meet the staff

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Susan Brooks

Editor-in-Chief

Susan Brooks has loved books since she first got her hands on Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman as a toddler. She has many years of editorial experience and has a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University. She was on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers from 2009 to 2019.

She is a lover of cats and cares for Ragnar and Ziggy, two rescues who rule the house and expect breakfast and dinner at exacting times. 

Susan is currently not accepting submissions.

Follow her on Twitter!

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Cindy

Bryan

Editor

Cindy lives in rural Alabama with her husband, little dogs, and lots of wildlife. She’s been and done many things, but these days she’s circled back to her first love—working with words. Cindy believes that stories are essential to life—for remembering, understanding, teaching, and dreaming. That’s why she’s passionate about helping authors. When she’s not editing or reading, she's most likely gardening or making music.


Cindy’s looking for fantasy, sci-fi, and YA fantasies and sci-fi.

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EJAY

DAWSON

Editorial Assistant

Ejay Dawson lives in rural Victoria, Australia, with too many pets. An avid reader and writer, an Australian RWA member, and an avid neurodiverse champion (diagnosed with Aspergers), she loves encouraging writers to write the story of their hearts. 

Ejay is looking for adult paranormal, mystery, thriller, and romance. She is passionate about scifi and fantasy too. She does love a delicious villain! 

Follow her on Twitter; https://twitter.com/ejdawsonauthor

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Jennica Dotson

Editor

Jennica Dotson has over a decade of editorial experience and a lifetime of experience seeking literary thrills. When not wielding a pen, Jennica loves to sing in the Out Loud Chorus, an LGBTQ+ choir based in Washtenaw County, Michigan. She also loves to write, spend time with friends and family, go for walks in the forest, and enjoy quiet nights at home with her girlfriend and many stuffed animals.

 

She is currently seeking adult and YA fantasy, uplifting LGBTQ+ fiction, and historical or paranormal romance. In all genres, she particularly likes those that feature diverse characters.

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kylee

howells

Editor

Kylee graduated from Missouri State University with a BA in English Literature with a minor in Technical Writing in 2015, and shortly after moved to warm and sunny Houston, Texas. With a few years editing experience, and a hand full of years of social media marketing under her hat, Kylee loves nothing more than to help her authors thrive once their book is published. Kylee is currently looking for books in the romance genre, particularly romantic suspense, contemporary romance, rom-coms, historical romance, and paranormal romance. Basically anything with a happily ever after.

When Kylee isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring new places around Houston, and hanging out with her friends. Her hobbies include reading, collecting books, finding new ways to organize her books, and searching for mobile libraries to donate her already read books.

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pozu

mitsuma

Cover Designer

Perpetual stargazer and bonfire denizen, Pozu is an unassuming artist and storyteller who enjoys contemplation, discussing ideas, being alone, and living at the ocean with his wife, daughter, and two rascally dogs.

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Jimmy
Pak

Assistant Editor

Jimmy graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2018 with a degree in English Literature. His love of reading began when he was just a toddler and has blossomed into a life-long passion. When he’s not looking for his next favorite book, he enjoys writing, baking, and hiking in the mountains. You can follow him on Twitter @jpakwrites.

Jimmy is looking for adult mystery

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sharon

salonen

Senior Editor

Sharon Salonen developed a love of books as the youngest member of a reading family and was often accused (and guilty!) of always having her nose in a book.

Sharon has over two decades’ experience as an editor, graduating with a master’s degree in publishing from The George Washington University and from the Editing program at the University of Chicago. Beyond editing fiction, Sharon also works at a law firm as a legal editor and is a member of EFA, NAIWE, and ACES. 

Accepted genres/subgenres: mystery (hard-boiled, cozy, police procedural, PI, amateur detective); suspense/thriller; gothic; western; magic realism; fantasy; urban fantasy; paranormal. Sharon’s dream manuscript: An atmospheric page-turner with tight prose and strong characters.

When not satisfying every whim of her Australian cattle dog/pug mix, Sharon spends her free time reading, hiking, traveling, or working on her writing. Sharon lives in Seattle with her husband, Will, and their dog, Hugo. Follow her on Twitter!

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CRAIG TERLSON

Cover Designer

After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Craig Terlson moved to Toronto and began a 26-year career of illustration, working for books and magazines across North America. His work has appeared in and won awards for The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Enquirer, Psychology Today, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Graphics World London. In the 90's, he shifted his career to graphic design, working for a diverse clientele. Currently, he teaches Principles of Design at the undergraduate level, and is the Design Manager at a Canadian university.

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CRAIG TERLSON

Cover Designer

After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Craig Terlson moved to Toronto and began a 26-year career of illustration, working for books and magazines across North America. His work has appeared in and won awards for The Boston Globe, Philadelphia Enquirer, Psychology Today, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Graphics World London. In the 90's, he shifted his career to graphic design, working for a diverse clientele. Currently, he teaches Principles of Design at the undergraduate level, and is the Design Manager at a Canadian university.