Xulon Press Designer Amanda Wright
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Meet the Team: Amanda Wright’s Design Work Packs Quite the Punch

Xulon Press Designer Amanda WrightIt was a “leap of faith” as she calls it, but Xulon Press’s Amanda Wright knew that God was calling her to the Sunshine State, from Pennsylvania, to become part of our graphic design team in December of 2009. Her work has spoken for her, as she and our other gifted graphic designers have inspired authors and readers alike with their professional cover designs and video trailers. Yet creating impressive cover designs and trailers is not all Amanda is passionate about, which she shares in an exclusive interview.

1) What is your title at Xulon Press? Describe what a typical workday is for you, such as what your duties are.

I’m a graphic designer, and I am part of a team that is responsible for creating the cover designs for many of the books we publish here at Xulon Press. I use design software, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create the layout for each book. When I’m not designing book covers, I am busy making video trailers. Each video trailer includes a narrative script, images, and music that I then combine into a feature video that the author can use as a tool to market his/her book.


2) Besides Xulon Press, any previous jobs that have been impactful in your career?

After graduating college, my first design job was with R.M. Palmer, a chocolate manufacturer in Reading, Pennsylvania. My responsibilities included package design, color scheme and layout of initial products, and production of all new product mock-up samples. I worked for R.M. Palmer for two years; and in October of 2009, I decided I wanted to move to Florida.

There was a woman I met who owned a consignment shop in town and after meeting her, I started going to church with her; and she led me to accept Christ into my heart. Her twin sister lived in Florida and opened up her home to me when I decided to move. I took a huge leap of faith; I quit my job, packed up my car and headed on a road trip to the Sunshine State! This is when I realized God puts people in our paths for a purpose. Without these key people in my life, I wouldn’t be where I am today or doing what I’m doing. They are all Christians and, to me, that’s divine connection!


3) When did you become interested in fitness training? What led you to consider becoming a trainer?

My interest in fitness and exercise began when a friend asked me if I wanted to run a 5K. We began training together and ran our first 5K in April 2013.


4) You also competed in some fitness competitions and have done very well in them. Describe some of the most memorable competitions that you have been involved with.

It all began when I started attending boot camp classes at the complex where I live. One of the instructors asked if I was interested in competing in bodybuilding competitions. I had no idea what a bodybuilding competition was or what it involved, but after attending a show, I decided it was something I knew I could do. So I started working with a trainer. I was training six days a week, eating six meals a day and following a special diet. After twelve weeks of training, I placed fourth in my first competition in September 2013. I competed again one month later, and placed first and took the overall win in the women’s figure category! Behind every great competitor is a great coach, and my success in this sport would not be possible without the guidance and support of my trainer, who also happens to be a church pastor.

During a figure competition, the competitors appear on stage and execute a series of model poses and quarter-turns for a panel of judges, who assess the athleticism of their physique. A successful competitor has a great physique and, even more importantly, a great stage presence and personality.


5) What do you enjoy most about fitness training, and have you been able to inspire others to become fit and happy as well?

In the short time that I’ve been a competitor, I’ve noticed how I’ve inspired others to be more health-conscious and committed to making positive changes in their lives. As God puts people in my life to direct me, He also uses me as a role model to guide others on their fitness journey.

I became a certified trainer and now train clients on a part-time basis. I’m also training for my next competition. My goal is to become an IFBB Figure Pro. Being a competitor is a full-time commitment; it involves hard work, discipline, and dedication.


6) What have you learned from both of your current careers, being a designer and being a fitness trainer, to guide you towards your path in life?

Anything is possible when you trust God. Believe in yourself, work hard and never give up!

“When you realize God’s purpose for your life isn’t just about you, He will use you in a mighty way.” Dr. Tony Evans



Blair Townley joined the Xulon Press family as a Staff Editor in May 2013, helping first-time authors prepare their treasured manuscripts for publication. Prior to Xulon Press, she previously worked as a staff writer/editor for several Central Florida-based magazines over the past decade. What Blair enjoys most about writing and editing is getting to help others share their stories, helping others see themselves as the unique individuals God created them to be.

2 Comments on “Meet the Team: Amanda Wright’s Design Work Packs Quite the Punch

  1. Way to go, Amanda! God always, always, always honors our Faith. He is not pleased with those who “shrink back,” per Hebrews 10:38.

    I’ve got at least six books in me, after this first one (see the FB Note). Perhaps we’ll do business, one day!

    1. Thank you for your compliment, Sharon, and I will pass it onto Amanda. She has definitely exemplified a “can-do” spirit, whether it is at work or with her training for fitness competitions. Thank you again and keep writing. God Bless.

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