Individuals, businesses, and organizations all have a story to tell. Whether you’re an author, non-profit leader, or a CEO, we believe in the power of your story to change everything. How well that story is understood, embraced, and shared is crucial to your success.
We are a full-service publishing and marketing group...
Your brand is the story you’re telling the world, and it needs to be authentic, clear, and compelling to get passed around. Our proven Creating a Contagious Brand process allows you and your team to come into alignment around the true power of your brand.
How do you cut through the noise of our media-saturated culture? Even the most compelling stories need to be heard to be effective. Our Story Marketing Strategies help you leverage the power of your story to effectively connect with your target audience… and get results!
Even when you are good at what you do, it’s easy to find yourself stuck in the weeds of running the day-to-day. Find out how our Organizational and Leadership Coaching and our Publishing Coaching programs can provide the breakthrough you’ve been looking for.
“Having worked with more than five traditional publishing houses in the publication of more than ten of my books, I decided to take the leap into the hybrid publishing model offered by HigherLife. I have been blown away by their service, their attention to detail, and their rapid response to questions … it will be hard to ever expect anything less. Likewise, the active role they took in the marketing and design of the book, from start to finish, has exceeded my expectations.”
“I have been working with HigherLife for several years. They have done an exceptional job with the creative work of all of my publications. I am very pleased with the work, the care, the follow-up, and the response time. If you need creative help for your job, whatever it might be, I would strongly recommend HigherLife!”
“I am so grateful to have been able to work with the team at Higher Life. They really went the extra mile to ensure my project was completed with the greatest quality and attention to detail. I never felt like “just another client” but instead formed great business and personal relationships with the whole team. I highly recommend using Higher Life for your next project!“
"I want all to know just how amazing the HigherLife team is. As a first-time author, I was masterfully led through uncharted territory into a place of confidence and success for both my book and the necessary re-branding of our non-profit. HigherLife was committed to our success on every front, challenging us to “think outside the box” and creatively flourish. We listened and we did!"
“The thought of developing a new image and website for my business was daunting. HigherLife gave me suggestions and ideas that lead to a new, professionally-designed website, and a new identity and look for marketing my business. The HigherLife team is gifted with insight and ideas that helped my business move to the next level.”
“Thanks to your help, I am inundated with invitations to sell and sign books. I am learning Facebook and Twitter…imagine that at my age! People are coming out of the woodwork and I am asking them to share their friends list…AND THEY ARE! THIS IS EXCITING! I feel like a kid in a candy store.”
“David Welday’s marketing assistance gives our books the sales boost we need. His partnership not only significantly generates author sales, but collaterally increases trade sales as well. A win all the way around!”
"Thank you so much for the magnificent and professional work and the personal attention my book and I received! They are beautiful, and I am getting orders for them. Working with you has been an incredible experience. I will be recommending HigherLife to others. "
“I want to thank you for the marketing guidance you gave that helped so much as I prepared my novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, for publication. Your explanations about the power of endorsements and your suggestions for my website were very helpful.”
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With close to a million new titles published each year, competition for sales and exposure is tremendous. Traditional publishing doesn’t work or isn’t available for the vast majority of authors. Fewer than 5% of books are published this way. You spend months “pitching” your book before finally giving up and choosing another path. In the meantime, precious exposure and sales have been lost.
What about self-publishing? Most authors who go this route wind up with an inferior product with little to no real marketing strategy or support. A potentially great message gets improperly developed and, as a result, sales and impact are diminished.
Consider HigherLife’s unique collaborative publishing model as the ideal balance between traditional and self-publishing. You retain your rights and benefit from a full team of gifted writers, editors, designers, and marketing strategists who know how to artfully craft your message. Our work is customized and tailored to help you achieve your specific goals and reach your unique audience.
High barriers to entry | Lose your publishing rights | Minimal marketing support | Focus is on publisher sales | High development quality | Copies you buy cost you more | Slow process
Low barriers to entry | Keep your publishing rights | Minimal marketing support | Focus is on author direct sales | Typically poor development quality | Copies you buy cost less | Fast turn-around
Low barriers to entry | Keep your publishing rights | Significant marketing support | Focus is on author direct sales while providing bookstore distribution | High development quality | Very reasonable rates on author copies | Fast to medium turn-around
HigherLife has assembled a team of accomplished professionals who will help you experience the thrill of making a difference. When we need help helping you, we manage a network of trusted contractors who have a proven track record of exceeding our high expectations.
DAVID WELDAYPresident and Chief Strategist
David is an out-of-the-box thinker, gifted communicator, marketing strategist, publisher, author, and coach. He has delivered 500+ percent growth for nationwide periodicals, developed New York Times bestselling authors and created award-winning curriculum resources for both for-profit companies and non-profit ministries.
MICHELLE BUCKLEYDirector of Operations
Michelle has been involved with operations management for over 20 years. She brings a diverse work background to HigherLife including experience in banking operations, government, real estate, human resources, education, paralegal, and the non-profit sector. Michelle has been married over 28 years and has two amazing full grown sons.
ANDREW STE. MARIEDirector of Project Management
Andrew is a gifted editor, writer, published author, and historian. His articles have appeared in multiple publications, including the Creation Research Society Quarterly, Plain Things, Creation Matters, and The Heartbeat of The Remnant. He served as a historical reviewer for TGS International; is a member of the Mennonite Historical Society; was Editor of The Witness for over fifteen years; and in addition to his work with HigherLife serves as Assistant Editor of Anabaptist Voice.
TIM SYNANDirector of Sales and Marketing
Tim Synan loves building connections with people and helping them making a difference in the world. As a consultant and expert in his field, Tim has helped ministries, nonprofits and small businesses take their platform and outreach to the next level. Tim was born and raised in Boston, is an enneagram 3w2, and loves the New England Patriots. He is married to his talented wife Jessie and has three children.
FAITHE THOMASProject Manager
Faith has a rich and varied publishing background having personally published more than 300 titles with a million plus in sales. In addition to her experience in publishing, she is a gifted graphic designer, marketer and typographer. She enjoys travel, and playing video games on her 65 acre farm where she lives with her husband and daughter.
VIRGINIA GROUNDSProject Manager
Virginia Grounds is an author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. She has a love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s word.
With a career background in organization and leadership, she loves to help others take the steps necessary to accomplish their goals. She is a certified coach for those with a story to tell, but don’t know where to begin.
Virginia is married with three adult children and grandchildren.
BRIAN NEALProject Manager
Brian is one of our project managers who has expertise in Marketing. Brian is a writer and editor. He is an avid Chicago sports fan.
Margaret handles the books for HigherLife and in that capacity, makes sure the bills get paid on time. She has been providing bookkeeping services for both for-profit and non-profit organizations for more than 20years. Margaret and her family enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. They are currently working on visiting as many Triple D (Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives) restaurants as they can find.
BILL JOHNSONArt Director
Dedicated to creative excellence, innovation, and return on investment. Supporting organizations and marketing teams with brand management, product development, promotions, publication design, and overall strategies to reach vision objectives beyond expectations.
JESSIE SYNANSocial Media Strategist
Jessie is a Social Media Manager, Ghostwriter, and Blogger that uses knowledge of SEO and social media to grow nonprofits, businesses, and ministries. Jessie is passionate about working for the Kingdom through her blog, Pray With Confidence, which helps busy women overcome prayer obstacles. She is married to her husband Tim, and they share three beautiful kids together.
MICHELLE WILLIAMSONGhostwriter and Editor
Michelle’s passion is helping others share their stories well through editing and ghostwriting. She has more than 10 years’ writing and editing experience, having worked as a ghostwriter and developmental editor both on staff at a publisher and as a freelancer. Michelle also brings magazine, website, and blog writing experience.
CHRIS MAXWELLWriter and Developmental Editor
Chris Maxwell served 19 years as lead pastor in Orlando, Florida, after five years of youth ministry. He’s now in his 14th year as Campus Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life at Emmanuel College. He speaks in churches, conventions, and schools, and is the author of ten books, including “Pause With Jesus,” “Underwater,” and “a slow and sudden God: 40 years of wonder.”
JULIE CASTROProject Manager
Julie has held various positions over her forty year career including: publisher, consultant television show producer and host in addition to serving as the director of a community-based program and research advancement administrator. Through each position she has been a gifted leader and encourager of others. Julie lives in Phoenix, AZ with her son’s cat, Saki.
AMY WELDAYAdministrative Assistant
Amy is the consummate organizer with an eye for efficient process and detail. She has worked for more than 30 years as an educator running a preschool and serving as a teachers aide for a private Classical Christian school. She enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, gardening, and spending time with her kids and grandchildren.