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Sword and Silk Books is a small traditional publishing company, celebrating womxn of all walks of life. 

The publishing business can be a lonely place where everyone feels like they are competing against each other. S&S seeks to be a place of support, learning, and growth. 

At Sword and Silk, we work with our authors every step of the way on their literary journey, helping to bring out the most from their work. From editing, to marketing and publication, Sword and Silk helps our authors produce high quality, interesting and entertaining books.

At Sword and Silk, we believe that every author has a story to tell, and that every story deserves to be told.

MaryBeth Dalto-McCarthy

SENIOR EDITOR

MaryBeth is on the lookout for YA and NA novels heavy in plot with the ability to make her fall in love with its characters. Her favorite tropes include love triangles of all kinds, enemies to lovers, dream sequences, and prophecies.

 

She always wants villains you can’t help but be attracted to, redemption arcs or otherwise.

 

She loves novels with deep character development, a setting where she can get lost, and plot twists that make her want to throw the book across the room.

 

Give her main characters you love to hate, but can’t help but hate to love.

Laynie Bynum

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Laynie Bynum is a southern dreamer who got her start in the publishing industry writing YA contemporary romance and fantasy. She holds dual degrees in Business and Public Relations and completed her internship through a well-known romance publishing company. She believes in the power of community, the magic of kindness, and the beauty of knowledge. 

When she isn't lost in words (herself or someone else's) she's hunting for adventures with her two kids and spoiled beagle named Bagel across the wilds of the Alabama forests. 

Jennia Herold D'lima

SENIOR EDITOR

Jennia’s initial editing experience revolved around academic papers and engineering articles before she moved on to the much more fulfilling and captivating world of Young and New Adult fiction.

 

As a lifelong reader who typically speeds through one book a day, she knew instantly she had found her niche in the publishing world.

 

While captivated by all genres, she especially loves fantasy, paranormal, and romance, and will never say no to a fairy tale retelling.

Kristin Jacques

CONTENT CREATOR

Kristin Jacques is the Sword and Silk Content Creator.

 

Aside from mining the internet for ideas, she is an author of YA and adult dark fantasy.

 

Kristin has a soft spot for redeemable villains, unusual love stories, ride or die sibling relationships, and anything weird and wondrous.

 

When not penning stories or reading her teetering TBR, she can be found herding cats and children in the suburban wilds of New England. 

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Nicole Bezanson

ACQUISITIONS EDITOR

Nicole is the Acquisitions Editor with Sword & Silk and wears many hats in the writing community.

 

She has written several novels for middle grade through to adult audiences, and her poems, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of publications.

 

During the day, Nicole also works as a technical writer, and by night she focuses on 'deep stories to dig into': pieces that include romance, honesty, hope, and self-discovery.

 

Nicole loves stories of all shapes and sizes, but has a soft spot for short reads, protagonists with pets, and anything featuring ghosts. 

 

When Nicole isn't busy writing, reading submissions, or catching up on her To Be Read pile, she can usually be found gardening, hiking to waterfalls, or perusing the shelves of a used bookstore. She and her husband share their home in Eastern Canada with a collection of multi-colored cats and a lifetime's worth of books. 

J. M. Jinks

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Jenna (J.M.) Jinks is the Community Manager for Sword and Silks Books.
She is a speculative romance author, specializing in fantasy romance and historical romance. Her debut, Mostly Innocent, an adult urban fantasy, came out in 2018. Her second series, a new adult fantasy and Write Mentor Winner '19 releases in 2022. 


In addition to writing and Sword and Silk, she is a content editor with the small publishing house, Champagne Book Group and freelance edits on the side.


J.M. herself loves to read fantasy, historical, new adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, romance, scifi, and dystopian novels. But any book with a great voice intrigues her. She has been inspired by Sarah J. Maas, Vi Keeland, Richelle Mead, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Scarlett Dawn, Julia Quinn, Tessa Dare, Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand, Coleen Hoover, Diana Galbadon, Laura Thalassa, Erin Watt, Darynda Jones, Karina Halle,  and a million more. 
She lives with her husband, sons, dog, and two cats in Southern California. She is a teacher in the sunlight and a writer under the moonlight.

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Celin Chen

COVER DESIGNER

Celin is an award-winning book cover designer from Singapore who has designed for bestselling authors. She loves vibrant colors, the dark and gritty, and the fantastical in both her designing and her reading.

 

Celin loves to read fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction, along with retellings of fairytales, myths, and legends. She is most drawn into a book when it has characters she loves and a world that was developed beautifully.

 

When she’s not working away in Photoshop or hidden away in a corner with her nose in a book, Celin can often be found binging anime, playing games on her Switch, out shopping, paddle boarding away from her problems, or trying to form words for her own book.

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