Tova Diker, Editor
Tova Diker is assistant to literary publicist Sarah Russo and is the social media manager for Storyville App. She is a 2013 graduate of Dartmouth College and the Columbia Publishing Course. She has previously worked with literary publicist Lauren Cerand, literary agent Irene Skolnick, agent Brandi Bowles at Foundry Literary + Media, and in editorial at Women’s Health. She loves literature of all kinds but has a special passion for Victorian lit, having written her honors thesis on George Eliot and Robert Browning.
Carolyn Schweitzer, Editor
Since graduating from the Columbia Publishing Course in 2012, Carolyn Schweitzer has tried her hand at a few of the publishing industry’s many branches. From magazine editing to journalism, book publicity to textbook development, Carolyn has finally carved out her niche as a freelance editor and writer. Outside of the world of books, reading, and words, she loves travel, British comedy, and debating issues of social justice.
Kay Springsteen, Editor
With a background in primary teaching, it’s no surprise that Kay Springsteen finds opportunities to pass on her knowledge of the writing craft whenever she edits. She balances her time between writing and editing, and she has worked as a senior editor for a number of indie presses, as well as built an extensive list of private clients, many of whose books end up on the New York Times or USA Today Bestseller lists. She loves working on all genres and specializes in the details that help polish a story to a gleaming work of art.
Zee Monodee, Editor
Zee has been dabbling in story-writing for as long as she can remember. A lover of languages, it’s no surprise that she went the Humanities’ way in her studies. Holder of a BA in Communications Science from UNISA (University of South Africa), Zee has worked as a freelance editor & ghostwriter for the past 7 years, editing to put herself through university. Between 2012 and early 2014, she has spear-headed, managed, and edited the Africa-centric Ubuntu line at Decadent Publishing, on top of freelancing for said publishing house and a roster of clients, both publishers and indie authors.
Zee calls the multicultural island of Mauritius, located in the southern Indian Ocean, home. In the spare time she almost never manages to find between working and writing, she can be found enjoying a laugh with her family or with her head plunged in a book, where else?
Leslie is a professional editor and proofreader. Her editing career began as a reviewer for RT Bookreviews Magazine, where she still reviews books of various genres. Books have always been a significant part of her life. Since 2012, she has been professionally editing and proofreading manuscripts for authors and publishing houses (as an independent contractor). Leslie’s lifelong love of reading and learning, in addition to reviewing and teaching, led her into the publishing industry. Editing and reviewing are not merely jobs. They are her passions. Leslie is an avid reader with an eye for detail, making her a perfect match for this career.
Leslie is a member of ACFW and has served as a judge for their First Impression, Carol Awards, and Genesis contests. She is also a member of The Christian PEN and a part of their newsletter editorial staff.
In 2014 Leslie began working as an independent contractor with HarperCollins Christian publishing. She has proofread books by a number of well-known Christian authors (many who penned bestselling books), including Max Lucado, Robin Lee Hatcher, Colleen Coble, Kelly Irvin, Kristy Cambron, Liz Tolsma, Sarah E. Ladd, Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipton, Kathleen Fuller, Vannetta Chapman, Suzanne Wolfe, Andrew Klavan, Debra Clopton, Christy Parrish, and Lisa Samson.
In her spare time, Leslie enjoys reading, playing piano, crocheting, spending time with family and friends (and her turtle!), and rooting for the NY Giants.
By providing quality services to values-based authors, Leslie helps them on their literary journeys. She enjoys polishing a story so it shines, and she looks forward to working with you on your next project.
Vidya Ravi, Editorial, Administrative & PR Assistant
Vidya Ravi is an Engineering graduate, majoring in Computer Science. A bibliophile with a true passion for supporting authors, she enjoys working alongside authors and publishers. She works as a publicist to major PR firms, along with being a virtual author assistant and social media administrator to the authors. She loves reading romance, fantasy and children’s books. Married to the love of her life, she is either running behind her toddler or hiding behind her books, when she is not working.
Our Founder & Publisher:
Jessica Gadsden is the publisher and founder of Penner Publishing. She is a graduate of Smith College with a degree in English Language & Literature. Additionally, she graduated from Cornell Law School. In addition to being a lifelong reader and lover of books, she is a traditionally and self-published author.
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