor

Michael J. Klassen

Lisa’s 2015 novel, The Drowning Game (HarperCollins Witness Impulse), was a USA TODAY bestseller and a Best First Novel finalist in the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards. Since then, she’s written three more highly acclaimed novels, including Body and Bone (2016), End of the Road (2017), and The Throwaways (2019). The reason for her success? She knows how to promote books. When she isn’t working on her next blockbuster, Lisa creates Illumify’s amazing author websites, in addition to copyediting and promoting our authors’ books.

LHawker@IllumifyMedia.com

Larry Yoder

Acquisitions Editor

Michael J. Klassen

Larry knows the publishing industry like few people. During his 30-year career, he worked as a publisher representative to independent bookstores and bookstore chains for Macmillan publishing. He has identified and coached bestselling authors throughout his career and then ran The Bookies bookstore in Glendale, Colorado for ten years. Semi-retired, he works with Illumify as an Acquisitions Editor.

LYoder@IllumifyMedia.com