The Ingenium Books team is made up of award-winning journalists, writers, editors, proofreaders, designers and planners with a passion for producing good books. Ingenium Books is a fee-for-service indie publishing house. We don't ask for – or take – a percentage of your royalties, unless you ask us to.
Ingenium Books is the creation of life and business partners Boni and John Wagner-Stafford. They are masters at using their creativity, ingenuity, natural disposition and character to live authentic and creativity-fuelled lives. For them, this involves living on their 40’ sailboat, Ingenium. Which is currently on the waters of the Pacific ocean off Mexico.
Their purpose is creating and inventing, and helping others do the same. The story of how they traded in their crazy urban corporate business lives to create this life is detailed in a forthcoming book, which doesn’t yet have a name. But it might very well be Ingenium.
Boni & John Wagner-Stafford
Ingenium means creative mind, creative thinking, talent, a natural innate quality, natural disposition or capacity, and character.
When Boni & John Wagner-Stafford were looking for a new name for their new sailboat (and new home) they stumbled across "Ingenium". It was perfect. It described their commitment to nurture their individual and collective creative sides. And it also addressed what they had to do (be creative) in order to make their move from land onto the water a reality.
And now they've created the Ingenium Books team.
Our purpose at Ingenium Books is to help you professionally self-publish with expertise you can trust. And we have an awesome team to do that.
...who has always been breathing life into language. She’s ghostwritten and/or edited for clients in the finance, business, and health & wellness niches. She has three forthcoming non-fiction books of her own: Start Strong, (co-authored with her husband John), The Trauma Trigger, and The Fibromyalgia Breakthrough.
As a former Canadian award-winning television reporter, news anchor, producer and talk show host, Boni covered politics, government, health, tragedy, victory, aboriginal issues, crime, fires, floods, and extreme weather. She was also a senior strategic communications manager in government. Her editorial contributions to 5 consecutive Ontario budget documents was capped in 2008 when she was managing editor. She also played key editorial management roles in public reports including Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors.
She’s been at the controls of a helicopter, canoed in the wild backcountry of Northern Ontario, jumped out of an airplane, twice, skiied in the Rocky Mountains, hitchhiked across British Columbia and has an awesome adult son, Morgan and two fantastic stepdaughters, Clara and Ella.
Boni has moved more than 50 times, living in 15 different cities/towns in Canada and Mexico and now resides full time on her sailboat, Ingenium, where she can move on a whim.
As a creative project producer, John has created, served, managed, led, produced, sold, played, performed, recorded, sung, coached, presented, patented. As an entrepreneur he has tried, succeeded, failed, and succeeded again.
Creating a better world is John’s personal purpose. As an entrepreneur, change, growth, spontaneity and improvisation are important tools John uses to compete and succeed in business.
John’s creative entrepreneur accomplishments include: professional musician (saxophone, vocals). Recording engineer with artists like Peter Frampton, Celine Dion, Pat Metheny, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Halliday, Arif Mardin, and Phil Ramone. Sound track producer for film and television. Trainer and coach to the sound mixer team at MSNBC when the New York-based network went live for the first time in 1997. Producer of some of the worlds’ notable video games: Prince of Persia, Myst IV – Revelation, and Splinter Cell IV – Double Agent. COO during the startup phase for franchised brand KANDY Outdoor Flooring Inc., where he designed and built KANDY’s first propriety, integrated sales, proposal and CRM system. Licensed realtor in two Canadian provinces. A master canoeist and ASA-certified sailor. Father to two beautiful daughters, Clara and Ella, and to an impressive stepson, Morgan.
Surprise, surprise: John also lives aboard his 40’ sailboat, Ingenium, with Boni and their cat, currently somewhere off the Pacific coast of Mexico.
… ghostwriting and editing for clients and as a content marketing manager. Breathing is also the foundation of John's work as a singing coach and author of a handbook for vocalists.
Aside from his lovely wife and children, there is nothing John loves more than turning a phrase until it catches the light. He brings to the table a powerful set of skills from an eclectic background that has consistently displayed a deep love of language.
John was born and raised in Australia where he attained his Bachelor of Education degree (majoring in English), taught high school, worked in the finance world, and developed his passion for singing and acting. He now sports a newly-acquired Canadian citizenship, and Canada is happy to have him.
After winning an international singing championship in 2005, John became a voice coach for singers and speakers. He wrote and self-published a book about his approach to singing and performing, entitled Let it Out.
Full disclosure is also required: John is a hard core cricket fan, and creator of the CricThoughts blog.
She is a seasoned strategic communicator with a background in corporate communications in government and post-secondary education. She is skilled in setting objectives, identifying audiences, crafting key messages and designing communications and marketing tactics that deliver results.
Her government work has included relationship building with the business community and an exacting eye for detail - as well as the ability to translate complex content for media and public consumption. Combined with her degree in journalism, we consider Molly our go-to person for copyediting and plain language expertise.
As PR director for a community college, she created and edited countless marketing and promotional materials for a wide range of readers.
Molly has also been on the front line of customer service in her viewer relations role for a leading media and content company.
An avid photographer, and certified real estate stager, she also has an appreciation for beautiful landscapes, including the view from her urban high rise balcony.
It takes an exceptional skill set to be able to ghostwrite and edit for people. You need to have a genuine interest in your client and help them communicate on paper in a way that connects with their readers. When you're editing, you need to see the big picture as well as the commas and give feedback that's helpful and receivable. Trina Holt has the education and experience that makes her ideal for the job.
Happy to write nearly anything, what gets her really jazzed is writing biographies and memoirs. She listens at the kitchen tables and campfires of all walks of people. Her first book was an autobiography of a businesswoman who shattered glass ceilings in several countries. Her most recent memoir is a 100k-word chronicle of a man's lifetime of fishing and hunting. Interviewing is her passion, story-telling is her gift.
Trina holds a master's degree in the psychology of communication, is the Master of her own ship (okay, a sailboat, but it counts), and Master of her own fate as a freelancer. She's the proud owner of two psych degrees, a diploma in TV production, 23 scuba diving and boating qualifications, and two teaching certifications. Then there are her experiences: ESL teacher in Saudi Arabia; photographer; marina manager; lay-counsellor; life coach; leadership and workplace educator; and more. She's written two theses, 200+ papers, edited confidential business reviews, blogged about coping, and edited four 60k+ word books. Her desire to know has taken her to 32 countries. No, she isn't 98-years-old, she just doesn't watch a lot of TV. Okay, full disclosure, she's a movie junkie. Productivity since Netflix has taken a hit.
Whatever she's working on, Trina brings her experiences, expertise, and curiosity to the job. She's ever the professional and a joy to work with.
“When you write a book, you need a power team.
Put Ingenium Books on the top of your list. Trust me you will be so very glad you did.”
- David Reeve, Unleash Culture