The BiblioKid Team
Publisher – Brooke Gansemer
Brooke Gansemer is an award-winning children’s book author and founder of BiblioKid Publishing. Her books have received honors such as the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Independent Press Award, and Mom’s Choice for honoring excellence in children’s books. She’s also the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI-IA/MN, writing coach at Journey to Kidlit, and a member of publisher organizations such as Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MiPA), & Independent Publishers Group (IPG).
She founded BiblioKid Publishing as a way to help other children’s book writers live their publishing dreams without having to wait years for a traditional publishing contract or struggle through the self-publishing process by themselves.
Editor – Sarah Jane Abbott
Sarah Jane Abbott is an experienced editor who has spent over eight years making books for children. She got her start at Simon & Schuster’s Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books, where she had the pleasure of working with many wonderful authors and illustrators including Samantha M. Clark, Anita Lobel, Alice B. McGinty and Alan B. Havis, Diane Goode, Samantha Cotterill, and Scott Magoon.
She is a frequent public speaker and presenter and has given lectures and workshops at SCBWI conferences and other events across the country. In 2020, she established Sarah Jane Abbott Editorial, and she now works with authors and publishers on a wide range of projects. When she isn’t reading or editing, you can find her knitting, drinking tea, or trying to master the art of baking a macaron that would meet Mary Berry’s standards.
Editor – Jen Tolnay
Jen has worked in jobs ranging from teaching piano to social media marketing but a constant has been children’s books—reading non-stop as a kid, volunteering at her kids’ school library, and now helping children’s books through their process to publication.
Jen loved reading as a kid and has never stopped enjoying children’s books. Her work as a line editor helps develop your book and get it ready for the next step in the publication process.
Art Director – Christine Kettner
Christine Kettner tells stories through pictures and clarity of design. Throughout her many years of experience as an Art Director, she has worked with companies such as Hyperion/Disney, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and HarperCollins. She has also had the privilege of working with many well-known and award-winning authors. Christine believes collaboration with others creates an object that one can hold in their hand and transport a reader to another world outside their own situation in life.
Digital Marketing Specialist & Project Manager – Christina Luong
Christina is a coffee fueled thirty-something living in Des Moines, Iowa. She’s worked in a variety of industries, such as the restaurant industry, retail, and hospitality management, all with the same goal of delivering the best products and services to her customers. Now, she’s bringing her awesome skills to help the authors of BiblioKid Publishing.
Talking marketing is one of her favorite things! Christina helps implement the marketing strategy we’ve built together in order to sell more books. Plus, she does it all with her favorite pup co-worker, Lucy.
Copyeditor – Brigitte Brulz
Brigitte Brulz is an author, freelance writer, journal creator, course designer, and homeschooling mom. She currently serves as an SCBWI IA/MN Regional Social Chair. All three of her picture books have received a Readers’ Favorite 5 Stars review, and her book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles! was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program.
Brigitte works with the final edits to ensure all BiblioKid books are published to perfection. Not a single comma or spelling error gets past her. You can rest easy knowing that your book will be in Brigitte’s hands.
Editorial Assistant – Isabelle Friedman
Isabelle Friedman is a junior at North Polk High School and Brooke’s right hand man. She hopes one day to be an editor and is studying with BiblioKid Publishing to learn everything there is to know about working with a publishing house. She is the queen of emails and leader of the welcoming committee.
Isabelle hopes to attend the University of Iowa to major in Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in creative writing. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing soccer, writing, and reading.