Violet Szilvas, Principal and Public Relations Professional at UltraViolet Communications
A Communications expert having served as publicist, writer, editor, proofreader, and instructor in 30+ years as practitioner. Experience in communications encompasses a wide range of products and services. Currently represents book, business, and beauty clients, and has represented clients in the music, arts, leisure, restaurant, and sporting industries among others. Most notable client at the moment is author J.D. Barker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and his thriller novels “The Fifth to Die,” “The Fourth Monkey,” and “Forsaken.” Works in conjunction with HMH’s Marketing Department to achieve the most expansive coverage possible for Barker.
Previously served as a magazine writer for such international publications as Ocean Drive, and national magazines including Elegant Bride and Fashion Spectrum. Also contributed to newspapers, news magazines, catalogs, trades, and in-house publications. Most recent piece is a blog (November, 2016) for Zildjian Cymbals: “From the Street to Social: Tips for Self Promotion from an 80s Sunset Strip Rock’n’Roll Publicist,” at http://www.ultravioletcommunications.com.
Adjunct professor and lecturer for over 25 years. 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, starting out at UCLA, then to Florida Atlantic, and currently Cuyahoga Community and Ursuline Colleges with many other schools in between. Additionally taught executive seminars on communications, writing, and professional skills to business clientele including national, regional, and local companies, governmental agencies, and private individuals.
Szilvas is a two-time graduate of Kent State University, earning a Master of Arts in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations, and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing and Management concentrations. She has also pursued many hours in PhD level courses in Comparative Studies.
My PR services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Writing all pertinent information, such as press releases, bios, mock interviews, interview questions, and more;
Editing and proofreading;
Creating news-worthy content;
Developing and maintaining media lists;
Making calls to, and doing follow-ups for, media contacts on a consistent basis, ensuring coverage in local and national media sources;
Forging strong ties with pertinent communities;
Keeping contacts in the press, radio, and TV;
Maintaining relationships with media, including press, radio, and TV;
Coordinating video shoots and special events.
My Professorship includes, but is not limited to…
Conducting executive seminars and business lectures
Teaching for higher education