CEO, SPARKPOINT STUDIO FOUNDER
Crystal Patriarche has an extensive 14-year background building a simultaneous career in both public relations and publishing. She has built and executed PR campaigns for established brands such as Microsoft and Pulte Homes to hot startups including Nomad Brush and Auryn Inc., and has had a strong focus in creating female-targeted campaigns, brands, and content. She is known for her creativity, fresh perspective, passion, and results—all of which make referrals the top driver of SparkPoint Studio’s business. Crystal’s life-long love of reading and books, combined with her PR expertise, fueled the growth of an industry-leading division of SparkPoint Studio focused on building women author brands, experts, and book publicity, called BookSparks, where she thrives on reinventing traditional book PR and helping her clients beat the competition through savvy marketing, integrating digital with traditional platforms and storytelling.
Kamy Wicoff is the founder of She Writes.com
. She is the author of the bestselling book I Do But I Don’t: Why The Way We Marry Matters,and co-founder of Salon of Women Writers, an international group with branches in New York, London, and San Francisco. She serves on the board of directors of Girls Write Now, and is a member of the Advisory Council at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, one of the nation’s most distinguished research organizations devoted to the study of gender, housed at her alma mater, Stanford University. She has appeared on NPR, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other major media outlets as an author and publishing industry expert. Kamy’s novel, Wishful Thinking, will be out on She Writes Press in April 2015.
Brooke Warner is the publisher of both the She Writes Press and SparkPress imprints. She’s also president of Warner Coaching Inc., where she specializes in helping writers get published. In her seventeen years in the publishing industry, including eight years as Executive Editor at Seal Press, Brooke has shepherded hundreds of books through the publication process. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing, and she is a champion of all writers committed to making their dream of publishing a book a reality. Brooke mentors memoirists in her biannual course, Write Your Memoir in Six Months, and sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) as an executive board member and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She is the author of Green-Light Your Book: How Writers Can Succeed in the New Era of Publishing (She Writes Press, 2016), What’s Your Book? A Step-by-Step Guide to Get You from Inspiration to Published Author (She Writes Press, 2012), and three books on memoir. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly and blogs actively on Huffington Post Books and SheWrites.com. She lives and works in Berkeley, California.
Lauren Wise has had a passion for reading and writing that began as a child, and brought her to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where she started her career in writing, editing, and publishing over 12 years ago. Lauren has worked as a book editor, publishing consultant, and magazine columnist/editor, including a stint at a fashion magazine that was the basis for the film The Devil Wears Prada, and an international travel publication company. Over the past decade, she has also established a following as a music journalist, and traveled throughout Europe, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Virgin Islands, and Cambodia, making her open to several cultures, ideas and editorial styles. Her love for the art of writing and book publishing propelled her career as a book editor and publishing consultant, and she founded Midnight Publishing in 2009, an editorial company focused on helping authors publish positive, influential and inspirational novels, memoirs, and non-fiction content. For the past two years, Lauren has been the Editorial Manager for She Writes Press and SparkPress, helping to oversee a rapidly growing catalog of award-winning novels, memoirs, and non-fiction.
EDITORIAL PROJECT MANAGER
Ever since her dad read her The Berenstain Bears before bed as a kid, Samantha has not been able to get enough of the worlds that can exist in the pages of a book. She was often told to “put down the [expletive redacted] book and go outside,” but usually settled for moving outside to read.
As she grew older and pondered what she wanted to do in life, she kept coming back to one thing: stories. She loved stories. Books, movies, TV; it didn’t matter the platform. After graduating magna cum laude from Bradley University with a degree in Public Relations and minors in Professional Writing, Social Media Marketing, and Leadership, she enrolled in the Denver Publishing Institute to get a taste of what life in book publishing would be like. She went in with a laser focus, intending to come out with a position in publicity or marketing, but the more she learned, the more open to different types of positions she became.
After graduation from DPI, she took a position as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble to gain insight on industry trends. She simultaneously held an internship at Texas Lifestyle Magazine, and was later promoted to Editorial Assistant. Samantha joins SparkPoint Studio as our Editorial Project Manager for SparkPress and She Writes Press.
Cait Levin has been with She Writes since its founding in 2010. She previously served as the Community Manager for the online community and managed the blog. She has been with She Writes Press since its inception in 2012. She is a graduate of Barnard College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in English Literature through Middlebury College. When she isn’t looking for ways to help women thrive in their writing, she likes to read, cook, and write fiction. She blogs at writingyoungadult.wordpress.com. You can find her on Twitter @caitlevin.
Sometimes, you can judge a book by its cover! Julie Metz is a graphic designer with more than 25 years of experience, working primarily in the publishing field, and is thrilled to be working closely with SparkPoint Studio on the SparkPress and BookSparks divisions. She has created covers for a wide range of books including fiction/nonfiction, cookbooks and more, including her own New York Times bestselling memoir, Perfection.