Meet the Winning Edits Team: Part 1

We're a small team, but a powerful one. Kind of like the A-Team or the Goonies. Each of us contribute to the overall success of Winning Edits in our own unique way—from individual strengths as they relate to the business (e.g., developmental editing, book publishing strategy, etc.) to personal modes of living that make us better partners in collaboration and success (e.g., critical thinking, curiosity, kindness, empathy, and an adoration for cheese).

This is Part 1 of our "Meet The Winning Edits Team" posts. Stay tuned for Part 2!


Non Wels

Two favorite things: laughing and The Iron Giant.

Two favorite things: laughing and The Iron Giant.

What role do you serve at Winning Edits?

I am a Producer, which is another way to say that I do a little of everything: copyediting, writing, social media management, podcast editing, customer support, and, if the mood strikes, channeling my best Kevin Bacon dance moves to the sweet, hip-thrusting beats of Kenny Loggins's Footloose.

Before joining the Winning Edits team, what did you do?

A whole lot of different things, including selling supplemental insurance in New York City, organizing books at an independent bookshop in Laguna Beach, and commercial salmon fishing in Alaska. Before Winning Edits, I spent about ten years freelance writing and editing part-time while I held various editorial positions in educational, financial, technology, marketing, and advertising industries. All of these experiences had their positive and negative attributes, but they also felt like steps along the way to what I had been striving for. With Winning Edits, I've found what I had been working toward: a small company doing awesomely creative things, composed of lovely humans and a clear sense of how it wants to serve its audience. It's my favorite thing ever

What does your ideal day look like?

An early morning wake-up call from Scooby's (my black Labrador) cold, wet nose in my face. This is followed by approximately twenty minutes of dog cuddles. After that, a couple hours of writing while I sip coffee and tap my fingers to the sounds of Howard Shore's score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. If I'm not in the writing mood, a couple of hours with a book is a divine alternative. Around late morning, I head out on the cross-country trail for a run and/or hike to commune with my thoughts and the natural world. It's here—legs caked in dirt, head a sweaty mess, heart heavy with exhaustion—where I find my peace. Then it's home for a Joy Sandwich recording with my wife, wherein we giggle and explore joy for an hour or so. My ideal day would then of course conclude with a delicious Mexican food dinner and a movie at the local theater.

What is currently inspiring you?

People. People are inspiring me. As humans, we can often forget about the impact that people can have on us. Through our relationships, we gain new perspectives, broaden our understanding of the concepts of the world, learn to be more empathetic. By surrounding yourself with people who are different than you, you'll always be inspired. I find that to be true in my personal life, and in my work life where I'm working with some of the most inspiring humans around.

If you had to turn into one animal, what would it be?

Dolphin for sure. Think about it. They get to explore the vast wonders of the ocean, they are wicked smart, and do sweet flips all day long (right? Right.)


Jennifer Snyder

Does anyone else feel strange looking directly at a camera? No? Just me, then. Okay.

Does anyone else feel strange looking directly at a camera? No? Just me, then. Okay.

What role do you serve at Winning Edits?

I am a Senior Strategist + Producer for Winning Edits. I direct content design strategy and collaborate closely with the team to uncover and tell each client story that comes our way. I tend to turn into a huge nerd when I get to think through the ways in which visual and written content intersect with the internet. Luckily, I spend my days doing just that with a bunch of other content nerds here at Winning Edits. It's pretty dreamy.

Before joining the Winning Edits team, what did you do?

I started my professional career in marketing and communications over a decade ago and have since worked with publications, large brands, nonprofit organizations and creative small business owners to create written, visual and audio content. I've worked primarily for myself over the last six years, which has been a wonderful learning experience. I still freelance for various publications and record a weekly podcast that allows me to ask amazing people questions about work, life and creativity. 

What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day has very little to do with anything that requires a computer. That might seem strange coming from a self-professed writer and internet nerd. However, my heart is happiest when I'm the road. The day would start with caffeine (for me. My husband would go for a jog. He's an overachiever, but we don't have time to get into that right now.) and some time playing with our two adorable pound pups. Then we'd pack up the car and set off for our trip—likely to someplace that includes crisp air, mountain trails, trickling streams and the potential for wildlife sightings. 

We'd stop to take photos (I'd take photos while my husband waits patiently for me to get just the right shot of that roadside waterfall) and indulge in local lunch spots and funny roadside attractions. Upon arriving at the magical place described above (okay, you got me. It's Montana.), we'd settle in to our accommodations, make a quick meal, scope out some hikes for the next day and fall asleep reading a good book. 

What is currently inspiring you?

I'm always inspired by the intricacies found in discussions about how and why people do what they do. I'm not sure what it is, but I'm completely fascinated by the way people work, create, and enjoy life. I don't care if you're a mechanic, a composer, or a restaurant owner, if you let me I will probably ask you some fairly deep questions about yourself. I suppose I'm just curious. You've been warned. 

What is one thing people might not know about you?

I was born with an under-developed right arm and wear a prosthesis more often than not. I answered some questions about what it's been like living with a disability and signing up to essentially type for a living here, if you're interested! 

If you had to turn into one animal, what would it be?

A bird. Look, I love a good road trip, but can you imagine seeing everything from the air, landing wherever you'd like, and feeling the wind in your hair (feathers)? I'd be pretty okay with all of those things.


Janna Marlies Maron

What role do you serve at Winning Edits?

I'm the Managing Editor, which basically means that I'm in charge of setting production schedules and making sure everyone on the team meets their deadlines. It doesn't sound very glamorous, but it requires big-picture thinking to visualize the end goal that could be three, six, or even twelve months out, and the path to achieve that goal, including milestones along the way. The "editor" part means that I'm also contributing to editorial strategy in terms of how all content connects and relates across multiple platforms. 

Before joining the Winning Edits team, what did you do?

I've been working in some sort of editorial field for my entire career. I have experience as a staff writer for a newspaper, as the managing editor for a magazine company publishing multiple monthly, bi-monthly, and annual publications, and as a freelancer in all sorts of different capacities: writing, editing, project management. I've also spent time as an adjunct college professor teaching journalism and composition. And there are a host of independent creative projects I pursue, like this podcast and this magazine

What does your ideal day look like?

Sleeping in and a lazy morning. Brunch with my husband. Walking to the beach and stopping for coffee on the way. Laying in the sun by the water reading all day long. Late night conversation with friends over a nice bottle of wine and a delicious home-cooked meal. 

What is currently inspiring you?

Stories. Stories inspire me, because I am constantly amazed by what happens when one person finds the courage to share his or her personal story, even if it's with just one other person, there's a connection that happens between two people that is so unique and special. It gives me chills every time I experience it or witness it. 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Hands down, teleportation. How cool would it be to beam yourself to any place in the entire world any time you wanted? No long plane rides? No indecision over what to pack? Yes, please. 


Thanks for reading, folks! If you'd like to learn more about the team, come say hello to us on Twitter @WinningEdits! And don't forget to check out our new Resources page, replete with some of our favorite editorial tools, calendar software, publishing books, and, quite naturally, the books that shaped each of us as kids! Check it out! 

Part 2 of "Meet the Winning Edits Team" is coming next week. See you then!