Swenson Book Development - Jill SwensonJill Dianne Swenson, Ph.D.


Jill Swenson is President, CEO, and Executive Book Development Editor at Swenson Book Development LLC. With a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, 20 years of teaching, editing, and coaching non-fiction writers, Jill is an author’s advocate. First and foremost, she loves books. She moved to Appleton, WI, in 2015 with her adopted dog Daisy. They enjoy walking through the sidewalk neighborhoods visiting Little Free Libraries.

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Swenson Book Development - Jenna GoodmanJenna Goodman


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.

Swenson Book Development - Sharon YntemaSharon 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 is now writing a history of 200 years of Ithaca bookstores (1820-2020).

Mark Thyss

Copy editor

Mark Thyss is a copy editor, proofreader, and grammar geek. With a B.A. in German, Mark also studied Russian, French, Spanish, and Italian. He spent years in the publishing and advertising fields, loves to read Architectural Digest, and enjoys dining in fine restaurants in the Fox Valley.

Audrey Schultz

Editorial Assistant

Audrey Schultz is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Arts Management. She has held a position as Editor-in-Chief of Sheepshead Review, an internationally distributed journal of art and literature, and has had three of her short stories published in small magazines. Writing, reading and anything to do with books are her passion. Her favorite season is summer, and she loves spending time outdoors.



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