Violet Szilvas is a Communications expert, and has immersed herself in the field since 1981 through her company UltraViolet Communications. She has served as publicist, writer, editor, proofreader, and instructor in her 30+ years as a practitioner, from New York city to LA to South Florida, and then to Cleveland. Her company is divided into three divisions, each specializing in her background and experience, as described below.
Szilvas’ experience in public relations encompasses a wide range of products and services: She currently represents book, business, and beauty clients, and has represented clients in music, arts, leisure, hospitality, and sports! Her most notable PR client at present is author J.D. Barker, signed to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and whom she has represented since his first novel in 2014!
Previously. Szilvas served as a magazine writer for such international publications as Ocean Drive, and national magazines including Elegant Bride and Fashion Spectrum. She also contributed to newspapers, news magazines, catalogs, trades, and in-house publications. Her most recent piece is a blog (November, 2016) for Zildjian Cymbals titled “From the Street to Social”: Tips for Self Promotion from an 80’s Sunset Strip Rock’n’Roll Publicist.” She has also worked as an editor on many websites, LI profiles, professional bios, academic papers, white papers, and other written materials as needed by clients in a multitude of fields from books to charities to businesses to publications!
An adjunct professor, instructor, lecturer and presenter for over 25 years, Szilvas has taught a variety of writing and communication courses for numerous public and private institutions of higher education – both four year universities and two year colleges (currently for the Media and Journalism Studies Department at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, where she teaches Public Relations, Film Appreciation, and Intro to Mass Comm). Szilvas had a crazy-long stint of 15 years at Florida Atlantic University where she taught classes across three disciplines and from undergrads to professional adult continuing ed students to campus affiliated groups and organizations. Additionally she taught executive seminars on communications skills, writing, and professional skills to business clientele including national, regional, and local companies, governmental agencies, law enforcement, and private individuals (try to say that fast).
Szilvas is a two-time graduate of Kent State University, where she earned her Master of Arts in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations, and her Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with concentrations in Marketing and Management. Szilvas’ master’s thesis was on “Cleveland: The Rock’n’Roll Capital of the World.” Harbinger of the Rock Hall hands down.
Although she has given up her ways of a rolling stone and now resides permanently (read: homeowner) in her home town of Cleveland, Ohio, she now represents her national clientele remotely (no hesitation on travelling though). No more tour busses, but on to 4-star boutique hotels… good either way!
PR CLIENTELE/OHIO (2007-PRESENT)
JD Barker, author and screenwriter (May 2013 – Present)
Internationally-acclaimed author of thrillers The Fifth to Die, The Fourth Monkey, and Forsaken (all published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt). He released his fictional memoir of Dracula, Dracul, (published by Putnam) in October, 2018. Barker wrote this prequel in conjunction with Bram Stoker’s great-grandnephew Dacre Stoker. He is also in talks with James Patterson to co-author a thriller by 2020. Finally, Barker is negotiating film rights for Dracul, which were optioned by Paramount. My duties are all aspects of public relations in conjunction with the his publicist at HMH,. Responsibilities include publicity, media relations and correspondence, and media data base management. Previously served as freelance editor for Barker’s debut novel Forsaken.
Authors of the Pacific Northwest
Headed up by podcast producer and interviewer Vikki J. Carter of Squishpen Productions. I was responsible for compiling a spectacular media kit for which I wrote bio, press release, cover letter and Q&A (mock interview questions). Also compiled media list. Featured in the Bend, OR daily paper Bend Bulletin.
Published novelist Romarin Demetri writes urban fantasy novels, including A Mirror Among Shattered Glass and The Frost Bloom Garden. Responsible for inaugural PR campaign including press releases, media relations, correspondence, publicity, YouTube video, and media data base management.
PR for aesthetician extraordinaire Mel Rongone and her Immortal Allure, an all-natural cruelty-free spa specializing in palm oil free soap.
Live call-in podcast for the music business (principal Rick Schreiber). My job here was as a freelance talent recruiter for musicians and bands.
Perennial Cat (Charity/Pro-bono)
Cat shelter in Rio Grande, Ohio for which I handled PR duties and organized the largest fundraiser in the shelter’s history.
EDITORIAL CLIENTELE/OHIO (2007-PRESENT)
Giving on Demand/GoDcoin — Michael Silberman, CEO, Copacetic LLC
Reimagines charitable giving by donating to people and causes made simple using the GoDcoin and “Giving on Demand” platform. Giving on Demand intends to stop the practice of middlemen extracting millions of dollars that are meant to go directly to charities, organizations, and people in need around the world.
OWOW Radio — John Gorman (coming June 2019)
Online station in Cleveland/Akron area, in business for five years with a monthly average of 75K listeners. OWOW’s distinctive format presents a diverse blend of both new and timeless rock, best described as “the sweet spot between classic rock and indie rock.”
Robert J. Szilvas, Broker, R.J. Wohl Company
Over 25 years of commercial real estate experience and has closed over $80,000,000 in Sales & Leasing Transactions over his career with the R.J. Wohl Company. Robert is a licensed Broker and is also an Owner/Investor.
Fleckensmart Solutions — John Fleckenstsin
John Fleckenstein runs a business strategy consulting firm and project manages for a range of firms from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. I was responsible for editing and proofreading content for procedural materials and LinkedIn biographical summary.
Erotica — Dr, Joann Ford
Debut book of readings by Joanne Ford, full professor, English Department, University of Rio Grande, Ohio. Handled extensive PR campaign in addition to editing her tome.
Cuyahoga Community College, Department of Media and Journalism Studies
Teaching Public Relations (course creation as well), Film Appreciation, and Intro to Mass Comm.
SOUTH FLORIDA CLIENTELE (1989-2007)
PR… Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, Chicken Soup for the Soul, David Schweitzer (videographer, directed one of MTVs first ever videos on Pat Benatar, see IMDB), Miami Rocks & East Coast Music Forum, Baja Beach Club, Oceana Records, US1 Travel, Sensormatic, Securiguard Alarms, WSHE/rock radio (FL), WMXJ / easy listening radio (FL), 25th Parallel Magazine, Bachelor Book Magazine, Talent Times Magazine, and night clubs including City Limits and Squeeze, to name a few. Cross-Promotions: WSHE Radio, US1 Travel, Act 1 Models, Take 5 Magazine, Hawaiian Tropic and more.
WRITING/MAGAZINES & NEWSPAPERS… Top picks are Ocean Drive, Elegant Bride, Honeymoon, Fashion Spectrum, Palm Beach Post, and Dimensions, TravelHost, and Thrust, as well as local magazines for South Florida, Boca Raton, Wellington, and Key West.
EDITING/PROOFREADING… Agora Publishing, Baltimore, MD: Surviving Cancer; Health Communications, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL: Intimate Communion; Shot Tower/Agora Publishing, Boca Raton, FL: Natural Health Secrets. (All non-fiction.)
ACADEMIA… Florida Atlantic University, Northwood University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Broward Community College, Palm Beach Community College, and others. EXECUTIVE SEMINARS… Trammell Crow Residential Services, Archon Management, City of Pembroke Pines, South Florida Water Management, Pratt & Whitney, Solid Waste Authority, and Drake, Beam, Morin among others.
LOS ANGELES CLIENTELE (1981-1989)
PR… A ton of bands, primarily rock, whose PR I handled far and wide and amassed media coverage far and wide in the heyday of rock: the 1980s. Eddie Money, John Waite (Babys), Animotion (hit single “Obsession”), and what feels like a never-ending clientele of musicians who made it then and are still making it now. For instance, the Hurricane guys now perform with some huge rock draws: Kelly Hansen is lead vocalist of Foreigner, Robert Sarzo was guitarist for Geoff Tate’s Queensryche, Jay Schellen now plays with YES (formerly with one of Vegas’s top attractions “Raiding the Rock Vault”) and bassist Tony Cavazo remains at the helm of a newly revamped Hurricane. From XYZ, lead vocalist Terry Ilous fronts Great White and bassist Pat Fontaine is one of the “Monsters of Rock.” Love/Hate, Rebel Faction, and D’Molls still tour, while Animotion released a new album this year and the Bang Gang is coming the way of the Phoenix. Nice to see my pride is still in action today! Also, actor Susan Richardson (Eight is Enough), ROCK Magazine, the Cat House, Alibi Artists, and so many, many others.
WRITING/MAGAZINES… Rock rags Circus, Hit Parader, RIP, Rock Scene, and ROCK Magazine.
ACADEMIA… University of Southern California Los Angeles (UCLA)
AND!!! ACROSS THE BOARD MAGAZINE WRITING IN SO FLO AND LA (1981-2007)
MAGAZINE FEATURE STORIES (to name a few)… Pat Benatar (cover story), Aerosmith, Nine Inch Nails, Sebastion Bach (Skid Row), Izzy Stradlin (Guns’n’Roses), John Waite (Babys), Eddie Money, and others; Miami Dolphins Dan Marino, Pete Stoyanovich, and Irving Fryer; actor D.B. Sweeney. MAGAZINE COLUMN STORIES (to name a few): Donald Trump, Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Billy Squier, Dokken, Cinderella…
SOME OF MY BIGGEST PRIDE AND JOYS:
ROCK Magazine: Pat Benatar cover story/feature from her Valley home!
Also Rock Magazine: Aerosmith feature… what a trip this interview was!