A native of Colorado, Neil found success in the business world while managing simultaneous degree studies in business and engineering.
Neil has held high-level positions at multi-million dollar revenue businesses in Colorado. He achieved multiple General Manager of the Year and top-level customer service awards. During this time he also received training and went on to train others in such high-level initiatives as Tom Hopkins, Friedman, and Blanchard Stars techniques. As the markets changed, Neil embraced independent consulting where he specialized in market analysis, business coaching and development, website design, retail strategies and sales and marketing techniques for companies of all sizes.
Now, Neil is known as the biz guy around the offices of AKALM. He is here for our authors as the voice of logic and reason and provides assistance with author portfolios, business plans, career development, market analysis, and all levels of branding and product marketing. He's also been known to provide great conversation over a mean cup of coffee.
I am honored to be included in an amazing industry that has great talent and opportunity. - Neil Erickson
Terrie's goal is to utilize more than 25 years of the experience she has gained to further your literary career. Positions in publishing, international media, government, and education have bolstered the groundwork for a solid network of connections in print, television, and film.
Encouraged from a young age to seek, to climb, to forge, to discover and recover, Terrie developed an insatiable curiosity that led to positions within the international media and several award-winning writing and promotions teams at venues including CBS, NBC, Penguin UK and USA and Hobson's Press, now known as Cambridge University Press. Awards include the Queen's Service Award (UK), La Voz y Papel (Spain), Heartland Emmy, and Young Journalist of the Year (Colorado). Terrie read English Literature at Cambridge, studied Creative Writing at SUNY (University of New York), and Journalism at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is equally proud of the "Master of Mirth" status awarded by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.
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Our "Sweet Meat" acquired fame during a recent edition of the Twitter event #MSWL, founded by Jessica Sinsheimer and KK Hendin. In no uncertain terms, Miss Meat voiced her opinion and managed to acquire a moment of YouTube fame. Up to that time, we believed her talents to be more along the lines of printer watching and manuscript sitting.
There's more to this furry friend than meets the eye. Her memoir leads us to believe that at least three of her nine lives have been spent at the foot, or on the lap, of a famous reader with the initials W.E., an author best known for her dabbling in realms fantastic, and a publishing mogul who had a penchant for Darjeeling and clotted cream.
Our girl is "feline" groovy about the world of publishing but wishes to convey that nearly everyone could benefit from the occasional cat nap. Yes, heaven knows Meatball has earned her title and can be found taking part in conference calls and revision meetings. She's also a team player who has learned to stand her ground regarding submissions acquisitions and the importance of reading time. Lest you think she sees it all as a game of cat and mouse, know that our Meatball takes her role "purr-fectly" seriously and this is no dog's life for a kitty who lives behind the scenes at AKALM.
The submission process is daunting, at best. We believe every work submitted deserves the courtesy of a real read, and while that takes time, we understand there is nothing more satisfying than knowing that we've honored you, the writer, and your diligence by matching it with our thirst for the next great read. We've garnered a team of professional readers who represent the best of the best. Each member of the team is well-versed. Plus, these folks have made it their goal to help other creatives along the way. They want to help you get published, they don't want to criticize, but to critique. So, forgive us if we take a little longer than the stated six - or so - weeks to get back to you. It only means we may have fallen in love and are probably doing everything we can to clear our decks to help you on your way to the next step on your writing journey, which is representation by a group that cares about you and your work. We crave your success as much as you do!