Jo (Jolene Perry, founder and co-owner) is a middle and high school teacher turned author. She began her publishing career in 2010, when she signed her first publication contract. Since that time, Jolene has written YA contemporary novels for Simon Pulse, Entangled/Macmillan, and Albert Whitman Teen. She’s also independently published a handful of novels and novellas for both young adults and adults. You can find Jolene on her website at www.jowritesbook.com
Jolene began teaching writing in 2011. She’s mentored workshops at The Storymakers Conference, taught on panels at Association for Writing and Writing Professionals (AWP), taught breakout sessions at Alaska Writer’s Guild, Alaska SCBWI, American Night Writer’s Association (ANWA), as well been a special guest at several writing retreats. She spent a year interning at the Bent Agency where she read over a hundred manuscripts, and was the Author in Residence at Alaska Pacific University.

She’s worked as a freelance editor, helped writers find agents, actors/community advocates find their writing voice, and strengthened projects for USA Today bestselling authors.

If you need a more formal introduction, I graduated with a degree in Political Science and French, with an International Relations certification, specializing in Middle East Studies, as well as a secondary Ed certificate. I used this degree to teach middle school math before joining the publishing world, where I do my best to help authors find their voice, while continually re-discovering the joy of writing.

You can find my author self on her website – Jo Writes Books

Megan (Megan Clements, co-owner) is an author who couldn’t nail down just one genre to write in so she edits and
coaches fiction to satisfy her constant curiosity. She prides herself in being able to
predict the ending of a movie within the first ten minutes, and can belt out entire
Broadway musicals in the shower. Not only is she a book coach helping authors
discover their own voice, but you can find her on the volleyball court, coaching high
school athletes to reach their potential. She thrives on busy, people, and books so
working with authors is the absolute dream come true.

  • I’m a huffleclaw
  • Team Jacob
  • Gale should have got the girl
  • I would be Athena’s daughter
  • Kaz Brekker is a heartthrob, but I don’t trust the guy so it would never work
  • The Black Widow is better than Wonder Woman–this is the hill I will die on
  • Audiobooks are real books, especially if they are told by Steve West


If you need a more formal introduction, I have a B.A. in English from Idaho State
University. I’ve been published in magazines nationally, including Highlights for
Children. I was the editor-in-chief of a bride magazine for two years where I learned
the importance of writing the things that interest me which, coincidently, is not
weddings. I was chosen for a Pitch Wars mentorship in 2018 for my MG Fantasy
novel, The Curse of the Passkey. I signed with an agent and went on submission to
the Big 5 publishing houses. I learned firsthand that a lot of publishing is about luck
and timing, and I guess it wasn’t my time but I still love that book. I’m an Author
Accelerator Certified Book Coach. I’ve taught writing at conferences including
Storymakers and Snake River Writers and love helping writers discover their own
process so they can enjoy a long and sustainable writing careers.


Contributors:

Allie is an author who accidentally started a publishing design company. She’s a rebel at heart with a strong distaste for formal education—preferring the experiential and self directed approach to learning. She’s lived many lives in her three and a half decades with only one constant—a fascination with the human condition.

She dropped out of University where she studied psychology to go to beauty school, owned her own spa at 19 before selling it to travel the world, and finally settled down in a great art program…only to drop out with one class left to take. You can find Allie on her website www.amartinbooks.com


Haley Walden writes fast-paced, character-driven fantasy with magical adventures, spellbinding love stories, and unforgettable friendships. She’s a multi-fandom trove of geekery with a wide variety of obsessions, including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and many more.

In her other life, she’s a marketing copywriter and editor who helps authors, entrepreneurs, and companies engage their audiences through articulate, informative, and fun-to-read copy. She has worked with New York Times bestselling authors, internationally-renowned entrepreneurs, and incredible business owners from across the U.S. and beyond.

Haley lives in Alabama with her husband and children. Find out more about her and her fantasy series, The Witness Tree Chronicles, at authorhaleywalden.com


College Intern

Jesse is an avid reader and a History and English major enrolled at CMU.

They’re a kickass guitar player, learning to ride horses, and spend money on travel before all else. These are just some of their many talents. Jesse’s eye for detail makes them a fantastic proofreader, or editor for your historical novel. You can find Jesse online www.perrysedits.com

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