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.
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.
Jennifer may be reached at: (212) 698-2117 or via email: Jennifer.Bergstrom@simonandschuster.com
Lauren McKenna, Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Pocket Star
Interests: Commercial women’s fiction, pop culture, romance, narrative nonfiction
Authors: New York Times bestselling women’s fiction authors Mary Alice Monroe, Mariah Stewart, and Pamela Redmond Satran; New York Times bestselling paranormal romance authors Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione; New York Times bestselling romantic suspense author Karen Robards; and New York Times bestselling romance authors Jude Deveraux, Jennifer Probst, and historical romance author Meredith Duran. Lauren has also worked with pop culture icons 50 Cent, Jill Smokler (the beloved “Scary Mommy” blogger), Bethany Hamilton, and Nikki Sixx.
Bio: Lauren McKenna is an Executive Editor in the Gallery imprint and Editorial Director of Pocket Star, Pocket's digital-first eBook imprint.
Contact: Lauren may be reached at: (212) 698-7686 or via email: Lauren.McKenna@simonandschuster.com
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.
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.
Contact: Tricia may be reached at: (212) 698-7408 or via email: Tricia.Boczkowski@simonandschuster.com
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.
Contact: Jeremie may be reached via email: Jeremie.RubyStrauss@simonandschuster.com
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.
Contact: Micki may be reached at: (212) 698-4382 or via email: Micki.Nuding@simonandschuster.com
Ed Schlesinger, Senior Editor
Interests: Dark fiction, horror, thrillers, science fiction & fantasy, media tie-ins
Authors: Nick Cutter, Ania Ahlborn, HALO, J.L. Bourne, Adam Mitzner, Ben Tripp
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 voices on the darker side of fiction.
Contact: Ed may be reached via e-mail: Ed.Schlesinger@simonandschuster.com
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.
Contact: Adam may be reached at: (212) 698-1203 or via email: Adam.Wilson@simonandschuster.com
Natasha Simons, Assistant Editor
Areas of interest: politics, current events, memoir, thriller, suspense, dark fiction, humor, pop culture, narrative non-fiction, upmarket horror and science fiction, and dangerous women of all kinds
Authors: Robert K. Tanenbaum, Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, Jennifer Hillier, Anne Canadeo, L.J Oliver
Bio: Natasha Simons joined the imprint in 2011 after a year at National Review and internships at Regnery, Random House and the White House. She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in English and Film from George Washington University. She has worked on authors ranging from Dick Cheney to Mary Higgins Clark to Shirley Jones.
Jean Anne Rose, Director of Publicity
Jean Anne Rose joined Pocket Books as Director of Publicity in 2006, shortly after the Threshold Editions imprint was launched. She has worked with many New York Times bestselling authors including Glenn Beck, Kresley Cole, Sabrina Jeffries, and Mark Levin. Since the 2009 debut of Gallery Books, Jean Anne has continued to work with a variety of bestselling authors across all genres, among them Lisa Genova, Tim Gunn, E. Lynn Harris, Rush Limbaugh, Mary Alice Monroe, and Stanley Tucci. Over her career, Jean Anne has worked at Dutton/Gotham, Doubleday, Avon Books, and Dell Publishing.
Melissa Gramstad, Publicity Manager
Melissa Gramstad joined Gallery Books in 2002 and handles a wide range of titles from politics to women’s fiction. Recent projects include My Country, ‘Tis of Thee: My Faith, My Family, Our Future by Keith Ellison, Duel for the Crown: Affirmed, Alydar, and Racing’s Greatest Rivalry by Linda Carroll and David Rosner, What Nora Knew by Linda Yellin and The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler. Other authors she works with include New York Times bestselling authors Robert K. Tanenbaum and Larissa Ione, and #1 National Bestselling and NAACP Image-Award Winning Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
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 Beautiful Bastard series by Christina Lauren, Shirley Jones by Shirley Jones, and Evolution by Joe Manganiello. Kristin recently spearheaded the multi-city Belles on Wheels Author Bus Tour which featured 10 indie authors visiting 7 cities in 5 days. Kristin also oversees many of Gallery’s indie romance titles from authors including Emma Chase, Alice Clayton, and Kyra Davis. She has also handled publicity campaigns for Tori Spelling, Michael Ian Black, Marlee Matlin, and Melissa Gilbert.
Mary McCue, Senior Publicity Manager
Mary McCue joined Gallery Books in August 2010 and handles both political and commercial titles. Notable projects include the New York Times bestsellers Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days In November by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin, Drinking and Tweeting by Brandi Glanville, and Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless. She is also the lead publicist for the Threshold Editions imprint, having worked on titles including Jose Rodriguez’s Hard Measures, Oliver North’s Heroes Proved and Counterfeit Lies, and Herman Cain’s This Is Herman Cain!
Stephanie Deluca, Senior Publicist
Stephanie DeLuca joined Gallery Books in 2008 after an internship at S&S. She has created publicity campaigns for the national bestselling novels Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen, The Troop by Nick Cutter, and Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. Recent projects include Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes’ Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything and Danielle Fishel’s Normally This Would be Cause for Concern. She has also worked on many pop-culture titles titles including The Betches’ New York Times bestseller Nice is Just a Place in France, the blog-to-novel hit Rich Kids of Instagram, and Babe Walker’s White Girl Problems novel, Psychos. She is the lead publicist for Gallery’s sci-fi and zombie genre, and handles publicity at Comic Con.
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.
Paul Bozzo, Assistant Managing Editor
Paul Bozzo assists Susan Rella in all of her duties, with a greater role in managing production for the Pocket Books mass market imprint.
Paul O’Halloran, Vice President, Director of Subsidiary Rights
Paul O’Halloran oversees international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for the Gallery Publishing Group and the Scribner Publishing Group, after having worked in a number of subsidiary rights positions since joining Simon & Schuster in 1995. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, he was rights director for The Free Press and the Putnam Berkley Group and has worked for Warner Books, Houghton Mifflin and Gale Research.
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.
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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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.
Susan Rella, Managing Editor
Susan Rella joined Simon & Schuster in 2005, and in that time has held positions in Sales and Demand Planning before joining Managing Editorial in 2014. Currently, she is Managing Editor for Gallery Books, Pocket Books, and Threshold Editions, overseeing the production process from manuscript to finished book.
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
Juliana Horbachevsky joined the Gallery Publicity department in 2012 following an internship with the imprint’s Publishing Office. She spearheads the publicity campaigns for a number of bestselling indie romance and New Adult authors—among them Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, and Katy Evans – as well as works of pop culture-driven fiction. In May 2013, she took to the road with Gallery’s Belles On 0 indie author bus tour— an endeavor that took 10 romance authors to 7 cities in 5 days.
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 Lauren McKenna, 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!
Kelly Roberts, Subsidiary Rights Associate
Kelly Roberts licenses international and domestic rights for Gallery and Pocket Books. She joined Simon & Schuster in 2011 and has sold rights on behalf of several S&S imprints. Before joining the Simon & Schuster team, she interned at the Wendy Weil Agency and earned degrees in English and French from Oberlin College.
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.
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.
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.
Paige0Cohen, 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.
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.
Contact: Kate may be reached at: (212) 698-7575 or via email: Kate.Dresser@simonandschuster.com
Diana Velasquez, Online Marketing Manager
Diana Velasquez joined Gallery books in the Spring of 2014 after working previously in the Health and Wellness industry where she gained experience in Digital and Social marketing. She received her degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Boston University. Alongside the marketing team, she implements online marketing campaigns and helps some of her favorite books find a loving audience.
Loan Le, Editorial Assistant
Loan joined Gallery Books in May 2014 after graduating from Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in English and concentrations in journalism and creative writing. She previously interned at Folio Literary Management and Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint. Loan enjoys reading literary fiction, commercial fiction, and narrative nonfiction. She assists Jennifer Bergstrom.
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,
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.
Contact: Alison may be reached via email: Alison.Callahan@simonandschuster.com
Karen Kosztolnyik, Executive Editor
Interests: Commercial and literary fiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir
Authors: New York Times bestselling author Lisa Genova, national bestselling author Lynn Cullen’s Mrs. Poe, SIBA Best Fiction Award winner Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall, New York Times bestselling YA author Lisi Harrison and her debut adult novel The Dirty Book Club, New York Times bestselling author Tawni O’Dell, Jamie Mason’s Indie Next List Pick Three Graves Full, 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. Two recent titles were Target Book Club Picks in 2014: Mrs. Poe and Whistling Past the Graveyard.
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.
Jennifer Robinson, Vice President and Director of Publicity
Jennifer Robinson joined S&S in April 2005 as Director of Publicity for the Simon Spotlight Entertainment imprint and handled publicity campaigns for bestsellers including High on Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips, sTORI Telling by Tori Spelling, Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay by Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, 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. Jennifer was named Vice President, Director of Publicity, overseeing the publicity for Gallery Books, Threshold Editions, Karen Hunter Books (and most recently, Jeter Publishing). She has worked on campaigns for many New York Times bestsellers including The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick, I’ll See You Again by Jackie Hance, These Few Precious Days by Christopher Andersen, and In My Time by Dick Cheney. Prior to joining S&S, Jennifer worked for ten years at ReganBooks/HarperCollins Publishers.
Tatiana Ruiz Cornejo, Publicity Assistant
Tatiana Ruiz Cornejo joined the Gallery Publicity department in 2013 following an internship with the imprint. She earned her BA in English Literature and minor in Business Administration from the University of Houston, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She enjoys reading and promoting all genres.
Listen in as author Mary Alice Monroe and her editor Lauren McKenna discuss bringing to life her New York Times bestselling novel The Summer Wind
Lisa Litwack, Senior Art Director
Lisa has been with Simon & Schuster for more than 20 years. Shortly after graduating from SUNY Purchase, where she earned her BFA in graphic design, she joined Pocket Books and was promoted to art director in 2006. Lisa is currently Senior art director for Gallery, Threshold, and Pocket Books. Her many years of experience working in all formats of books allows her to successfully design and art direct across a variety of genres including titles by bestselling authors Stephen King, Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, Tori Spelling, Tim Gunn, Kresley Cole, Jude Deveraux, Lisa Genova, and Mary Alice Monroe. Her work has been featured in Print, New York Book Show, and Communication Arts.
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.
Contact: Abby may be reached via email: Abby.Zidle@simonandschuster.com
Gallery editor Karen Kosztolnyik rings the bell for Lynn Cullen's Mrs. Poe, the fictional story of Edgar Allan Poe’s love affair with fledgling poet Frances Osgood.
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.