Meet the Team
Priscilla Goudreau-Santos with Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing specializes in author and book publicity, adding the marketing know-how that brings publishing success.
Priscilla is an accomplished communications pro with many years of public relations, journalism, and marketing experience in diverse industries. She’s a Jacksonville, FL native and University of Florida graduate who served as assistant public relations director for a major hospital, as marketing director for a regional commercial real estate firm and as news reporter for The Florida Times-Union before beginning her own firm in 1996. She moved to Charlotte, NC in June 2013 and currently serves as Publicity Chair for the Women’s National Book Association-Charlotte and is a Charlotte Writer’s Club member.
Her articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including The Business Journal, The Florida Times-Union, Florida Real Estate Journal, Florida Realtor magazine, Florida Doctor North magazine, Florida Doctor Central magazine, HealthSource, Mature Matters, Women’s Digest, MD News, Natural Awakenings, and Jacksonville Homebuyer magazine where she served as writer and editor.
Teen suspense author Shannon Greenland describes the success of a campaign for her book, The Specialists: The Winning Element, “I was chosen as a featured author at the Amelia Island Book Festival due to the publicity I received from the campaign. Many thanks to Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing for arranging the interview and story by Charlie Patton that ran in The Florida Times-Union.”
Visit her website, Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing, to find out about her services and to contact her.
Betsy Thorpe has worked in book publishing since 1994.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she holds an MA in English Literature before 1525 from King’s College London. After a brief stint in magazine publishing at Conde Nast, she then found her first home in book publishing as an editorial assistant at Atheneum. Betsy worked up the publishing world’s ranks at the trade departments of HarperCollins, Broadway/Doubleday, Macmillan Books, and John Wiley & Sons. Betsy’s job was an acquisitions (buying book projects) and developmental editor (big picture editing); she presented books to the editorial and publishers’ boards, negotiating contracts with agents, edited her acquisitions, took her books through production, and shepherded them through the marketing and publicity departments. She got to work alongside the giants of publishing, with many amazing bestsellers and literary stars, and learned a tremendous amount about what it takes to be a successful author and be published well.
Betsy opened up Betsy Thorpe Literary Services in 2000 to integrate motherhood and her career. Since then, she has ghost-written many books (she is losing count), some of which have appeared in the New York Times, People magazine, and on Oprah. She has helped numerous writers with all aspects of their book projects–from getting the book concept just right at the beginning, editing drafts of completed books, nurturing books out a chapter at a time, and once a book is finished, she helps her clients write great query letters, sorts through lists of agents, helps weigh different offers and options, and leads some projects into self-publishing, where she guides books through the production and ebook process.
In her spare time, Betsy has just finished writing her first novel, enjoys hanging out with her daughters and her dog, Charlie, and volunteers with the JDRF and WNBA-Charlotte. Find out more about Betsy and her services to help authors at www.BetsyThorpe.com.
Karen Alley is a freelance writer and editor living in the foothills of North Carolina with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She brings more than 15 years’ experience in the publishing industry to her work in helping people organize and improve their writing projects. Her services include developmental editing, line editing, and copyediting. Karen enjoys working on books about gardening, parenting, and business. Karen also enjoys working with authors on memoirs and fiction, especially romance novels.
Karen started her career at DTC, a book production company that produced textbooks through HarperCollins. After DTC, Karen worked as editor of the IGA Grocergram and then Carolina Gardener Magazine, writing and editing the work of many different writers. She also has experience in creating online content and writing blogs, which she has done for a variety of businesses as well as keeping up her own blog, Blending it Up.
Karen’s varied background and experience in dealing with a large number of different writers through her magazine work is helpful in her work with writers working on novels or non-fiction books. It has not only helped hone her professional editing skills, but has also helped her develop an ability to quickly discern a writer’s personality and style and what they want to get across to the audience in their writing.
Find out more about Karen and the services she offers at her website, KarenAlleyWriting.com.