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Christine Svendsen (writing as Isabella)

Christine Svendsen, also writing as Isabella – Owner and Publisher of Sapphire Books Publishing, LLC.

How it all started — When Christine Svendsen’s first book was turned away by publishers, she launched her own publishing company. Now, eight years later, she’s has a house full of award-winning lesbian authors and her own award-winning books published under the pseudonym Isabella via Sapphire Books. “Believe in yourself. Rejection isn’t the end of a story, it can be a beginning,” Svendsen said. “Looking back, I didn’t think in terms of what if this doesn’t work? I only thought of the possibilities.” Since then Christine has won numerous awards for her books and has signed some pretty awesome and talented award-winning authors, which has moved Sapphire up on the list to be noticed.

Sallyanne Monti

Sallyanne Monti is an Author and Editor. Her fiction and non-fiction short stories, poems, and articles have appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. She manages anthologies and business development for Sapphire Books, The Gem in Lesbian Publishing.

She is a member of the Golden Crown Literary Society, Rainbow Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Lesbian Authors Guild.

A retired business management, marketing, and PR consultant, Sallyanne gives back by lending her time freely and creating dynamic partnerships with LGBT leaders and organizations.

She’s at work on her first full-length novel entitled, Light at the End of the Tunnel, a true story of fate and destiny, hopeless long-distance romance, and coming out.

In her spare time, Sallyanne writes music and plays guitar. She’s produced numerous literary, comedy, and music festivals, donating proceeds to charity. Sallyanne lives in Palm Springs, California, and Sedona, Arizona with her wife Mickey and their doggies Sola & Zorra.

Schileen Potter

Schileen is the CFO for Sapphire Books, The Gem in Lesbian Publishing. She is a native of Sugarland, Texas but calls California home now. She loves spending time with her wife Christine and their three sons, two cats and one dog. She enjoys traveling, time at their cabin by Yosemite, and playing slot machines. She is a U.S. Army Veteran and competed for the All-Army & Armed Forces Tae Kwon Do Team from 1993-1997. For the past 16 years, Schileen has worked as a consultant in Healthcare Information Technology specializing in pharmacy informatics and automation.

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