Even Dickens, Bronte and Tolstoy were up and coming authors once, struggling to advance their ambitions and likely without a website to help generate any zing.

Welcome to BookTrib.com, a hub for booklovers and dedicated to on-the-rise authors you may not have heard of but someday surely will. They excel at their craft and have great stories to tell. If you are constantly in search of new titles, authors and ideas for your next read, we will introduce you to a universe of under-the-radar writers who might be your perfect match.  

BookTrib.com has it all: new and noteworthy, exclusive reviews, video interviews, the hottest book podcasts, and all the buzz to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of books and up and coming authors. Top-notch contributors. In-the-know content partners. Expert recommendations. Behind-the-scenes peeks.

BookTrib.com is produced by Meryl Moss Media, a leading book industry publicity firm which for more than 25 years has helped authors discover who they are and who they strive to be through publicity campaigns that are seamless, newsworthy and on target. Many debut authors, those trying to build a following, and established writers come to us for help with positioning, media exposure, marketing and social media.

Besides authors, we work closely with booksellers, libraries and book publishers, particularly smaller shops that tend to represent up and coming authors. Learn about the many ways to Work With Us for the mutual benefit of those who write and certainly those who love to read.

Thanks for visiting BookTrib.com. You never know – maybe together we’ll discover the next classic in the making.

Our Team

Meryl L. MossPresident/Founder/Publisher

Like many new ideas, Meryl Moss created Booktrib.com on a napkin. When traditional media outlets started reducing their coverage of books and authors, Meryl put a stake in the ground with a website featuring under-the-radar authors that deserved to be noticed, and that readers would enjoy discovering – whether debut writers, midlist or even occasional bestsellers. Rather than focus on the household names you read about everywhere, BookTrib.com’s mantra is to give voice to those authors that really need to be heard…and read.

Meryl is Founder and President of Meryl Moss Media (www.merylmossmedia.com), a literary media relations and marketing firm that for 25 years has been promoting and branding authors and their books through media exposure, speaking engagements, social media and creative marketing solutions. The firm specializes in working with first-time authors as well as those who are established and looking for a seasoned group of professionals to take them to the next level. Meryl Moss Media is proud to work with authors book after book, the best compliment there is.  

Favorite Books: Anna Karenina, The Secret Garden, A Wrinkle In Time, Green Eggs and Ham

Author You Could Be Best Friends With: Susan Shapiro Barash

If You Could Be Any Character in Literature:  Tortured and passionate — Emma Bovary

Words To Live By: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Jim Alkon, Editorial Director

Jim Alkon is a veteran of the business-to-business media and marketing worlds, with extensive experience on both the business development and content sides. He has run brands and industry publications, increased revenue and profits, breathed new life into titles, repositioned troubled ones, created new content vehicles and revenue sources, improved corporate websites and monetized them effectively, developed and refined social media programs, launched events left and right, initiated customized client initiatives, and created marketing platforms for a variety of products. But Jim is a writer at heart – whether a blog, white paper, corporate communication, marketing or sales piece, it really doesn’t matter as long as he is having fun and companies are benefitting by it.

Favorite Books: A Tale of Two Cities, Atlas Shrugged, I Am Pilgrim (Terry Hayes), Stone’s Fall (Iain Pears)

Author You Could Be Best Friends With: John Irving

If You Could Be Any Character in Literature: James Bond

Words To Live By: “Laugh a little and learn a little every day.”

Rachel Fogle De Souza, Assistant Editor

Rachel Fogle De Souza, born and raised in Connecticut, has traveled extensively throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States before attending the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature, with a double minor in Women, Gender and Sexualities studies, and Middle Eastern/South Asian studies. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, boxing, or thinking about traveling.

Favorite Books: The Red and the Black (Stendhal); The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)

Author You Could Be Best Friends With: Neil Gaiman

If You Could Be Any Character in Literature: Nancy Drew

Words To Live By: “Drink more water.”

Carly Gasiewski, Social Media Manager

Carly Gasiewski was born and raised in Connecticut, but has always had a heart in New York City. She is a Hofstra University graduate who is passionate about social media, dancing, dogs, Lifetime original movies and books having to do with any of those topics.

Favorite Books: Troublemaker by Leah Remini, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Author You Could Be Best Friends With: Lauren Graham

If You Could Be Any Character In Literature: Tris Prior (Divergent)

Words To Live By: “Good Vibes Only!”


Susan Shapiro Barash


Susan Shapiro Barash is the author of 13 non-fiction women’s issue books. Barash teaches gender studies at Marymount Manhattan College. Her novel, “Between the Tides,” is published under the pen name Susannah Marren.  

Jennifer Blankfein


Jennifer Gans Blankfein is a freelance marketing consultant and book reviewer. She graduated from Lehigh University with a Psychology degree and has a background in advertising. Her experience includes event coordination and fundraising along with editing a weekly, local, small business newsletter. Jennifer loves to talk about books, is an avid reader, and currently writes a book blog, Book Nation by Jen. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two sons and black lab.

Jon Land


Jon Land is a bestselling author of over 25 novels. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude and continues his association with Brown as an alumni advisor. Jon often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a 25-year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the U.S. Special Forces and frequently volunteers in schools to help young people learn to enjoy the process of writing. Jon is Vice President of marketing of the International Thriller Writers (ITW) and is often asked to speak on topics regarding writing and research. Jon is also a screenwriter ,with his first film credit coming in 2005. Jon currently lives in Providence, RI and loves hearing from his readers and aspiring writers.

Neil Nyren

Neil Nyren retired at the end of 2017 as the Executive VP, associate publisher and editor in chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons. He is the winner of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award from the Mystery Writers of America. Among his authors of crime and suspense were Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, C.J. Box, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Jack Higgins, W.E.B. Griffin, Frederick Forsyth, Randy Wayne White, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, and Carol O’Connell. He also worked with such writers as Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Daniel Silva, Martha Grimes, Ed McBain, Carl Hiaasen, and Jonathan Kellerman. He is currently writing a monthly publishing column for the MWA newsletter The Third Degree, as well as a regular ITW-sponsored series on debut thriller authors for BookTrib.com; and is an editor at large for CrimeReads.

Joseph Olshan

Joseph Olshan is an award-winning American novelist and cxurrently Editorial Director of Delphinium Books/HarperCollins. His first novel, Clara’s Heart, won the Times/Jonathan Cape Young Writers’ Competition and went on to be made into a feature film starring Whoopi Goldberg. He is the author of nine novels, the most recent of which, Cloudland, was published in 2013. In addition to his novels, he has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, The Times (London), The Guardian (London),The Independent (London), The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the New York Observer, Harpers Bazaar, People magazine and Entertainment Weekly. During the 1990’s he was a regular contributor of book reviews to the Wall Street Journal. For six years was a professor of Creative Writing at New York University where he taught both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Joseph Olshan’s other novels include Nightswimmer and Vanitas, as well as The Waterline, A Warmer Season, The Sound of Heaven, The Conversion, and In Clara’s Hands, a sequel to his acclaimed first novel, Clara’s Heart.

Joseph Olshan is published in the U.S. by Saint Martin’s Press and Berkley Books; and in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury publishing and Arcadia Books. His work has been translated into sixteen languages. He is currently the editorial director of Delphinium Books/HarperCollins.

Joanna Poncavage

Joanna Poncavage has been a national magazine editor and newspaper journalist, writing hundreds of features for Organic Gardening (Rodale), Mother Earth News (Ogden Publications), and The Morning Call newspaper (Tronc). Author of several gardening books, she’s now a freelancer while writing a memoir, short stories and poetry, and tending large quantities of garlic on her Pennsylvania farm.




AuthorBuzz is a marketing and promotion service that lets authors make a personal connection with the people who buy, sell, read, and recommend their books. Created by New York Times bestselling author M.J. Rose in 2005, AuthorBuzz is the culmination of her 15-year advertising career and her 14-year career as a novelist. Today AuthorBuzz offers everyone from independent writers to major publishers the opportunity to connect their books with the right audience



It is a truth universally acknowledged that an avid reader in possession of a good book must be in want of another. That is where Bookish comes in. Bookish is made up of a team of readers who drag their noses from in between the pages of books to sit in front of a screen and further explore the literary worlds that we long to live in. Within our webpages you’ll find everything from emotional GIF reviews to serious essays on genre dynamics, from author interviews to book recommendations, from listicles to seasonal previews. Our goal is to give readers more information about the books, authors, and genres that they love while also introducing them to new titles, debut writers, and genres they never thought they’d read. From the casual reader to the one who documents each and every book read in a color-coordinated spreadsheet, we pride ourselves on having something for all readers.

Early Bird Books


Early Bird Books brings you free and bargain ebooks that match your interests. Our editors select the best titles to recommend for you, based on what you like to read. You can sign up for free, read the books on any device, and the books are yours to keep.

Just the Right Book Podcast


Just the Right Book is a podcast hosted by Roxanne Coady, owner of famous independent bookstore R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT, that will help you discover new and noteworthy books in all genres, give you unique insights into your favorite authors, and bring you up to date with what’s happening in the literary world.

Random House/Signature Views


Signature Views provides readers with unique points of view built atop a literary foundation. Our goal is simple: to make well-read sense of the world. We believe that books remain at the core of what educates and inspires us, and can be used to help us better grasp the world in which we live. We create videos featuring the brightest minds in print.

Tall Poppies


Now you have a friend who’s a writer. That smart funny friend who always knows the right book for you to read next. We’re women writers in a variety of genres with all kinds of publishers, connecting with women readers all over the world. Author Ann Garvin founded the Tall Poppy Writers to unite authors with readers. At Tall Poppy Writers, when we share our resources, and invite other authors to our party, our successes only multiply.

The Mary Sue


The Mary Sue sits at the nexus of pop culture and the uncharted universe. We love and live geek culture, comic book movies, genre television, space exploration, emerging technologies, the coolest video games, and the weirdest finds on the internet. We promote, watchdog, extoll, and celebrate diversity and women’s representation in all of these areas (and more!) and work to make geekdom safe and open for everyone.

Writer’s Bone Podcast


After meeting at a Halloween Party in 2013, Sean Tuohy and Daniel Ford put their heads together and came up with a podcast they would use to discuss books and some of their other favorite things. They initially called the podcast “Two Gentleman Writers,” then “Hemingway’s Love Children.” They eventually settled on Writer’s Bone. Daniel and Sean are in the middle of something very big and wonderful. Through Writer’s Bone, they feature author interviews, present works of fiction, and Boneyard discussions along the way.

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