(The Publicists Listed On This Page Are Not Employed By Ravenswood)

Even though Ravenswood Publishing offers comprehensive publicity via online platforms and social media, this is not the only way to reach your audience. At times we realize that it takes much more and often times it is best that an author decides to hire a publicist for their specific needs. This is why we offer a list below of some of the most accomplished publicists that we have worked with on several occasions that have a proven track record of helping an author achieve the kinds of sales they are looking for. Please take a look at this list and use the links and information to choose a publicist that fits your needs.

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NANCY BERLAND, PUBLIC RELATIONS (Literary Publicist/Book Marketing Professionals)

As the president of Nancy Berland Public Relations, Inc., Nancy Berland directs a team of professionals who get their kicks out of helping authors achieve their career objectives and helping publishers find a broader audience for their authors’ books. Since launching her firm in 1995, Nancy and her team have specialized in direct-to-consumer promotions and helping authors develop a community of devoted readers.

Voted Best of the Best Publicist by RWA’s Published Author Network, Nancy is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Journalism, who has served as a newspaper and magazine feature writer, restaurant reviewer, national trade association public relations director, corporate public relations consultant and speech writer. Oh, yes, and she had six romance novels published before she realized her true passion is in helping other authors achieve their publishing dreams.

After working in the nation’s capital for the National Chamber of Commerce and in the animal health industry, Nancy returned to her home state of Oklahoma, where she pursued a life-long dream of writing novels. Then, after a friend twisted her arm, she accepted the job of publicizing the Romance Writers of America’s 1995 National Conference and realized how much she missed the adrenalin rush such endeavors bring. A people person at heart, she launched her public relations firm after the Conference, at the urging of several authors. First she specialized in romance fiction, then branched out to represent those who write women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, Christian fiction, cookbooks and business memoirs.

Nancy has lived in small towns and large cities, from Big Spring, Texas, to Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C., which has enabled her to gain insight into demographic differences—and similarities. She is pleased that she was able to return to the city of her birth and upbringing, Oklahoma City, where she and her husband raised their three children and sent them off with full hearts to pursue their own dreams.

Since her firm’s inception, Nancy has seen many changes in publishing, but she is delighted with the shift in focus to what NBPR has been focusing on since its inception: communicating directly with readers. But she says authors need to be on their toes constantly, because trends change in a heartbeat. Keeping up with those trends is her job—and that of her talented staff.

Nancy Berland, Public Relations

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STEPHANIE BARKO, Literary Publicist

Stephanie Barko’s award-winning clients include traditional publishers and their authors, small presses, and independently published writers. She promotes nonfiction & historical fiction exclusively, including how-to, history, career, business, biography, self-help, and memoir. Debut authors and spiritual nonfiction are especially welcome.

Ms. Barko was invited into the publishing industry after many years in high tech marketing. She has presented on book marketing & publicity at Historical Novel Society North American Conference, Oklahoma Writers Federation, DFW Writers, and Women Writing the West. Her articles and book reviews have been published in Western American Literature, Roundup Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, San Francisco Book Review, and the Texas Book Marketing Directory.

She was a Finalist in More Magazine’s Reinvention Story Competition, nominated by her peers as Book Publicist of the Year, and voted Preditors & Editors Best Book Promotion Service. Stephanie has served as a Recommended Associate at Author U, an Industry Expert at Author Learning Center, and an Instructor for the Writers’ League of Texas. This year her agency was voted Best Resource in the Small Business Book Awards.

Development began in 2014 and was completed in 2015 on DIY Book Platform, a web-based app that Stephanie conceived to serve authors who could not afford a publicist.

In 2014, Stephanie was profiled by both Environmental Defense Fund and National Audubon Society for her commitment to the earth. Since 2005, she has moderated a nonfiction book group that has hosted such nationally known authors as journaling expert Janet Conner (Writing Down Your Soul), genocide survivor and professional athlete Gilbert Tuhabonye (This Voice In My Heart), and Paul Woodruff (Reverence), a TV guest of Bill Moyers. Stephanie has degrees in Business & Sociology and is based in Austin.

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist

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JKS COMMUNICATIONS (Literary Publicist/Book Marketing Professionals)

You have spent months, maybe years, alone, honing your craft, writing your book, and now it’s time to put your “baby” out into the world. It can be lonely, scary and frustrating. When you join the JKS Communications family, you aren’t alone anymore. We’re your advocate and help you navigate this crazy world of book publishing and book promotion.

We really get to know you and embrace your goals as our own. With more than 15 years of publicity experience, JKS can help you make educated choices and develop realistic expectations for what is possible for you and your book.

Whether an author is a The New York Times bestseller, a celebrity, or writing a first novel when we meet, we will join you on your journey to the next level.

We work with clients who share a commitment to integrity.

It is in our nature to be fiscally responsible. We treat your budget as we would our own to keep a tight rein on expenses.

Our business model takes into account the lifestyle and comfort level of authors to promote books in a way that works best for them so that they will enjoy the experience, be more relaxed and spend more time on making their book a success. We go so far as to ask authors to take a special personality test to determine their strengths for book promotion. Building platforms and promoting books is time consuming. At JKS, we take the lion’s share of that work so authors have the freedom to write and reclaim their time.

JKS Communications

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CAMERON PUBLICITY & MARKETING, Publicity & Marketing Specialists (UK)

Cameron Publicity and Marketing founder Ben Cameron has over 20 years of experience in book promotion, publishing and sales with both traditional publishers and self-published authors. In 2006 he created Cameron Publicity & Marketing to offer the same marketing services that large publishers benefit from to all authors. Ben and his team have worked on hundreds of campaigns for everyone from big publishers to independent authors and on pretty much every subject imaginable. We are book publicists with creativity and experience.

Ben is also a well-regarded speaker and writer on book marketing and contributes articles frequently for The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook, Writing Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Self-publishing Magazine and other media. He also runs masterclasses on book promotion for The Guardian newspaper. Ben is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, The Independent Publisher Guild, The Alliance of Independent Authors and the Publishers’ Publicity Circle.

The Cameron Publicity & Marketing team consists of highly experienced, friendly and professional book publicists and marketing experts that you will get to know well throughout our time working together.

Cameron Publicity

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