MEET THE TEAM
Vanessa J. Chandler, Founder & Creative Writer
Vanessa Joy Chandler started in the publishing world in 2004 as a freelance creative writer and editor. Since that time, she has built her publishing platform through editing for entities such as ABC-CLIO educational publishers, Book of Hope, Hope Education, HigherLife Development Services, Destiny Image Publishers, Regal/Gospel Light Publishing, and written articles for Charisma, CALLED, Beliefnet and Washington Post's OnFaith. She has been recognized and won awards for her pursuits in leadership, music, teaching, and writing. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, summa cum laude with post-graduate certificates in both English and Social Studies for secondary education, and holds a Top Gun achievement award in Frank Consulting’s Business Bootcamp. In the past six years, Vanessa has played a significant role in three start-up companies, ghostwritten four books including Prosperity with Purpose by Mike Frank and The Hard Road by Michael S. Pruett, and acted as a publishing consultant and manager of many literary works including Prude: Misconceptions of a Neo-Virgin by Carrie Lloyd, and the top-selling Keep Your Love On!, which has been translated and distributed in 17+ nations.
Jennifer Westbrook, Senior associate editor
Jennifer Westbrook received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Modern Hebrew from Oral Roberts University in 2008, studying abroad at Haifa University in Israel and Oxford University before teaching English and American literature in South Korea for two years. A published poet, Jennifer was awarded for her literary writing and research before stepping into the world of freelance writing with contributions to local publications including This Land Press based in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2011. After relocating to Redding, California, Jennifer joined the Red Arrow Media team and has worked as a writer and editor on five books in 2014. She currently oversees manuscript reviews and helps prospective authors develop their projects.
MEGAN Cotton, marketing director
Megan Cotton graduated summa cum laude with a dual Bachelor’s degree in English (Rhetorical Writing) and Communication Studies from St. Cloud State University. At St. Cloud State, Megan also competed in Division 2 collegiate swimming, served as her team's co-captain, and led as an executive board member of the university's student ambassadors. Before joining the Red Arrow team, Megan developed business proposals and presentations for Fortune 500 clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. Megan’s passion for writing and her education in “the art of influence” have launched her into roles that span the communication sectors, including sales support, marketing, and public relations. She leverages this experience to expand Red Arrow authors’ platforms and distribute their transformative messages around the world.
RED ARROW FREELANCERS
Jessica Glasner, Remote associate editor
Jessica K. Glasner is an author, editor, and creative content developer and filmmaker. Her clients include The Jerusalem Institute of Justice and authors such as Wayne Jacobson (publisher of New York Times Bestseller, The Shack), Bob Johnson, and Danny Silk. She is a contributing editor for The Jerusalem Post. Jessica is a summa cum laude graduate of Westmont College where she took first place in History. She earned an M.A. in Israeli Politics and Society from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on a full international Honors scholarship.
David Ovies, Remote Freelancer
A writer, editor, and story doctor, David specializes in fiction and nonfiction narrative as well as scripts for print, online media, theatre, and film. Knowing he has no right to criticize books, he doesn't do it except when he hates them (for the reader that is upset over this blatant plagiarism of Mark Twain, well done—you share David's value for intellectual integrity of the highest order).
He received his B.A. in Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Hope College in Michigan, and was the first person to receive three Distinguished Artist Scholarships (for writing, acting, and vocal performance) not only at Hope, but also at the prestigious Kalamazoo College. He studied acting at the T. Schreiber Studio in New York City before earning his M.Div. from Simpson University. David, in addition to being an unwavering logophile, is also a business professional who has helped several high-tech firms in Silicon Valley and elsewhere take their products to market. Engendered with a penchant for things outmoded, despite protests from several mysophobic friends, he persists in carrying a handkerchief and, I dare say, using it. He lives with his wife—Summer Ovies, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Artesan Dance Company—and their 2.5 potential children (aspirational) in Redding, CA.
PROFESSIONAL ADVISORS & AFFILIATES
Dianne Hawkins, Executive
Dianne began training as a young teen within her family's business, learning the ropes about the “bottom line,” the importance of customer service and possessing a strong work ethic. If truth be known, it was for the sake of earning her very own horse! As an adult employee in the private sector, she found herself promoted to management early on in her career. In her role of Operations Manager and Campus Director of a private college, she developed programs and curriculum, and spearheaded the college’s growth from a “back to work computer retraining centre” to a registered, private post-secondary institution with 10 full-time programs coordinated and overseen under her direction. Twelve years later, looking for another challenge, she took on the role of President & CEO of a local Chamber of Commerce and led the Chamber’s growth and vibrancy in the community. The Chamber grew from 500 - 750 members, and she has since (along with her team) implemented membership programs, advocacy platforms and increased the profile of the Chamber considerably.
Dianne’s mastery of administration, softened by her nuanced personal approach, asserts value and fruitfulness to the projects she is responsible for. Her practical and professional approach meets her confidence and joi-de-vivre in a brilliantly unexpected way, making her an adept asset in the field or the boardroom.
KAREN CAMPBELL, AFFILIATE
Karen Campbell loves books.
As a young girl, she was a voracious reader and fascinated by the book publishing process. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College with a focus on Rhetoric and Communications, she began her career in the publishing industry at Baker Publishing Group. From there, she moved on to Zondervan and served as their Director of Public Relations before deciding to start Karen Campbell Media, Inc.
Throughout her 15 years in the publishing industry, she has had the privilege to work on 14 New York Times bestsellers and with several top-selling authors such as Philip Yancey, Lee Strobel, John Ortberg, Rob Bell, Shane Claiborne, Karen Kingsbury, Lysa TerKeurst, Chuck and Emily Colson, Ed Dobson, and dozens of others.
In 2009, Karen was awarded the WMPRSA Gold PRoof Award for her work on the publicity campaign for Multiple Blessings by Jon and Kate Gosselin with Beth Carson.
Karen considers building and maintaining relationships with media outlets essential. Media hits include, The Today Show, Good Morning America, FOX Huckabee, Fox & Friends, CNN American Morning, CNN Larry King, CNN Joy Behar Show, CNN Faces of Faith, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, New York Times, USA Today, People Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, The 700 Club, Books & Culture, Life Today with James Robison, Huffington Post Religion, CNN’s Belief Blog, and more.
She would say there’s nothing better than seeing a book receive great media coverage, succeed in sales and change people’s lives.
JOE QUESTEL, ADVISOR
Joe Questel is a publishing industry executive and veteran with over 32 years in book retail, distribution, and publishing. With a focus on Sales and Marketing, he has worked with major global publishers such as Zondervan, serving either as a consultant or employee in Sales and Marketing. He has led technology efforts in the eBook sphere and has served on many industry committees. He is currently Senior Vice President of Sales for Living On the Edge, a 30-minute daily broadcast radio ministry heard on over 945 radio stations, including Sirius XM, and a partner of Inspire Resources Group, a sales and marketing company that focuses on direct sales to ministries and churches.