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, Mark GreaneySusan Meissner, Kristan Higgins, 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.

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 author for an entire career.

Meet Berkley

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.

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.

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.

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Benjamin Lee

VP, Associate Publisher of Paperbacks

Ben Lee joined Dutton, Putnam, and Berkley as Vice President, Associate Publisher of paperbacks in March 2015.  He oversees the paperback conversion program for all of Dutton and Putnam’s books. Prior to joining Dutton, Putnam, and Berkley, Ben was most recently VP, Associate Publisher of Atria Books at Simon & Schuster, overseeing campaigns for many New York Times bestselling authors including Brad Thor, Jennifer Weiner, Vince Flynn, Theresa Caputo, Rachael Ray and Buddy Valastro. Prior to that at Simon, he sold the warehouse clubs and later handled Target, Readerlink, B&T, Ingram and the CBA. He started his publishing career at Random House, where he worked in sales with the warehouse clubs as well as in marketing with the Information Group.

 

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.

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.

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, Janet Evanovich, 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, Hardcore Twenty-Four, and Tom Clancy Enemy Contact.

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 Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Laurell K. Hamilton, Sylvia Day, Christine Feehan, Maya Banks, Nalini Singh, Karen White and Jasmine Guillory. Cindy was heavily involved in growing Sensation into a leading romance imprint, and in the development of the digital imprint InterMix.

Amanda Bergeron

Executive Editor

Executive Editor Amanda Bergeron joined Berkley in October 2016. She acquires upmarket commercial women’s fiction—both historical and contemporary—book club fiction, and psychological suspense. Some recent and upcoming titles include Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray, The Au Pair by Emma Rous, and Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen. Previously, Amanda spent eight years at William Morrow/Avon where she edited New York Times and USA Today bestsellers such as The Alice Network, America’s First Daughter, What She Knew, The Hating Game, and Goodnight from London.

Tracy Bernstein

Executive Editor

Tracy Bernstein is Executive Editor at Berkley. She began her career at Farrar, Straus and Giroux before finding her natural habitat at more commercial publishers like Kensington and Pocket Books. She joined New American Library in 2002 and, despite a fear of driving, merged smoothly into the Berkley lane. In addition to overseeing the Signet Classics line and the extensive Berkley backlist, she acquires and edits fiction, memoir, and true crime. The New York Times-bestselling authors she has worked with include Jen Lancaster, Montel Williams and Al Roker.

Kerry Donovan

Executive Editor

Executive Editor Kerry Donovan joined Berkley in 2004. She acquires upmarket commercial fiction and romance.  Recent titles include The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin, The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli, and Well Met by Jen DeLuca.  Forthcoming titles include You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley and Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West. She’s been privileged to work with numerous New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors including Juliet Blackwell, Catherine Anderson, Sherry Thomas, Samantha Young, and Lorelei James.

Danielle Perez

Executive Editor

Danielle Perez joined Berkley in 2010 as an Executive Editor, and she focuses on commercial and upmarket commercial fiction, including suspense, psychological suspense, thrillers, contemporary women’s fiction and book club fiction. Before joining Berkley, she was a Senior Editor at Bantam, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Tami Hoag, Harlan Coben and Jonathan Tropper. She began her career at Dutton. At Berkley, Danielle edits New York Times bestselling authors Fiona Barton, Patti Callahan Henry, and Deanna Raybourn; USA Today bestselling authors David Bell and Simone St. James; and international bestselling author Louise Candlish.

Kate Seaver

Executive Editor

Executive Editor Kate Seaver started her career at a small independent publishing company before joining Berkley in 2005. She acquires upmarket commercial women’s fiction, book club fiction, and romance. She works with many New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors including Jaci Burton, Sara Donati, Julie James, Julia London, Alyson Richman and Wendy Wax. Some of her recent and upcoming titles include: Next Year in Havana, A Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, and When We Left Cuba, both by New York Times bestselling author Chanel Cleeton; The Big Finish by Brooke Fossey; The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher; and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman.

Anne Sowards

Executive Editor

Anne Sowards is Executive Editor at Berkley. She joined Berkley in 1996 and primarily acquires and edits fantasy and science fiction for Berkley’s Ace imprint. She has acquired and worked with many bestselling authors, including Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Charlaine Harris, Anne Bishop, Jack Campbell, Rachel Caine, and Stephen R. Donaldson.

Michelle Vega

Senior Editor

Michelle Vega is a Senior Editor at Berkley. She started her publishing career as an intern for Viking and then worked as editorial coordinator for Alpha Books. She began her career with Berkley in 2005. Since that time, Michelle has been heavily involved in the Prime Crime mystery imprint working with New York Times Bestselling authors like Rhys Bowen and Miranda James.

Jessica Wade

Senior Editor

Jessica Wade is a senior editor at Berkley, acquiring mostly in the areas of mystery and fiction with a speculative element. She joined the imprint in 2004 and has acquired and worked with a list of bestselling and award-winning authors, including Aliette de Bodard, William Gibson, Faith Hunter, Sofie Kelly, Mark Lawrence, Anthony Ryan, and Chloe Neill.

Jen Monroe

Editor

Editor Jen Monroe joined Berkley in November 2016. She acquires psychological suspense/thrillers; dark, edgy women’s fiction; speculative fiction; and narrative nonfiction. Her recent and upcoming titles include My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing, How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann, and Happy and You Know It by Laura Hankin. Previously, Jen spent two years at HarperAudio where she handled all editorial needs, spearheaded original programming, and produced in-house podcast HarperAudio Presents. Before publishing, she pursued journalism interning for The New York Times Upfront and The San Francisco Examiner. Originally from San Francisco, she has an English & Creative Writing degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

Kristine Swartz

Editor

Kristine Swartz is a graduate of New York University. She joined Berkley in 2012, where she is currently an editor. In 2015, she won the RWA NYC Chapter’s Editor of the Year award.

Sarah Blumenstock

Associate Editor

Associate Editor Sarah Blumenstock joined Berkley in 2016. Prior to joining Berkley she sold foreign and domestic rights for Penguin Young Readers. Sarah acquires commercial women’s fiction and romance—both historical and contemporary. Some of her recent and upcoming titles include The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by New York Times bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman, A Touch of Forever by USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman, Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore and Faker by Sarah Smith.