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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. 

Contact Debby at Debby@SoulMatePublishing.com

Debby is presently only open for submissions from current Soul Mate authors and for authors who have received an invitation to submit. 


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.

Tamus is presently closed for submissions.

Contact Tamus at Tamus@SoulMatePublishing.com


Cindy Cynthia Brannam

After nineteen years of analyzing, selling, and marketing books within the print wholesale industry, Cynthia turned her love for reading into writing and editing. She’s currently looking for fresh voices in Historical Romance (all subgenres - Highlander, Viking/Medieval, Regency, Victorian, American/ Western, and Time Travel), Contemporary Romance, and Chick Lit. She accepts all heat levels (No M/M, F/F, BDSM or multiples.) 

Due to her background, she excels in helping authors plan multi-book series, but always considers stand-alone titles between 20,000 and 80,000 words. No query letter required. Please include genre, subgenre, heat level, and word count in your one-page summary. Full manuscripts accepted.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for a response.

Currently closed for submissions.

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 fifteen 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.


A multi-published author, Char writes in several romance genres, crafting strong yet flawed heroes and heroines who find each other against all odds. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

Char and husband Don divide their time between two homes: Fairbanks, Alaska, and South Texas.

Char is presently closed for submissions.

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.

Contact Janet at Janet@SoulMatePublishing.com

Janet is presently closed for submissions.

 Samantha McMahon Samantha McMahon

Samantha McMahon lives on the family farm in Washington State. Teaching kids to ride and know about horses since 1967, she finds in many cases, she's taught three generations of families. She left the farm to attend Washington State University where she graduated with B.A. degrees in English and History in three years. Her life experiences span adventures to dealing cards in a casino, attending graduate school to get her Masters in Teaching degree, being a substitute teacher, and serving in the Army Reserve— all leading to her second career as a published award-winning author and editor.

Currently closed for submissions.

Contact Samantha at Samantha@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 closed for submissions.


 lori-picture-105x131.jpgLori Polito

Lori Polito, a recently retired elementary teacher from Upstate New York , has been editing children's writing for 32 years. (Nothing is more challenging!) She has also been editing with Soul Mate Publishing since 2012. She recently moved very close to her children and grandchildren who would be thrilled if she kept busy by editing romance novels.

She is amazed by the talented writers at Soul Mate and is excited to work closely with authors to bring their imaginations to print.

Lori enjoys Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Suspense, and Mystery. 

Currently Lori is closed for submission.

Contact Lori at Lori@SoulMatePublishing.com


Sharon Roe  Sharon Roe

A happy accident led to Sharon’s degree in English Lit from Austin College, a small liberal arts college in North Texas. She didn’t start off intending to major in literature, but as it turned out, it wasn’t quite the accident (or the catastrophe) her mom thought it was.

As a writer, Sharon has worked on three novels and numerous articles covering everything from disaster preparedness for seniors to artist profiles to San Miguel de Allende’s diminishing aquifers. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the Houston Writers Guild, and Brazos Writers.

In the ten years Sharon has been editing, she’s developed a penchant for vibrant characters in big trouble, intriguing settings, and well-executed plots, particularly in the historical and sci-fi genres. Build a world that sweeps the reader away on a journey that can’t be put down and you’ll have Sharon’s attention.

Contact Sharon at Sharon@SoulMatePublishing.com


cheryl-promo-image-10-15-16-105x158.jpg 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.

Cheryl is presently closed for submissions.

Contact Cheryl at Cheryl@SoulMatePublishing.com


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