Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators   PAL Publisher

Society of Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators
PAL Publisher

Member: Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

Member: Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

Not a Pipe Publishing is a small, independent publishing company formed in 2013 and located (fittingly) in Independence, Oregon.  Working with groups like the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Willamette Writers, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, Literary Arts, and Project GirlSpire, Not a Pipe Publishing is committed to supporting fine literature in our region, across the country, and around the world. Focusing on high quality genre fiction for young adult and adult audiences, Not a Pipe Publishing seeks to both entertain and enlighten readers by bringing diverse voices to the market, engaging in the struggle for human rights, and giving voice to deeper truths best expressed through fiction.

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We're looking to grow, so, if you are an author, please check out our submissions page and see if we might be a good home for your next novel!

Learn about our offerings here.

Send snail mail to:

Not a Pipe Publishing

P.O.Box 184

Independence, OR 97351


(Do not query by snail mail. Please follow the submission guidelines.)

(Please do not send real snails. That's cruel.)

Here's who we are:

Benjamin Gorman



Benjamin got involved in the publishing industry because he indie-published his first novel, The Sum of Our Gods, and he learned so much he could use to help other authors break through and get their books into readers' hands. He envisions Not a Pipe Publishing as a mechanism for collaboration between a group of carefully selected, talented authors who can help one another promote the very best literature they can bring to the market. 

Benjamin is a member of the National Writing Project's Writers Council. His novel Corporate High School is an Amazon Best Seller. 

When he isn't writing or working to promote writing, he's teaching high school students about reading and writing. Sometimes he gets to teach adults about writing, too. He's heavily involved in the fight to save public education. He blogs at

Follow him on twitter at @teachergorman, and Like his Facebook page at Benjamin Gorman's Novels.

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Sydney Culpepper

Project Manager and Editor

Sydney hails from Klamath Falls, OR, and is a recent graduate of Western Oregon University with an honors degree in linguistics and American Sign Language.  She’s been a reader and a writer nearly all her life, and she loves reading young adult fiction, especially fantasy and LGBTQ+ subgenres.  She self-published her first novel, Pagetown, as her senior project in high school, and is working on her next book.  Her other hobbies include Netflix, drawing, and petting her cat.


Viveca Shearin

Project Manager and Editor

Viveca is a freelance editor who joined Not a Pipe Publishing to work on a single novel and wowed us, so we asked her to join the Not a Pipe Publishing family as a project manager, and she accepted! She lives in Brooklyn, New York and is currently interning at a literary agency. When she's not working, Viveca can often be found with a big mug of tea (or coffee), her face buried in a good book or video game, and her beloved cat nearby for company.


Kelleen Cummings

Project Manager and Editor

Kelleen Cummings is a Seattlite who loves the rain and her two cats. A recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College, she is putting her English degree to good use working with Not a Pipe and at an independent bookstore in the Seattle area. Though already constantly reading ARCs and the occasional actually published novel, Kelleen still makes time to craft, write poetry, and wander around the Olympic Sculpture Park. She definitely considers herself a creative-type as a writer, a dancer, and a crafter, but that doesn’t hinder her attention to detail while editing. She is interested in all genres, though she particularly adores historical fiction, romance, and social-justice oriented manuscripts.


Emily Finestead

Editor and Marketing Assistant

Emily is a current graduate student at Emerson College in Boston, studying in their Publishing and Writing MA program. Prior to that, she graduated from Agnes Scott College in Georgia, and lived for two years in China as a Peace Corps volunteer. She’s been addicted to reading since she was able to hold a book on her own, and, to this day, still checks out more books from the library than she can possibly read. She’s looking forward to a summer full of books and editing with the wonderful folks at Not a Pipe. 


Head Janitor

Rob keeps the carpet clean. He never has an unkind word for anyone, maintains a positive attitude even when his batteries are running low, and brightens the mood of the whole office. 

Don't query Rob. He can't read. 

Rob isn't on twitter or Facebook. When he isn't working, he is too busy plotting the robopocalypse to spend time on social media.