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Koehler Books is staffed by writers and authors just like you.

Our staff of writers, editors, designers and technicians are totally devoted to serving authors. Our goal is the same as yours: to craft the highest caliber of book possible and to sell lots of copies. Our two key words are quality and collaboration. We lift the author up to the big leagues of publishing and literature, and show them the way so that together we can make the author and book the best it can be.

  • John Koehler
    President and Publisher
    John is the company founder and runs its day-to-day operations. He is an award-winning graphics designer, and the author of seven books. He was awarded the lifetime achievement Silver Medal by the Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads in 2016. He earned a BFA in Communications Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended graduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. John’s professional career includes being senior art director of a major advertising agency and running a design studio. John lives in Virginia Beach, VA and is active in his church. He has helped run a ministry dedicated to helping children with disabilities, a cause he is still very much dedicated to. John made an international splash in 1991 by winning the Boomerang World Championship in Perth, Australia and was a member of the Foster’s Boomerang 2000 Team, a touring troop that taught professional athletes, and others, the gospel of boomerangs.
    John Koehler
    President and Publisher
  • Joe Coccaro
    Vice President and Executive Editor
    Joe is in charge of editing and evaluating submissions. He joined the company after nearly three decades as reporter, columnist, editor and senior newsroom manager at several major newspapers, including Virginia’s largest and most widely circulated daily, The Virginian-Pilot. Joe holds an MA in writing from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, where he also studied as an undergraduate. Joe has won dozens of individual writing awards and has edited work that has been nationally recognized. His 2017 debut novel, Woo-Woo, won first place in the National Indie Excellence Awards. Joe has ghostwritten and co-written several titles and has coached hundreds of award-winning and best-selling authors. He has taught at two Virginia universities and has been a featured speaker at writing conferences. Joe is a runner and road cyclist and can often be seen walking his dog, Scruggs, in his remote hometown of Cape Charles, VA, on the Chesapeake Bay.
    Joe Coccaro
    Vice President and Executive Editor
  • Kellie Emery
    Senior Graphic Designer
    Kellie Emery is a graphic designer who attended the Art Institute of Virginia Beach with a BFA in Graphic Design. She creates text layouts and designs book covers that are coming soon to a bookseller near you. She has worked on many titles such as: Papa: the Story of Papa John’s Pizza, Loving Samantha, Stump!, and Long Hill Home. She is also an illustrator, an acrylic painter, and face painter. She has worked on several film projects in the art and assistant director departments at Regent University. Kellie plans on living in Ireland one day, making cheesecake and art with her polar bear, Toulouse. But for now, she resides in Portsmouth, Virginia.
    Kellie Emery
    Senior Graphic Designer
  • Hannah Woodlan
    Senior Editor
    Hannah Woodlan is a senior editor. She attended the University of Virginia with a BA in English, and she holds an MFA in creative writing from Old Dominion University. She interned at Port Folio Weekly in Norfolk, Virginia, and Albemarle Magazine in Charlottesville. She has an immense love for literature and film, and has formed a small writing workshop with fellow ODU graduates from the fiction program. Hannah currently resides in Norfolk with her cats, Lego and Poe.
    Hannah Woodlan
    Senior Editor
  • Skyler Kratofil
    Graphic Designer, Illustrator
    Skyler Kratofil is an illustrator hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in illustration and then moved up to Virginia to pursue her love of book design. When she is not designing interiors and covers for books, she is eating pizza and listening to classic rock. She dreams of moving abroad and exploring the world, but she currently resides in Virginia Beach.
    Skyler Kratofil
    Graphic Designer, Illustrator
  • Lauren Sheldon
    Graphic Designer
    Lauren Sheldon is a graphic designer from Savannah, GA. She attended Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design. When not pursuing her passion for book design, Lauren can be found spending time with her dogs, Bucky and Sadie, and catching up on her book club. In her free time, she also rebinds old well loved books for her friends and family. She loves to travel and New Zealand is next on her list for far away places to explore. 
    Lauren Sheldon
    Graphic Designer
  • Greg Fields
    Acquisitions Editor
    Greg Fields is a literary Acquisitions Editor. He is the author of Arc of the Comet, published by Koehler Books and nominated for the Cabell First Novel Award and the Kindle Book of the Year in Literary Fiction. His second novel, To the Waters and the Wild, is scheduled for release in spring, 2019. He is also the co-author with Maya Ajmera of Invisible Children: Reimagining International Development from the Grassroots, a nonfiction work released by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016. With a passion for great writing, baseball and good wine, Greg holds degrees from Rutgers and Notre Dame. He and his wife Lynn live in Manassas, Virginia.
    Greg Fields
    Acquisitions Editor
  • Wendolín Perla
    Acquisitions Editor
    A veteran publisher from Penguin Random House, Mexico, where she oversaw 300 titles per year, four editors, and eight imprints, Wendolín is also a certified English-Spanish Interpreter and Translator. She has participated in all stages of the editorial process and her passion is to bring manuscripts to their perfection with clear purpose and target audience. She is not only a skilled professional, a wildly avid reader, but she also knows the international market and understands what readers want.
    Wendolín Perla
    Acquisitions Editor
  • Becky Hilliker
    Acquisitions & Copy Editor
    Becky learned the power of words at the age of six, when she slid a note under her sister's door that said “I don’t love you. I don’t even like you.” That declaration moved her sister, who never tattled again. Becky coauthored the 2015 novel Sisters of Shiloh with that same ratfink sister. Her work has appeared in USA Today, Huffington Post, the Houston Chronicle, Military Spouse Magazine and on Ancestry.com. A lifelong love of history spurred her to pursue a degree from the University of Texas and she is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and the American Copy Editors Society. Becky approaches editing with the belief that all stories—even nonfiction—have an emotional heart and she enjoys helping authors build from that guiding light. She currently lives on a Navy base in a remote corner of the Mojave Desert with her husband, four children, two dogs, a guinea pig and numerous dust bunnies.
    Becky Hilliker
    Acquisitions & Copy Editor
  • Dennis Woods
    Military Acquisitions Editor
    Dennis Woods is a Military Acquisitions Editor. His mission is to help military authors find their way and receive the proper help they need. He was deployed in combat for every President from Reagan to Obama, amassing over 57 months in battle. His book Black Flag Journals was written using a series of nine battle journals that bore witness to his actions in America’s longest war. His military career has taken him from the Island of Grenada to the Middle East. Woods is also an inventor of devices that are chronicled in Black Flag Journals. These included the use of training munitions in combat to reduce civilian death and collateral damage, and the first use of thermal optics on artillery weapons to increase American crew safety. Dennis holds a Masters in Education (MEd) from Northcentral University, Prescott Arizona. He lives with his wife in Virginia, where he continues to innovate and invent new devices and techniques preparing for future wars.
    Dennis Woods
    Military Acquisitions Editor
  • Bud Ramey
    Business Leadership Acquisitions Editor
    Bud has written and published five books and written three screenplays. In his four-decade career in marketing and public relations, he was twice the recipient of the PRSA Silver Anvil Award and numerous other honors for creative and strategic communications excellence. He resides in Coastal Virginia. He and his sons frequently backpack in the wilderness of Colorado and Utah.
    Bud Ramey
    Business Leadership Acquisitions Editor
  • Julia Guirado
    Scout, Literary Agent and Acquisition Editor
    A junior scout, literary agent and acquisitions editor from Barcelona with an innate skill to curate authors' books and navigate them towards the right publisher. Julia holds authors' hand from the book idea, through the transformation of it, to the final deal with the right publisher. Her favorite genres are personal growth & self-improvement, history, and literary fiction.
    Julia Guirado
    Scout, Literary Agent and Acquisition Editor

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