Berkley Books is a long-running and successful multi-format publishing line, with an unparalleled roster of bestselling authors and an impressive range of books that appeal to readers of all genres. The industry leader in mass market paperback bestsellers for several decades, the imprint has expanded in recent years to become a publisher of bestselling hardcovers, trade paperbacks, and ebooks. The Berkley list is home to #1 international bestselling novelists, popular authors of romance and women’s fiction, influential science fiction/fantasy writers, celebrity authors, leading mystery writers, and military historians, among others.
The imprints under the Berkley Books umbrella—Ace, Jove, Berkley Prime Crime, Heat, Sensation, Berkley Caliber, and Berkley Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers—publish more than 700 titles annually. The books on this list are a combination of original works and reprints from hardcovers published by Berkley and fellow Penguin Group imprints Putnam and Amy Einhorn Books.
Berkley publishes some of the most popular and recognizable writers in the world, including Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy, John Sandford, Catherine Coulter, and Sue Grafton. Berkley’s various publishing lines offer a diverse group of books for readers of all stripes. Berkley/Jove’s bestselling line of mass market paperbacks includes authors such as Jayne Anne Krentz, Lora Leigh, Maya Banks, and Alex Berenson. Ace, a leading publisher of science fiction/fantasy, is home to bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, William Gibson, and Patricia Briggs. With Sensation and Heat, Berkley publishes some of the most popular writers of romance and erotic fiction, and Berkley Prime Crime has been an esteemed publisher of cozy mysteries for more than twenty years. The Berkley Caliber line of military nonfiction has established a solid reputation, publishing New York Times bestsellers such as Beyond Band of Brothers and A Higher Call. Berkley’s hardcover and trade paperback list includes such New York Times bestselling authors as Laurell K. Hamilton, Sylvia Day, Christine Feehan, Kathryn Stockett, and Joan Rivers.
No matter the reader’s preference—fiction, nonfiction, commercial, genre—Berkley’s large and diverse list offers something for everyone.
Leslie Gelbman was named President of the Berkley/NAL Publishing Group in 2001. She joined Berkley Books in 1989 as Editor in Chief and was named Publisher of Berkley in 1996 and President in 1998. Before joining Berkley, Gelbman was Editorial Director at Kensington Publishing.
Under Leslie’s leadership, the Berkley/NAL Publishing Group publishes over one thousand titles each year under the Berkley, Jove, Ace, Signet, New American Library, Celebra, Roc, InterMix, Caliber, and InkLit imprints. Books in these publishing lines are produced in all formats, including mass market paperback, trade paperback, hardcover, and digital. Berkley and New American Library are proud to publish such bestselling authors as Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, J.R. Ward, Tom Clancy, Sue Grafton, John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Lisa Gardner, Jayne Ann Krentz, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Sylvia Day.
In addition, Gelbman personally edits many major bestselling authors, including Nora Roberts, Ken Follett, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Julie Garwood.
Vice President, Editorial Director
Susan Allison joined Ace Books in 1982, prior to Ace being acquired by the Putnam Berkley Group. In 1984 she published William Gibson’s first novel, Neuromancer, and Guy Gavriel Kay’s first novel, The Summer Tree. Both of these authors are still edited by her, now for Penguin Random House. She was named Vice President, Executive Editor of Berkley in 1993, and then Editorial Director in 2004. In addition to Gibson and Kay her authors include bestseller Laurell K. Hamilton and southern eminence Lee Smith.
Vice President, Executive Director of Marketing
Rick Pascocello is the Vice President, Executive Director of Marketing for The Berkley Publishing Group, New American Library, and Perigee Books. In this role, he develops comprehensive marketing strategies for some of the world’s bestselling authors, including Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Ken Follett, Charlaine Harris, Khaled Hosseini, Ayn Rand, and Nora Roberts, among others. Rick has been marketing books for more than 20 years, and was awarded the 2005 Advertising Age ‘Marketing 50 Award’ for his work marketing Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Always looking for new ways to connect readers and writers, Rick has also been instrumental in building niche social networks tailored to genre books.
Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity
Craig Burke is the Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity for The Berkley Publishing Group, New American Library, and Perigee. He oversees publicity campaigns for the entire Berkley/NAL list and has worked with many bestselling authors, including Nora Roberts, J.R. Ward, Charlaine Harris, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jen Lancaster, A. Scott Berg, and Karen White, among others. He oversaw the publicity campaigns for a number of high-profile, bestselling books, including Ricky Martin’s Me, Joan Rivers’s I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me, and Rita Moreno’s self-titled memoir. After beginning his career at Alfred A. Knopf, he joined Berkley Books in 1995 and has been the lead publicist on books published by Berkley, NAL, Perigee, and Riverhead Trade Paperbacks, including the international bestsellers The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Color of Water by James McBride, and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.
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