Rebecca “Beckie” Gober | Marketing Ninja (Chief Executive Officer)
Rebecca Gober has sixteen years experience in upper level management, leadership, sales, marketing, and business relations. She has a history of finding ways to market outside the box and a passion for social media marketing and customer relations. She’s not afraid to take risks and doesn’t believe in the word impossible. Since entering the publishing world in 2011, Rebecca has co-authored seven young adult novels and has since gone on to open Clean Teen Publishing. Rebecca is continually working hard to make new strides in the publishing world.
Courtney Knight | Chief Know-it-all (Chief Operating Officer)
Courtney Knight graduated from UNT with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She went on to teach Middle School where she found her love for the Young Adult genre. Courtney is a perfectionist who loves to work behind the scenes in formatting and web design. She believes that the interior formatting of a book should shine as much as the exterior does. Since entering the publishing world in 2011, Courtney has co-authored seven young adult novels and has since gone on to open Clean Teen Publishing. Courtney is committed to making her mark in the publishing world.
Marya (pronounced “Mariah”) Heidel | Graphics Guru (Chief Creative Officer)
Marya Heidel has ten years of experience in customer relations and creative design. In 2011, Marya entered the publishing world when a friend asked for her help in designing their book cover. Soon, she found that she had a knack for image manipulation and an eye for bringing multiple elements together to create a visually stunning cover. Marya decided to do what she loved and began freelancing as a cover designer, and later went on to open Clean Teen Publishing. Marya was recently honored with her second RONE Award for one of her covers and has received numerous other accolades for her gorgeous designs. Marya believes that people do judge a book by its cover and she’s determined to make the publishing world a more beautiful place, one cover at a time.
Cynthia Shepp | Punctuation Prodigy (Editor in Chief)
Cynthia has always had a passion for reading. From a very young age, she knew that she wanted to grow up to be the person that got to read the books first. She followed that dream, graduating with honors from Grand Canyon University, receiving a BA in English/Literature. She has a special fondness for independent authors, as she applauds the gumption to realize your dreams on your own. If she had to pick a favorite genre of books, it would dystopian, but she loves them all. She loves living in the worlds that authors create, even if only for a short time.
Cynthia lives in Alabama with her husband and three rambunctious children, ranging in age from three to nine. Her dream allows her to stay at home with her children, do the job she loves, and be the mom she wants to be at the same time. She enjoys spending time with her family, iced coffee, camping, and pretending to love Auburn Tiger football with her husband.
Melanie Newton | Social Media Trailblazer
A self-confessed twitter spammer and completely #HashTag addicted, when Melanie isn’t fighting the ever-changing algorithms on Facebook, she is usually rummaging through our submissions looking for the next best seller. Reading is her superpower, and she even has a necklace to prove it!
The hostess with the mostess, Melanie loves a good Facebook party and she always says the party doesn’t start until she gets there… probably because she is the one organizing it.
Kelly Risser | Markup Maven
With a professional history of quality control and proofreading, Kelly is pleased to join the Clean Teen Publishing editing team, where she helps to polish manuscripts and make them shine. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found catching a movie, scanning the clearance racks for an amazing deal, or working on craft projects. Her favorite genres are paranormal and fantasy, but she’s seldom met a book she doesn’t like.
Sherry Ficklin | Slush Slave
Sherry Ficklin is a YA author and co-host of Curvy Writer Radio. She loves helping new authors find their niche in the marketplace. Her reading preferences are YA, mystery, romance, and paranormal, but she’s always looking for the next knock-your-socks-off novel and believes that, trends be damned, there is always a market for awesome books.
Courtney Whittamore | Correction Queen
Courtney Whittamore is a long-time bookworm. After starting her career in the publishing community as a blogger, it didn’t take long for her penchant for perfect punctuation and constructive critiques, along with alliterations, to shine through.
In her time serving as a novel and comic book editor, many of the titles she worked on have gone on to receive critical acclaim and win prestigious awards within the indie publishing community.
When her nose isn’t stuck in a book, Courtney enjoys running her #bookstagram account where she shares her book-centric photography and doodling in the margins of her printed manuscipts. A proud mutant, she is also an advocate for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, and her writing can be found in many of their publications nationwide.
Sandra “Sandy” Salinas | Booking Bibliophile
Sandra (Sandy) Salinas works in the medical field in South Florida, but she is an avid reader when not hurting (healing) people. She has been known to forgo sleep to finish a good story, and to stalk her favorite authors at book events and on social media. She loves her Kindle and her Nook, but still harbors a fondness for the growing bookshelf of signed books she shares with her grown daughter. She loves to support authors, aspiring and entrenched, indie and traditionally published. Her favorite stories are paranormal, dystopian, and sci-fi, although she will read just about everything. She likes to time travel, ride mystical creatures, and sip green Andorian ale.