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Ken never aspired to be a tool of the publishing elite – it just happened. In fact, Ken wanted to be a rocket scientist when he grew up. Thus, he attended Indiana University for a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Naval Research Laboratory. Currently Ken’s "other job" is as a software analyst. It was his work creating enhanced digital content, the acquisition of his first Kindle, and the problems a friend was having with a vanity press that made him decide to start Divertir Publishing in September, 2009.
Ken has written eight articles and one textbook (a work for hire), although none of these qualify him to join the Author’s Guild. Apparently the Author’s Guild does not consider "publication in trade and professional journals" to qualify one for membership, even though some of the greatest fiction ever written has appeared in scientific journals – can anyone say cold fusion?
Ken regularly blogs about his experiences starting a publishing company, and in 2011 he was interviewed for the article "Standout Markets: Keys to Cracking 10 Top Markets" by Adria Haley which appeared in the September 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest. When not working (which is almost never), Ken makes teddy bears (seriously) and home-made wine in addition to singing karaoke. He still hasn't grown up, which he’s not sure is a bad thing.
As a child, Jayde always swore she'd never be a tool of anything. Astrophysicist, astronaut, president, database analyst, even space garlic, but not a tool. Now that the calendar says she should be grown up (what does that even mean? Is 5'8" grown up enough?), she has set those childish dreams aside and fully embraced a life of chasing dragons, firing blasters, pretending to be a Viking, and knitting ceaselessly. When the dragons are napping she indulges in her passion to be the first to read a new book, reviewing queries and manuscripts as a proud tool of the publishing elite.
ReviewersMichael Gilmore, Ben Lyles