CEO & OWNER
Kiki Chatfield is the CEO and owner of The Next Step PR, which was created in March 2015, to help authors be seen and heard in this over-saturated market. She loves coaching and prepping authors for the launch of their books. She especially enjoys working with debut authors. She has a passion for reading and the writers behind those amazing words.
Kiki loves working with all authors all over the world, teaching, coaching, and managing their author needs to help their release be as successful as it can be!
Kiki has spoken at many events such as RT Atlanta, RT Houston, UTOPiAcon, Inkers Con, and she participated in an online course to share her knowledge with authors called The Author Adventures Summit. She speaks yearly on zoom calls with Inkers Debut Authors. She has been featured in both Blush Magazine and Frolic Media. Kiki is also the creator of Authors in the Bluegrass, happening again in October 2024.
When not online, you can find her out with her family and friends. She is a wife and a mother to two amazing boys who are her world She loves to travel and has recently taken up Golf. In the evenings she can be caught reading in her big comfy bed with all the pillows or in her Luv Sac bag. A favorite pastime is going to the movies alone, watching the Ohio State Buckeye football, and dabbling in wine or whiskey!
Colleen Oppenheim is a Publicist at The Next Step PR. She is passionate about helping authors succeed and make their books the best they can be while teaching them the in's and out's of indie publishing. She works one on one with all clients, is in charge of The Next Step PR's audio promotions, designs graphics, coordinates client cover reveal and release packages, and manages the company website. Colleen is the Co-Coordinator of Authors in the Bluegrass.
She is a wife and the mom of three children and numerous animals, including an opinionated Potbelly Pig.
Her love of reading began at a young age and carried through college, where she received a B.A. in English Literature.
After college, Colleen worked in Advertising and Marketing. She blogged for 7 years at Books Books Books before beginning her career with The Next Step PR.
She has spoken at InkersCon as well as other events.
Besides reading, which keeps her sane, Colleen loves wine, music, animals, and spending time with her family and friends.
MEGAN M. GATANIS
Megan is a wife to her childhood best friend; self proclaimed nerd, lover of coffee, a wine enthusiast & fur mama to her pit bull Baker.
She started blogging with Scandalous Book Blog 5 years ago but her love of reading began when she was just a little girl. After a few months of blogging she became involved with a bunch of Author Review & Street teams; and she quickly realized that helping authors in any way that she could was something she was very passionate about. After connecting with Kiki and her team she was given the opportunity of a lifetime to work with them & she couldn’t be more excited to help authors reach the next level.
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Anna is a wife and mother to a rambunctious little girl and 2 rescue fur babies. She began blogging 5 years ago at Anna’s Bookshelf and loved connecting with authors through their ARC teams and as a beta reader. As she immersed herself in the book world, she quickly realized that she wanted to do more to help authors.
Anna has been an avid reader from as far back as she can remember and is never without a book in her hands. Her favorite genres include dark romance, fantasy, rockstar romances, new adult romance, and suspense. She specifically enjoys novels that have creative storylines, captivating and well developed characters, and jaw dropping twists and turns.
Anna is a coffee addict and is always listening to rock music. As a former pediatric ICU nurse and Nurse Practitioner, she enjoys working with people and anything medically related. Being able to work with authors is a passion of hers and she is thrilled to be a part of The Next Step community.