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We officially started in July of 2013, co-founded by John Sparks, Maggie Bassett, and Ivy Marsh, who decided to create a company that was different than what they had experienced in the book publishing industry. Since then we have branched out into several other services related to book publishing, including ghostwriting and book marketing.

Laura (Lori) Robinson

Lori is our interim CEO, and comes with extensive experience with managing literary companies. As a native of St. Louis, Missouri, she also brings onboard a shared love of slow-smoked barbecues and thick sauces.

She has a bachelors from UNC in English and Comparative Literature and MBA from Walden University.

When Lori is not busy at work, she loves to spend as much time as possible with her family and chase tornedoes back home.

Amira Kelly

As a Customer Care Specialist, Amira is very personable, efficient, hard working, and trust worthy.

Leslie Morris

As a Publishing Consultant, I am a “BOOK LOVER” to the extreme, with extensive one-on-one customer care experience, personable, and detail oriented.

Blake Weaver

As your first point of contact, Blake can help you select the ghostwriting package and options best suited to your goals and budget.

Blake is currently enrolled in The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Management (BSBA-MGT) degree program at the University of Florida.

Currently, he lives in Virginia with his fiance, Christina, and CoCo, a labrador.

Bob Hoke

A Salem, VA native, Bob received his degree in Business Administration from Roanoke College. Bob has since worked in a variety of careers including his work as a ABA software consultant and technical writer.

Bob possess strong leadership and management skills with over 15 years of managerial experience. He maintains excellent people skills in all aspects of the job and is able to effectively work in a team environment.

When he’s not busy at work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids.

Alexandria White

Alexandria lives in North Carolina. She always has been passionate about books. She remembers as a little girl that for her birthdays all she wanted was books on her wish list. Now that she is all grown up, working with a book/publishing company is a dream come true. Alex mainly handles administrative aspects of client’s VA requests.

Some Reasons About CaryPress Books That Make Us Different

1. Quick publishing process: 12-weeks or less

2. One project manager for each client: from start to finish

3. Being personable: no canned responses/emails

4. Reasonable prices

5. Giving authors an option to take over the reigns of their marketing: by coaching them on how to do this on their own. Authors love control over their creative work, so they should be allowed to make a decision to outsource 100% of their book marketing to a company like ours, do it 100% on their own or any other ratio of outsourcing in between.

6. Diverse book marketing options: from bookmarks, author websites to book signing event scheduling

We have grown into a small group of writers, editors, illustrators and marketers, who have banded together to help authors fulfill their dream of making their book come alive and reach the hearts of their fans.

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