Cathryn was the original founder of Change Empire Books, and was super excited to hand the reins over to Mary to carry on a 5+ year legacy. Now working in another passion project, Cathryn is still available as one of the editors on Mary's publishing team
She has a diverse skillset and has excelled in both administrative and creative work environments. She's a VA who is constantly looking for an opportunity to grow, learn, and create.
Kathy Shanks has worked in the print and design industry for over 20 years. She studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Griffith University before securing jobs as an in-house designer for a wholesaler and a print company. In 2001 she started Turtle Creative and has been managing her own business ever since. Turtle Creative is a small design agency with the sole purpose to help small businesses grow, become noticed and get the best value for their advertising dollar.
“After 20 years I still love to create emotive designs that really get YOUR message across. I’m a big believer in following your passion in life. The saying ‘love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life’ is so true. I’ve always loved art and to create things, but I also enjoy helping people fulfill their passions. Working with people to create their passions, and bring them to life visually, brings me a lot fulfilment in what I do. This is why I’m very excited to be working with Cat, so we can both bring your stories to life.”
Agnes is a visual communicator and brand identity designer. She loves adding value to her client’s business by creating clever, meaningful and engaging visual content through the tasteful use of imagery, color and typography, while adhering to her client’s brand guidelines.
She is also an Interior Decorator and Floorplanner; she designs home and commercial interiors that reflect the value and beauty of visual statement and the functionality of efficient space plan and design. She is too enthusiastic about Japandi style, but she also adapts to her client’s preferred aesthetics.
Agnes enjoys a good cup of coffee, watching documentaries, and street photography.
Rachel Fernandez is an editor with nearly a decade of experience in developmental edits, copy edits, and design. With her primary background in journalism, she worked as the managing editor for a weekly print newspaper where she oversaw all of the stories and layout for the publication. She's done lots of writing herself and knows what it's like to be on the other side of the edits.
Since then, Rachel has worked with Change Empire Books to provide developmental edits for a variety of book topics ranging from self-help to project management. She's passionate about making sure you're putting your absolute best work out for the world to see!