Who are these people, anyway? Check out our “chops” here in the form of both traditional C.V. material and a few little known facts.
As founder and principal of Book Architecture, Stuart has spent over twenty years helping writers become authors, signing with top literary agencies, sealing deals with coveted publishing houses, or forging a successful path through indie publishing. Book Architecture’s clients have reached the New York Times best-seller list in both fiction and non-fiction, and have appeared on Oprah!, The Today Show, The Tonight Show, and in the most prestigious journals in their respective fields.
Stuart’s approach is a synthesis of academic theories of narrative structure and his hands-on experience as an independent editor, book coach and ghostwriter. He has written three highly acclaimed books which together comprise the Book Architecture trilogy: Blueprint Your Bestseller: Organize and Revise any Manuscript with the Book Architecture Method, Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, and Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It.
Stuart has toured the Book Architecture Method through over one hundred venues in North America. He is also an award-winning essayist and poet, and has taught writing at Grub Street of Boston and Brown University. He holds two masters degrees—one in Literary Aesthetics from NYU, which helps him a lot with this work—and one in East Asian Studies from Harvard with a concentration in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, which helps him get out of bed in the morning.
Madison Utley ghostwrote her first book mere months out of undergrad. When the client enlisted Stuart to oversee the project, he was somewhat wary of the inexperienced then 21-year-old. Seeing as you’re reading this blurb, you can guess how it went. Her talent and her instinct made her a natural.
Stuart was impressed enough to enlist her services on subsequent projects of his own and, eventually, to bring her on as a full-time member of the team. Even the most solitary among us revel in the enhanced processing speed and deepened emotional richness that come when we work closely with another who “gets it.”
Madison is a doer. The blend of humility and confidence she brings to her work means that she’s unfazed by any challenge. Over the past five years of operating in this space, she has played a variety of roles for projects spanning all genres and lengths. Invariably, she gets the job done–and she does it well.
The same boldness and enthusiasm that marks her work is present in all aspects of her life. She has spent the past few years living on three different continents, climbing mountains and going on days-long walks as often as possible. Her drive to test her own limits uniquely equips her for client service in the writing field, as does the joy she feels in packaging others’ messages to help give them reach. We’re glad to have her on board.
Dave Stebenne is a 23-year veteran of the creative business, as an art director, editor and animator. Having worked in broadcast media, the toy industry, advertising, publishing, and the corporate design world, he has a wide base of expertise to draw from in his work with Chick ’n Coop Pictures. He and his wife, the photographer Kristin Stebenne, live in Lincoln, RI with their two incredibly cool, sweet and adorable kids. Dave is responsible for the stop-motion shorts featuring action figures that are hands-down the best part of the Book Architecture 5-year tour.
Andrew Boardman founded Manoverboard, a purpose-driven design firm that provides websites, identities, and communications strategy, after working with Oven Digital, one of the earliest and largest web consultancies in the world. Andrew holds an MFA from SUNY Albany and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study visual culture in Poland. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and currently serves as President of the provincial chapter of the Graphic Designers of Canada.
He also really cares about the world way more than the average person in terms of sustainable business practices and is writing a book about it.
Molly Regan is creative partner and cofounder of Providence-based graphic design firm Logica. She has over 17 years’ professional experience and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. With an eye toward colorful and cheerful graphics, she designs for a mix of local and international clients like Book Architecture, Hasbro, Kiss 108 FM, Cleverhood, and Swarovski.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Molly fixing up her lovable 160-year-old home in Providence’s historic Federal Hill. Sometimes when we stare at Molly’s cover for Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, it feels like going to yoga and the art museum at the same time.
Michele DeFilippo is the founder of 1106 Design, a Phoenix-based company that works with anyone who wants a beautiful book, meticulously prepared to industry standards. Michele founded 1106 because she wanted all books to look as professional as the mainstream books she designed for Crown Publishing in New York. 1106 provides a range of publishing solutions, including start-to-finish project management, which we can vouch for! If you don’t email them back and it’s your stuff we’re talking about, they’re going to keep coming til you get your results.