Book Packaging, Editing, Production — An All-Around Miracle Worker. Without the amazing Doug Gordon, we would have no books. That’s the absolute truth. He is the brilliance and the brains behind turning the manuscript into a publishable work. Like Miriam, he is an essential member of our team.
Doug Gordon began his publishing career at Addison-Wesley outside Boston. Later he served as Project Manager at St. Martin’s Press in New York and as Managing Editor at the Institute for the Study of Human Issues, Philadelphia. Eventually Doug and his wife, Peggy, formed their own publishing-services company, P. M. Gordon Associates, Inc., with clients that included Houghton Mifflin, Microsoft, Cambridge University Press, and Elsevier. Along the way, Doug gradually moved from copy editing and production into developmental editing and then into design and typesetting, and, as if that wasn't enough, he now supervises the company’s own imprint, New Door Books. He has published five books of his own in the career training field, plus two novels and dozens of short stories under a pen name. Since we’re sworn to secrecy about his nom de plume, you’ll have to suss that out on your own!
We are the core staff of Hidden River Arts. We also work with a team of freelancers -- marketing professionals, designers -- as well as interns and volunteers who help as readers, editing interns, book promotional interns, as guest bloggers and interviewers. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us and let us know! We are especially interested in working with universities to provide for-credit internships for students.
Debra Leigh Scott is our Founding Executive Director here at Hidden River Arts. She oversees all the programs at Hidden River, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Hidden River Publishing. Debra spent over 20 years in higher education, teaching courses in the humanities and the arts. She is also a multi-disciplined artist: a writer, playwright, screenwriter and singer. She founded Hidden River over 20 years ago with the belief that artists need to offer each other support and encouragement in as many ways as possible. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Other Likely Stories, and is currently at work on a documentary, 'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America (more info here) as well as a new collection of stories, tentatively titled Crossing the Line. One of the stories of this new collection, "Do It Yourself Finishing School," has recently been published by Adelaide Magazine, and can be read here. Her plays have been performed at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Green Light Festival and the ShubinFest. Most recently, she has returned to singing, and with her singing partner, Jean Brooks, is having a wonderful time developing concepts, writing scripts, choosing music and performing cabarets. They call themselves (what else?) the Cabaret Divas.