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. She spends countless hours, late into the night, plotting the best ways to give each author a unique path and make their stories as successful as they can be.


Hannah Smith.jpgHannah Smith

Acquisition Editor

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 Acquisitions Editor, Hannah discovers new talent and acquires manuscripts for OHP. She is also the co-editor of their yearly anthology 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.


OliviaSwenson.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.