Meet the Team

EmmaNelson.jpgEmma Nelson

Editorial Director

Emma worked for over a decade as an account and project manager, and she’s been a technical, fiction, and academic editor for even longer. She has a BA in English and Editing and an MA in Literature.

She’s equally passionate about fiction and nonfiction, with a particular soft spot for pop culture and folklore.

As Editorial Director, Emma works with books from acceptance to publication—and long after—plotting the best ways to give each author a unique path and make their stories as successful as they can be. She is also a co-editor of our yearly anthology series.

Hannah Smith.jpgHannah Smith

Acquisition Director

Hannah has a BA in History, has worked for several years as a freelance editor, and is an educator. She spends all her spare time escaping between the pages of a book, and a foray into editing seemed like the best way to channel that energy.

She lives in rural Virginia with her husband and four rambunctious children.

As director of acquisitions, Hannah discovers new talent and acquires manuscripts for OHP. She is also the co-editor of our yearly anthology and Teen Author Boot Camp teen-author series.

ohp-carolinegeslisonCaroline Geslison

Publicity Manager

Caroline has a BA in Education and a strong background in sales and event planning. She loves bringing her passions for books and marketing together in innovative ways to provide books with the best exposure possible.

When she’s not in the bookish world, Caroline loves throwing elaborate parties, playing all the sports, and spending time with her husband and two adorable children.

As Publicity Manager, Caroline works with authors in their publicity, marketing, and events. She’s also leading OHP’s ongoing efforts to build relationships with bookstores, foreign rights, and distribution channels.

Olivia Swenson.jpgOlivia Swenson

Content Editor 

Olivia picked up an inherent sense of grammar and storyline from a childhood spent reading the works (and worlds) of Jane Yolen, Roald Dahl, Avi, Tamora Pierce, T. A. Barron, and others—usually multiple times. Formal classes in grammar, organization, and style at Brigham Young University solidified her knowledge of character, scene, plot, and world development.

Since graduating with a minor in editing in 2013, Olivia has worked with authors to edit more than 80 novels, a handful of memoirs, and a few dissertations in a variety of fields. When she’s not reading the latest fantasy or The Economist, you can find her running the hills of Pittsburgh, traveling with her husband, or eating donuts.

As a content editor, Olivia is on a team with authors to make their dialogues, plots, worlds, and characters fit together to make the best story possible.

Elise Meyer

Social Outreach Coordinator 

Elise is an avid fantasy reader and writer who has a soft spot for romance. She resides in the forested lands of Virginia with her dashing husband, wonderful daughter, and three mischievous sons, but will always be a California girl at heart.

After jumping head first into the online bookish world, she has found a passion for content creation. As an influencer for book promotion tour companies and a member of author street teams, promoting recommendable books and creating beautiful aesthetics has made her bookworm dreams come true.

Elise has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education and briefly braved the wilderness of teaching high school geometry. Her logical side gives structure to her creative interests, which include writing, illustrating, hand lettering, and sewing epic, family Halloween costumes.

As our social outreach coordinator, Elise manages our Flight Crew team of book influencers, runs the OHP TikTok account, and works closely with our publicity manager in marketing efforts for authors.

Haley Woods

Publishing Assistant

Haley is a dedicated professional with a passion for language and communication. She attended Utah Valley University to obtain a degree in English, honing her skills in writing, critical thinking, and analysis.

She is a mom to three precocious kids that always keep her laughing. When she isn’t working she can be found reading, attempting to learn French, or romping around the mountains of Utah with her family and two dogs.

As the Publishing Assistant Haley is the main point of contact for each book project. She helps to onboard new authors, and keeps the publication schedule on track! She loves being part of the literary world and is excited about playing a small part in each author’s publishing journey.