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
Editorial Director

Jim is responsible for all editorial operations, content and strategy at BookTrib.com while developing new marketing programs to help authors get on the literary radar. As a veteran of the business-to-business media and marketing worlds, he has extensive experience in business and content development. He is an avid reader (shocking!), lover of dogs, sports and music (he plays the piano by ear), and he is a writer at heart, whether a book review, corporate communication, blog or white paper — it doesn’t really matter as long as his words are making someone happy somewhere.

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.”

Chelsea Ciccone
Editorial Team

Chelsea Ciccone graduated from the University of North Georgia with a degree in English. She has lived all over the U.S. in her twenty-something years, but, for now, she calls Connecticut home. As a writer, she believes that words are the most accessible form of magic. In her free time, she can be found working on her magic skills and rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She’s close with her family but is notorious for calling “just to say hi” as a not-so-clever ruse to check in on the dogs, Barcelona and Nova, and cat, Cisco.

Favorite Books:
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Every Heart a Doorway, The Dream Thieves, Wordslut, On a Sunbeam, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Author You Could Be Best Friends With:
V. E. Schwab

If You Could Be Any Character In Literature:
Jack Wolcott from Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series

Words To Live By:
“The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live.” — Buffy Summers

Cameron Kimball
Graphic Designer/Illustrator

Cameron Kimball graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Communications Design and a minor in Art History. A firm believer in the power of storytelling, she has a great passion for the world of publishing. In her free time she enjoys reading, music and a good laugh.

Favorite Books:
Howl’s Moving Castle, Leviathan, The Alchemyst, Check Please, Call Down the Hawk, The Bear and the Nightingale, The Secret Garden, Macbeth

Author You Could Be Best Friends With:
Ngozi Ukazu

If You Could Be Any Character In Literature:
Alanna of Trebond

Words To Live By:
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London

Cynthia Conrad
Editorial Team

Cynthia Conrad is a BookTrib staff member. An editor and marketer by trade and a poet and songwriter at heart, she was formerly an editor of the independent literary zine Dirigible Journal of Language Art. She has also worked with business author Bruce Tulgan and fiction writer Gevera Bert Piedmont. She lives in New Haven, CT with her Siamese, Vito.

Favorite Books:
The Third Policeman by Flann O’Brien, If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, Exercises in Style by Raymond Queneau, The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, The Complete Poems of Emily DickinsonThe Collected Poems of Wallace StevensThe Riverside Shakespeare

Author You Could Be Best Friends With:
Actually, I have a lot of author friends … and even more now that I’m working at BookTrib!

If You Could Be Any Character In Literature:
… I’d write an autobiography of my life in an alternate universe.

Words To Live By:
“Begin anywhere.” — John Cage

Emily Kane
Partnership Specialist

Emily Kane graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a degree in Advertising & Marketing Communications. Outside of her job with BookTrib, she enjoys photography, Florence and The Machine, and spending time with her dogs Tuck and Elmer.

Favorite Books:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Secret Garden, Speak

Author You Could Be Best Friends With:
Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss

If You Could Be Any Character In Literature:
Alice

Words To Live By:
“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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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, 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