About Mary Nilsen

A Short Biography

Mary Ylvisaker Nilsen began her literary career as a writer and worked with four different publishing houses during the 1970s and 80s. Alas, the time when publishers were eagerly looking for writers is over. In 1990, she realized that none of her previous publishers would accept a book dear to her heart, A Time for Peace, without her changing the target market and, thus, changing the book. Determined that the book she had been working on for years be published, she formed Zion Publishing. 

     Since then, except for stretches of time devoted to writing (see Author's page on Amazon), Mary has worked through Zion with joy, providing for others what she was given early in her career--a partner to help shape the writer's words into the most inviting book possible.

     Her graduate degrees, first in Literary Non-fiction from the University of Iowa and then in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, have deepened, expanded, and diversified the knowledge base she brings to the work of others.

     Nilsen, experienced in e-publishing, Print On Demand publishing and print publishing, can advise you on the most economical and efficient way to turn your typescript into a paper and/or e-book. Once your decision is made, Mary will make it happen.