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Book Publicity & Marketing

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Independent Publicists

Here is a list, alphabetized by company name or first name, of book publicists that I deal with an a regular basis as Editor-in-Chief of the Midwest Book Review. Some have websites (see above), others don't -- yet. Listed are their telephone and address information, and a brief description each one provided of the services they offer.

411 Video Information/Leslie T. McClure

Specializing in video and multimedia.

411 Video Information
PO Box 1223, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
831-656-0553 (phone), 831-656-0555 (fax)

Ampersand Communications/Amanda Sutton

Amanda Sutton, Publicist for Ampersand Communications, specializes in creative book promotion with marketing techniques both traditional (media relations, copywriting, and event planning) and evolving (social networking, blogging, and web outreach). Amanda's background in educational and university press publishing shapes Ampersand's brainier side, which aids authors and publishers in creating readers' guides and study questions.

With book promotion that's both brainy and creative, Ampersand provides promotion that appeals to readers' dual hemispheres.

Amanda Sutton
Ampersand Communications
1628 Stanford Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Andrea Blain

Andrea Blain Public Relations Inc. specializes in publicizing children's and family VHS and DVD programs.

Andrea Blain, President
Andrea Blain Public Relations Inc.
9750 Crawford Avenue, Skokie, IL 60076
847-933-9884 phone
847-673-5836 fax

Andrea Reynolds International

Since 1979, ARI has provided marketing and management strategies to hundreds of independent professionals, authorities and spokesmen across the US and Canada who are ready to build lucrative advice empires.

Not for the timid, our customized strategies suit entrepreneurial risk-takers who are ready to multiply their incomes and sell more books by selling their professional advice. We develop appropriate promotional opportunities which pay them: how-to book publishing, media appearances, writing assignments, newsletter publishing, column syndication, public speaking, consulting assignments, seminars, radio and TV hosting, spokesman activities, spin-off products, etc.

Talk to me BEFORE you sign a book contract.

Andrea Reynolds
PO Box 49, Lake City PA 16423
Phone: 814-774-5070

ASCOT Media Group

ASCOT Media Group primarily represent authors and publishers. Their PR Campaigns are extremely inexpensive and highly effective. ASCOT's strengths are TV and Radio Tours. They reach far and wide to over 300,000 media outlets and are known for placing many previously unknown authors on national television and radio shows and have on numerous occasions been the reason their authors have made the NY Times best-seller list. Full contact testimonials are seen at: At ASCOT's web site, in the press room, authors can be seen appearing on national TV shows.

Trish Stevens - CEO
ASCOT Media Group, Inc.
Post Office Box 58884, Webster, TX 77598
Phone: (281) 333-3507
Phone: (281) 748-5094

The Barrett Company (Worldwide Publicists)

The Barrett Company is based in the film capital, Los Angeles, and represents everyone from major publishers to POD authors to self-published writers. Our firm has successfully worked with Hollywood studios and TV networks in introducing authors interested in selling books for the large and small screens.

Contacts: Barbara Wall or Hollywood book publicist Charles Barrett
The Barrett Company Communications
12021 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 600, Los Angeles, CA 90025


BookMania specializes in publicity and editing services for publishers and authors. National and regional campaigns, niche markets a specialty for print, broadcast and online. Fiction, nonfiction and genre, especially literary fiction, creative nonfiction, and mysteries. Author tours and event coordination and promotion. Social media expertise. Whether it's for an entire book launch campaign or a consultation for a specific need, you will get the expertise you need. All publishing models served. Over 15 years of experience in the publishing industry.

Contact: Linda White
PO Box 9301, North St. Paul, MN 55109
phone: 651-246-5727

Book Publicity by Marlan

Marlan approaches each book with consideration for the passion that created it and the audience that will best appreciate it. Authors are as different as snowflakes. Each campaign is crafted with that in mind.

Contact: Marlan Warren, Publicist & Marketing Strategist
1831 Winona Boulevard, #104, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Email: memoircity [at] gmail [dot] com
phone: (323) 347-6762

Book Publicity Services

Book Publicity Services provides affordable and effective public relations services for authors worldwide. They specialize in coordinating book reviews, generating media exposure, distributing press releases, organizing book signings, and promoting on social media. Book Publicity Services promotes all genres, both fiction and nonfiction.

Contact: Kelsey McBride
phone: 805-807-9027

Brickman Marketing

Brickman Marketing has been doing PR and marketing since 1976. The firm has extensive experience working with non-fiction authors for reviews and distribution. In addition, the company works with publishers of special interest, how-to, children's and documentary Videos/DVD's and helps to obtain reviews and set up non-exclusive distribution.

Wendy Brickman
Brickman Marketing
395 Del Monte Center, #250, Monterey, CA 93940
831-633-4444 phone
831-633-4499 fax

Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC

Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC
13783 Legend Way, Unit 101, Broomfield Co 80020-4214
phone: (303) 469-4464

Cadence Marketing Group

The Cadence Group is a dedicated team of publishing professionals with years of experience helping authors and publishers achieve their goals. We believe every book, and every author, is unique. Every program is tailored to meet your goals.

Services in book publishing, book consulting, book marketing, and more are available.

Contact: Rebecca Brown, Online Marketing Director
The Cadence Group
212 Marengo Ave, Suite 2S, Forest Park, IL 60130

Conscious Media Relations

Conscious Media Relations specializes in authors, films, companies and resources that serve the mind/body/spirit marketplace. We believe we have the nationís most comprehensive media lists covering this sectorÖlists that we have been growing and cultivating for half a dozen years. We also have 35 years of mainstream media publicity experience, so we bridge the world between these two. And agency founder Jackie Lapin is herself an award-winning bestselling author in personal growth and a book marketing coach.

Phone: (818) 707-1473
Skype: jflapin

Coriolis Company

We specialize in providing book publicity, marketing, author branding, and literary services to professors, public intellectuals, and thought leaders.

We primarily provide service to academics, particularly authors of color and LGBTQ authors, and we are equipped to do so as a diverse team ourselves.

C.S. Lewis & Company Publicists

Since 1990, CS Lewis has been helping authors create widespread media exposure for their books by leveraging our longstanding contacts with TV and radio producers, and print and online editors, journalists, columnists, and bloggers. We're a nationally known boutique firm that works with major publishers as well as small presses, and we specialize in nonfiction books on health, business, career, parenting, relationships, and self-help. We're known for our highly collaborative and creative media campaigns that build and strengthen authors' platforms in order to generate book sales, boost the authors' brand, increase their online presence (SEO), and support new business opportunities in the area of speaking and consulting. Our authors have been quoted, featured, and interviewed in virtually every major media venue.

Contact: Cathy Lewis
19 Cardinal Drive, Woodstock, NY 12498
31-F Stratford Lane West, Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Phone: 845-679-2188

Dougherty and Associates PR

*Full service national, regional and local publicity
*Complete radio, television, print media, online media placement (trade and consumer)
*Reputation management
*Press kit creation / production
*Photography, writing, editing, graphic design work, distribution and sales consultation
*National, Regional, and Local Media Tours

Phone: 828-622-3285

Foreword Publicity

Created by multi-award winning, bestselling authors, Aly Bourque and Lori Orlinsky, Foreword Publicity specializes in custom book PR campaigns with combined strategies in marketing, sales, and branding. Using the latest trends in social media, technology, and applications, Foreword Publicityís mission is to build a platform for an author to succeed and maintain their success as a writer. With a combined ten years in the publishing industry and a passion for storytelling, Foreword Publicity creates a campaign for authors to master social media awareness, engagement and growth, brand awareness and sustainability, online and broadcast media placement, video production, event planning, and countless review opportunities for the target audience. Foreword Publicity wants authors to succeed, tell their stories, and build a long-lasting bond with their readers. By using firsthand knowledge, experience, and connections in the industry, Foreword Publicity can help others achieve and maintain success.


Gail Leondar Public Relations

Gail Leondar Public Relations promotes progressive books. Over almost three decades, we've publicized some 900 titles on economic and social justice, environmental sustainability, education, feminism, history, politics, and more.

Our clients have been interviewed on Fresh Air, Marketplace and numerous other nationally and regionally syndicated shows under the public radio umbrella. We think of our work as helping to expand the public discourse on important issues, and enjoy supporting our clients to become ever more articulate spokespeople for their books and issues.

Services include:

Creating radio interview via phone campaigns
Arranging radio interviews to promote authorís tours
Author training, coaching and mentoring

Gail Leondar Public Relations
19 Belknap St., Arlington, MA 02474

Hank Luttrell

Consultation with small publishers, authors, event organizers and booksellers about promotion, marketing and distribution.

I can help you develop appropriate, modern approaches and business solutions for your publishing, book, or comic book related ideas. Iíll answer your questions and help you research the information youíll need to fulfill your creative impulses. Our first interview is free, of course, to see if we are compatible. From the start, Iíll try to provide an honest appraisal of your situation, and if I donít think we can make it work, Iíll advise you that it wonít be worth investing in my assistance.

Hank Luttrell
1421 South Park #200, Madison, WI 53715

Jenkins Group, Inc.

If you have recently published a book, or are about to, the Publicity, Promotion, Marketing and Distribution services of the Jenkins Group, Inc., can be the deciding factor to your success.

We can: Assist with arranging distribution and wholesale contacts to the ever changing and complex bookstore and library markets. Assist with distribution contacts in specialty markets such as airports, gift stores, catalogs, book clubs, foreign sales, rights and non-traditional retailers. Assist with your pre-publication review program. Provide access to our database of over 15,000 updated contacts in all areas of the media including newspapers, magazines, radio, TV, associations, organizations and the Internet. Assist with building an effective media kit that will stand out from the rest.

We can: Formulate ideas and strategy to better serve your market. Point of purchase displays, Promotional flyers, Direct mail. Provide you with continuing education and the latest news in publishing trends through our IPN (Independent Publishers Network) and ISPPI (International Small Press Publishing Institute) networks. Refer thousands of publishing contacts in the business to help you in all of your publishing endeavors.

Jenkins Group, Inc.
121 East Front Street, Suite 401, Traverse City, MI 49684
(616) 933-0445 * (616) 933-0448 Fax
Website: Jenkins Group, Inc.

Kama Timbrell Communications

Kama Timbrell Communications provides authors and publishers of fiction, business, personal finance, health, parenting, self-help, and other nonfiction genres with media relations, web design, social media, and digital marketing services, as well as literary consulting. With decades of experience, we specialize in focused communications strategies, working closely with clients to develop messages that resonate with audiences to help clients achieve their goals.

Phone: 201-204-9417

Karen Villanueva Author Services

Karen Villanueva has 22 years experience in book PR. After moving from Toronto to New Mexico in 1992 and noting all the authors who lived there, she shifted her focus to work exclusively with authors, books, and small presses. Our services include: publicity in electronic and print media; various types of online PR; setting up book tours and special events; author/media escort/driver for mainstream publishers; marketing consultant; interviewer; and step by step consulting for new authors. Some of her past clients as well as authors she has escorted include: Rambo's dad, New York Times best selling thriller writer David Morrell, Oscar De Hijuelos, James Lee Burke, Stephen Cannell, Clive Cussler, Jeane Houston, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Helen Fielding, Norman Zollinger, John J. Nance, Jodi Picoult, Deepak Choprah, Ann Louise Gittleman, Christopher Valen, Neale Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson, Donna Eden, Ronald Chapman, Diane Gabaldon, Anthony Bourdain, James Rollins and many more.

Called "highly resourceful, a PR dynamo" by one of her past clients, New York Times best-selling author Ann Louise Gittleman, and "dedicated, enthusiastic and results-oriented" by Hana Samek Norton, Karen was recently awarded by the 10th Annual The Friends of the Book Award. In 2009, the New Mexico Book Coop and gave her a Special Recognition honor for her work with books and authors. Karen tailors each campaign to suit the genre and personality of the author in order to get the best results.

Media placements for local, regional, national and international authors include: The Santa Fe New Mexican, USA Today, CNN, Associated Press, Canada AM, Larry King Live, Oprah, The National Examiner, New York Times, United Press, The Wall Street Journal, Womanís World, First for Women and many others.

Not sure about what we can do for your book? Call 239-877-4248 to set up a consultation (first 10 minutes free). Publicity and marketing campaigns are priced according to length and depth of involvement, and we work on a three-month minimum sliding scale basis.

Phone: 239-877-4248

Kim Weiss Publishing Services

Our 30+ years of experience, in both the publishing industry and public relations, equips us with the tools and insights you need to bring your book publishing goals to life. Learn and apply what bestselling authors know in our very personalized program. Kim Weiss, a veteran PR Director of a major publishing house for over a quarter of a century, offers the unique perspective of an "insider."

Are you getting published for the first time? Have you already been published but now need help with your marketing strategy? Are you considering self-publishing? Wherever you are on your literary adventure, Kim Weiss Publishing Services will work with you to secure your place on the bookshelf and the bestseller list!


Meryl Moss Media

Our approach is hands-on and personal. Established authors as well as first timers come to us for help with positioning, media exposure, marketing as well as building their social media platform. We go about this in a variety of ways based on the subject of the book and the credentials of the author.

There are many elements that contribute to building a successful integrated media platform. We work closely with our authors to identify and target their audience. In our pursuit for media exposure we go deep as well as wide including industry/genre media (print and online), national and regional publications short and long lead, national and regional radio, TV and print. Social media platform development, giveaways, contests, and goodreads campaigns are also part of our media capabilities.


Michele Karlsberg

Michele Karlsberg Marketing and Management specializes in concentrating on print and electronic media, for the mainstream, lesbian, gay and feminist market. Creating press releases, press kits and cover letters. Target mailing lists from an extensive database. Networking with freelance writers for interviews. Assistance with post production, consumer marketing, advertising campaigns, direct marketing to bookstores, U.S. and foreign distribution contacts. Promotional tours, special events, conference planning and author appearances.

Michele Karlsberg is the Curator of "OUTSPOKEN: A Lesbian & Gay Literary Series" She is the author of " Self Publishing Gay Books" and is the co-editor of TO BE CONTINUED and TO BE CONTINUED: TAKE TWO (Firebrand Books)

Michele Karlsberg
Marketing and Management
101 Lexington Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302
Phone: 917-359-2803

MindBuck Media

MindBuck Media Book Publicity is a full service author public relations and book publicity company, able to step in, consult and create interest and progression at any point during the evolution of a book. From manuscript to international book release, Jessica Glenn and her team provide highly personalized author services ensuring the highest level of success possible for authors and their publishing companies. Conservatively, we've helped authors sell half a million books in the last two years alone and had two bestsellers in 2011. We work directly with authors, with publishing companies, or in tandem with both to create the best bang for the publicity buck.

Jessica Glenn

Nissen Public Relations

Before founding the book publicity firm Nissen Public Relations, Rob worked as a book publicist for several major publishers including Times Books/Random House, Simon & Schuster, and John Wiley & Sons where he promoted nonfiction titles in all categories and worked on numerous book publicity and book marketing campaigns. He also recently served as the head of business book publicity and lead business book publicist for the Business Plus imprint of Grand Central Publishing.

Some of the many authors he has worked with include Tony Hsieh, Stanley Bing, Lois Frankel, Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K), Robert Sutton, Sanford Weill, Michael Eric Dyson, John C. Maxwell, Liz Claman, John C. Bogle, John Dean, Harry Beckwith, Henry Paulson, and numerous business leaders, consultants, academics, CEOs, and more.

Focusing on business, politics, workplace, careers, lifestyle, health and other areas of nonfiction Rob works in all areas of book and author publicity including online promotion and with a wide range of print, radio, and television media. He has worked on publicity campaigns for many New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek bestselling books.

Rob Nissen
(908) 376-6470

PR By the Book

The mission of PR by the Book is to attain, or aid in attaining, as many quality media "hits" as possible. PR by the Book has the experience and connections to attract media on a local, regional or national level. We start with a unique positioning angle, sculpt it into a pitch and look for the appropriate placement in the media.

Marika Flatt
PR By the Book
(512) 560-6787

RMA Publicity

Since 2009, RMA Publicity has been assisting authors, both self-published and those who publish through small presses, with all of their marketing needs. We specialize in preparing press kits, press releases and feature articles, then using them to get our authors great results -- placements in newspapers, appearances on radio and TV, etc. We also set up book signings, and produce a monthly newsletter titled, "The Power of Publicity" that features client activity and includes informational articles about book publicity and marketing.

Rachel M. Anderson
Marketing & PR Consultant/Publicist

Shel Horowitz

I'll write materials (news releases, brochures, fliers, articles, PSAs, backgrounders, newsletters, etc.) -- cheaply, rapidly, and well. On some of these projects, if their needs are simple, I also handle design. But I'm not really a full-service publicist in that I really don't have media contacts outside Western Massachusetts and try to stay away from placement.

My areas of greatest strength are arts, small business, services, high-tech, politics, and of course, small press. But I'll take on pretty much anything unless I find it deeply offensive. For instance, I will not promote a pro-tobacco or anti-gay client -- but I might do a moderate Republican even if they didn't get my vote. I even had some negotiations with a Libertarian publisher a while back.

Shel Horowitz
800) 683-WORD or (01)(413) 586-2388

Skye Wentworth Public Relations

Skye Wentworth Public Relations provides media relations and book publicity services for authors and publishers. Her experience includes 15+ years of media planning, design and market strategy, video production, special events, and publishing communications. Award-winning services include press kits, video trailers, author tours, print, television, radio and Internet placement. Your new book: you know itís sensational. Now 20 million other people know it, too.

Skye Wentworth, Book Publicist
11 High Road, Newbury, MA 01951

Smith Publicity

Smith Publicity offers book marketing services, public relations, and book publicity services to publishers and authors with goal of securing media (newspaper, magazine, radio, television, online, and blog) interest to build awareness and spark book sales. Smith Publicity promotes all genres, including self published projects, including: non-fiction, fiction, business, self-help, health, spiritual/religious, children's books in print, E-book, audiobook formats.

Smith Publicity, Inc.
1930 E. Marlton Pike, Suite I-46
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

SoCal Public Relations

Rebecca Grose has nearly 20 years of experience in book publicity, having worked for several major publishers (including Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Harcourt), she started her own freelance publicity business in 2003. Specializing in children's books, she works closely with each client to create and strategize an effective, personalized publicity campaign.

Rebecca Grose
SoCal Public Relations
8130 La Mesa Blvd., Ste. 137, San Diego, CA 91941

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist promotes professionally edited adult nonfiction and historical fiction titles within one year of release date. She also offers book shepherding for authors with just-completed manuscripts who want help navigating the independent publishing track. Stephanie Barkoís award-winning clients include traditional publishers and their authors, small presses, and independently published writers.

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist
16100 Crystal Hills, Austin, TX 78737
(512) 291-6188

Strategic Vision, LLC

At Strategic Vision, your success is measured in results. Our team of experts provides comprehensive media relations and publicity services to authors and publishers. We focus on a results-driven campaign that translates publicity into sales. The media has consistently recognized us as a vital source of informative and thought-provoking authors and literary works.

David E. Johnson
Strategic Vision, LLC
2451 Cumberland Parkway, #3607, Atlanta, GA 30339
404-380-1079 phone

Story Monsters LLC

Story Monsters LLC is dedicated to helping authors of all genres strive for excellence with book production, marketing, and promotion. From publishing the award-winning Story Monsters Ink(R) magazine to providing Publishers Support Services in areas such as editing, cover design, and publicity, you have come to the right place. A place to tell your story.

Westwind Communications

In a typical book marketing campaign, Westwind Communications targets book reviewers at magazines, newspapers and electronic media across the United States. Since our contacts in the media are exceptionally good, we have a high success rate with frequent placements. Westwind Communications develops and nurtures relationships with writers, editors and producers so they trust us when we give them a story idea.

Westwind works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it's their first book or their 15th book. Weíve handled publicity for books by CEOs, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. Westwind has generated media coverage for numerous genres including, fiction, health, adventure, historical fiction, business, finance, biography and memoirs, sports, science and technology.

Westwind clients have been featured by Good Morning America, CNN, ABC Nightly News, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, IBD, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Howard Stern, NPR, Woman's World, FOX News, Entrepreneur and many more.

Scott Lorenz, President
Westwind Communications
1310 Maple Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
Office: 734-667-2090
Cell: 248-705-2214