Our Executive Team

Claudia Suzanne, Founder/Owner

An acknowledged industry authority, Claudia literally “wrote the book” on the skills, theory, and politics of professional ghostwriting and created the award-winning Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program, now a globally recognized Certification from the College of Professional and International Education at California State University, Long Beach.

Eric “Kata” Schuyler, Publisher/VP of Operations

Eric’s broad background spans editorial services, tech support, personnel management, literature, sales, and customer service. A calm, patient presence, he is knowledgeable in publishing and handles MS Word and other software concerns.

Liv Haugland, VP of Ghostwriters

Liv’s multi-cultural lifestyle imbues her teams with an international flavor. A natural diplomat, teacher, and world traveler, she troubleshoots client/personnel issues, nurtures international relationships, and provides student support and classroom continuity.

Sabriga Turgon, Team Leader

Former Peace Corps volunteer, Sabriga Turgon brings a fresh perspective to our educational programs and team ghostwriting. Dedicated to women’s rights, alternative health, and healing the environment, she handles student concerns, content, and final edits with finesse.

About the name

Wambtac (wham-bee-tack) Communications LLC is the third incarnation of the acronym for “Words and Music by Tom and Claudia.”

It was first used back in 1980, when the husband-and-wife team Tom Stein (pianist) and Claudia Suzanne (drummer) began copyrighting the songs they wrote together. They soon took their act on the road, where they were best known for his virtuosity, her comic relief, and their love/hate, push/pull, fight/kiss relationship. They were, as one club owner put it, “vewy entertaining.”

Once daughter Lona was born, life quickly came down to the act or the marriage, so Tom went on with his music career and Claudia segued into writing and ghostwriting books. This reduced their involvement in each other’s lives by a good 6.42 percent.

In 1995, the couple formally opened an “umbrella” company to simplify their tax status. What better name than the acronym they still used to describe their life? Thus, Wambtac (Music and Books) was born. 

After Tom passed away, Claudia and Lona, now an accomplished ghostwriter in her own right, created a new enterprise focused entirely on ghostwriting, ghostwriter training, and client publication.  

But in the rage of widowhood, Claudia was still hooked on the acronym. Rather than choose a new, more descriptive name for the company, the mother/daughter team—best known for Claudia’s expertise, Lona’s clear-headed leadership, and their love/hate, push/pull, fight/kiss relationship—settled on Wambtac Communications LLC.

When in 2016 Lona and her husband, therian-artist Joshua Ward, left the company to create their own enterprise, the executive team changed, but the name—now known by at least five or six dozen people—remained the same.

Wambtac Today

Wambtac today is a far cry from the fiercely independent husband-wife duo of the late 1980s.

Our intense, 10-month Ghostwriting Professional Designation Program, is the only academically supported ghostwriter-training course-of-study in the world. Through it, we have launched dozens of Certified Ghostwriter careers.

In 2013, we  produced Ghostwriters Unite! the world’s first international conference by, for, and about ghostwriting, and Liv Haugland became a permanent member of our Executive Team.

In 2014, we brought in Eric “Kata” Schuyler to head up our publishing division, Iridescent Orange Press. He published Secrets of a Ghostwriter: The Only Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering Ghostwriting Theory, Skills, and Politics.

In 2015, we began actively matching aspiring authors with Certified Ghostwriters.

In 2016, we published the long-awaited 5th Edition of This Business of Books: A Complete Overview of Today’s Industry from Concept through Sales.

In 2017, we made a record number of literary dreams come true.

In 2018, we received the “Outstanding 2018 Noncredit Program Award” from UPCEA Western Region.

In 2019, we grew GPDP to 13 months.

The music is now strictly in the writing—we give your manuscript rhythm and harmony.