Our Team


Louise Burke, President and Publisher

Louise Burke is the President and Publisher of Gallery Books. In her position she has responsibility for a publishing unit that includes the hardcover and trade paperback lines of Gallery Books; Pocket Books, the mass market publishing arm of Simon & Schuster; and Threshold Editions, the company’s conservative publishing imprint; and MTV Books, Star Trek, and WWE lines. Ms. Burke joined the company as Executive Vice President and Publisher of Pocket Books in June 2001. Among the New York Times bestselling authors published under Ms. Burke’s direction are Glenn Beck, Lisa Genova, Kresley Cole, Nikki Sixx, and Fifty Cent. Publisher of Pocket Books, the paperback home for some of the world’s best known and loved authors (founded in 1939 as America’s first paperback publisher), Ms. Burke has supervised the successful New York Times bestselling paperback publication of authors including Mary Higgins Clark, Stephen King, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, and Ann Rule.

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Jennifer Bergstrom, Publisher and Vice President

Jennifer Bergstrom is the Vice President and Publisher of Gallery Books. Jen has worked at S&S for more than fourteen years. In 1998, she launched Simon Spotlight Entertainment (SSE) as Editorial Director.  In 2009, Pocket Books and SSE combined to form Gallery Books, a new imprint showcasing both fiction and nonfiction, across a variety of genres. Jen was named Publisher and Vice President of Gallery Books and in her position she is responsible for the editorial content, growth, and overall development of her division’s varied lists. Some of Gallery Books’ successes under Jen’s direction include the New York Times bestselling authors Chelsea Handler, Tori Spelling, Tim Gunn, Kendra Wilkinson, Mackenzie Phillips, Melissa Gilbert, Snooki, Tucker Max, Jose Canseco, and Lewis Black. Jen has been hailed as the “reigning publisher” of celebrity memoirs by The Daily Beast. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Barnard College at Columbia University.

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Karen Kosztolnyik, Executive Editor 

Interests: Commercial fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir

Authors: New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova, New York Times bestselling YA author Lisi Harrison and her debut adult novel The Dirty Book Club, Lynn Cullen’s Mrs. Poe, SIBA bestseller Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall, Tawni O’Dell, Jamie Mason, Jennie Shortridge, Harriet Evans; also editor of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dewey by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter; New York Times bestselling authors Kate White and Karen Rose; Serena Williams’s memoir On The Line

Bio: Karen Kosztolnyik joined Gallery Books in September 2011 as an Executive Editor. She was previously at Grand Central Publishing for ten years. A native Texan and Smith College graduate, Karen lives in Manhattan with her husband and son.

Lauren McKenna, Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Pocket Star

Interests: Commercial women’s fiction, pop culture, and historical and contemporary romance

Authors: New York Times bestselling paranormal romance authors Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, romantic suspense author Karen Robards, pop culture icons Snooki, Bethany Hamilton, Nikki Sixx, and Jill Smokler, the beloved “Scary Mommy” blogger. Women’s fiction authors Mary Alice Monroe and Pamela Redmond Satran, and her romance list includes such New York Times bestsellers as Teresa Medeiros and Jude Deveraux, as well as rising stars like Jennifer Echols and Meredith Duran.

Bio: Lauren McKenna is an Executive Editor in the Gallery imprint and Editorial Director of Pocket Star, Pocket's digital-first eBook imprint.

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Mitchell Ivers, Vice President and Editorial Director, Threshold Editions

Interests: Commercial fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, popular history, true-crime, fiction, political books

Authors: Clint Hill, Gerald Blaine, Christopher Anderson, Ann Rule, Christopher Rice, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Lorna Luft 

Bio: Mitchell Ivers was named Vice President and Senior Editor in 2008.  Mitchell joined Simon & Schuster in 1998 and has edited many bestselling books over the past fifteen years for both Gallery and Threshold Editions. 


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Tricia Boczkowski, Editor-at-Large


Interests: Memoir, women’s fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction, illustrated


Authors: Chelsea Handler, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea; Alma Katsu, The Taker Trilogy; Monica Holloway, Cowboy and Wills and Driving with Dead People;Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible, Stanley Tucci, The Tucci Cookbook

Bio: Tricia Boczkowski is now Editor-at-Large, acquiring a select list of twelve books per year, with a focus on outstanding storytelling.

     




 

 

 

 

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Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, Senior Editor

Interests: Blockbuster nonfiction in celebrity, pop culture, diet/fitness, internet and television tie-ins

Authors: Tucker Max, Brandi Glanville, The Betches, Oliver Stone, Kevin O'Leary, Ace Frehley, Marilu Henner, La Toya Jackson, Jesse James

Bio: Since 1995, he has specialized in celebrity authors, from Marilyn Manson to Motley Crue to Ace Frehley, from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to Tucker Max to Marilu Henner. 


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Micki Nuding, Senior Editor

Interests: Commercial women’s fiction, romance, historical fiction, memoir, cozy mysteries, topical health (non-diet)

Authors: Fiction: Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Cindy Gerard, paperback editor for Jan Burke.  Nonfiction: Dr. Spock, Dr. Barbara Roberts.

Bio: Micki Nuding is a Senior Editor at Pocket Books/Gallery, where she acquires commercial fiction and nonfiction, specializing in women’s fiction.

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Abby Zidle, Senior Editor

Interests: Women’s fiction, romance, suspense/thrillers, historical fiction, narrative nonfiction, pop culture

Authors: Laura Griffin, Candace Camp, The Brown Family, David Tutera, Kristen Proby, Kristin Harmel, S.E. Cupp, Sophie Littlefield

Bio: Abby worked at Bantam Dell and Harlequin before coming to Gallery; when she’s not reading, she’s horseback riding or watching reality TV.
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Ed Schlesinger, Senior Editor

Interests: Dark fiction, horror, science fiction & fantasy, crime thrillers, media tie-ins
 
Authors: Nick Cutter, J.L. Bourne, Karen Traviss, Adam Mitzner, S. G. Browne, Chris Evans, Stephen Romano, Blizzard Entertainment

Bio: Ed has been part of the Pocket Books (and later Gallery Books) editorial team since 2003, and he also has worked at HarperCollins and Penguin. He has lived in New York City his entire life, and is always on the lookout for bold new voices on the darker side of fiction.
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Adam Wilson, Senior Editor

Interests: Commercial fiction, supernatural thrillers, romance, urban fantasy, crime, pop culture nonfiction

Authors: Christina Lauren, John Dixon, Kyra Davis, Jennifer Estep, Benjamin Whitmer, Jeff Somers, Michael R. Underwood, Katy Evans, V.C. Andrews
 
Bio:  Adam joined Gallery in 2011, having previously worked at MIRA and Harlequin Teen. Raised in Colorado, he defected to Seattle, but somehow ended up in New York, where he reads for a living and places foremost importance on authorial voice. 
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Natasha Simons, Assistant Editor

Natasha Simons, editorial assistant to Mitchell Ivers, joined the imprint in 2011. She works on a myriad of titles ranging from politics and current events to commercial fiction, by authors such as Dick Cheney, Mark Levin, and Mary Higgins Clark. She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in English and Film from George Washington University.
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Jennifer Robinson, Vice President and Director of Publicity 

Jennifer Robinson joined the Simon Spotlight Entertainment imprint in 2004 and worked on bestselling books including Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling, and Freakin’ Fabulous by Clinton Kelly. In 2009, Pocket Books and SSE combined to form Gallery Books, a new imprint showcasing both fiction and nonfiction, across a variety of genres.  Jennifer was named Vice President, Director of Publicity and oversees the publicity for Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, and Karen Hunter Books. Recent bestsellers Jennifer has worked on include Marilu Henner’s Total Memory Makeover, Taylor Armstrong’s Hiding From Reality, Dick Cheney’s In My Time, and Rosemarie Terenzio’s Fairy Tale Interrupted. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Jennifer worked for ten years at ReganBooks/HarperCollins Publishers. 

Jean Anne Rose, Director of Publicity 

Jean Anne Rose has been in publishing for nearly thirty years, where she began her career in subsidiary rights before switching to publicity in 1997.  Jean Anne joined Pocket Books as Director of Publicity in 2006, shortly after the Threshold Editions imprint was launched.  Among the bestselling books she worked on were Glenn Beck’s An Inconvenient Book, Mark Levin’s Rescuing Sprite, and Jerome Corsi’s The Obama Nation.  Since the 2009 debut of Gallery Books, Jean Anne has continued to work on subsequent bestsellers by Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, as well as those including Lisa Genova’s Left Neglected, Karl Rove’sCourage and Consequence, and  Janet Jackson’s True You.
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Melissa Gramstad, Publicity Manager 


Melissa Gramstad has been with Simon & Schuster since 2002 and embraces working in all genres, from political to health, fiction to biography. Recent titles include Say Amen, Again by ReShonda Tate Billingsley (2011 NAACP Image Award Winner), Redefining Diva by Sheryl Lee Ralph, Alger Hiss by Christina Shelton, The Last Blind Date by Linda Yellin, and Outrage by Robert K. Tanenbaum.   

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Kristin Dwyer, Associate Director of Publicity 

Kristin Dwyer joined Gallery Books in May 2007 and handles a wide range of titles from celebrity memoirs to women’s fiction. Recent projects include the New York Times bestselling celebraTORI by Tori Spelling, Michael Ian Black’s You’re Not Doing It Right, and Mia March’s The Meryl Streep Movie Club. Other authors she has worked with include Lisa Rinna, Marlee Matlin, Melissa Gilbert, and Samantha Bee.        
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Mary McCue, Senior Publicity Manager

Mary McCue joined Gallery Books in August 2010 and handles both political and commercial titles.  Recent projects include the New York Times bestselling Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill and Guts by Kristen Johnston. She is also the lead publicist for the Threshold Editions imprint, having worked on titles including Jose Rodriguez’s Hard Measures and Herman Cain’s This Is Herman Cain!
 
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Stephanie Deluca, Senior Publicist 

Stephanie Deluca joined Gallery Books in 2008 after an internship at S&S.  She has created publicity campaigns for New York Times bestselling author Jill Smokler’s Confessions of a Scary Mommy, Townsend Prize nominee Ann Hite’s Ghost on Black Mountain, Jennifer Hiller’s Creep, and is the publicist for Gallery’s zombie genre.     

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Brigitte Smith, Senior Publishing Manager

Brigitte Smith joined Pocket Books publicity in 1997 and after holding several positions she became Publishing Manger.  Brigitte has acquired titles by authors such as ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Victoria Christopher Murray, and Jacquelin Thomas.  She has also worked with the Karen Hunter Publishing imprint on projects that have included authors such as:  E. Lynn Harris, Janet Jackson, and Kris Jenner to name a few.

 


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Paul Bozzo, Managing Assistant Editor
               
Paul Bozzo assists Kevin MacCahill in all of his duties, with a greater role in managing production for the Pocket Books mass market imprint.
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Lisa Litwack, Art Director



Paul O’Halloran, Vice President, Director of Subsidiary Rights


Paul O’Halloran oversees all international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for the Gallery list.

 

 

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Karen Hunter is the publisher of Karen Hunter Publishing, an imprint of Gallery Books.  She is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and has written seven New York Times bestsellers. Karen started her career as a journalist with the New York Daily News and was a member of the paper's editorial board. In 2001 she was awarded her own column, becoming the first African-American woman to have a news column in the paper. In addition to her writing, Karen has served as Assistant Professor in the Film & Media Department at Hunter College for the past four years and was named Distinguished Lecturer in 2007. Prior to that, she was an adjunct professor at New York University.
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Charles Suitt is a former Vice President of A&R for Universal Records, overseeing the careers of acts like the Lost Boys, Canibus, and teen pop sensation Jo-Jo. He also managed Mr. Cheeks and hip-hop icons, Salt-N-Pepa. In addition to being co-founder of Karen Hunter Publishing, Charles is also CEO of Suitt-Hunter Enterprises, which works with celebrities and emerging artists to expand their brand into ancillary markets, like the "Patti Labelle Good Life" product line for superstar Patti LaBelle (www.pattilabellefoods.com).
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Liz Psaltis, Marketing Director

Liz Psaltis joined Gallery Books in 2012. Previously she worked at Penguin Group for nearly fifteen years, marketing a variety of imprints and #1 New York Times bestselling authors. With Gallery Books she is responsible for crafting marketing campaigns, encompassing consumer advertising, social media, bookseller outreach, convention presence, author branding, third-party partnerships, and strategic planning. 

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Kiele Raymond, Assistant Editor

Areas of interest: Commercial women’s fiction, realistic fantasy, historical fiction, narrative non-fiction, and humor/pop-culture.

Authors include: Marta Acosta, C.B. Bryza, J.M. Darhower, Christina Dodd, Lisa Hinsley, Catherine LaRoche, Roberta Rich.

Bio: Kiele received her M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and worked at Touchstone before joining Gallery in 2013. A New Hampshire native, she has a soft spot for all things New England.
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Michele Martin, Associate Publisher

Michele initially started at Simon & Schuster from 1994-1999, where she held the position of Vice President, Associate Publisher of the Simon & Schuster imprint, and played a role in the success of the imprint and in such bestsellers of that era as The Melatonin Miracle by Walter Pierpaoli, as well as serving as editor of the New York Times bestseller The Children's Book of Virtues by William Bennett.

Michele most recently founded and ran MDM Management, which will now be assumed by CSG Literary Partners. Michele has also held positions as Executive Vice President at Avalon, at Langenscheidt and Doubleday, where
she created and oversaw the Main Street Books imprint.

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Kevin MacCahill, Managing Editor


Kevin McCahill is the Managing Editor for Gallery Books, Pocket Book and Threshold Editions, acting as liaison between departments and overseeing the production process of books and ebooks. He directs digital title creation and organization, including data feeds for online retailers. He has been with Simon & Schuster in various roles since July 2007.

Marla Daniels, Editorial Assistant

Marla Daniels joined Gallery/Pocket in spring of 2013, following an internship at FinePrint Literary Management. Marla is originally from Kansas City and graduated from the University of Kansas in 2012 with a degree in journalism and minors in English and sociology. She assists Abby Zidle and Micki Nuding on titles in a wide array of fiction and nonfiction, with an emphasis on all things women's fiction and romance.

Mamie VanLangen, Marketing Assistant
 
Mamie VanLangen joined Gallery Books in May 2013, after previous internships at S&S and HarperCollins. Mamie was born and raised in Glen Rock, New Jersey and graduated from Loyola University Maryland with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She supports Gallery’s marketing efforts in both the digital and print platforms.

Juliana Horbachevsky, Associate Publicist

Elana Cohen, Editorial Assistant

Elana Cohen joined Gallery Books in spring of 2013, following an editorial internship at the online young adult literary community Figment.com. Originally from Chicago, Elana graduated with a degree in English Literature from Yeshiva University. Elana assists both Lauren McKenna and Tricia Boczkowski, with literary interests ranging from romance to memoir to pop fiction, and everywhere in between! As a self-professed bookworm from a tender young age, Elana is so thrilled to be part of the Gallery Books team!
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Kelly Roberts, Subsidiary Rights Associate


Kelly Roberts joined Simon & Schuster in 2011. She licenses international and domestic rights for Gallery and Pocket Books.

 

 

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Trey Bidinger, Editorial Assistant

Trey Bidinger joined Gallery/Pocket in August 2013 following an internship at the Culinary Entertainment Agency. Originally from a small mountain town in Colorado, he graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a creative writing degree. Trey assists Ed Schlesinger and Adam Wilson and particularly enjoys fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and dark literary fiction.
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Caty Gordon, Editorial Assistant

Caty joined Gallery Books in 2013 as an assistant to Alison Callahan and Jeremie Ruby-Strauss after interning at the Frances Goldin Literary Agency. She earned her MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and a BA in English from Virginia Tech.
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Melanie Mitzman, Imprint Marketing Manager

Melanie Mitzman joined Gallery books in Fall 2013 after previously working at Oxford University Press and Perseus Books Group, gaining experience in both trade and academic publishing. She studied journalism at American University, earning her BA in 2006 and received her MS in Publishing from Pace University in 2012. She works closely with the marketing team to implement the most comprehensive and effective marketing strategies.

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Alison Callahan, Executive Editor


Interests: Literary fiction with ambitious, cutting edge and inventive plotlines and characters.  Domestic dramas, fish out of water stories and books that take readers outside of their comfort zones.  Also, narrative nonfiction and memoir.

Authors she has worked with: New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern, New York Times bestsellers Run and Truth & Beauty by author Ann Patchett, New York Times Bestseller Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, New York Times bestseller A Dark Matter by Peter Straub, New York Times bestseller The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart, as well as Liane Moriarty, Michael Perry, Marian Keyes, Penny Vincenzi, Francesca Lia Block, and many others.

Bio: Alison Callahan joined Gallery Books in December 2013 as an Executive Editor. She was previously at Knopf Doubleday for six years and HarperCollins Publishers for nine.  She is a married mother of two, a yoga devotee and a fashion lover. 


Hillary Mau, Publishing Assistant

Hilary Mau joined the Gallery/Pocket Books team in the fall of 2013 after interning and learning the ropes at David Vigliano’s literary agency, Vigliano Associates. A true west-coaster, she was born and raised in Seattle and studied at the University of Washington, earning a B.S. in psychology.  Hilary assists Michele Martin and Brigitte Smith in the publishing office and also helps Brigitte with her work for the Karen Hunter Publishing imprint.

 

Paige Cohen, Editorial Assistant

Paige joined Gallery Books in 2014 after working as an assistant publicist at HarperCollins and an editorial intern at the Lambda Literary Review. Originally from the Bay Area, she earned her BA in Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California and her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School in Manhattan. Paige assists Karen Kosztolnyik and Tricia Boczkowski and enjoys stories of all genres.

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Kate Dresser, Editor

Interests: Commercial women’s fiction, accessible historical fiction, pop culture, self-aware self-help, romance of all sorts

Authors: The Creator of Rich Kids of Instagram, Danielle Fishel, Deborah Meyler
 
Bio:  After a stint honing her romance skills at Harlequin HQN, Kate’s thrilled to return to the Gallery/Pocket team. Reading is her first love, but she’s also got soft spots for cooking and window shopping.