Our Executive Team

Claudia Suzanne, Founder/CEO

The first person to deconstruct the skills, theory, and politics of professional ghostwriting, Claudia created and teaches 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, Dean of Students/Operations Director

Passionate about good stories and a tech expert, Kata runs GPDP’s intricate learning environment, teaches the technical aspects of ghostwriting, and handles all student issues and concerns.

Liv Haugland, International Outreach Director

A natural diplomat, teacher, and world traveler, Liv supports international students and authors, troubleshoots author/personnel issues, and provides strategic planning.

Sabriga Turgon, Marketing Director

Former Peace Corp volunteer and minority-rights activist, Sabriga handles marketing, content, and final edits and provides student support and diversity insight.

Our Board of Advisors

Penni Wells, Strategy and Development

Known for her versatile approach to creating and delivering training and education—and for being the first to recognize GPDP’s academic value—Penni provides organizational and development guidance and assistance.

Carol J. Amato, Writer/Editor/Publisher

Author of twenty-nine books and 200 articles and editor for major publishers and magazines, Carol provides developmental, copy editing and proofreading expertise as well as publishing and business insights.

About the name

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

Claudia Suzanne

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 Suzanne 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. In 2021, we expanded our 6-week prereq class to include essential Creative Analysis Action Steps.

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

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