About Common Deer Press

Common Deer Press is on a mission to find and publish extraordinary and enduring books for children and teens. Books that change lives. Books that build bridges, connect cultures, transcend differences and, by showing the humanity in others, open hearts. We believe that when you captivate a child with books, worlds of possibilities open up to them. Books widen the aperture of what a child’s life can become. 


Throughout our publishing endeavours, we strive to be excellent partners to our authors, distributors, and suppliers; helpful guides to parents, educators, and librarians; and caring allies to the literary community.

Kirsten Marion, CPA


Kirsten is a CPA with over twenty-seven years in senior management positions. She brings with her expertise in strategic planning and implementation; organizational development; corporate governance; finance; business operations and development; and marketing in both the public and private sectors.

She is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, has a B.A (English Lit.), and an M.Sc. in Organizational Psychology.

Emily Stewart

Publishing & Editorial

Emily brings eight years of communications experience to Common Deer Press. She handles  copy editing, design, and a handful of other tasks.


She is a graduate of uOttawa’s English Program and NYU’s Summer Publishing Institute. She is a student affiliate of Editors Canada and will soon complete a Certificate in Publishing through Ryerson University.

Siobhan Bothwell

Marketing & Publicity

Siobhan, formerly known as Sibby, is a graduate of Durham College’s Journalism program. She has worked for CAW Local 222’s The Oshaworker, an award-winning publication for union workers. There, she won the Canadian Association of Labour Media Award for excellence in news writing. She was also the publisher’s assistant for Snapd Clarington, a national photography newspaper, and a contributor to Durham College's award-winning The Chronicle. She is now completing her Certificate in Publishing at Ryerson University.

Dr Anastasia Dukova (TCD)

Director of Development

Anastasia manages our website, social media, fundraising and business development campaigns. She has over a decade navigating funding and publishing industries. Anastasia is a published author in her own right and an expert in the field of urban policing history.

She is a member of The Pratchett Project.

Ellie Sipila


Ellie is the founder of Common Deer Press, and is a published author in her own right. She also writes under the pseudonym Kat Hawthorne.

Anna Termine

Secondary Rights Agent

Anna has over twenty-six years of experience in the publishing industry. Her areas of expertise include license and contract negotiations for traditional and non-traditional sales of books, journals, eBooks, and online databases.

Professional Associations

Common Deer Press is a member in good standing with the Independent Book Publishers Association.

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Common Deer Press. Uncommon Books for All Ages.  © 2020 

Toronto, Ontario

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