Meet Our Team


Ellie Maas Davis

Ellie-Maas-DavisEducated at Southern Methodist University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, Ellie Maas Davis has written extensively on the environment and issues of human rights. She is the owner of Pressque, a publishing consultation firm located in downtown Charleston that offers editing, ghostwriting, and marketing services to authors and publishers.

She is a founding board member of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts, a former curator and host of Charleston's longest running weekly literary series, Monday Night Blues, and serves as a mentor to senior writing students at Charleston County School of the Arts. Published in a number of anthologies and journals, she is the author of The Humours of Folly, See Charleston in a Day, 100, over a dozen ghostwritten works of fiction and nonfiction, and often reviews books for The Post and Courier. When she's not living somewhere else, she makes her home on Daniel Island with her family.

 


Sherrie Wilkolaski

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Sherrie Wilkolaski is a public relations and marketing expert for independent authors and traditional publishers. Her unique balance of real-world experience as a best-selling author and her insider knowledge into the mechanics of the publishing process has allowed her to help thousands of authors successfully translate their creations into published works of art. Her boutique publishing house style draws authors to her—it’s the measurable results in book sales that keep them loyal. A former Director of Publishing Services at Lulu and Director of Marketing at Author Marketing Experts, Inc., in the past, she has also co-hosted the blog talk radio show, “The Publishing Insiders,” and served as a publishing columnist for the Raleigh Examiner. Currently, she is a consultant with Infinity Publishing and a variety of other small to mid-sized publishers.  She studied broadcast journalism at SUNY College at Buffalo, and is the author of How to Start a Wedding Planning Business and the Cookies and Cocktails series. Her third, yet to be titled, book is coming out in the spring of 2012. 

Jacob Cleveland

Manuscriptist  

Jacob1Jacob Cleveland's bio began with the Vassar Miller Prize winner Paul Allen and how, at the College of Charleston, Paul mentored Jacob in poetry, form, and meter. It moved on to Korea and Japan as Jacob taught ESL and bartered for a room in a monastery on an island off the coast of Pusan. Two years later, it woke up on the floor of an offshore fishing boat and pulled red snapper out of the Atlantic for a captain with a death wish and a sixty-seven-year-old first mate, Skip.  Skip, if you're reading this, you owe me five bucks.

Looking for something more, Jacob’s bio worked its way through the medical field, from the acute in-patient psychiatric ward to conducting genetic research and transcranial magnetic stimulation for the Department of Veterans Affairs. All the while, quietly editing everything from cookbooks to a series for losers (The Loser’s Guide to Winning) for the media-technology company, BiblioLabs. Then, not with the clap of thunder, but with the delicate opening of a cocoon, Jacob’s bio emerged, no longer a short description of cold facts, it was…a long bio. 

 


Torborg Davern

Book Designer  

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Torborg Davern is a full-time freelance book designer. She studied
communication design at Pratt Institute. After graduating, she spent 2 years working for AFG, an advertising agency, designing campaigns and creating sales pitches for new clients. In the summer of 2008 she joined the children's design team at  HarperCollins Publishers and learned the ins and outs of the industry from art director Alison Donalty.

In the summer of 2010 she made the move south to the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina. Torborg has recently worked with HarperCollins, Egmont, Fairchild Books and Joggling Board Press. See her portfolio at www.torborgdavern.com


Renee Singletary

General Manager  

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The spirited general manager of Pressque, S. Renee Singletary brings passion to managing business relationships, developing efficient operating plans, and keeping Ellie's desk clean. As a graduate of the College of Charleston with a professional sales and marketing career spanning nearly a decade, Renee understands the importance of best-practice management in securing a successful business environment. Brooklyn-born and Carolina-raised, Renee is also a surprisingly good snowboarder.  

 

 

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"Ellie Davis is a crackerjack editor-beyond knowing the rules of style and working well under deadline pressure, Eliie is herself a gifted writer with a keen ability to nurture the voices of other writers."

- Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, author of Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky and His Fight for a Better School

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