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Deborah C. Mortimer is a savvy publisher and an accomplished trademark attorney, recognized for her unique blend of creative passion and legal expertise. As the founder and owner of Leap Forward Publishing, LLC, an independent press, Deborah is dedicated to reshaping the landscape of children's literature by promoting diverse and inclusive narratives.


Recognizing the gap in representation within the literary field, Deborah is committed to developing and championing books that feature inspiring characters from various backgrounds. Her debut book, "Zorah and the Very Big Question," was followed by "When You Give a Girl a Puppy..." in 2022, and the vibrant "Summer Island," a celebration of Deborah's Caribbean-American heritage. Her passion for diversity and inclusivity extends beyond her writing, as she frequently shares her insights on brand development, author protection, and representation in children's literature through speaking engagements and podcasts.


In addition to her publishing pursuits, Deborah also serves as the Principal Attorney at Mortimer Legal, PLLC, where she provides comprehensive intellectual property services. Specializing in trademark and copyright registration, enforcement, and maintenance, Deborah brings a unique perspective to her legal practice. Her deep understanding of the publishing industry and her writing background underscore the importance she places on protecting and promoting creative works.


Known for her integrity, Deborah's client-focused approach ensures detailed and transparent communication, managing expectations effectively. Her persuasive writing skills and creative problem-solving abilities make her a reliable advocate and chief negotiator for her clients.


Beyond her professional roles, Deborah is a former homeschool parent and proud active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. She actively engages with organizations like the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Women's Media Group (WMG), and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), finding fulfillment in her contributions.


As a publisher and trademark attorney, Deborah offers a unique combination of business acumen, legal expertise, and a deep understanding of the publishing industry. She is the ideal partner for those seeking comprehensive support in navigating the complex world of publishing and nationwide trademark and copyright protection. With Deborah at your side, you can trust that your brand, ideas, and stories will be expertly safeguarded, as she continues to positively impact the literary landscape.

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