Meet the Team
PUBLISHER AND PRESIDENT OF THE SCRIBNER PUBLISHING GROUP
Ms. Moldow took over as Touchstone publisher in fall 2013. With Touchstone, she has overseen the publication of breakout successes HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh, THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC CITY by Denise Kiernan, I AM HAVING SO MUCH FUN HERE WITHOUT YOU by Courtney Maum, and LIFE IN MOTION by Misty Copeland; as well as perennial bestselling authors Philippa Gregory and J. A. Jance.
Ms. Moldow was Scribner's publisher from May 1994 to fall 2012. During her tenure at Scribner, the venerable imprint added titles of great and lasting value from authors such as Stephen King, Kathy Reichs, Andrew Solomon, Colm Tóibín, and Jeannette Walls, to its stellar backlist, which features Richard Adams, Margaret Mitchell, Annie Proulx, THE JOY OF COOKING, and the classic works of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Prior to joining Scribner, Ms. Moldow served as vice president, associate publisher and editor-in-chief of the HarperCollins trade division. Previously, she was vice president and editor-in-chief of the Doubleday division of Bantam Doubleday Dell.
Tara Parsons was named Editor-in-Chief of Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, in January of 2016. She is responsible for shaping Touchstone’s list and overseeing the editorial department, in addition to acquiring and editing her own list of commercial fiction and nonfiction. Her upcoming titles include highly anticipated books: Indie Next and Book of the Month Club pick GOODBYE, PARIS by Anstey Harris, THE A LIST by New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance, THE HELPLINE by debut author Katherine Collette, and new historical fiction from the award-winning and bestselling author of The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell. Tara has also served as Editorial Director at Amazon Publishing and Mira Books.
Meredith joined Simon & Schuster in March 2010. She oversees all publishing office activities and the marketing of all new Touchstone titles, as well as the backlist publishing program, and acts as liaison between editorial, marketing, and the Simon & Schuster sales force. Previously she served as Touchstone’s Associate Director of Marketing, managing integrated and digital marketing campaigns for such authors as Bethenny Frankel, Mayim Bialik, Allie Brosh, Philippa Gregory, and more. Prior to her time at S&S, she worked on marketing craft, art, and photography instruction titles at the Crown Publishing Group, sales & marketing at the Overlook Press, and editorial acquisitions at Random House Audio & Large Print.
VICE PRESIDENT AND EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Trish Todd acquires literary and book club fiction as well as memoir, psychology, biography, upmarket practical nonfiction, lifestyle, interior design, and humor. Her fiction list includes numerous books by #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory; Carol Anshaw’s Carry the One (New York Times bestseller, New York Times Notable Book) and upcoming Right After the Weather; Kathleen Grissom’s New York Times bestsellers The Kitchen House and Glory over Everything; Laura McBride’s We Are Called to Rise and ‘Round Midnight; Vaddey Ratner’s In the Shadow of the Banyan (New York Times bestseller, PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist) and Music of the Ghosts; The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeyneb Joukhadar; Presidio by Randy Kennedy; The Parting Glass by Gina Guadagnino; and We Are All Good People Here by Susan Rebecca White.
Nonfiction projects she has acquired include Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup; the New York Times bestseller F*ck Feelings and F*ck Love by Dr. Michael I. Bennett and Sarah Bennett; Erin Gates’s New York Times bestseller Elements of Style and upcoming Elements of Family Style; the instant #1 New York Times bestseller Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin; Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII by Gareth Russell; The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside “The Room,” The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell (which became the movie directed by and starring James Franco); The Real Wallis by Anna Pasternak; I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott, and the memoir Southern Discomfort by Tena Clark.
Matthew acquires narrative and prescriptive nonfiction, investigative journalism, self-help, diet and fitness, sports, men’s interest, celebrity, pop culture, humor, and selected illustrated books. Recent bestsellers include Black Privilege by Charlamagne Tha God; Golden by Marcus Thompson; Jimmy Buffett by Ryan White; 100 Deadly Skills by Clint Emerson; As You Wish by Cary Elwes; Junk Gypsy by Jolie Sikes and Amie Sikes; I Feel Like Going On by Ray Lewis; Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible by Stan Lee; Bruce by Peter Carlin; and Manology by Tyrese Gibson and Rev Run.
Upcoming titles include: This Book Has Balls by Michael Rapaport; Don’t Give Guns to Robots by Adam Savage and Drew Curtis; The Dirtbag Left Guide to the Revolution by Chapo Trap House; Cannabis for Chronic Pain by Dr. Rav Iker; and Tonight We Bombed the US Capital by Dr. William Rosenau.
Lauren Spiegel began her publishing career at Touchstone in 2006. Lauren is looking for humor, pop culture, narrative nonfiction, memoir, illustrated books, as well as a limited number of commercial fiction titles.
Her list includes the #1 New York Times bestsellers, HYPERBOLE AND A HALF by Allie Brosh; SCRAPPY LITTLE NOBODY by Anna Kendrick; and GRACE'S GUIDE by Grace Helbig; as well as the New York Times bestsellers YOGA GIRL by Rachel Brathen; YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day; NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE: Writers on Their Unshakable Love for New York edited by Sari Botton; and THE HUNGER PAINS by The Harvard Lampoon. Some of her forthcoming titles include Cecile Richards’s yet-to-be-titled memoir; TRUST NO AUNTY by Maria Qamar; LITERALLY ME by Julie Houts; and TRAGEDY PLUS TIME by Adam Cayton-Holland.
Cara Bedick acquires and edits non-fiction titles with a focus in the following: health and wellness, cooking, lifestyle, narrative & memoir, self-help, business, parenting, education, and science. No matter what genre they fall under, all of the titles she works on are rooted in empowering the reader, whether it be through meal prep (FIT MEN COOK), taking control of your personal finances (REFINERY29’S MONEY DIARIES), determining what love means to you (illustrated memoir MANY LOVE), or turning traditional networking on its head (TAKING THE WORK OUT OF NETWORKING).
Cara brings a level of enthusiasm to her projects that lead to successes like New York Times bestsellers THE LITTLE BOOK OF HYGGE by Meik Wiking, THE BEAUTY DETOX POWER by Kimberly Snyder, and NERD DO WELL by Simon Pegg, special sales bestseller MY BABY ALBUM WITH SOPHIE LA GIRAFE, and critically acclaimed GIRL UP, and VEDGE. Currently editing for 2019: THE JOY OF COOKING, Christie’s auctioneer Lydia Fenet’s THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE ROOM, and tech insider Tiffany Shlain’s 24/6, an approach to managing your time and priorities that starts with disconnecting from technology for 24 hours a week in order to reconnect with what truly matters.
Kaitlin Olson joined Touchstone in April 2016 to assist Trish Todd and build her own list of titles. She is looking for fresh voices, a strong hook, and compelling storytelling in the psychological suspense, upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, narrative non-fiction, and memoir categories. Her list includes The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs, Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein, and upcoming novels The Winter Sister by Megan Collins, The Chef’s Secret by Crystal King, Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin, and This Is Home by Lisa Duffy. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and began her career at the Simon & Schuster imprint.
Lara graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she crafted a concentration in nonfiction and American history. She assists Matthew Benjamin with his projects and is interested in narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, and pop culture.
Rebecca joined the Touchstone team in September of 2017 as an assistant to Lauren Spiegel and Susan Moldow. Previously, Rebecca was an editorial assistant at the Blue Rider Press and Plume imprints of Penguin Random House. She is interested in memoir, essay collections, humor, popular culture, and issue-driven nonfiction.
Isabella graduated from Brown University with degrees in English and Anthropology. She assists Tara Parsons and is interested in suspense, memoir, and literary and commercial fiction.
Associate Managing Editor
Amanda oversees the entire production process from manuscript to finished book for the Touchstone imprint. She began her career with the company in 2015 as an assistant for North Star Way Books, and she most recently assisted the managing editor for the S&S imprint. She graduated from Purchase College in May 2013.
Assistant Managing Editor
Julie holds a B.A in Literature from Purchase College, and is currently working on her M.A. in English Literature from the City College of New York. She joined the imprint in 2016 after working in Editorial and Publicity at Hachette and interning with Nicole Aragi and Duvall Osteen at Aragi Inc.
VICE PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR OF PUBLICITY
Brian is a book publicity veteran who joined Touchstone in 2013 as Director of Publicity. Over the years, he’s orchestrated bestselling campaigns for authors such as Laura Bush, Steve Martin, Derek Jeter, and Jeannette Walls. In addition to his duties for Touchstone, he serves at the Director of Publicity for Scribner.
Associate Director of Publicity
Shida began her publishing career with Touchstone in 2000 working as a publicist across both fiction and nonfiction lists. Over the following seventeen years she has had the pleasure of working with Charlamagne tha God, Harriet Lerner, R.L. Stine, Artie Lange, Misty Copeland, Amanda Beard, Dominique Moceanu, Herschel Walker, Cary Elwes, Bethenny Frankel, Ray Lewis and Stan Lee. She is passionate about advocating great authors, books and exciting ways to promote their work.
Assistant Director of Publicity
Jessica is the publicist for perennial bestselling authors Philippa Gregory and J.A. Jance and has also worked on exciting projects such as Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day, Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol, Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You by Courtney Maum, and Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner.
Abigail joined Touchstone in December 2017 working on a variety of fiction and nonfiction titles. A graduate of New York University, she began her career at The Overlook Press before moving to HarperCollins, where she worked with numerous bestselling authors including James Grippando, former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief Kate White, and Twitter celebrity Jonny Sun. Abigail enjoys literary fiction, psychological thrillers, and narrative nonfiction.
Sydney joined Touchstone in May 2017. A graduate of Fordham University, she has worked with bestselling authors, such as Denise Kiernan, Philippa Gregory, Gabriele Corcos, and Debi Mazar. She assists Jessica Roth with her projects and primarily enjoys self-help, memoirs, and a wide range of fiction.
Megan joined Touchstone in October 2017 to assist Shida Carr. A graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and Susquehanna University, she holds a duel degree in English literature and publishing and editing. She previously interned at Overlook Press. Megan enjoys literary fiction and memoirs.
Assistant Director of Marketing
Kelsey manages Touchstone’s integrated marketing campaigns, including industry buzz-building, author branding, social media, content marketing, influencer outreach, advertising, and partnerships. She is also the voice of Touchstone on social media—follow us @touchstonebooks! In her time at Touchstone she has worked on New York Times bestseller campaigns for Charlamagne tha God, Philippa Gregory, Anna Kendrick, and more. Prior to joining Touchstone in 2016, she worked at HarperCollins, Hachette, and for former Cosmopolitan Editor-in-Chief and bestselling author Kate White. Kelsey is also a successful freelance writer whose work has appeared on Refinery 29, Fast Company, TIME, Business Insider, and more.
Isabel joined Touchstone in March 2017. She works on marketing campaigns for several of the imprint’s fiction and nonfiction titles, contributes to digital marketing efforts, and assists with publishing office activities, including backlist and ebook programs. A graduate of Goucher College and the Columbia Publishing Course, Isabel has previously worked at Bloomsbury Publishing, BookReporter.com, and W. W. Norton & Company. She enjoys literary, commercial, and book club fiction, memoirs, and essay collections.
Publishing & Marketing Assistant
Elena joined Touchstone in March of 2018 to assist Meredith Vilarello. She is a graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course and Dickinson College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in creative writing. Elena enjoys memoir, poetry, essay collections, and dystopian fiction.
VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF SUBSIDIARY RIGHTS
Paul oversees international and domestic subsidiary rights licensing for the Gallery Publishing Group and the Scribner Publishing Group, after having worked in a number of subsidiary rights positions since joining Simon & Schuster in 1995. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, he was rights director for The Free Press and the Putnam Berkley Group and has worked for Warner Books, Houghton Mifflin and Gale Research.
Subsidiary Rights Associate
Cordia licenses international and domestic subsidiary rights for Touchstone and Scribner. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster in 2017, she worked in subsidiary rights at Abrams Books, including on the international success of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series. She enjoys literary fiction, fantasy, narrative nonfiction, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego.
Art & Design
SENIOR ART DIRECTOR
Cherlynne has more than twenty years of experience creating and overseeing the design and production of jackets and covers for Touchstone’s diverse list. She earned her BFA in Communication Design from the Parsons School of Design. Her work has also been published in Print, New York Book Show, Communication Arts and Society of Illustrators.
Sydney joined the Touchstone team in October 2017. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, with a degree in Illustration. Before starting her Touchstone career, she assisted at Penguin Random House in the Penguin Art Group. Sydney enjoys humor, illustrated books, fantasy, and thrillers.
Associate Director of Production
Mike started working at Simon & Schuster in its reprints department in 2001, and has worked on Touchstone’s books in various capacities throughout his career. In 2017 he became Touchstone’s production specialist, and now works on their books full time. Mike works closely with the editors at Touchstone, and various copyeditors, designers, and printers to produce and manufacture Touchstone’s books.