I crossed the Rubicon when I turned 40 — I left my job as Publisher of a leading educational publishing house and started my own small company, Rubicon Publishing Inc. Today, award-winning Rubicon Publishing is one of the leading educational publishers in Canada, with both print and digital resources, and has thousands of titles sold in Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia.
In 2015, I created the imprint Plumleaf Press, a passion project to create “books to linger over” — thoughtful, beautifully designed literary books for readers, young and old, that offer enchantment and inspiration and stir the imagination and reflection.
I came up with the name Plumleaf Press by combining my father’s surname, Lee (李), which means plum, and my mother’s surname, Ye (葉), which means leaf. In Chinese tradition, the plum, which blossoms even in the deepest winter, is a symbol of integrity, fortitude, tenacity, and blessing. A green leaf is a symbol of renewal and hope.