Overview

An industry leader in commercial and genre fiction, Berkley has a rich tradition of discovering new talent, defining emerging trends, and building authors and series into global franchises.  With Berkley’s dedicated focus and guidance many bestselling authors have grown into international brand names, including Nora Roberts, William Gibson, Laurell K. Hamilton, Jim Butcher, and Charlaine Harris.  We’re proud to publish Jane Green, Jayne Ann Krentz, Karen White, Patricia Briggs, Christine Feehan, Stephen Donaldson, Maya Banks, Susan Meissner, Catherine Anderson, Clare Mackintosh, Julie Garwood, and Fiona Barton, among others.

Our expertise in women’s fiction, romance, science fiction/fantasy, and mystery/suspense makes us uniquely suited to introduce a new generation of popular novelists and to reinvigorate the publishing programs for established bestselling authors.

Known for being at the forefront of trends, Berkley continues to develop authors and acquire books on the cutting edge of genre fiction. Science fiction/fantasy imprint Ace is the oldest continuously operating science fiction publisher in the U.S., and Berkley Prime Crime was the first imprint in the country dedicated to cozy mysteries.

Berkley’s history of publishing in all formats and commitment to actively promoting the backlist means we remain focused on a book throughout its life…and on our authors for an entire career.

Meet Berkley

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Ivan Held

President

Ivan Held is President of Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. He currently oversees business, editorial, and publishing strategies for Putnam and Berkley.

Ivan started his career as a bookseller in Washington, DC, before moving to the publicity department at Random House, where he worked with authors ranging from Norman Mailer to General Colin Powell.  In the late 1990s he was named VP/Associate Publisher and Marketing Director for the Viking imprint of Penguin. Before returning to Penguin in 2005, he founded the Random House Trade Paperbacks imprint at Random House.

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Christine Ball

Senior VP, Publisher

Christine Ball is Senior Vice President, Publisher for Putnam, Dutton, and Berkley. She joined Dutton in 2008 as the Director of Publicity and Marketing. She was named Vice President in 2011 and Associate Publisher in 2012. She orchestrated and navigated the publicity for the highly controversial No Easy Day, securing the first ever hour-long interview for a book on 60 Minutes. Before joining Dutton, she was Director of Publicity at Crown.

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Claire Zion

Vice President, Editor in Chief

Claire Zion became Vice President, Editor in Chief at Berkley 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 iPublish.com, 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 Berkley 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 at Berkley. 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 at Berkley. 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.

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Craig Burke

Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity

Craig Burke is the Vice President, Executive Director of Publicity, and Special Projects Director of Berkley.  He oversees publicity campaigns for the entire Berkley 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, Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing

Jeanne-Marie Hudson is the Vice President,  Associate Publisher, Director of Marketing of Berkley.  Prior to joining Berkley, 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.