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Suspense novelist Jenny Milchman, YA author Martina Boone named 2016 JKS Communications Authors-in-Residence
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – JKS Communications has named Mary Higgins Clark Award-winning novelist Jenny Milchman and SIBA Okra Pick author Martina Boone as the book publicity firm’s authors-in-residence for 2016.
The two seasoned and celebrated authors will work closely with JKS on several new initiatives, including writer retreats and workshops to help aspiring writers and experienced authors alike polish their craft and develop new skills for the ever-changing publishing industry. Milchman, who traveled for 15 months on what Shelf Awareness dubbed “the world’s longest book tour,” will share her unique perspective on how authors can (and why they should) create lasting relationships with independent booksellers. Boone will develop a publicity series on her website, AdventuresInYAPublishing.com, a three-time Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers blog.
JKS debuted the author-in-residence program in 2015 with acclaimed young adult novelist Courtney Stevens, who specializes in DIY publicity and creating successful school visits.
Milchman is a three-time Indie Next Pick designated suspense author living in New York. Her books, published by Ballantine, Cover of Snow (2013), Ruin Falls (2014) and As Night Falls (2015) received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal and praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books and the Associated Press. Milchman is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which recently garnered attention from the New York Times. The holiday is celebrated annually by more than 800 bookstores in all 50 states and five continents.
Born in Prague, Boone is the author of the romantic Southern gothic Heirs of Watson Island trilogy. Compulsion (2014), published by Pulse, received recognition as the RT Book Reviews Top Pick and Editor’s Best of 2014, Kansas State Reading Circle Selection, GoodReads November 2014 Best Book and November 2014 YA Best Book. The series continued with Persuasion (2015), which Kirkus called “atmospheric and packed with magic and mysteries.” Boone is the creator of YASeriesInsiders.com, a site devoted to news, giveaways and insider secrets of much-loved and up-and-coming YA series. She also serves on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.
JKS Communications is a full-service book marketing and literary publicity firm, offering cross-genre publicity services to authors across a variety of publishing platforms, including traditional, small press, indie and international. Learn more at www.JKSCommunications.com.
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Anglle Barbazon, publicist
Angelle joined the Books Forward team in 2014, and her experience and dedication has led to her being named our lead publicist. Her distinct pitching style and effective research has secured media coverage for our authors and their books in Vanity Fair, Buzzfeed, The Associated Press, The New York Times and USA Today, as well as countless regional media outlets.
Our authors love Angelle’s meticulous attention to detail and unwavering commitment to their vision and their books. Other publicists frequently spend time learning from her — how to ask probing questions, find the right person to contact and craft a successful pitch.
She began her professional career at news outlets across the country before surrendering to her love of books. An award-winning journalist whose own work has appeared in local and national publications, including NPR, she is tenacious in finding the right angles to utilize for each campaign and connecting with the right reporter for the job.
Angelle can usually be found at a concert, working on Mardi Gras costumes or taking photos of random cats that she meets wandering around New Orleans.