The Team


Yelena Casale, Chief Marketing Officer, Executive Editor
YELENA CASALE, co-founder of City Owl Press, is a USA Today Bestselling Author and editor, who highly prizes quality and professionalism. She earned a Master of Science in Publishing from New York University and has always been interested in everything literature and publishing. Over the past decade, she has edited numerous fiction and non-fiction works, including novels, short stories, articles and business documentation for a variety of organizations, charities, and presses. She’s a highly experienced social media strategist and marketing expert. She is keen to share a wealth of knowledge with authors, bringing her editorial skills, expertise, and great enthusiasm to the mix.  She loves strong urban fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as medieval, Renaissance and Native American historical romance. She's currently also open to contemporary romantic suspense and sci-fi romance. You can find her current wish list HERETwitter / FacebookWebsite


Tina Moss, Chief Operating Officer
TINA MOSS, co-founder  of  City Owl Press,  is  a  USA Today Bestselling Author and business professional with over a decade of experience in the publishing industry. Starting in 2006, she began her career penning narrative fiction shorts for women’s magazines. Since then, she’s written several novels in popular, mass market genres. Earning a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from Brooklyn College, she shares her love of books by working in academia and focusing on teaching the next generation of literati. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology. With extensive design, business acumen, and editing expertise, she brings a critical eye to all aspects of book production. As a social media savant, she emphasizes the importance of strong marketing and advertising for every City Owl Press book. Twitter / FacebookWebsite

Heather McCorkle, Senior Editor
HEATHER McCORKLE received an Intermediate Certificate in Criminology at Clackamas Community College and is studying for her BA in English Lit at Central Oregon Community College. She was an acquiring editor for Compass Press and has since been a freelance editor under McCorkle Creations. She is also a graphic designer, and award-winning author with several books that have landed on Amazon's bestseller lists. Heather has been with City Owl Press since 2014, has been in the publishing industry since 2011, and has over twenty years cumulative writing and editing experience. She has a deep love of all things fantasy/sci-fi and paranormal with a heavy dose of romance mixed in, and is charmed by novels that involve unique locals or rich settings. Find her current wishlist HERETwitter / BlogWebsite / Editor Site


Mary Cain, Editor
MARY CAIN holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Since 2008, she has been a self-employed seamstress. In 2010 she began writing a contemporary romance series. After many years of critiquing for other writers, Mary began work as a freelance developmental editor and eventually joined the City Owl Press team. She seeks all subgenres of romance, with contemporary romance at the top of her wishlist. Mary loves unexpected characters with unusual goals and/or conflicts. All levels of heat are welcome. While Mary is eager to see diverse characters and new ideas, the plot must focus primarily on the developing love story between two people and deliver an emotionally satisfying resolution (Happily Ever After).  Website / Twitter


TS (Tee) Tate, Editor
TS (TEE) TATE earned a Master of Arts in English from Southeastern Louisiana University and has studied under Edgar nominee Tim Gautreaux, Booksense Pick novelist Bev Marshall, and World Fantasy nominee and Clarion West graduate Cat Rambo. She is Editor-in-Chief of LitStack.com, a SFWA and Codex member and, as a freelance editor, has worked with Phoebe North, Heather McCorkle, Scott Wilbanks, KA Tucker, Chelle Bliss and RITA winner Carolyn Crane. Tee seeks character-driven stories with strong female leads living and surviving in diverse, richly drawn worlds. She is currently seeking all sub-genres of well-written fiction, but has a special love for women’s fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction and mystery. She is NOT seeking high fantasy or hard SciFi. As Eden Butler, Tee has published over twenty best selling novels, many of which have been featured in USA Today and star reviewed in Publisher's Weekly. Facebook / LitStack  


Charissa Weaks, Editor
CHARISSA WEAKS is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and speculative fiction, a writing mentor, and freelance editor. Though she spent her college career studying science, Charissa is returning to the classroom to earn a degree in History. Charissa has served as the president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter and is a member of the Historical Novel Society and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She is also the creator of Once Upon Anthologies, a series of paranormal and fantasy romance short stories and novelettes. Over the last decade, Charissa has worked with and edited for published and unpublished authors alike, including several NYT and USA Today Bestselling Authors. Her strengths lie in author branding and the development of high-concept plots alongside strong emotional arcs. She has a love for historical tales, women’s fiction, fantasy, and unique sci-fi, and if those stories include a heart-rending romance, all the better. Charissa also longs to see more diverse authors and characters on the shelves. To see her current wishlist, click HEREWebsite / Twitter / Instagram


Melissa Hollingsworth, Copy Editor
MELISSA HOLLINGSWORTH has been writing since childhood and editing for almost as long. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio University and almost has a master's in library science from Kent State. She previously edited for the now-defunct Clotho Press and also has five years of experience as a freelance editor. She enjoys most kinds of fiction, and has a particular fondness for urban fantasy, psychological suspense, and anything with clever plot twists.

Marianne Hull, Copy Editor
MARIANNE HULL has a copyediting certificate from UC San Diego and uses it for both fiction and non-fiction editing. She is an avid reader and writer, and has loved books her whole life. She particularly likes romance—including historical, paranormal, and regency—as well as urban fantasy. She will read anything, though, and loves troubled, deep characters.

Sarah Hershman of Hershman Rights Management, Director of Audio Sales
SARAH HERSHMAN graduated from Mount Holyoke College and immediately began working for Tantor Media (now an imprint of Record Books)- a leading audiobook company located in Old Saybrook, Connecticut with production of over a thousand quality audio titles annually. At Tantor, Sarah worked in the Acquisitions Department as a Senior Acquisitions Editor. Her focus was to seek and acquire audio rights from publishers, literary agents, or self-published authors to be produced into audio. As part of her daily duties, Sarah executed the entire negotiation between the publisher, agent, or author and Tantor. This gave her a vast amount of knowledge about the publishing process, subsidiary rights negotiations, and how to work with professionals within the publishing industry. Throughout her time at Tantor, Sarah selected and acquired rights for hundreds of titles to be produced into audio, some of which became award winning titles. Sarah found that she enjoyed working closely with authors and helping them successfully exercise their audio rights. In order to be able to work closer with more authors and publishers to maximize the usage of their subsidiary rights, Sarah founded Hershman Rights Management (HRM).

MiblArt, Cover Designer
MIBLART, starting from the dorm room, today is a team of 20+ people, constantly expanding and growing professionally to let the world know that a great book cover can be both affordable to anybody and made without a single drop in quality. We are proud to be connected with and recognized by the best in business. We’re artists and won’t settle for something mediocre when it comes to working on your book cover. That’s why we won’t stop perfecting it until you’re 100% happy with our work. Find us at miblart.com

Christy Nicholas, Accountant
CHRISTY NICHOLAS is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A. She graduated from Florida International University, and has been a practicing CPA since 1997, specializing in taxes for small businesses, specifically artists and authors. In her artistic pursuits, she writes magical realism, in both historical fantasy and time travel flavors, and creates bead-woven jewelry as both pictorial and sculptural pieces of wearable art.