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Publisher

Glenn Yeffeth

Publisher

Glenn Yeffeth is Publisher of BenBella Books. For 15 years, Glenn was a corporate strategist and marketer who ran companies in Chicago, London, and Dallas. In 2001, Glenn formed BenBella Books (named after Glenn’s children Benjamin and Isabella) to combine his love for books with his passion for marketing. Glenn has an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago and a BA in History from Oberlin College. His favorite book is The DaVinci Mole, a little-known work by the eminent philosopher Dr. Ian Browne. More about Glenn can be found at LinkedIn.

SPP (Strategic Packaging & Positioning)

Adrienne Lang

Deputy Publisher

Adrienne Lang is the Deputy Publisher at BenBella Books and oversees the packaging and positioning of titles. Among many things, she is in charge of sales and publication information, cover development, vendor site listings, coordination of audio and foreign rights, and co-op opportunities. A proud native and fan of all things Kansas City, she somehow found herself in Fort Worth, where she graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in news-editorial journalism and political science, a jaded view of the BCS’ inner workings, and a devotion to Horned Frog football. She has been with BenBella for fifteen years and has held a variety of positions. She, of course, has many favorite books, but will just list The Poisonwood Bible in this instance.

Sarah Beck

Publishing Assistant

Sarah Beck is a Publishing Assistant at BenBella Books, where she assists the acquisitions and strategic packaging and positioning departments. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2017 where she studied English and anthropology. Unable to stay away from the mountains, she went back to Denver to earn a publishing certificate at the Denver Publishing Institute. Sarah has an eclectic taste in literature but she most enjoys: Passing by Nella Larsen, Child of God by Cormac McCarthy, Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf, and Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, she is playing with her dog, writing poetry, or day dreaming about the next trip she will take.

Ariel Fagiola

Publishing Assistant

Ariel Fagiola is a Publishing Assistant at BenBella Books. She primarily assists the Matt Holt Books and Smart Pop imprints, and the strategic packaging and positioning team. She graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelors in English and earned a publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute. A few of her favorite authors are Stephen Graham Jones, Ottessa Moshfegh, Haruki Murakami, Virginia Woolf, and Cormac McCarthy (she has a soft spot for sad stuff). Other than reading, she likes to get too excited while talking about whatever show she’s currently watching, obsessing over how cute her dog and cat are, and spending time outside. Ariel lives in Beacon, New York.

Madeline Grigg

Publishing Assistant

Madeline Grigg is a Publishing Assistant within the strategic packaging and positioning department, where she primarily assists the main BenBella imprint. Before joining the BenBella team, she earned an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University. A longtime reader of speculative fiction, her favorite authors include Becky Chambers, Martha Wells, Amal El-Mohtar, and Katherine Addison. Madeline lives on the foggy coast of Maine, where she spends her free time writing, doing aikido, growing herbs and veggies, and playing tabletop RPGs with friends.

Alicia Kania

Vendor Content Manager

Alicia Kania is the Vendor Content Manager at BenBella Books. She handles all product information needed for retailer listings, including sales copy development, endorsements outreach, and metadata coordination. Alicia has a BA in Advertising from the University of Texas at Arlington, which is located in her hometown. An avid sci-fi/fantasy reader, a few of Alicia’s favorite authors are Becky Chambers, Fletcher DeLancey, and Naomi Novik. In her free time, Alicia is likely on a new travel adventure, visiting art festivals, freelance writing, or maybe just relaxing at home with her cat.

Susan Welte

Publishing Associate

Susan Welte is the Publishing Associate at BenBella Books, where she assists primarily in strategic packaging and positioning. Susan holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in English literature from Emporia State University, where she also competed in cross country and track and field. In 2017, she obtained a publishing certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute. When not at work, she can be found playing with her pet rabbit, curled up with a cup of tea, or writing (and rewriting) her own fiction.

Editorial

Leah Wilson

Editor-in-Chief of BenBella Books

Leah Wilson is Editor-in-Chief of BenBella Books. With BenBella since 2003, she has edited a number of the company’s most successful titles, including the New York Times bestseller WholeDemigods and Monsters, and The Zen of Social Media Marketing. Her responsibilities include overseeing BenBella’s editorial department as well as working directly with authors editorially. Leah has a BA in Culture and Modern Fiction from Duke University.

Lydia Choi

Assistant Editor

Lydia Choi is the Assistant Editor at BenBella Books. She graduated in 2021 from Princeton University, where she majored in English, earned a Spanish language certificate, spent long nights copyediting for the school’s daily newspaper, and wrote a thesis on the relationship between the Noah’s Ark story and traditional children’s literature. When she isn’t working, Lydia’s busy playing video games and drinking lots of cold barley tea. One of her favorite books is Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer, and her favorite authors include Ray Bradbury, Ted Chiang, Junot Díaz, Gene Luen Yang, and Kate DiCamillo. Lydia currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Katie Dickman

Senior Editor

Katie Dickman is Senior Editor of the BenBella imprint Matt Holt Books. She loves partnering with authors to help their visions come to life on the page. Katie earned a PhD in English from Saint Louis University, where she also taught writing and rhetoric courses. She lives in Chicago where she enjoys long walks (especially in non-winter months) with her husband and sweet pup, Lucy, exploring the city via its restaurants, and perfecting her home barista skills.

Matt Holt

Editor-in-Chief of Matt Holt Books

Matt Holt is Editor-in-Chief of the BenBella imprint Matt Holt Books. Holt was previously Senior Vice President and Executive Publisher at John Wiley & Sons, where he oversaw a team of 85 staff. Over Holt’s 27-year career, he’s acquired over 1,000 titles and published 10,000 titles including: Jon Gordon’s Energy Bus, Larry Winget’s Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life, Patrick Lencioni’s The Ideal Team Player, Jeffrey Gitomer’s The Sales Bible, Ben Stein’s What Would Ben Stein Do?, Joe Calloway’s Becoming a Category of Oneand David Meerman Scott’s New Rules of Marketing and PR. Holt acquires roughly 20 titles per year in business, finance, and professional development spaces.

Robb Pearlman

Editor-in-Chief of Smart Pop Books
Robb Pearlman is the Editor-in-Chief of Smart Pop Books. Over his publishing career, Robb has conceived of and acquired internationally bestselling works based on licensed properties including Star Trek, Bob’s Burgers, Bob Ross, The Princess Bride, and more, worked with such studios as Fox/Disney, Sony, CBSViacom/Paramount, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, and many others, lead the revitalization of publishing and merchandising programs for classic characters including Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys, and managed book-to-film rights for front and backlist titles. He is a New York Times Bestselling author, having written over 30 books for adults and kids. As a pop culturalist, Robb is a guest speaker at pop culture conventions and events, and is a featured pop culture expert online, on air, on podcasts, and in print. Robb acquires broadly in the pop culture space.

Rachel Phares

Acquisitions Manager and Editor

Rachel Phares is Acquisitions Manager and Editor at BenBella Books. She considers herself a nonfiction generalist and is actively building a list of smart, diverse, and commercial authors and books. She’s particularly interested in pop psychology and sociology, self-help, cultural criticism, music, and mental health. If it’s funny, or is somehow related to a cult, all the better. Rachel has a degree in cello performance from Wichita State University and a certificate from the Denver Publishing Institute, and lives in Dallas, TX with her family, musical instruments, and many unfinished cross-stitch projects.

Claire Schulz

Senior Editor

Claire Schulz is a Senior Editor at BenBella Books. With BenBella since 2018, she acquires a range of books in the categories of cooking (especially plant-based and vegan cooking), health and wellness, and self-help. Among other BenBella titles, she edited The Friendly Vegan Cookbook by Toni Okamoto and Michelle Cehn, Why We Get Sick by Benjamin Bikman, Dreena’s Kind Kitchen by Dreena Burton, and Wallet Activism by Tanja Hester. She studied French at Penn State and publishing and writing at Emerson College, and in her past lives waited tables (in costume) at a fifties diner and managed a cupcake bakery. She lives north of Boston with her family, her cat, and her sourdough starter.

Alexa Stevenson

Alexa Stevenson

Senior Editor

Alexa Stevenson is a Senior Editor at BenBella Books. She has worked in publishing for nearly fifteen years as an editor, a writer, and in production. Her creative work has appeared on NPR and variously online and in print; her memoir, Half Baked, was published in 2010. Do not ask her to choose a favorite book as this impossible task will cause her brain to malfunction spectacularly, like the computer at the end of War Games.

Vy Tran

Senior Editor

Vy Tran is a Senior Editor at BenBella Books. She acquires a wide range of nonfiction projects, with particular interest in untold or overlooked stories about women or people of color, cultural criticism, social history, narrative nonfiction, investigative deep dives, personal development, and self-help. Across the board, she is passionate about working with authors from diverse, marginalized, or underrepresented backgrounds with unique and compelling voices. Vy has edited a number of BenBella’s titles, including One Million Followers, Unraveling Bias, Decolonizing Wellness, and Why Wakanda Matters. She studied English Literature at the University of San Francisco and lives in California.

Alyn Wallace

Assistant Editor

Alyn Wallace is an Assistant Editor at BenBella Books. A graduate of Harvard University, with a joint concentration, magna cum laude, in Folklore & Mythology and Government, she has a particular soft spot for multidisciplinary projects and acquires books that approach topics from new angles. She enjoys working with authors who challenge readers to consider things differently, whether those things are their finances and love lives, the way they think, or the societies they operate within. Prior to working at BenBella, she was on a purposeful travel fellowship in South Korea, dancing. She writes, plays the ukulele, accumulates random facts, sings all the time, adores the color yellow, and refuses to pick a favorite book.

Art & Covers

Sarah Dombrowsky

Sarah Avinger

Art Director

Sarah Avinger is the Art Director at BenBella Books. As many people really do judge a book by its cover, Sarah’s focus is developing cover art to best position BenBella titles in the competitive book marketplace through strong creative direction and design. In addition to designing covers in-house, she also works with a talented team of freelancers and is always looking for new talent. (If interested, please submit your portfolio to sarah@benbellabooks.com!) Sarah is a DFW native and graduated summa cum laude from Texas Christian University before joining the BenBella team. She loves city life, great food, art in its many forms, and as for books, her childhood favorite Ella Enchanted will always hold top billing.

 

Brigid Pearson

Designer

Brigid Pearson is a Designer at BenBella Books, where she creates book covers for the Matt Holt and Smart Pop imprints. She earned a BA in Fine Art from U.C.L.A. Before joining the BenBella team, she designed book covers at several large publishing houses and recorded covers at Rhino Records. She can often be found cycling, planning travel adventures, playing ukulele (badly) on the front porch, making weird tiny art, composing tunes for the music box, listening to LPs (look it up, kids), twisting into yoga poses, pondering the lives of groundhogs and other woodland creatures, or reading just about anything in front of her face. She currently resides in the woods of upstate New York.

Production

Monica Lowry

Production Director

Monica Lowry is the Production Director at BenBella Books. Her main responsibilities include creating and managing design and typesetting schedules for both BenBella and Smart Pop lines; working with authors, editors, and proofreaders to produce an error-free book; and coordinating with printers on everything from project estimates to distribution of final printed books. Monica graduated from Texas A&M University with a BA in English and a minor in Business Administration. When she’s not at work, she’s either walking her dog or saving the universe (in one of her sci-fi video games).

Kim Broderick

Production Editor

Kim Broderick is a Production Editor at BenBella Books. She graduated from Villanova University, where she majored in English with a minor in Writing and Rhetoric. She then earned her Masters in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from New York University. Kim worked at two book publishers in the NYC area before joining BenBella, and she continues to do freelance proofreading and copyediting on the side. In her free time, she enjoys reading (all types of fiction!) and spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

Aaron Edmiston

Aaron Edmiston

Graphic Design & Production Associate

Aaron Edmiston is the Graphic Design & Production Associate at BenBella Books, where he focuses on various marketing design and book production roles. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas and with a BA in Emerging Media and Communications. When not at work, Aaron enjoys spending time with his wife, Dana, and their son, Riley. Aaron is also an avid comic reader, gamer, foodie, musician, and lover of all things related. His favorite reads are anything by the crime/noir comic duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (especially Sleeper and Fatale), Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy, and Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.

Jessika Rieck

Jessika Rieck

Deputy Production Manager

Jessika Rieck is the Deputy Production Manager at BenBella Books. She supports the Production Director in producing beautiful, error-free, and on-time books. Jessika graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in English literature and an enduring love for the German language. (Her favorite word is herumtollen: to cavort.) When not at work, Jessika is probably reading (YA, science fiction, or fantasy—preferably a combination of the three), baking, or shopping for dresses with pockets.

Marketing

Jennifer Canzoneri

Senior Marketing Director

Jennifer Canzoneri is the Senior Marketing Director at BenBella Books. She heads the marketing department, and has been with BenBella for fourteen years. Jennifer graduated from Texas A&M University in 2005 with degrees in History and English. She lives with her husband and son in a Fort Worth suburb, and she enjoys hand-lettering when she’s not at work.

Heather Butterfield

Marketing Director, Smart Pop

Heather Butterfield is a Marketing Director at BenBella Books, and she oversees big-picture and title marketing for BenBella’s pop culture imprint, Smart Pop, along with their plant-based living platform, BenBella Vegan. She earned her BA in Communication and Rhetoric from Nazareth College, and while working on her MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College in 2009, she started interning with BenBella and has been with the company ever since. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she loves being a homebody with her cats and plants.

Kellie Doherty

Marketing Assistant

Kellie Doherty is the Marketing Assistant to the Senior Marketing staff at BenBella Books. She graduated from Portland State University with her masters in book publishing in 2016 and was an office assistant by day, freelance editor by night until 2022 when she joined BenBella. In her free time, Kellie enjoys reading, taking photos of nature, writing science fiction and fantasy books, and watching way too much YouTube. She currently lives in Alaska with her sister, mother, and their four cats and two dogs. (And yes it’s chaos…but the fun kind.

Mallory Hyde

Senior Marketing Manager

Mallory Hyde is the Senior Marketing Manager for the Matt Holt Books imprint at BenBella Books. She handles all marketing needs for the Matt Holt Books line by overseeing big-picture and title-specific marketing efforts for the imprint. Mallory brings over six years of publishing and marketing experience to her role and is proud to have worked on numerous New York Times bestsellers. When not working, Mallory enjoys discovering new restaurants, going on runs with her Golden Retriever, Graham, and playing first base on her rec league softball team. Mallory is based in the Chicago area and regrets this decision every winter.

Lindsay Marshall

Marketing Director

Lindsay Marshall is the Marketing Director at BenBella Books. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Lindsay has over six years of book marketing experience and helped develop BenBella’s plant-based imprint, BenBella Vegan. When not helping authors build their platforms and promote their books, Lindsay is likely planning her next travel adventure, reading in her hammock at White Rock Lake, or listening to live music at one of Dallas’ many music venues. One of her favorite reads is From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.

Amy Preston

Marketing Administrative Assistant

Amy Preston is a Marketing Administrative Assistant at BenBella Books where she supports the Marketing Team in many different aspects. Amy is our only in-person/work-from-home employee, and she runs our small warehouse at Saltbox in Farmers Branch. Along with any mailings for the Marketing Team, she handles administrative tasks as well. When Amy is not at work, you can find her in the kitchen trying new recipes, caring and playing for her two rescue pups, finding new places to hike, trying out a new brewery or restaurant, and hanging out with friends and family.

Jenny Rosen

Marketing Assistant

Jenny Rosen is the Marketing Assistant to the marketing department at BenBella Books. She graduated from UCLA with honors in 2011 and worked as a producer and marketing strategist in the music industry until relocating to Europe in 2014. Jenny is also a traditionally published author with a longstanding love for the young adult genre. Her novels have amassed over 26 million reads and an international following online since their debut. Her literary work has been commissioned by and incorporated into major brand and film/TV campaigns for companies like Cadbury Chocolate, Soundcloud/Android, E! Networks, USA Network, Lionsgate Studios, and most recently Amazon Prime. When she has a free moment, she enjoys documentary filmmaking, visiting the movie theater as often as humanly possible, and screenwriting.

Kerri Stebbins

Marketing Assistant

Kerri Stebbins is the Marketing Assistant for the Matt Holt Books imprint at BenBella Books. After providing consistent and enthusiastic freelance marketing, production, and sales support for BenBella since 2016, Kerri joined the team full-time in 2022 to be Mallory Hyde’s right-hand, assisting her and the Matt Holt team with all marketing efforts for the growing imprint. Kerri has been writing and reading stories of all shapes and sizes since she was a little girl and still sometimes can’t believe she gets to help other people share their stories for a living. When she’s not marketing books, Kerri is probably open-water swimming (cold water is her jam), painting, working weekends at the local artists collective she co-founded in her little mountain town, or hiking to alpine lakes (so she can swim in them). She lives in Central Idaho with her husband and her adventure pup Toya.

Administration

Aida Herrera

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

Aida Herrera is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, where her focus lies in preparing financial reports, managing the company budget, filing taxes, supervising royalty calculations, managing subsidiary rights for signed contracts, and handling payroll and benefits.

Aida has a BA in business from the University of Mexico, as well as a certificate in accounting from San Diego State University. She has thirty-plus years of experience managing financial forecasting, budget creation, cost reduction, financial reporting, logistics, project management, sales, and international trade. She has worked in financial, insurance, electronics, non-profit and food industries.

She is a Mexico City native and enjoys traveling all over the world. Aida’s favorite person in the world is her son Max, and she’s a very proud Texas Tech mom.

Lise Engel

Accounting and Royalty Specialist

Lise Engel is the Accounting and Royalty Specialist at BenBella Books. Her responsibilities include managing royalty calculation, accounts payable, and assisting with subsidiary rights management. She comes from a diverse background with a Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Houston in cello performance. She later studied accounting and subsequently opened a bookkeeping practice where she served businesses including real estate, construction, nonprofit, and music publishing. Lise has traveled extensively as a cellist, performing in such venues as the Paris Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Carnegie Hall, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the Hollywood Bowl. Lise and her husband, Richard, are currently developing a native bee habitat on their land in rural Bosque County, Texas.

Dayna Lupica

Accounting and Royalty Specialist

Dayna Lupica is an Accounting and Royalty Specialist at BenBella Books. Her responsibilities include managing royalty calculations, processing contractual agreements, and preparing forecast, budget and sales reports. She graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Dayna has worked in the financial, staffing, and food industry and brings 14 years of accounting experience. She lives in the Texas Hill Country and enjoys traveling with her family.

Raquel Moreno

Customer Service Representative

Raquel Moreno is the customer service representative and her main focus is addressing customer issues and resolving them in a timely and efficient manner. She handles everything from bulk orders and bulk pricing to responses for the most commonly asked questions and specific guidelines for dealing with requests or complaints. Raquel has a BA in International Business and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Sonora. Raquel enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, or any activity that involves being around nature. She is married and the mother of two very friendly dogs, Sofi and Ramona.

Debbie Petersen

Subsidiary Rights Associate

Debbie Petersen is the Subsidiary Rights Associate at BenBella Books.  Her responsibilities include tracking subsidiary rights records.  Debbie has a BS degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Missouri and an MBA from St. Louis University. Prior to joining BenBella in January 2020, Debbie stayed at home for several years with her teenage daughter, Nina.  Most of her former work experience was in the commercial banking field in St. Louis and Dallas.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family (including two cats and one dog), reading novels, cooking, and working out.