Liz Pelletier, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher
Liz Pelletier is first and foremost an entrepreneur. Beginning with the belief that authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits, she created a new business model that bridged the gap between self and traditional publishing and co-founded Entangled, taking it from start-up to a formidable presence in the industry in just three years. Her out-of-the-box approach garnered a groundbreaking distribution deal with Macmillan, as well as a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press.
Since its inception, Entangled has had 27 USA Today bestsellers, 11 New York Times bestsellers, and has earned myriad awards within the industry. Ms. Pelletier, who was also recently named by Bibliodaze as one of 2014’s Most Influential People in Publishing, alongside John Green, Veronica Roth, Sherman Alexie, and HM Ward, to name a few, also acquired the sixth bestselling book of 2012, The Marriage Bargain. Under her direction, Entangled has become an industry leader, forging a new path as the next generation of publishing.
Find her on Twitter at @Liz_Pelletier.
Heather Howland, Chief Operations Officer, Associate Publisher, and Editorial Director of Brazen and Lovestruck
Heather Howland loves romance—an unexpected development for a tomboy who spent most of her life working with men, reading stacks of military and creative non-fiction, and wishing she could be a Navy SEAL. The day she picked up a romance novel, everything changed.
Parlaying a decade of product management and editorial experience into her new passion for romantic fiction, Ms. Howland accepted a position as the acquisitions editor of a small romance publisher, then went on to co-found Entangled with Liz Pelletier. Bibliophile recently named the pair as two of 2014’s Most Influential People in Publishing.
In addition to her duties as Associate Publisher, she edits several of the company’s NYT and USA TODAY bestselling authors, including Katee Robert, Laura Kaye, Tessa Bailey, and Samanthe Beck. Ms. Howland holds a BS in creative writing and psychology, which she channels into her love of romantic fiction. Find her on Twitter at @HeatherHowland.
Heather Riccio, Assistant Publisher
Heather has worked with Entangled since December 2011, utilizing her strong background in marketing and publicity to work her way up to assistant publisher. Her Masters degree is in Fiction Writing and her undergraduate degree is a double degree in English and Anthropology from University of California, Riverside. She also works for Bowker part-time as a market researcher, which keeps her up-to-date on book trends. On the side, Heather can also be found doing pro-bono work as the Director of Partnerships for Project Migration, a fashion accessories company with a charitable initiative, and as the Features Editor for Urbanette magazine. Her life-long goal is to work for Entangled and write at night! Find her on Twitter @HeatherRiccio.
Stacy C. Abrams, Executive Editorial Director of Entangled Teen and Select
Stacy Abrams, co-founder of Entangled Publishing, started in the publishing industry in 2002, most recently leaving a seven-year stint at Bloomsbury Publishing’s children’s division to join the Entangled team. Stacy has edited such award-winning and high-caliber YA authors as Jessica Warman, Tracy Deebs, Alex Scarrow, and Michelle Rowen, among many others, and her books have earned starred reviews from all the major review journals. In addition to editing, she has been a freelance copy editor for several major New York publishing houses. She earned her Bachelor’s in English at Northwestern University and currently resides in New York City with her husband and too-cute puppy. Find her on Twitter at @StacyAbramsEdit.
Peter DeGiglio, Chief Financial Officer
Peter DeGiglio is President of St. Lawrence Publishing Consultants, and has over 30 years of publishing experience, having held a number of executive positions throughout the industry. With Random House for over 20 years, he was V.P. of Business Operations for the Random House Publishing Group (“Little Random”), and V.P., Publisher of Princeton Review Books. At Macmillan he held the position of V.P. Finance and Accounting before moving to Bloomsbury Publishing where he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Peter sits on the Finance & Audit committees for The Library of America, and for Poets and Writers. He has lectured at both the NYU and Columbia summer publishing programs. Peter obtained his B.B.A. in Finance & Economics from Wichita State University, and holds an M.B.A. from the Hagan School of Business at Iona College
Melanie Smith, Royalty Director
Melanie Smith, co-founder of Entangled Publishing, brings fifteen years of experience in the corporate world to her role as Financial Director. A Program Manager with Hewlett Packard, Melanie holds a MS in mathematics, a MA in education, and is an MBA candidate. With her PMP Certification and ten years experience managing million-dollar revenue-generating software projects, she is uniquely qualified to leverage her skillset across the complex landscape of copyright and royalty management.
Jessica Turner, Executive Marketing & Publicity Director
Jessica had no idea how much assuming the moniker “The Spinecracker” would completely change her life. In 2010 while working as the marketing assistant and social media director for a real estate firm in San Diego, she began reviewing books on her personal book blog. Always the chatterbox, she quickly befriended authors, publishers, and fellow reviewers. She had the opportunity to become a freelance writer for HeroesandHeartbreakers.com and later the Huffington Post. But her dream was to always find a way in to the magical word of publishing. Jessica was hired by Entangled Publishing in July 2012 as a publicist. She has since moved into a Publicity Director role and has resigned from her other job, as she’s found her dream job once and for all. She can be found on twitter @TheSpinecracker