Cynthea Liu

Publisher & President

Cynthea Liu is a former management consultant for Fortune 500 companies, turned children’s book author and publisher. Combining her unique experiences as a consultant and author, she finds great joy in helping others achieve realistic results in a very competitive and difficult industry.  She is published with major trade publishers such as Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Sterling, and Scholastic, and her works have been translated into multiple languages.  She has also written original titles and ghostwritten bestselling children’s books with Disney Publishing Worldwide. She is published in the following juvenile fiction categories:  board book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult.

Ms. Liu has a bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Economics and an M.F.A from Antioch University Los Angeles in Creative Writing. She also holds a Copyediting Certificate from UCSD.

Caitlin Stout

Social Media & Marketing and Editorial Intern

Caitlin Stout is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing while simultaneously pursuing a combined Master’s Degree in Writing and Publishing. She is the undergraduate co-Editor-in-Chief of DePaul’s renowned literary magazine, Crook & Folly: edition 39. When she’s not lost in a good book or television show, you’ll find her wandering around in conservatories and parks. She believes in the power of rereading and rediscovering one’s favorite children’s literature as an adult.

Three Things Caitlin Loves

  1. Finding magic in everyday life
  2. Ensuring broad and diverse representation in the publishing industry
  3. Traveling

Three Words that Describe Her

  1. Imaginative
  2. Adventurous
  3. Inquisitive

Caitlin’s top three favorite children’s or YA books

  1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  2. Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones
  3. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


Amelia Modes

Social Media & Marketing Intern

Amelia Modes is a sophomore at DePaul University double majoring in English and Media and Cinema Studies with a minor in Writing for TV and Film. On campus, she serves as the vice president of Residence Hall Council, the service co-chair on Honors Student Government, and works at the writing center as a peer writing tutor. When she does have free time, she loves exploring the different neighborhoods of Chicago, going to shows, and reading, preferably with a coffee in hand.

Three Things Amelia Loves

  1. Education
  2. Social Justice and Inclusion
  3. Recycling

Three Words that Describe Her

  1. Hard-working
  2. Passionate
  3. Feisty

Amelia’s Top Three Children’s or YA Books

  1. Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
  2. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Caitlyn Ward

Social Media & Marketing Intern

Caitlyn Ward is a senior at DePaul University majoring in English Literature with the goal to pursue a Master’s Degree in Publishing after her June 2019 graduation. On campus, you’ll most likely find her squeezing in a good workout, attending to her responsibilities as a Study Abroad Ambassador, or polishing off a quick article for DePaul’s English blog, The Underground. When she’s not nose deep in a book, she enjoys visiting museums, discovering new bands to follow, and planning for her next big trip. Not only does Caitlyn believe in the importance of literature in an adult’s life, but she argues that books are the most important way to spark understanding and imagination in a child.

Three Things Caitlyn Loves

  1. Traveling
  2. Settling down with a new book and a cup of coffee
  3. The power of unity that a concert brings to those that attend

Three Words that Describe Her

  1. Goofy
  2. Determined
  3. Attentive

Caitlyn’s Top Three Children’s or YA Books

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han
  2. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  3. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart