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Soul Mate Publishing Editorial Staff

Debby Deborah Gilbert

Founder and Senior Editor Deborah Gilbert graduated from Nazareth College, magna cum laude, with a B.S. in English and an M.S. in Reading. She taught high school English for sixteen years and joined RWA in 1998. Noting the tightening New York market and the trend toward digital publishing, she opened Soul Mate Publishing in October, 2011. She is currently seeking submissions in all areas.

Contact Debby at Debby@SoulMatePublishing.com


Tamus Bairen Tamus Bairen

Graduating with a B.S. in Clinical Dietetics, Tamus spent five years as a registered dietitian before obtaining a position as a medical transcriptionist after her first child was born. She, then, spent the next 14 years transcribing and editing physicians’ reports. During this time, she began homeschooling her three children, which she continues to do to this day.

After having quit her job as a transcriptionist when she moved to sunny Florida, Tamus began looking for an avenue for her love of language and writing. She has been able to write product reviews and informational articles which have been published online, as well as unit studies for homeschoolers. She is also working on her first novel.

She is thrilled to have the opportunity to use the skills she has acquired over the years to edit and encourage other authors in their journey, as she is aware of the time and effort that goes into producing a great book. Her favorite genre is historical fiction but is willing to edit other genres. She prefers the heat level to be on the mild side.

Contact Tamus at Tamus@SoulMatePublishing.com


Nita Banks Nita Banks

Nita often laughs about being at this place in her life. Before 2006 she never read for enjoyment. Her motto was, “I read for information, not for fun!” However, a delayed flight prompted her to pick up her first fiction novel. That introductory frolic with fiction created her insatiable love for reading.

She loves a good story with interesting characters and a happily-ever-after. She welcomes authors who have a strong voice and a unique story to tell. She is most interested in romance on any scale, including: Paranormal, Contemporary, New Adult Romance, Multi-racial Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Romantica.

Nita has a “we’re in this together” mentality, and seeks to be a partner with the authors she assists—not an impediment.

Contact Nita at Nita@SoulMatePublishing.com

Cindy Cynthia Brannam

After nineteen years of analyzing, selling, and marketing books within the wholesale industry, Cynthia turned her love for reading into writing and now editing. She’s looking for fresh voices in Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary and Historical romance - all heat levels. (No erotica, F/F, M/M or multiples.)

Contact Cindy at Cindy@SoulMatePublishing.com

Char Char Chaffin

Char Chaffin studied Journalism and English Literature at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has over twelve years’ writing and critique experience, belongs to several writing groups and is a member of RWA, including Alaska Romance Writers, and Central NY Romance Writers. She is an avid reader with a fondness for horror and science-fiction as well as romance and erotica.

As an editor, Char welcomes all genres, and is constantly on the lookout for imaginative, edgy, romantic passion that will sweep her away. Paranormal/fantasy is also a favorite of hers.

A multi-published author, Char writes mainstream/contemporary romances with strong yet flawed heroes and heroines who find each other against all odds. She is currently working on her fourth novel. Char and husband Don divide their time between two homes: Fairbanks, Alaska, and Upstate New York.

Contact Char at Char@SoulMatePublishing.com


Janet Clementz Janet Clementz

Janet earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Black Hills State College, and Post Baccalaureate hours in English Literature from the University of Houston. When not spending time with her family and friends, working out at the gym, or traveling, she consumes copious amounts of chocolate, which is strong motivation to head back to the gym.

Janet is on the lookout for manuscripts with the potential to become legends in the industry. Give her intelligent, crisp romance with well-motivated characters, then crank up the emotion, and you’ve got her attention. Favorite genres are American Westerns, Historical, Regency, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense, Time Travel, and light Paranormal.

Contact Janet at Janet@SoulMatePublishing.com

Garrett Garrett Marco

Garrett graduated studying English and creative writing at the University of Oregon. He has worked as an editor for literary journals, as a freelance manuscript editor, and is himself a writer of fiction. He attends local writing groups and is a member of the Wordos science fiction and fantasy group.

With seven years of editing experience, Garrett seeks only one thing in fiction: good writing. Every genre, every style is welcome as long as it is written well. He enjoys strong characters with depths, and stories that stand to test these characters.

Contact Garrett at Garrett@SoulMatePublishing.com 


ShawnnaShawnna Perigo

Shawnna has a background in the medical field and has earned her writing stripes the old-fashioned way–lots and lots of hard work, baby! She has won a few awards, is still writing her books the way she wants, and lovin’ every minute of it. And she’s proud to say she’s even achieved her dream of becoming an editor. Who knew?

She has a love of sass and edgy, strong heroes. She is open to just about anything except historical and has enjoyed books from multiple genres because, hey, good writing is good writing. But, she prefers Contemporary and erotica and it’s a must to make herfeelsomething.

‘Make me cry, make me laugh, make me sit on the edge of my seat–and I’m sold.’

Contact Shawnna at Shawnna@SoulMatePublishing.com 


Janine Phillips Janine Phillips

"Tell me a story."

Janine Phillips has been writing and editing professionally for more than two decades, beginning as a cub reporter on Long Island and ending as an editor for a local newspaper in Upstate New York.

In addition to her non-fiction publishing career, Janine has been writing and publishing fiction online, and has been a member of CNYRW and RWA since 2004.

Her sense of detail and her desire for strong character development and moving plot, combined with her quest for the perfect happy ending, keeps Janine busy reading, writing, and editing.

Currently Janine is seeking any romance genre, but she is interested in contemporary, paranormal, and time travel romances with strong characters and believable story lines.

"Write what you know . . . and then tell me a story."

And don't forget the happy ending.

Contact Janine at Janine@SoulMatePublishing.com


Violetta Rand Violetta Rand

Violetta Rand holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management. She has served as an environmental scientist and technical editor in the state of Alaska for over seven years.

As an editor, Violetta welcomes historical romance (fantasy elements just fine) and will consider some contemporary romance, too.  

Contact Violetta at Violetta@SoulMatePublishing.com


Stella Riley  Stella Riley

Born a stone’s throw from the Acropolis, transplanted to the Texas Gulf Coast, Stella is descended from refugees and rednecks.

She’s looking for compelling characters, tension, new situations, and a story that resonates.

“Give me a character I can feel, then drop them in some hot water. Now get them out. I love tension. Any kind of tension—inner and outer.”

She welcomes authors with a fresh voice or a new approach. All heat levels, all story lines are acceptable.

Contact Stella at Stella@SoulMatePublishing.com

Cheryl Cheryl Yeko

Cheryl Yeko received her Administrative Assistant Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College, in Wisconsin, as well as a Paralegal Certification through the American Institute For Paralegal Studies. She has over twenty-five years as a Legal Assistant, involving the drafting of legal correspondence and court documents. She belongs to several writing groups, and is a member of RWA.

Cheryl lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick. She loves to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines.

Her debut novel, Protecting Rose, won the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Romantic Suspense category.

As an Editor, Cheryl welcomes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, and Erotica.

Contact Cheryl at Cheryl@SoulMatePublishing.com


Please find the submission guidelines through the link on our home page.