President and Partner
“With Marissa, I knew from the moment we met that I was in good hands. She definitely has my best interest in mind. I love how she thinks outside the box to come up with ideas that will make me successful. She values her clients and loves what she does.” – S.B. Alexander, author of Dare to Kiss and other Maxwell Series books
“Marissa zeroed in on the intent of my book with the precision of a brain surgeon, then focused her intuitive skills on getting to know me, the author–my vision, concerns, and strengths. I knew right away I was not only in good hands, but my debut nonfiction would be championed in an enthusiastic, uniquely personal manner.” – Kate Kaufmann, author of Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No
A serious journalist with national exposure, Marissa understands how media works and what reporters want. She joined the Books Forward team more than 10 years ago and now oversees the day-to-day operation of the firm. She is the driving force behind making Books Forward, along with our sister company Books Fluent, really benefit our clients.
Named one of Publishers Weekly’s Star Watch Honorees, Marissa is both respected and adored by clients for her always encouraging and can-do approach. We call her our “fuzzy computer” because she’s got a warm personality and is extremely detail oriented in her management style. She is the first and final voice on all Books Forward matters – presiding over all aspects of our publicity campaigns, including media and book tours, video development, social networking, production and creative planning, as well as business decisions.
She’s born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans, but in the past decade has lived and developed a strong base for our company and authors in Chicago and Nashville. Her journalism work has appeared in USA Today, National Geographic and other major publications. She is now interviewed by media on best practices for book marketing. And her day-to-day leadership is what gives Books Forward the cover-to-cover reputation as the industry’s trailblazer in literary publicity.