It is critical that the publishing team working with you understands the most critical elements on how to publish a book. Firstly, they need to understand your vision. Secondly, they need to be empathetic and patient so the authors have time and space to understand the process and respond effectively. Finally, they need to love what they do, so they can guide you on your way to becoming an author SUPERHERO.
Meet the publishing team that works tirelessly for you and your published book. A team that stands out from the rest, using our expertise (superpowers) to help you (the author) become confident, empowered and inspired and have a product (your book) that is the best it can be.
Also below are affiliates and partner companies we work with to ensure we maintain the highest standards of publishing and creative expression.
No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story.
Publishing Team -CEO – Ocean Reeve
Managing Director/Marketing Mentor/Published Author
‘Creative Expression can beat Depression. It is through our creativity that we find our calling and true purpose!’
Ocean (Superman) is usually your first point-of-call when enquiring about bringing a book to life. Don’t be surprised if his first question is ‘what is your vision?’ As a result, Ocean can tailor an assisted independent book publishing and marketing package for you. In addition to this, once your manuscript is in the process with the publishing team, Ocean then guides you into the Book Marketing Mentorship program where either he, or fellow mentor Thor (Joshua Clifton) will help set the stage for you to launch. Another role Ocean owns is leading the Writing Non-Fiction mentoring program helping authors from idea to completed manuscript. In addition to this, Ocean is the past-president of the Gold Coast Writers’ Association, and most noteworthy, is committed to inspiring book publishing in Australia and the world.
Publishing Team – COO – Jason Smith
Publishing Manager/Operations/Fiction Writer
‘As an author you must have Vision – then take Action on that Vision, Believe you can achieve it and stay Committed!’
Jason (The Flash) works directly with each author managing them through the publishing process. This includes everything from title registration through to book printing. His focus and efficency often means he has over 60 authors in process at one time, multiple print jobs in the system both here in Australia and overseas – many of which he will personally deliver to the authors so that customer experience remains close throughout the whole process. Similarly, Jason manages the publishing team who are working on each component of your manuscript. Another function he has is as a meticulous writer. Due to this, Jason often takes authors through the Writing Fiction mentoring program. Along with this role as operations manager, he is also the Business Development Manager for the company where, using his millennial mindset, he devises and implements innovative and fresh directions for the company going forward.
Publishing Team – Vicki Jane Reeve
‘Authenticity is the key to living an honest and fulfilling life. It is also essential in the operations of a successful business!’
Vicki Jane (Lois Lane) is the woman behind the man. Often ensuring Ocean has a work/life balance can be challenging, but she manages to ensure he does. Especially when he needs to recharge, Vicki Jane guarantees that Ocean continues to deliver at optimal levels. Moreover, Vicki works behind-the-scenes in the important roles of administration and in marketing Ocean’s events and seminars. Furthermore, she manages the distribution arm of the business ensuring that all Australian orders from individual customers, bookshop and library suppliers are processed and dispatch quickly.
Publishing Team – Marisa Parker
Publishing Liaison/Manuscript Appraiser
‘Don’t underestimate the power of story telling – we all have unique stories that will inspire and impact another person.’
Award-winning and 2x published author, Marisa (Jessica Jones) made the step into the publishing industry after experiencing the success of her own work and in seeing the joy created in others in becoming published. Marisa was born in Zimbabwe, Africa. Along with her Scottish husband and two children, they left Africa in 2000 and went to live in New Zealand for six years before moving to Queensland, Australia which is now their home. Since moving to Australia in 2006, Marisa has worked in a university for 11 years where she undertook study as a mature-age student (Master Degree in Project Management); and just recently, she completed a certificate in Editing & Publishing and is now your Publishing Liaison here at Ocean Reeve Publishing along with holding the role of President at the Gold Coast Writers’ Association.
Publishing Team – Joshua Clifton
Marketing Coordinator/US Distribution Manager
‘To understand marketing, you must understand your customers.’
Josh (Thor) is a Marketing Mentor and manages US Distribution at Ocean Reeve Publishing, along with being a highly successful debut author. After living and breathing hospitality the majority of his career, Josh was literally head-hunted by Ocean to come on the team as a mentor and bring with him the hospitality hammer of customer service. Working in the fast-paced industry of hospitality, Josh has developed methods and strategies to deal with and minimise high-stress workloads, managing multiple teams and conflict resolutions. His background in marketing also makes him a key person of influence to create strategies to attract customers through social media and strategic partnerships. He will undoubtedly help you handle your toughest marketing concerns, create an unbreakable book marketing culture and engage with your customers on a whole new level. Nicknamed Thor, Josh brings the ‘hospitality hammer’ down to instil a positive and engaging customer/client relationship whilst maintaining strong engagement.
Publishing Team – Kristy Martin
‘Whatever you choose to do in life, do what you really love.’
After years of working in finance-based roles, Kristy (Gamora) has finally found her passion. A few years ago, Kristy thought about what she wanted to be when she grew up. Consequently, the advice she was given was, “Do what you really love”. What if you really loved to pick apart the spelling and grammatical errors on Facebook posts and news articles? Why must it be a their, they’re, and there debacle! As a result, Kristy decided to undertake a Professional Editing and Publishing course. She just knew this is what she wanted to do. Kristy’s role as Lead Editor is to support you, the author. She will help you to polish, snip, and style your words. Moreover, when she edits a manuscript, she is immersed in it. Sentence by sentence, word by word. Above all, Kristy has a great responsibility to ensure that your voice remains heard.
Publishing Team – Peta Culverhouse
‘Writing is carthartic, it is personable, it is legacy.’
Peta (Raven) is a qualified editor with a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing. She is also currently studying her Master of Arts in Editing and Publishing at USQ. She is a member of the Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) and a member of Writer’s Rendezvous writers’ group. Peta is one of the core editorial members of the Ocean Reeve Publishing team.
Publishing Team – Beverley Streater
‘Everyone has a story to tell.’
Language has always been a passion for Beverley (Elektra). After completing an undergraduate degree in English literature, she worked in the public sector (human services) where she developed a strong appreciation for effective interpersonal and written expression. Later, as a manager in the public sector, she practised and honed her communication skills through writing policy and procedures, completing a Master of Arts in 2012. In her blog, Classic Women, Beverley muses about life as a baby boomer woman. She enjoys a following of emerging writers on her Facebook page. She also volunteers as a local Justice of the Peace, and as Secretary of the Gold Coast Writers Association, along with being one of the key editors for the Ocean Reeve Publishing team.
Publishing Team – Sam Colbran
‘Bringing a book to life is about style, look and feel. The pages of your book need to represent your genre, style and you.’
With 31 years of creating, writing and storytelling as a hobby, Samuel (Hulk) thought it was time to fulfil a dream he only just acquired. In 2015, he quit his job as a chef of 17 years, due to several factors one being a full-time carer for his mother and the lack of creativity in his life. Over the last two years, he published a series of short reads – FableLand: Interrogation, a sequel Fugitive and his first major novel, Lake Merrin and a companion novella to The Great Spoon Heist. He is now part of the design team with Ocean Reeve Publishing as a trainee book designer.
Publishing Team – Darren Vassallo
‘Every human being has the potential to show their skills, knowledge, and expertise to benefit others and we are here to let the world know about it.’
Darren (Deadpool) is our dedicated video production manager. We regularly visit Darren’s studio in the Gold Coast to record our Creative Corner Author Interviews that we use in book marketing. In addition, he is consequently on outside shoots with us producing book launch promo videos, capturing video footage for online programs and tutorials, recording poetry readings and producing conference videos.
Publishing Team – Scott Cameron
‘Audiobooks speak for themselves.’
Scott (Smallville) is our audiobook producer on the Gold Coast. Due to his care, quality and years of experience, our authors are in the best hands (and ears) with Scott at the helm. Furthermore, he is our number one preferred sound engineer throughout Australia. As a result, we have authors travelling internationally because of his high-quality skills and professional, personable nature. He is an asset to the publishing team.
Roxanne McCarty O’Kane
Roxanne is a top-level ghost writer dedicated to seeing your vision hit the page. A specialist in non-fiction manuscript development, Roxanne offers various packages in the ghosting process along with managing you and your completed mansucript through the publishing process as a sub-publisher of Ocean Reeve Publishing. In addition, Roxanne regularly runs workshops to help aspiring authors to capture the most powerful form of their message and communicate it in a way that resonates with their ideal reader. Ocean Reeve Publishing partners with reputable providers dedicated to producing quality work and Roxanne is key for developing trade standard manuscripts ready for publishing.
SHINE Business Women
SHINE Business Women is a sub-publisher of Ocean Reeve Publishing and is an organisation whose aim is to Support, Help, Inspire, Nurture and Empower business women of all levels, experience, age, and stature. Their mission is to create opportunities for real conversations, real connections, self-development, and education to enable women to attain new heights in the business arena and to assist them to perform at their absolute best. SHINE choose to work with Ocean Reeve Publishing in the creation of their members’ stories