‘Meticulous About Editing’, Montco Women Run Book Publishing Outfit


ELKINS PARK, PA — Ann Stolinsky and Ruth Littner met at a local writing workshop a little over a decade ago.

They quickly became friends, bonding over a shared love of writing.

Fast forward to 2022, and the two have successfully run their small selective publishing business in Elkins Park, Montgomery County.

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The two went into business together just a month after meeting in the spring of 2011, which speaks to their quick connection.

Today they run a dual business – Celestial Echo Press and Gemini Wordsmiths. One is more of a publishing house and the other is the editorial wing.

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“We have a lot of fun together, and we’ve actually gotten pretty close,” Littner said.

Patch recently interviewed the duo about their business venture and their close personal ties.

Stolinsky is from the Roslyn section of Abington Township, while Littner is originally from New York but moved to Pennsylvania many years ago to raise his family.

Before founding Celestial Echo Press, Stolinsky was a civilian employee of the United States Army while Littner worked as an English teacher, writer, and homemaker.

The “Gemini” in Gemini Wordsmiths comes from the fact that the two share the same astrological sign.

They are also both redheads.

When their partnership began, the initial focus was to strictly offer publishing services – everything from novels to papers to other periodicals.

They have developed a particular niche in publishing things like board games.

They only entered the publishing sphere in 2019.

“[We] decided to dip our toes in the water with anthologies,” Stolinsky said. “We thought that would be a really good way to get our name out there.”

Then came the news.

“It allowed us to have greater visibility,” added Stolinsky.

The two women have already handled their first novel, time flasheda baseball/fantasy story that includes time travel elements.

And they published two collections of short stories: The trench coat chronicles and The Twofer Compendium.

They then plan to publish Littner’s book, titled living with ghostsa work of non-fiction detailing her parents’ narrative during the Holocaust under Nazi Germany and how the trauma shaped the family, Littner herself, and Littner’s own children.

Much of the story, she said, centers on family members killed by the Nazis and how Littner “lives with” the ghosts of those people, even though she never saw them. known during his lifetime.

“It’s very emotional for me,” she said of her book. “I’ve been doing it for a very long time. It’s very difficult for me.”

While other relatives perished in the Holocaust, her parents survived. Mom lived to the ripe old age of 92, while Dad died at the age of 76.

“They were survivors for a reason,” Littner said.

Stolinsky is a first-generation American; his father emigrated here from Ukraine.

As for their business, Littner called it a “hybrid publisher,” offering both editing and publishing services.

She pointed out that they are quite selective about the clients they accept.

“We’re very selective about our catalog,” she said. “It’s not just about taking whatever comes in the way.”

The two said they hoped to open up to novel submissions in 2023.

“I don’t think we’ll have to wait very long,” Stolinsky said. “People want their books published.”

The two cautioned that when editing, they pay close attention to detail.

“We are bulldog publishers,” Stolinsky said. “We are extremely detailed and meticulous in editing. We don’t just set our authors adrift.”

However, they try not to charge too much for their services, knowing that writing is not the most lucrative profession.

Outside of work, Stolinski and Littner, who both reside in Montgomery County, said the personal friendship they forged even carried over to their respective families. their daughters are also now close acquaintances.

In the end, both women said they loved what they did for a living and wouldn’t change a thing.

“We both love editing and publishing so much it’s almost hard to believe people are paying us for it, but we have to push it because we love to eat,” Littner said with a laugh. “It’s really, really, really in our blood. Both of us. And we’re the grammar police.”

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