Recommended Publicists

Barko_newStephanie Barko promotes professionally edited adult nonfiction and historical fiction titles within one year of release date. She especially enjoys creating and executing platforms for debut authors.  Services include endorsement and review acquisition, media kits and pitches, virtual tours, and audience building.  In 2011, Preditors & Editors Readers Poll voted Stephanie as Best Book Promotion Service.  In 2012, Stephanie joined the faculties of Author Learning Center and Author University to extend her book marketing webinars to authors on DIY budgets.  To view a complete list of services, endorsements of her work,Stephanie’s client list,  or to request a client application, visit www.stephaniebarko.com.  For free book marketing tips, follow Stephanie on Twitter @steffercat.

Mary-BisbeeMary Bisbee-Beek began a publishing career in 1979 in San Francisco, California. She has been the owner and Director of Beeksbee Books, an independent publicity and marketing consulting office, 1992-2003 in St. Paul, MN. In 2003 she joined the University of Michigan Press, where she was the Director of Publicity and the Trade Marketing and Foreign Rights Manager. In 2008, she joined Literary Ventures Fund, where she worked as a marketing, publicity and foreign rights consultant with various authors, agents, and publishers. During the summer of 2010, Mary and her husband, Randall Beek, relocated to Portland, OR. In the new Pacific Northwest location the small company READ! was born and once again Mary works independently on publicity projects with discerning authors and  publishers. Mary consults with publishing clients seeking help in the areas of book publicity and marketing outreach focusing on traditional print and electronic media, including radio tours, blogging tours, and she consults on social media and website content. She will also work with the author to consider opportunities in the overseas market place.  She likes to focus on fiction and creative non-fiction books. In addition, she teaches one class each year alternating between Marketing and Publicity and International Foreign Rights in the Portland State University Publishing Program.

Karma Bennett offers fully customized publicity campaigns tailored to the needs of her clients.  In addition to traditional publicity outreach, she offers assistance with social media, marketing, SEO, book tours, and branding. She loves helping authors find the value in Twitter, Tumblr and other social media resources. Some of the genres she’s worked with include fitness, health, horror, sexuality, pop culture, humor, and young adult. Karma has secured publicity in a wide variety of media, including Cosmopolitan, Fox & Friends, Woman’s World, Mother Jones, USA Today and LA Weekly. Prior to founding Future is Fiction Communications, Karma was the publicist for Ulysses Press, voted by Publishers Weekly as one of the fastest-growing indie publishers in the world three of the four years she was in their employ. Whether you need a simple press kit or a full publicity and social media campaign, Karma is happy to offer a free consultation.

Lorna Garano is the founder and President of Lorna Garano Book Publicity. She is a veteran book publicist with nearly fifteen years of experience working on non-fiction books. She has worked with individual authors and with independent and large publishing houses. For the first half of her career she served as the Publicity and eMarketing Manager of an independent publishing house in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since launching her own firm in 2007 she has worked on the full range of nonfiction genres, including politics, memoir, women’s issues, psychology, self-help, health, and history. Her placements include Today, CNN International, Oprah!, The New York Times, The View, 20/20, Time, Newsweek, Salon.com.com, iVillage.com, CNN.com, NPR, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and many other venues.

KinsellaBridget Kinsella has worn just about every hat there is in the book business. For 20 years she covered publishing as an editor on the trade publications Publishers Weekly, where she remains a contributor as well as reporting for the trade newsletter Shelf Awareness. In 2007, the Harmony division of Random House published Bridget’s bestselling nonfiction book, Visiting Life Women Doing Time on the Outside, for which she received national media attention. In 2010 Bridget worked a three-month marketing and publicity stint at Cleis Press & Viva Editions. Also, Bridget has built a media consultation business, where she offers a variety of services—from editing to publicity and marketing expertise. She is working on her next nonfiction book project.

KayeMcKinzieKaye McKinzie began her career writing book cover copy and editing manuscripts and proposals for Bay Area independent publishers and authors. In 2002, after 20 years in marketing and public relations, she founded Quatrain PR. She has created effective strategies for a range of services and products, and her promotional campaigns have won awards and media coverage for authors, books, products, services and films. She has worked with multiple agencies and companies, including Y&R, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, and Lucasfilm, as well as publishers large and small, including Addison-Wesley, O’Reilly Media, New World Library, Prentice-Hall, Seal Press, and White Cloud Press. Kaye has done it all, from hosting UK press tours to calling press in Singapore to getting the NY Times to cover designer genes for science. Whether it’s platform planning, creating book and blog tours, or the art of social media book reviews, there’s an audience for every book, and a smart way to reach them. Kaye guides fiction and nonfiction authors to book launch success.

Jill Siegel Public Relations is an innovative publicity boutique, specializing in publishing and entertainment, with a focus on personal representation. JSPR has developed strategic national publicity campaigns for a wide range of genres—from politics, memoir and fiction to health, parenting and celebrity titles. In addition to book projects, Jill was the personal publicist for Muhammad Ali and Leonard Nimoy. Most recently, she was the Associate Director of Publicity for Simon & Schuster’s Free Press, where she created campaigns for Annie Murphy Paul’s ORIGINS, which appeared on the covers of The New York Times Book Review and Time magazine, and the New York Times bestsellers THE LONGEST WAY HOME by Andrew McCarthy, SYBIL EXPOSED by Debbie Nathan, THE LONGEST WAR by Peter Bergen, the Booker Prize-winning THE WHITE TIGER by Aravind Adiga, INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, BROTHERS by David Talbot, and seven books in Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen’s #1 New York Times bestselling YOU series, including YOU: ON A DIET, which at time of publication became the fastest selling title in Simon & Schuster’s history.

Caitlin_webCaitlin Hamilton Summie is the former Marketing Director of MacMurray & Beck and also of BlueHen Books/Penguin Putnam. At each company she also managed imprint profile and directed all publicity, hardcover & paperback. In addition, for nearly two years she simultaneously directed and handled sales nationwide for MacMurray & Beck. In 2003, she founded Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC, an independent book publicity and marketing firm. In 2010, her husband, Rick, became a partner. They work in fiction, mystery, memoir, and history and are best known for tailored approaches, passionate advocacy, and limiting client load to ensure maximum attention. Projects range from consulting on marketing and publicity plans to specific title and author promotion and publicity. Hamilton Summie wrote book reviews for The Rocky Mountain News, author profiles for ABA’s Bookselling This Week, and has published both short stories and poems. She is a former independent bookseller who earned her degrees at Smith College and Colorado State University.

OTHER SERVICE PROVIDERS

DanaNewmanDana Newman is a transactional and intellectual property attorney who advises on contracts, copyrights, trademarks, or licensing. Dana focuses her practice on publishing and small businesses, and also works as an independent literary agent, representing authors of practical and narrative non-fiction.  She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating publishing agreements, author collaboration agreements, and literary agency contracts. Having worked in the entertainment industry during the transition from analog to digital platforms in film editing and audio recording, she’s excited about the changes happening in publishing and enthusiastically embraces new technologies and business models for the creation and distribution of books.  She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She wrote “Copyright Grants:  as Powerful as Kryptonite?” published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and co-authored the chapter on Technology and Intellectual Property Rights in the book Emerging Companies Guide:  A Resource for Professionals and Entrepreneurs, Second Edition (American Bar Association 2011).