Our Team


André Swartley

Co-Owner / Editor / Test Reader

Formerly a high school English teacher, André published his first novel, The Island of Misfit Toys, in 2005. The novel went on to earn a spot as a top-three finalist for the Indiana Book Award and a nomination to the Elliot Rosewater Booklist. André’s second novel, Americanus Rex was the first title produced by Workplay Publishing in 2009, and was recognized as a finalist in the Fiction category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

André has served as freelance writer and editor for various local and national media outlets including The Bluffton Icon, Hot English Magazine, and Game Observer. In his personal writing projects, André has had the fortune to work with respected industry editors Alan Rinzler, who edited André's novel Americanus Rex, and Juliet Ullman.


Kate Swartley

Co-Owner / Financial Director / Test Reader

Since earning a Master's Degree in Spanish, Kate has taught university level Spanish, including literature and writing, at Bowling Green State University (OH), Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IN), and Bluffton University (OH). Outside class, Kate is a speedy, bilingual, and omnivorous reader. Her literary interests run the gamut from Cervantes to Harry Potter to Japanese-pop manga.


Alison King

Graphic / Layout Designer

Alison designed and produced nearly all of the covers and interior layouts for Bound to Excel, and is in charge of all design aspects for Workplay Publishing.

Alison also runs a freelance design business, Alison King Designs. She has done design work for colleges and universities, created Gather Round Sunday school curriculum, and marketed events for the International College of Integrative Medicine. She has also developed corporate logos, brochures, posters, and magazines for numerous small businesses across the United States.

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