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.