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Meryl L. Moss
President/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

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.”

Carole Claps

Carole Claps
Media Director

Carole Claps has been in the business of show business for more than 25 years having been the go-to person for press and marketing at leading regional theaters and for independent producers of stage and screen, including the late 20th Century Fox producer, Henry Weinstein (he’s the guy who fired Marilyn Monroe on her last movie). Switching from theater to TV, Carole was the on-air theater critic for Cablevision Channel 12, and senior arts editor for 10 Connecticut newspapers for which she was the recipient of numerous national and regional awards. Having spent the better part of the last decade working as a writer in New York for Fortune 500 companies, she is glad to be back home in Connecticut where she now has time to crawl under the covers at night and read a great book.

Favorite Books: Gone With The Wind, Catcher in the Rye, Sophie’s Choice and Fahrenheit 451

Author You Could Be Best Friends With: Mary Higgins Clark

If You Could Be Any Character in Literature: As tough as she was stubborn – Scarlett O’Hara

Worlds to Live By: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and the better best!” – St. Jerome

Rachel Fogle De Souza

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

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!”

Rebecca-Proulx

Rebecca Proulx
Assistant Editor

Rebecca hails from Connecticut and returns to her home state to pursue her favorite subject of all time, books! She completed her undergraduate education at Roger Williams University with dual degrees in English Literature and Global Communications. Rebecca studied abroad at the Univerisity of Edinburgh where she was able to study great Scottish writers such as Walter Scott and Rober Burns, all while consuming copious amounts of haggis. In her lesuire, Rebecca enjouys traveling, shopping and of course reading.

Favorite Books:
The Shadow of the Wind and The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Author You Could Be Best Friends With: 
John Green

If You Could Be Any Character In Literature:
Hermione Granger

Words To Live By:
This too shall pass” – Old Persian proverb

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