Our Team

Shannon Delany, Publisher

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  • Shannon Delany, Publisher

    Shannon Delany is the award-winning and best-selling author of two YA series through St. Martin’s Press. She has also written assorted national children’s magazine articles, freelance articles on nearly anything and everything and short stories for small press anthologies. Shannon is also an award-winning artist, a speaker and workshop leader at national conferences and conventions (and just as happily at much smaller venues), a farmer, wife, and mom living in upstate New York. As the owner and publisher of Leap Books LLC, Shannon oversees company operations, directs the SURGE young adult novel line, provides developmental editing, and also acts as an Acquisitions Editor.


  • Judith Graves, Co-Publisher

  • Award-winning author Judith Graves has multiple young adult novels and short stories published with Leap Books, Orca Book Publishers, Compass Press, and, under the pen name, Judith Tewes, is also published with Bloomsbury Spark. In addition, Judith is an award-winning screenwriter and playwright, writes freelance articles for literary magazines, and facilitates writing workshops for both adults and young adults. As co-publisher, Judith helps oversee company operations, assists in the selection of titles, provides developmental editorial services, and supervises the direction of the SHINE young adult e-novella line.

William Gee serves as our Chief Financial Officer. In addition to this core management team, we are building a solid roster of talented freelance illustrators, editors, and marketing assistants to ensure we have proper support, manpower, and to broaden our reach.


Sara Biren, Freelance Editor


Sara Biren is a YA author and freelance editor from Minnesota. Sara holds an MFA in Creative Writing from

Minnesota State University, Mankato, is a member of

the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and SCBWI, and has worked closely with writers at all levels to help them improve their craft. She is a crew member at www.yabuccaneers.com, a website for readers and writers of YA fiction, and also blogs at www.sarabiren.com. She lives just outside of the Twin Cities with her husband and two young children.

      Tara Kelly, Freelance Editor

      securedownloadTara Kelly is the award-winning author of HARMONIC FEEDBACK (OCTE Oregon Spirit Award, YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children’s Books) and AMPLIFIED (OCTE Oregon Spirit Award Honor). She’s been editing new adult, young adult, and middle grade manuscripts for three years. Her clients have included aspiring, self published, and traditionally published authors. Her editing style has been described as insightful, detailed, honest, and encouraging. She doesn’t pull punches, but she goes out of her way to highlight the strengths of a manuscript. In addition to being an editor and author, Tara is a one-girl-band, guitar addict, avocado junkie, and all-around goofball.

          Laura Taylor - PhotoLaura Taylor, Freelance Editor

          Laura Taylor has a geography degree with a minor in English. For the past five years, she has worked with authors, providing both copy and developmental editing. Laura also likes to attend conventions, where she takes notes at writing panels and shares them on her blog, lstaylor.blogspot.com. An author of fantasy and science fiction, particularly YA fantasy, she strongly believes in the importance of making changes to a manuscript for the good of the story, and that one can never stop learning. When not nerding out or writing, she can be found swinging a sword or, in the summer, jumping off cliffs.

                  Book Formatting and Interior Design

                  ali-ninja-smAli Cross at NovelNinjutsu.com, grew up watching Bruce Lee movies and dreamed of being a kick-butt martial artist like Cynthia Rothrock. She never became the kind of ninja she envisioned, but she does hold a black belt in awesome. She’s the award-winning author of nine novels, from picture books to adult science fiction and everything in between.


                  Ashley Poston

                  Profile-PhotoAshley Poston lives, breathes, and sometimes sniffs books. She’s very grateful for the opportunity to design for some spectacular books. She tweets obsessively @ashposton, blogs obsessively at www.casuallybeingweird.com, and designs obsessively over at www.quixcydesigns.com.




                      Gaetano Pezzillo


                      Gaetano Pezzillo was born in Naples, Italy. His work has a dark-fantasy style and surreal atmospheres, full of dreamy worlds and emotions. He loves to create, alter, distort and blend together apparently irreconcilable elements. 





                          Fiona Jade

                          Fiona Jade has, “Over a decade of experience working with independent authors, big six publishers and niche presses.” and was the, “Winner of 2013 RONE Awards for Best Fantasy & Best Contemporary Cover.”.


                              ACQUISITIONS EDITOR (Seek line) – Kelly Hashway

                              MARKETING DIRECTOR – April Hamrick

                              MARKETING DIRECTOR – Jennifer Murgia

                              JUNIOR PUBLICISTS

                              Jasmyn Novacheck 

                              Erica Millard


                              EDITORIAL INTERNS

                              Colleen Cook

                              Heather Elia 

                              PUBLICITY INTERNS

                              April Hamrick 

                              ReaganStar Baldwin 

                              SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNS

                              Elizabeth McLaren

                              Sarah Woodard 

                              Rebecca Thomas 

                              Tanya Contois 

                              MARKETING INTERNS

                              Katlyn Duncan 

                              Jasmyn Novacheck 

                              Jason Lee Stutzman 

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