Berkley Publishing Group 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.  Berkley and sister imprint New American Library publish a wide selection of fiction and nonfiction—from bestselling novels to literary classics; from celebrity memoirs to serious nonfiction; from romance to mystery to science fiction/fantasy.

Our 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 Berkley/NAL imprints—including Jove, Signet, Ace, Roc, Sensation, and Caliber—publish books in all formats: hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and ebook.

Berkley/NAL is proud to publish some of the most popular and recognizable writers in the world, including Ken Follett, Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy, John Sandford, J.R. Ward, Sylvia Day, and William Gibson.  Our New York Times bestselling authors include Jayne Ann Krentz, Karen White, Christine Feehan, Catherine Anderson, Mary Balogh, Patricia Briggs, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jen Lancaster, Kathryn Stockett, and Liane Moriarty.

 No matter the reader’s preference—fiction, nonfiction, commercial, genre—our diverse list offers something for everyone.

Meet Berkley/NAL


Leslie Gelbman

President, Publisher

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.

Kara Welsh

Kara Welsh

Senior Vice President, Publisher

Kara Welsh, Senior Vice President and Publisher of the Berkley Publishing Group, joined Penguin in September 2001 as Vice President, Publisher of New American Library.  Prior to that, she held a number of positions at Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, rising to Vice President, Deputy Publisher in 1999.  Since joining Penguin, Ms. Welsh has published many #1 bestsellers, including books by Harlan Coben, Ken Follett, Jim Butcher, and J.R. Ward, whom she personally edits.  In addition, through the multiple formats of the Berkley Publishing Group imprints, she has published such New York Times bestselling authors as Karen White, Catherine Anderson, Jen Lancaster, Karen Rose, and Julie Garwood.  Ms. Welsh also oversees bestselling imprints Celebra Books and InkLit.

Claire Zion

Claire Zion

Vice President, Editor in Chief

Claire Zion became Vice President, Editor in Chief of the Berkley Publishing Group in July 2015. She joined Penguin in 2002 as the Editorial Director of New American Library and was appointed Vice President in 2009. Prior to joining NAL, she was the Editorial Director at, the early ebook company launched by AOL/Time Warner; the Editorial Director of mass market titles at Grand Central (then Warner Books); and an Editor at Pocket Books.  She started her career right out of college at New American Library. Over the years, Claire acquired many romance authors who launched successful mainstream careers, including New York Times bestsellers Linda Howard, Sandra Brown, Barbara Delinsky, Jayne Ann Krentz, Susan Wiggs, Carla Neggers and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. While at the Berkley Publishing Group she has worked with New York Times bestselling paperback original authors Karen Rose, Jo Beverley, Mary Balogh, and Tara Sue Me, as well as the bestselling reprint authors Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Sara Paretsky, Frederick Forsyth and Raymond Khoury.

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Tom Colgan

Vice President, Editorial Director

Tom Colgan is the Vice President, Editorial Director of the Berkley Publishing Group. He started his career at Berkley in 1985. In those days he worked on everything from the novelization of the movie ET: The Extraterrestrial to westerns.  He then spent six years at Avon/Morrow and returned to Berkley as an Executive Editor in 1996. He has worked with such bestselling authors as Ed McBain, Clive Cussler, Lee Child, and Tom Clancy. Among the New York Times bestselling titles Tom has edited are Last Man Down: A Firefighter’s Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center, Sentenced to Death, and Tom Clancy Under Fire.

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Cindy Hwang

Vice President, Editorial Director

Cindy Hwang is Vice President, Editorial Director for the Berkley Publishing Group. She joined Berkley in 1994 and has acquired and worked with a roster of bestselling authors including Sylvia Day, Christine Feehan, Maya Banks, Nalini Singh, Karen White, Sylvain Reynard, Lora Leigh and Kay Hooper. Cindy was heavily involved in growing Sensation into a leading romance imprint, and in the development of the digital imprint InterMix.

Craig Burke

Craig Burke

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 Celebra.  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 True Love by Jennifer Lopez.  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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Jeanne-Marie Hudson 

Vice President, Director of Marketing

Jeanne-Marie Hudson is the Vice President,  Director of Marketing for the Berkley/NAL Publishing Group.  Prior to joining Berkley/NAL, she was Senior Director of Marketing Communications & Audience Development at St. Martin’s Press, where she worked with bestselling authors Kristin Hannah, Emily Giffin, Louise Penny, Lisa Scottoline, Mary Kay Andrews, Janet Evanovich, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Augusten Burroughs, among others.  After beginning her career as a bookseller in Atlanta, she went on to publishing positions in sales and marketing in both print and audiobooks at major houses and was privileged to work with authors like James Patterson, David Baldacci, Danielle Steel, Michael Connelly, Maeve Binchy, and many more.

Berkley/NAL Newsroom

September 30, 2015

New American Library announced this week that Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart will share never-before-told stories of his life in music in an upcoming February memoir, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This. Stewart’s is the only memoir published by a member of Eurythmics and includes never-before-seen photos, and a foreword by Mick Jagger, Stewart’s longtime friend and collaborator. […]

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September 16, 2015

A Sister To Honor by national bestselling author Lucy Ferris (Berkley Trade Paperback; January 2015) has been chosen as one of the Women’s National Book Association’s (WNBA) selections for National Reading Group Month in October 2015.National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association.  Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of […]

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Angie Niles’ photo-and celebrity tip-filled Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live…Parisian Style (Berkley Trade Paperback) was lauded with a press dinner near the start of New York Fashion Week last weekend by her longtime friend and actress Blake Lively at Laduree in SoHo.The event and book received wall-to-wall lifestyle coverage on major national outlets like, […]

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