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Workman Publishing Company

About Workman Publishing

Workman is a fiercely independent publisher of nonfiction adult and children’s books. Our books are quirky, definitive, unexpected, useful, funny, handsome, well crafted, and commercial. We publish educational bestsellers like Brain Quest and Big Fat Notebooks. Award-winning cookbooks like The Vegetable Butcher and The Barbecue! Bible. New York Times bestselling board books (hello, Sandra Boynton!), and picture books like The ABCs of Black History. Plus unexpected impulse books that speak to the zeitgeist, like Steal Like an Artist; activity books that families can’t get enough of, like Paint by Sticker; and more than a few titles, like What to Expect When You’re Expecting, that have helped millions and millions of readers. Our books are written by authors who are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects and published with the intent to improve lives. We also publish a robust line of calendars, which we acquire, edit, and sell with the same intention and focus on quality that we bring to our books.

While a number of Workman books, like The Official Preppy Handbook, The Silver Palate Cookbook, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and more, have risen to the status of icon—a fact that fills us with pride and inspires us to tend to our backlist with the care and energy we bring to our new books—we are not a company content to rest on our laurels. We are a forward-facing publisher that continuously seeks a diversity of new authors and voices to expand our understanding of the world and delight us in ways we couldn’t have predicted.

With every idea, every acquisition, every curious whim that feels worth pursuing, comes real excitement—who knows where it will go, and if it may one day launch a bestseller, a brand, an icon. Or help a reader with a need, at just the right time.

Big Fat Notebooks

Hey, Can I Borrow Your Notes?

For every middle school kid who has ever whispered, “Hey—can I borrow your notes?” there is the Big Fat Notebook series, a revolutionary study guide series created by the editors of America’s #1 educational bestseller Brain Quest. Each indispensable study guide is like getting to borrow the notebook of the best student in class, with highlighted key concepts, doodles that illuminate tricky ideas, mnemonics, and more.

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Meet the Workman Staff

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Susan Bolotin

Publisher and Editorial Director, Workman Publishing

Suzie, who manages Workman’s book program and, with Janet Harris, the calendar program, oversees the development and publishing of Workman’s eclectic list of passionate, necessary, carefully crafted, and often quirky books and calendars. Many acquisitions go through her. Suzie started her career in book publishing at Random House/Vintage and Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, made a twenty-year detour into journalism and magazine editing, and returned to books at Workman in 2000. Her responsibilities include oversight of the editorial, design, photo, publicity, and marketing departments.

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Page Edmunds

Executive Associate Publisher

Page brings more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience to her role at the crossroads of sales and editorial. She is responsible for the positioning of Workman titles and serves as manager for Workman’s key publishing brands in both children’s and adult books. She also oversees the managing editorial department and the promotions department, which is responsible for sales and marketing materials, trade shows, and conferences. Page held marketing and publishing positions at Random House before joining Workman in 2000 as a national accounts sales director.

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Janet Harris

Publisher, Workman Calendars

Janet manages the business side of Workman’s calendar program. Janet was previously the publisher of Storey Books; earlier in her career she was director of sales at Workman. 

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Karen Edwards

Executive Editor, Children’s Publishing

Karen joined Workman’s children’s department in 2018 as a senior editor. She is responsible for the development, growth, and expansion of curriculum-based titles. Karen spearheaded the release of titles in the Big Fat Notebook series, starting with Everything You Need to Ace Computer Science and Coding in One Big Fat Notebook and bringing the series into the high school market with Chemistry, Geometry, Pre-Algebra/Algebra 1, and Biology. Additionally, Karen is responsible for the revision and expansion of the bestselling Brain Quest series.

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Megan Nicolay

Executive Editor

Since she first joined Workman in 2002, Megan has edited bestsellers across a wide range of categories, from mindfulness to feminism, how-to, humor, sports, and parenting, including titles like Strong Is the New Pretty and The Heart of a Boy, Will It Waffle?, Magic: The Complete Course, and A Book That Takes Its Time. With a background in photography and creative writing, she is particularly excited by projects that combine images and text in new and powerful ways. She’s also the author of Workman’s bestselling Generation T series.

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Maisie Tivnan

Executive Editor

Maisie acquires and edits both books and calendars on a wide range of subjects, with a particular interest in parenting, pop science, and pop history. Recent titles include the bestselling Atlas Obscura, Jessamyn Stanley’s Every Body Yoga, and parenting books The Montessori Toddler and Differently Wired, as well as the What to Expect series. Before coming to Workman, she was part of the team at StoryCorps, collecting oral histories around the country.

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Kylie Foxx McDonald

Senior Editor, Director of Cookbooks

Kylie began her career in book publishing at Workman two decades ago and returned to the company in 2006 after stints at Black Dog & Leventhal and Avalon Books. Her interests are varied—in addition to food and drink, they include humor, parenting, nature, wellness, spirituality, and self-help, plus anything quirky, cleverly designed, or highly illustrated. Her Workman titles include Sheet Pan Suppers, The Beer Bible (IACP Award winner), The Vegetable Butcher (James Beard Award finalist and IACP Award winner), Toddlers Are A**holes, How to Instant Pot, Book Nerd and How to Grill Vegetables.

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Pamela Bobowicz

Senior Editor, Children’s Publishing

Pam has worked for numerous publishers on fiction, nonfiction, and licensed projects for all ages. In her current role at Workman Publishing, she looks for nonfiction books that see the world through kids’ eyes and offer a perspective that meets them at their level. She is looking for children’s titles from board books to teen, including graphic novels, with a particular interest in history, social issues, leadership, and tough topics.

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Danny Cooper

Senior Editor

Danny joined Workman in 2014. He edits a wide variety of titles, focusing on men’s gift books, pop history, pop science, humor, sports, and trivia/games. Some recent and forthcoming titles include Posters for a Green New Deal, Total Olympics, and A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching. He also edits some middle-grade nonfiction on the children’s list, including the New York Times bestseller The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid. He looks for books with passionate voice, quirky expertise, and major giftability.

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John Meils

Senior Editor

John returned to Workman in 2019 after starting his career here as an editor in 1996. In between, he worked in magazines, as a political journalist, and of course in books, including stints at Macmillan, Melcher Media, and most recently, Sterling Publishing, where he launched their true crime list. He’s most interested in popular science and technology, quirky histories, true crime, horror, and deep reference.

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Rachael Mt. Pleasant

Senior Editor

Rachael joined the Workman adult editorial team in 2014. With a background in both writing and studio art, she is passionate about discovering talented illustrators and authors and collaborating with them to develop beautiful, charming, and creatively packaged products. She specializes in illustrated gift, humor, and self-help books, calendars, and stationery and is also the editor behind the Pipsticks+Workman brand.

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Mary Ellen O’Neill

Senior Editor

Mary Ellen is a publishing veteran, having held positions at Harmony Books, Hyperion Books, HarperCollins, and Little, Brown. Some of the bestselling books she has edited include The World According to Mister Rogers, Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities, The Essential 55, Mattie Stepanek’s Heartsongs poetry series, and Babyproofing Your Marriage. At Workman, she continues to focus on books that improve your life, including The Crossroads of Should and Must, Body Kindness, How to Raise a Reader, and A Woman’s Guide to Cannabis.

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Wendy Williams

Senior Editor, Calendars

Wendy edits exclusively for the calendar program. She seeks out new ideas, formats, illustrators, and authors for the list, drawing on her passion for animals, nature, arts and entertainment, and quirky humor for inspiration. Before joining Workman, she served in a variety of editorial roles for Time Inc., Bertelsmann, and, most recently, Barnes & Noble’s proprietary publishing division, where she acquired and developed books, journals, engagement calendars, and merchandise.

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Alisha Zucker

Senior Editor, Children’s Publishing

Alisha is a former New York City public school teacher and lifelong educator who strives to create fun and accessible instructional content for learners of all ages. After more than a decade of creating and editing curricula at Scholastic, she now edits Workman’s curricular titles, including the bestselling Brain Quest and Big Fat Notebook series.

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Sarah Curley

Assistant Editor

Sarah came to Workman from the production department at Abrams Books, where her lifelong love of books expanded to include illustrated volumes. Interested in a variety of topics, she’s most drawn to cookbooks (with a unique perspective or social justice angle), wellness (but never dieting), pop culture, cultural criticism, humor (with an edge), and anything that involves cute animals. She’d love to work with new and diverse authors who bring distinctive experiences and viewpoints to the bookshelf.

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Gracie Elliott

Associate Editor, Children’s Publishing

Gracie joined Workman in 2018. She edits many of Workman’s popular children’s series, including Indestructibles, Paint by Sticker, Paint by Sticker Kids, Eyelike Stickers, Pocket Piggies, and more. She is most interested in children’s nonfiction that sparks joy and creativity and empowers readers to understand systems of power and oppression through historical, emotional, and social education.

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Claire McKean

Director, Managing Editorial

Claire came to Workman in 2012 after working as a senior production editor and managing editor for Hyperion Books. She is responsible for scheduling and overseeing the editorial production of all Workman books and calendars from manuscript to finished product. She also oversees the in-house production of ebooks for Workman, Artisan, Algonquin Young Readers, and duopress and manages the managing editorial department.

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Rebecca Carlisle

Executive Director of Publicity & Marketing, Workman Publishing

Rebecca leads the strategy of integrated marketing and publicity campaigns for all books, calendars, and brands within the Workman imprint. Her responsibilities include oversight of the publicity, marketing, and digital marketing departments. Additionally, she handles corporate communications across all imprints. Before coming to Workman, she was associate director of PR & Marketing at Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Rebecca started her career in book publishing at W. W. Norton & Company, Bloomsbury, and Other Press.

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Moira Kerrigan

Director, Marketing

Moira joined Workman’s marketing team in 2014 and now oversees all marketing for the Workman imprint, including digital marketing, creative partnerships, advertising, social media, and dreaming up every kind of bookstore swag imaginable. Prior to joining Workman, Moira served as associate sales manager in specialty markets at Chronicle Books, worked the cash wrap at a bookstore, and held positions at several online start-ups.

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Chloe Puton

Director, Publicity

Chloe joined Workman’s publicity team in 2013. Her responsibilities include crafting and executing campaigns for a variety of titles, such as The Wine Bible, Strong Is New Pretty, Unlikely Friendships, and Project Fire, while also overseeing the day-to-day management of the publicity team. Prior to Workman, Chloe worked for Penguin Young Readers.

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Vaughn Andrews

Creative Director

In a publishing career spanning nearly forty years, Vaughn has worked as an independent creative contractor serving a diverse range of trade publishers; as designer and creative director at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; and since 2013 as creative director at Workman, where he oversees the design direction of all covers and interiors for adult titles of the Workman imprint.

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Sara Corbett

Art Director, Children’s Publishing

Sara has an extensive comics background; she began designing books ten years ago on Workman’s adult team before leaving to work on graphic novels and middle-grade books at Abrams and then chapter books and picture books at Penguin. She returned to Workman in 2018, where she enjoys working with illustrators and using color and type to make nonfiction books that are exciting for children.

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Kelly Lynch

Creative Director, Calendars

Kelly serves as the creative lead for Workman’s calendar program, overseeing the creative process, art direction, and product development, as well as providing vision and guidance to the creative team. Workman is Kelly’s first foray into publishing. Prior to her current position, she enjoyed a career designing for various industries and brands such as Pentagram, J. Walter Thompson, and Eileen Fisher, as well as boutique design firms in both Paris and Amsterdam.

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Anne Kerman

Photo Director

Anne joined Workman Publishing in 2001 and now oversees all aspects of the photography department. Anne produces all the Workman photo shoots and partners with the art and editorial departments on all photo-driven books and calendars. The photo department includes a talented team of photo researchers who work on a variety of projects ranging in subject from nature and travel to art, humor, sports, history, fashion, food, pop culture, and beyond. Prior to Workman, Anne was a freelance photo editor and video producer, working in publishing, museums, and design firms.