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

jennifer baum headshot 2017Jennifer’s literary career began as a bookseller at a B Dalton bookstore inside a mall in the 90s. It was a great time to be alive. After that, she did other things you can read about on LinkedIn, and then in 2011 she founded Scribe Publishing Company 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 as of now, exactly fifty percent of Scribe Publishing Company’s titles have won 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, was named treasurer in May of 2017. She continues to serve as MIPA’s liaison to the national Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). She hopes to engage Michigan MIPA members, help grow membership and contribute to new educational programming.

She founded Scribe Consulting in April of 2010 to work with individuals and companies on their publishing, writing, editing and marketing needs, and today continues to work in that capacity on side projects. 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 establishing Scribe Consulting, Jennifer served as editor of two regional magazines and held a host of other positions in the field of marketing & communications.

She holds a double Bachelor’s degree in English and German from Western Michigan University (2003). In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys exercise, hiking, paddle boarding and spending time with her husband, children and beagle. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Read more about Jennifer’s experience on LinkedIn.

Mel Corrigan, business manager

mel-corriganSince 2008, Mel spent her working days in the automotive industry, specializing in high voltage battery integration and diesel combustion development for passenger-vehicle engines. A graduate of both Wayne State and Penn State Universities, she holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. and doctorate in Fuel Science.

Her passion for writing and editing led her to a freelance writing venture while taking an extended leave from her role in the auto industry after the birth of her second child, Colin. While her formal writing credentials are technical in nature (ACS preprint, M.S. and doctoral theses, and a contributing editor to a book chapter for synthesis gas), Mel has enjoyed creative writing (both fiction and non fiction) for decades.

Mel resides in Clarkston with husband Kevin, sons Michael and Colin, and their black lab Paris. She loves caring for her boys, gardening, whole-foods cooking and cheering Kevin on at VSCDA races. In her spare time Mel enjoys reading, blogging, writing and doing pottery.

Follow Mel on Twitter or LinkedIn or her cooking blog.


Inanna Arthen, interior design and ebook conversion
Maria Petrenko (Hadrout Advertising + Technology), design

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