Meet the Team

Whether you’re trekking the foothills of the Himalayas, climbing Mt. Everest, or bringing your book idea into a published reality, you need a Sherpa. Let To Press & Beyond be your guide!

Gail Kearns

President, Book Sherpa, Project Editor, & Production Coordinator

Hometown: Bennington, Vermont; now lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Hunter College, City University of New York.

Past Lives: Motion picture industry, Production Coordinator and Development Executive. Worked with numerous screenwriters and scouted for books that would make good movies.

Passions: Helping authors shape their books; Finding the perfect B&B (where she can read the latest manuscript).

Advice to Authors: Rewrite! Rewrite! Rewrite! Writing is all about rewriting. Also, hire a professional book editor. It can make a major difference in a manuscript’s success and salability.

Penelope Paine

Art Director, Project Manager

Hometown: London, England; Lives in Santa Barbara, California, and London, England.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of London.

Past Lives: Author and marketer of award-winning children’s books; National trainer for educational initiatives.

Passions: Imparting her wisdom; Sipping a perfect cup of tea.

Advice to Authors: Identify the benefits you hope to achieve in writing your book; Target your market.


Nancy Sayles


Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin; now lives in Woodland Hills, California.

Education: BA in Journalism from California State University, Northridge.

Past Lives: Always been a PR Lady. First job in PR was in college promotion department for Herb Alpert’s A & M Records, and promoting unknowns like The Carpenters and Carole King.

Passions: Getting national publicity for previously unknown authors, raising a teenage boy (and living to tell about it), and searching the world for the perfect sushi (not necessarily in that order).

Advice to Authors: Produce the very best product you can through writing, editing, interior and cover design, and when it’s finally a book, tell everyone you know. Then tell everyone you don’t know.

Margaret Dodd

Copyeditor, Proofreader

Hometown: Independence, Missouri; now lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa; Master of Arts degree in Religion, Park College, Independence, Missouri; Master of Liberal Arts degree, Baker University, Overland Park, Kansas.

Past Lives: Education specialist for adult curriculum, public relations, children’s museum director, and celebrity executive assistant.

Passions: Libraries, travel, nature, hiking, cross-stitch, piano, and reading.

Advice to Authors: Work with a team of experts to help provide a quality book that you’ll be proud of. Use spelling and grammar check.

Kathy Moran

Web Designer and Developer

Hometown: Brockport, New York; now lives in Ojai, California.

Education: BS in Business Administration, California State University Stanislaus.

Past Lives: Business Systems Manager for the Ventura County Star newspaper.  Information Technology Director for Tracor Aviation at the Santa Barbara Airport.

Passions: Technology, beautiful websites, nature and wildlife. Reading great books.

Advice to Authors: Share your book with the world through a variety of social media channels, online advertising, and your author website.


Perry Norton

Audio Production and Voiceovers

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland; now lives in Santa Barbara, California, but is a New Yorker at heart.

Education: University of Maryland, College Park, New School University and many other institutions of merit!

Past Lives: Played electric guitar in NYC’s best clubs; NPR Producer; Game Show Host.

Passions: Food, wine and music; The Big Apple; continually learning new things.

Advice to Authors: Write what you know, and find a book shepherd who will be honest and push you to do your best.

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