Jill Dianne Swenson, Ph.D.
Jill Swenson is a developmental editor and literary consultant who established Swenson Book Development LLC in 2011. Previously tenured at Ithaca College as a journalism educator and media studies scholar, Jill lived off-the-grid for a decade in upstate New York. She has worked as a car mechanic, a Christmas wreath-maker, and a lifeguard at a women’s pool in Saudi Arabia. She’s taught writing workshops at the Loft Literary Center, Grand Marais Art Colony, and in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she lives with her dog Daisy. With a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, 30 years of teaching, editing, and coaching writers, Jill is an author’s advocate.
In addition to reading an average of 200 books a year, Jenna Goodman has worked in shiny L.A. ad offices, poured coffee in late night truck stops, and skated inside blocker on the roller derby track. She combines a sharp editorial eye with a supportive approach to help authors reach their goals while meeting the high expectations of the publishing world. Jenna also works as a pediatric occupational therapist, looks after her husband, author Shawn Goodman, and two daughters.
Sharon K. Yntema
Sharon K. Yntema is a bookkeeper, licensed massage therapist at Hands On Physical Therapy, and author (Vegetarian Baby series, More Than 100: Women Science Fiction Writers). She started bookkeeping at McBooks Bookstore in 1978, worked part-time for The Bookery since 1990, and started a Little Free Library in downtown Ithaca in 2013. She serves on the executive board of Buffalo Street Books, a cooperatively owned bookstore in Ithaca, NY. She is currently finishing up a book on a 200-year history of bookstores in the Ithaca, NY, area, and beginning a new book on the natural history of her backyard.
A UW-Green Bay graduate with her Bachelor’s degree in English and Arts Management, Audrey Arnold works as a library clerk at the Brown County Library in addition to her editorial work for Swenson Book Development. Ever since she was little, Audrey has had a passion for writing and reading, and her time as editor for Sheepshead Review during college led her to discover a love for the editing and publishing field. Her short stories have been published in a few small magazines and journals, and her dream is to someday publish a novel.Swenson Book Development also collaborates with graphic designers, photographers, image editors, cover designers, illustrators and other professionals on specific projects as needed.
In the pre-dawn hours of February 18, 1942, three American warships zigzagged in convoy along the south coast of Newfoundland. Caught in a raging blizzard, the three ships ran aground on one of the most inhospitable stretches of coastline in the world—less than three miles apart, within eight minutes of each other. The Wilkes freed herself. The Truxton and Pollux could not. Fighting frigid temperatures, wild surf, and a heavy oil slick, a few sailors, through ingenuity and sheer grit, managed to gain shore—only to be stranded under cliffs some 200 feet high. From there, local miners mounted an arduous rescue mission. In Hard Aground, based onRead more…