Stephen Raburn, Publisher... is a social entrepreneur, father, activist, daydreamer, lecturer and champion of children’s causes who has spent the past two decades in the nonprofit sector, primarily in a leadership role. His training and background is in child psychology.
Stephen is recognized as an impassioned child advocate. He founded and directed a number of child-serving and community-based organizations, including The Center for Child Advocacy and Research, based in Napa, CA and a special needs adoption agency in Charlotte, NC. Stephen has given talks and delivered key-note addresses on a variety of children's issues at dozens of conferences across the US.
Writing has always played an important role in Stephen’s work. A number of his articles have appeared in magazines, newspapers and professional journals.
After dabbling in the publishing industry for the past few years as a freelance writer, editor and children’s book author, he decided to fully launch Raburn Publishing in 2013. Stephen lives in Durham, NC with his two awesome daughters, Xia and Anika.
Raburn Publishing – a division of Stephen Raburn + Associates, LLC - provides an eclectic mix of high quality print and digital books for readers of all ages. One of the objectives in forming the company was to provide a platform for emerging, aspiring authors to be published - challenging these days if you're not an established best-selling author or a celebrity. Our focus is - and will always be - on children and families. Look for a number of fun illustrated children's books in the coming year and more titles in our "Oh Dad!" line (helpful books for dads and the eye-rolling kids who love them). We've also lined up some awesome authors in the fantasy genre and are planning titles in the self-help, professional development, art and photography, and creative nonfiction categories, as well. Essentially, if it's good (and family-friendly), we're open to publishing it. Note: Raburn Publishing loves trees. We use the print-on-demand publishing method to avoid wasting the planet’s resources (and our own). We also love children. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of our books is donated to worthy children’s charities such as St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Duke Children's Hospital and the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Melanie Bourgeois, Illustrator… is a native North Carolinian and graduate of the Art Institute of Raleigh who has been doodling for as long as she can remember. Melanie is a designer and illustrator with a hankering for minimal, clean, and subtle graphics. She loves keeping things fresh, colorful, and light in her work and sometimes pretends she's a singer in an 80's rock band. Melanie provides art and design work for the Oh Dad! series. Check out her portfolio.
Dario Cavada & Tomaso Baldassarra, Artists... Dario & Tomaso live and work in Trento in the “Val di Fiemme” of Northern Italy; the duo formed the multi-media Merlino DreamLab in 2010. Baldassarra & Cavada have provided all of the brilliant cover art for the John Andrucci children’s fantasy novel series, and are now working on the “INCHY DI VINCI” series. Dario and Tomaso have become an integral part of the Raburn Publishing family. Visit Merlino DreamLab @ merlino-dreamlab.com
N. P. Rogers, Illustrator.... is a budding illustrator who claims that she is drawing her way into becoming “my kind of an illustrator: the offbeat, misfit, hands-on, wipeout, shake the dust, way of going about it.” Sounds like she'll fit in perfectly. N. P. has worked in both traditional and digital mediums, and will be bringing a number of children’s books to life for us. N. P. splits her time between upstate New York and the The Seychelles Island, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean, where she's living now.
Amy Godfrey, Illustrator/Artist... is an aerialist, illustrator, and librarian extraordinaire. When she isn't teaching kids and adults how to fly she is working on picture books and creating whimsical illustrations. She used to play cello or ukulele in bands that play songs other than "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," but now she saves it all for her fun musical story times. She is one-half of the aerial storytelling duo StoryUp! Amy was the founder of the Durham Comics Project - a community based comics program; and Comics Fest, for Durham County (NC) Library. Be sure to visit her website.
Julie Bee, Illustrator.... is an artist and owner of Julie Bee Designs who lives in Greenville, SC. Julie was a former AmeriCorps volunteer who spent several years working at nonprofit organizations in California on behalf of abused and neglected children prior to launching full-time as an artist and designer. Julie is teaming with author Dawn Andrucci on a series of children’s picture books on various topics elementary school-age children encounter.
Ashley Neville, Illustrator.... describes herself as an “enthusiastic designer.” In addition to enthusiasm, the talented North Carolina-based artist has a degree in Graphic and Web Design and over three years of specialization in Adobe software, typography, design press, art services, book illustrations, printing ability and graphics. You may check out some of her work at Ashlaine Designs.