MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, & PUBLICITY FOR WRITERS, BUSINESSES, & FILM/THEATRE PROFESSIONALS
For the Mainstream and LGBTQI markets
Media contact and follow-up, press release and cover letter development, pitching, editorial placement, and blog tours with leading reporters, editors, columnists, and producers for new publicity and ongoing exposure.
Michele Karlsberg with Edmund White
SELECT CLIENT LIST
Shawn Stewart Ruff
Lucy Jane Bledsoe
Minnie Bruce Pratt
Lucy J. Madison
Provincetown For Women
Women’s Week PTown
Congregation Beit Simchat Torah
Michele Karlsberg with Val McDermid
L to R: Cynthia Nixon, Jacqueline Woodson, Michele Karlsberg, and Kate Clinton
Michele Karlsberg and Lily Tomlin
Michele Karlsberg shows how ordinary people make extraordinary contributions to their communities. Her philosophy is simple: "It is our giving that makes us strong, not our receiving.”
Bottom line, she loves what she does. She is grateful for her beloved mentors Nancy Bereano, Sasha Alyson, Barbara Grier, Richard Labonte, and Carol Seajay, who all helped her gain knowledge and confidence in the book publishing industry.
She has worn many hats in her 30-year career. As a publicist, she brings a unique combination of skills to effectively carry out publicity/marketing campaigns for authors, organizations, comedians, musicians, events, and film/theater professionals.
Her list of clients includes Katherine Forrest, Felice Picano, Kate Clinton, Stephen Fry, Jewelle Gomez, Assotto Saint, Dorothy Allison, Martin Duberman, Judy Grahn, and Minnie Bruce Pratt to name a few. From her home office stateside, Michele represented many International Publishing companies including Spinifex Press (Australia), Second Story (Canada) Bruno Gmunder (Germany) and Creation Books (UK). She generously speaks at many conferences about the business of publishing.
She is one of the founders of Amethyst Press home of Dennis Cooper, Kevin Killian, and Patrick Moore. She is a strong advocate for independent booksellers and worked with Carol Seajay on the Feminist Bookstore Network. She is a curator of Outspoken, a nationwide LGBTQI literary series that helps new and established voices reach a wider audience. As publisher at Bywater Books, she published many award-winning authors.
She is an innovator. In 1989 along with the Publishing Triangle, Michele launched Lesbian and Gay Book Month. She worked with The Book Of The Month Club/Quality Paperback Books to launch their GLBT Book Club Insight/Out along with the Triangle Classic series.
She is a passionate advocate for the Pride Center on Staten Island, whether it was to help supply books for their library, participate in the LGBT Pride celebrations, helping build visibility for the Pride Center, or helping other LGBT people in need.
She is a producer. She produced Holland America Cruise Lines’ first BOOK EXPO along with Olivia Travel. In 2010, she produced BACK 2 BACK at the St George Theater in NY with Lily Tomlin and Kate Clinton. She is most proud of producing events to honor the passing of Audre Lorde, Melvin Dixon, and John Preston.
As literary executor for Assotto Saint, Roy Gonsalves, and Stan Leventhal, Michele manages their creative works for publication today.
Michele is a planner. She was has been instrumental in planning the fun of many conferences and festivals such as OUTWRITE, Saints and Sinners, San Francisco Book Festival, BookExpo America, In Our Own Write, Behind Our Masks, Readers and Writers, and Gay Games Cultural Festival.
She is an author. Her non-fiction piece entitled "The Isle Of Staten" appears in the book Love, Christopher Street (Chelsea House Editions). Her WORDS column appears in the San Francisco Bay Times monthly. She wrote Self Publishing LGBTQI Books and is the co-editor of the Lambda Literary Award finalist To Be Continued and To Be Continued: Take Two (Firebrand Books).
She is an awardee, and her awards include thePublishing Triangle Leadership Award, Saints and Sinners Literary Hall Of Fame, One Island/One Pride Award from the S.I. LGBT Community Center, and the Lambda Literary Foundation Publishing professional Award.
She is a citizen who has made America great, but she doesn’t wear a damn red hat about it. If she can share what she knows about marketing and publicity in the world of publishing, she is one happy woman.