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Tod Niretac Tinker

“Don’t be afraid to dig into your world; it’ll stir up a lot of meaningful stories.”

Theodore (Tod) Niretac Tinker (he/him/his) is the editor and author of multiple award-winning books. Tod grew up dreaming of fantastical worlds and creatures, leading him to author a series of young adult spiritual/fantasy novels: Peace of Evon, Gift of War, and Lost King. With his degree in Applied Mathematics, he was gifted with the best of both worlds—a love of language and a keen eye for details. He holds a certificate of editing from the University of Chicago.

In addition to being co-owner of Balance of Seven, he is the owner of TNT Editing and provides authors with freelance developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and formatting services. He teaches master classes on worldbuilding and point of view and is an active contributor to the Houston Writers Guild anthologies. As a seasoned author himself, he understands the personal nature of writers’ works and strives to make their words and style shine.

Ynes Malakova-Freeman

“Tell me about your project. I’d love to listen.”

Ynes Freeman (she/her/hers), CEO/Publisher of Balance of Seven, has more than ten years of experience in publishing and has guided more than a thousand authors with kindness and encouragement in that time. Her background is in audience marketing in traditional publishing, where she enjoyed designing unique strategies to grow readership and engagement. She now pursues her long-time passion of working with creative writers through Balance of Seven, helping promote diversity, inclusion, and equity by providing a platform for emerging writers and artists to find magic in their creative work. Ynes is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) who has held numerous leadership roles in Toastmasters International and she is an active volunteer and instructor at Writespace Houston. Using the pen name Ynes Malakova, she is a three-time award-winning short story author. Her debut novel, “A Viper in the Court,” is coming in the Fall of 2022.

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