As a senior acquisitions editor for Praeger, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, I have acquired and published hundreds of books in business, economics, finance, politics, international affairs, military studies, current events, and social issues over the past two decades. I love meeting authors and helping them to develop and market their projects. Marketing is key, because an important book is only important if it is read and actually impacts people's lives, enhances their understanding of the world, or influences their behavior or our laws and policies.
The books I've acquired include "Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism" (2004), by Janusz Bugajski; "Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist" (2013), by Robert Miraldi; "Financial Literacy for Millennials" (2016), by Andrew O. Smith; '"Hidden in Plain Sight: America's Slaves of the New Millennium" (2017), by Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco; and "The Artificial Intelligence Imperative: A Roadmap for Business" (2018), by Anastassia Lauterbach and Andrea Bonime-Blanc.
In April 2018 five of my Praeger titles won Independent Publisher Book Awards in the categories of Current Events (two), Writing/Publishing , Finance, and Reference.
In the nonprofit world I am a volunteer treasurer for two organizations, and in 2015 I served as Chair of the Woman Extraordinaire Committee for International Women Associates of Chicago, coordinating an award luncheon at the Union League Club for 300+ guests in honor of Karen AbuZayd.
Languages studied: French, Spanish, German, Russian. French again.
I completed a double major at UCSC in Russian and Politics in three years while working graveyard shift at a doughnut shop on weekends. At Columbia University I specialized in National Security Studies at SIPA while waiting tables at the Hungarian Pastry Shop. This job enabled me to get to know New York City in a very special way that would not have been possible if I'd done something more "appropriate"; my only regret is that they didn't tip the baristas in those days.
Outside of work, my passion is running and racing. At first I was very slow, but I worked hard and steadily improved until I qualified for the Boston Marathon on my tenth attempt (which is the statistical average), and then I slowed down again. Trying to find new motivators after ten years and 175 races, including 14 marathons and 39 half marathons in 24 states. Wine helps.