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 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.

Berkley publishes some of the most popular and recognizable writers in the world, including Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy, John Sandford, and Catherine Coulter. Berkley’s publishing lines offer 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 Christine Feehan. Ace, the oldest continuously operating science fiction/fantasy publisher in the U.S., is home to bestselling authors Charlaine Harris, William Gibson, and Patricia Briggs. With Sensation, 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, Kay Hooper and Liane Moriarty.

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

Meet Berkley


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.

Susan Allison

Susan Allison

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.

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 Newsroom

June 17, 2015

#1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton’s 24th Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel, Dead Ice (Berkley), debuts at #5 on The New York Times combined print & eBbook list, #3 on the eBook fiction list, and #7 on the hardcover fiction list.  It also debuted at #7 on the USA Today bestseller list. Publicity for Dead […]

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April 7, 2015

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty settles into its 4th week at #1 on The New York Times paperback trade fiction bestseller list this week, with a combined total of five weeks on the paperback list.  The book was a megahit in Putnam hardcover and with book clubs across the country embracing The Husband’s Secret, the Berkley […]

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March 10, 2015

The popularity of Clive Cussler’s bestselling Isaac Bell series continues to grow. The two newest books, written with Justin Scott, both debut on The New York Times bestseller lists this week.  The Assassin (Putnam) hits at #3 on the eBook fiction list and grabs the #5 slot on the hardcover fiction list while The Bootlegger (Berkley) bows […]

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