Our Staff

Rachel Haimowitz Rachel Haimowitz, Publisher

As an editor, Rachel has worked at Avalon Publishing, Pearson/NAF, and Upper Deck Entertainment. She began where most of us do (with copyediting and slush pile reading) and eventually advanced all the way through to acquisitions and editorial team management. When she left Manhattan publishing to freelance, she went on to developmental edit a number of projects, including two national bestsellers and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year winner. She’s also worked as a ghostwriter and a copyeditor, and launched and operated a retail store for seven successful years before selling to focus on the world of publishing.

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Tal Valante Tal Valante, Webmaster / Senior Editor

Tal's passion in life is building worlds, whether digital ones using programming languages, or literary ones using plain ol' English. When she's not buried neck-deep in code, you can find her editing manuscripts, designing fantasy worlds, or torturing characters in her own original works.

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Sarah Frantz Lyons, Editorial Director

Sarah comes to editing from two directions: from her academic work on popular romance studies and from reviewing for Dear Author. Academia taught her how to analyze narrative structure. Reviewing romance for almost four years taught her how to spot dubious motivation and wooden dialogue at thirty paces. She has transferred her analytical and reviewing talents to editing, so when she makes you cry, it’ll be in private rather than for the whole world to see. You’re welcome.

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Alex Whitehall Alex Whitehall, Production Manager

If there are two types of people in the world, Alex probably isn't one of them, despite being a person. They—for lack of a better pronoun—will read just about anything once, although contemporary and fantasy are their favorites, especially if there's a touch of angst. Or maybe a heavy helping. They earned an English degree but never expected to end up in editorial and publishing like they always wanted, yet here they are, searching out their happy ending.

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Carole-ann Galloway Carole-ann Galloway, Associate Editor

Carole-ann fell in love with LGBTQ fiction while completing her English degree in Nottingham. She loved studying literature but struggled to take her nose out of the books long enough to write her essays.  After a few years of queer theory, gender and sexuality studies, and creative writing, she had to join the real world, where they won’t let her read a book under the table.

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Mike K. Mike K., Editor

Mike has worked in editorial and literary management for award-winning authors in several genres. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and a member of the oldest author services firm in the nation. He uses his experience as a one-on-one tutor to provide thorough and friendly editorial aid. As a licensed independent literary contractor, he serves in multiple capacities as a consultant, publishing and marketing coach, developmental and copy editor, manuscript evaluator, and workshop instructor.

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Danielle Poiesz Danielle Poiesz, Editor

Danielle Poiesz has run the publishing gamut since graduating from Boston University with a degree in English Literature. From sales and editorial, to business development, digital/online, and self-publishing, to strategic innovations and tech; from Macmillan, to Simon & Schuster, to Penguin, to freelance editorial work, she’s gathered a wealth of experience and worked with both debut authors and bestsellers. Danielle currently owns and operates Double Vision Editorial, working with a number of publishers (including the fabulous Riptide!) and independent authors at various stages of the editorial process, from developmental editing to cold reading to blurb copy and title brainstorming.

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Delphine Dryden Delphine Dryden, Editor

Delphine tried working in law and public education, but is much happier in the publishing industry where she belongs. As a writer, she’s won awards and critical acclaim for her erotic romance, science fiction, and steampunk. She considers editing the day job of her dreams, and is mostly just happy she’s finally getting to use that English degree. It’s her favorite of the three, after all.

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Nevair Nevair, Proofreader

Nevair has been working in the editing/publishing field for more than fifteen years. She’s worked as a proofreader, copy editor, production editor, and developmental editor. Nevair started devouring books at age nine when her grandma told her reading would help her relax and fall asleep. Grandma was wrong because, ever since that fateful moment, Nevair has been sitting up until the wee hours reading until the morning alarm goes off.

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Paige Smillie Paige Smillie, Associate Production Editor / Proofreader

Paige graduated with a degree in English from Northern Illinois University because an Outdoor Editing degree does not exist. Most of her work is done up in tree branches, in parks, or on the shores of Lake Michigan. Nothing beats the combination of an outdoor adventure and LGBTQ fiction, especially when it involves red pens and comment boxes.

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Chris Muldoon Chris Muldoon, Editorial Assistant

Now that Chris has obtained an Evil Day Job, she is free to pursue her dream of playing with the cool kids in the publishing world. An RN by day and a voracious reader by night, Chris has burned through three Sony eReaders in her pursuit to read every M/M book ever written. Chris joined the Riptide team as an intern and was hired immediatey after as an editorial assistant. She's excited to be a part of Riptide, where she plans to put her love of tedious tasks to good use.

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Art Department
L.C. Chase L.C. Chase, Art Director

Artist by day, author by night. One of L.C.'s very first drawings was adding bridles and saddles to an oil painting of wild horses when she was four years old. Mom wasn't very happy with the defaced painting, but a blank sketchbook and set of crayons solved the problem. 

Imaliea Imaliea, Illustrator / Cover Designer

Imaliea is an Aussie artist and designer. From an early age she has loved to draw and paint people, beginning with Disney-like and anime characters and finally settling into a realistic style. Now she enjoys both creating original artwork and painting portraits, with the human figure (only sometimes including angel wings) always the main feature of her work.

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Simoné Simoné, Illustrator

Simoné is a South African artist and graphic designer specializing in both traditional and digital media. With a great passion for fantasy subject matter, she loves to create custom portraits and illustrations. Also known as "Dreamarian" (or "Dreamael"), her work has been featured in COLORED PENCIL Magazine and KULTüR Art and Fashion.

For more from this artist, visit: www.dreamarian.com.

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Amber Shah Amber Shah, Cover Designer

Amber is a budding author, an avid reader, and a slightly obsessive cover art nerd. When her friends got tired of her waxing poetic about typography and proportions, she figured out she should put her corporate design skills to good use. Since then, she has created covers and websites for publishers and indie authors.

When she’s not designing, she’s reading about hot sex between troubled characters or—even better—writing it. There’s a lot of imaginary in her world.

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Jared Rackler Jared Rackler, Cover Designer

Jared has been creating art since he could hold a pencil. His love of the written word is only eclipsed by his passion for the visual medium. It was this passion that drove him to create his first book cover as a gift for a friend's first published novel, and now he gives life to many more characters and their worlds.

You can find out more about him at jaredrackler.wordpress.com.

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Kanaxa Kanaxa, Cover Designer

Kanaxa is the alter ego of Nathalie Gray, author of over thirty novels of speculative fiction ranging from science fiction, to steampunk, to fantasy.  Her art, both written and visual, has won numerous awards, including RT for Best Science Fiction novel and multiple covers of the year awards. Her work has been featured in The Independent (UK), Men's Fitness (Australia), RT Book Reviews, and Realms of Fantasy magazines (US) and other publications. Over the years, Kanaxa’s input has been sought as part of panels during genre conventions and as a judge for contests.

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Petite-Madame VonApple Petite-Madame VonApple, Illustrator

Petite-Madame is a French illustrator who lives and works in Paris, France. A self-taught artist, P.M. lived several years in Japan and has been greatly influenced by Japanese culture and the works of artists like Oga Kazuo.

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Reese Dante Reese Dante, Cover Designer

Reese is a self-taught artist who has drawn from the moment she could pick up a crayon. Well, squiggle, but you've got to start somewhere. She studied every detail in photographs and played with different tools and media until finally settling with pencil portrait sketches. For the better part of her life, she dabbled in design work primarily as a hobby until an author friend approached her in 2009 to design a cover for his first release.

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April Lee April Lee, Illustrator

April Lee is a freelance illustrator (collectible card games, role-playing game books, prints and paintings) and a full-time computer game artist/animator (CD-ROM games). She has worked on collectible card games ranging from Magic: The Gathering to to RIFTS to Warhammer 40K, and on computer game properties ranging from Lord of the Rings to Dungeons and Dragons. Her art has also appeared in RPGs and magazines, and she has appeared as an artist geust of honor at several major events. To learn more about April, please visit http://aprillee.com.

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Croco Designs CrocoDesigns, Cover Designer

Croco Designs is a full-service design and branding company. We do everything from customized websites, facebook pages, and newsletters, to content management, social media, and editing. Now you can give your career a boost by making sure your online presence is perfectly poised to catch readers’ attention, increase your fan base, and keep you in the forefront of everyone’s mind while you work on the next story. Let us help you express yourself!

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Del Melchionda Del Melchionda, Illustrator

Del Melchionda is a digital painter who creates figurative and landscape work with elements of fantasy. She has a background in fine arts and 3D animation with a particular interest in anatomy and figure drawing. Her work has been published in ImagineFX magazine, Ballistic Publishing's Exotique series, and as cover art illustrations.

More of her art can be seen here: delmelchionda.daportfolio.com.

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G.D. Leigh G.D. Leigh, Cover Designer

G.D. is co-owner of Black Jazz Press, the creative home of designers G.D. Leigh and P.M. Blake. Black Jazz Press creates unique and bespoke book covers, social media packs, and author branding for publishers and indie authors. From standard ebook covers to full scale print work, Facebook banners to simple author logos, Black Jazz Press has what you need.

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Jordan Taylor Jordan Taylor, Cover Designer

Author of Wonder Dogs: 101 German Shepherd Dog Films, as well as fiction, poetry, and screenplays, Jordan has been writing since childhood. She illustrated her first book at age six and kept a constant interest in all things books and book art ever since. Somewhat more advanced in skill now than then, Jordan does graphics and illustrations, book covers, pet portraits, and photography.

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Kirby Crow Kirby Crow, Illustrator / Cover Designer

Kirby Crow worked as an entertainment editor and ghostwriter for several years before happily giving it up to bake more brownies, read more yaoi, play more video games, and write her own novels.

Kirby is a winner of the EPIC Award and the Rainbow Award.

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Lou Harper, Cover Designer

Lou Harper has loved drawing since she can remember. As a child, she would stay quiet for hours in the company of paper and colored pencils—to the delight of her mother. Eventually, Lou had to admit that her aptitude didn't equal her enthusiasm, and she threw herself into photography and then into digital image manipulation.

Lou started wrangling pixels back in the days when floppy disks ruled the world, and for many years made her living creating a wide range of content for web and mobile. She started designing book covers the same time she started writing.

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Roberto Quintero Roberto Quintero, Illustrator

View Roberto's gallery of paintings at elguaricho.deviantart.com.

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Tami Santarossa, Illustrator

Born in 1996, Germany, Tami Santarossa soon developed a love for art. Starting with drawing mangas through to cartoonish styles in her early teen years, she later discovered photorealism and has since stuck to it, dedicating herself to drawing fanart. She also has a great interest in creating original pieces as well as discovering new styles and techniques. Lately she is testing herself in designing covers and posters. To see more of Tami's art or contact her for commissions, please visit http://lillilolita.deviantart.com/ or http://littleskrib.tumblr.com/.

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Victoria Colotta Victoria Colotta, Cover Designer

In January 2007, Victoria Colotta established VMC Art & Design in order to provide quality graphic design services to authors, small businesses, and the publishing industry. With a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Victoria is able to take her background in figurative drawing and abstract art and combine that with the technical aspects needed to create a visual portrayal of an idea or message. She looks at each project from all angles of the artistic spectrum.

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Vongue Vongue, Illustrator

To learn more about Vongue's art, please visit her DeviantArt page at vongue.deviantart.com.

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Marketing and Sales
Andrea LeClair Andrea LeClair, Marketing Coordinator

Andrea LeClair was a professional librarian for eight years. She’s managed library communications in print and online, crafting website content, reaching out to users through targeted email, and repurposing technology to suit unique needs.

Through integrating platforms and tools such as Pinterest and social bookmarking, Andrea has made it a career goal to cultivate community engagement. She has brought libraries up to speed with open-source software, collaborative documents, and web-scale resource sharing, and has documented archival and hidden collections through blogs and Twitter. While she likes to maintain the mystery that she knows everything, her secret librarian superpower is that she knows how to find the answer to anything.

Andrea began her career on the other side of the marketing table at Riptide, where she started as Community Liason and has since been promoted to Marketing Coordinator.

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Kelly Miller Kelly Miller, Marketing Associate

Pulling together experience with social media, project management, event organization, writing, and design, Kelly brings a range of skills to the table. One of her proudest achievements was leveraging those skills to bring a brand new convention, conceived in the minds of hopeful fans, to a successful reality.

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Kelly H., Sales and Marketing Assistant

Kelly’s degree in journalism and mass communication still comes in handy quite often, despite having been earned in the era of column inches and paste-up rooms. Her vehement impatience with overblown writing and meaningless jargon, honed by 20+ years of appeasing cigar-smoking news editors, tightly-wound corporate attorneys, and clients who can only specify what they don’t want, recently led her to pursue a different career.

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The Ethan Ellenberg Agency Ethan Ellenberg, Subsidiary Rights Agent

Ethan Ellenberg opened his literary agency in late 1984 after holding jobs at both Bantam and Berkley/Jove. At Berkley/Jove he was manager of the Contracts Department. At Bantam he was Associate Contracts Manager. He represents a wide range of book authors, though his specialty is commercial fiction. He is very active in Romance publishing with a number of New York Times Bestselling authors represented. He also does some non-fiction and has a strong children’s list including the Caldecott winner Eric Rohmann.

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Please visit www.ebformat.com for more information.

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Atritex Atritex Technologies, File Converter

We are eBook experts who take pride in our work. Every task we do, we do it in such a way that we can showcase it. Our expertise is in ePub, Mobi, KF8, Fixed Layout ePubs, Read-aloud ePubs, and iBooks Author books, plus Microsoft Lit, Palm and other legacy formats.

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Hartley Singer, CPA/MBA Hartley Singer, Accountant

Founded and run by Hartley Singer, CPA/MBA, Singer Money Matters LLC can help you manage your company or personal finances.

Hartley has more than 25 years of work experience in accounting and financial management.  He is committed to a code of ethics, and works with his clients personally to ensure they receive the high-quality treatment each case deserves.

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