Jennifer Baum, founder, publisher, acquisitions editor and art director (and coffee-maker)

Jennifer founded Scribe Publishing Company in 2011 to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with books (in a state not known for its literary industry). The company’s first book, Easter Ann Peters’ Operation Cool by Jody Lamb (2012), won a book of the year award from Foreword Reviews, and today, six of Scribe Publishing Company’s twelve titles have won eleven national awards under Jennifer’s selection, editing and art direction.

In May of 2015, Jennifer was voted onto the board of directors of the Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA), and following a term of two years, served as interim treasurer for one year. In 2019 she was named chair of the 30th Annual Midwest Book Awards. As an active MIPA member, she hopes to engage Michigan MIPA members, help grow membership and contribute to new educational programming for publishers.

This is a wax figure of Ellen Degeneres.

She is co-author of The Glass Palace: Illusions of Freedom and Democracy in Qatar, published in 2012 by Algora Publishing. She served as the chief editor for Usher Morgan’s From Rats to Riches, published in 2011 by Library Tales Publishing, and was a contributing editor for Library Tales Publishing and a contributing writer for Ambassador magazine (Detroit, Michigan) and Creative Impact Michigan (a monthly e-magazine formerly published by ArtServe Michigan). She has also been published in the national WOD Talk Magazine (March/April 2013).

Prior to Scribe Publishing Company, Jennifer was editor of the 120-year-old Detroiter Magazine and a small ethnic paper, and held a host of other positions in the field of marketing & communications (read more on LinkedIn.)

She holds a double Bachelor’s degree in English and German from Western Michigan University (2003). Find out more about Jennifer’s interests here.

Mel Corrigan, business manager, marketing assistant, strategist (and publishing enthusiast)

Mel Corrigan

Mel started off as an academic (combustion) researcher and then worked as an engineer in the auto industry before switching gears to publishing. She met Jennifer in 2012; after learning of her consulting business and publishing company, Mel just had to work for her. But how? A few months later, Jennifer’s Facebook post seeking an intern encouraged Mel to message her with something like, “So, I know that you know that I’m an engineer, but . . . ” And the rest is history.

Navigating the publishing industry is a never-ending adventure. Her love of books and the written word and a passion for preserving the quality and integrity of them in the age of increasing entropy keeps her on her toes. She enjoys speaking engagements and has given talks providing insights to authors about the inner workings of the publishing industry. On the writing front, she’s published local interest articles in the Oakland County Times and volunteered as a copyeditor with Hippocampus Magazine.

Mel lives in Clarkston with her favorite people and dogs and enjoys feeding them all. The smell of old books rates high, as does historical fiction. Passionate about truly living life each and every day, Mel enjoys outdoor adventures, meditating, gardening and cooking, reading, writing, making pottery and the delicious antics of her red-headed boys. To see what she’s currently reading, follow her on Goodreads. You can also find her on Twitter and LinkedIn, or watch her interview with Indie Reads TV or read about her participation in the Independent Book Publishers Association in the Oakland Press.



Jen and Mel at Chef Kelli Lewton’s house.

Support Staff

Allison Janicki, Production Assistant
Allison is an artist, writer, reader, editor, designer, library technician, half-marathoner, sub-par ukulele player and cat lover with a passion for books. She has had art, poetry and essays published in The Sonder Review, Goat’s Milk Magazine, Storm Cellar, Volney Road Magazine, Voice of Eve, Random Sample and Borrowed Solace. She came across Scribe on a fluke, but the timing was perfect to hop on board and dive into the world of publishing that she had always dreamed about. You can find Allison on YouTube, Instagram and Goodreads.

Inanna Arthen, interior text layout and ebook conversion
Grace Edinger, editorial support
Ryan Getz, design and web support
Maria Petrenko (Hadrout Advertising + Technology), design
John Wincek (Aerocraft Art), design

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