Brave New Publishing is a Web-based company, ready and eager to work with authors from across the U.S. as well as overseas. Below is some information about our team.
Saryta Rodriguez, Founding Editor
A graduate of Columbia University, Saryta Rodriguez has worked at both Penguin Putnam and the David Black Literary Agency prior to opening Brave New Publishing in 2014.
At the David Black Literary Agency, working closely with its agents, Saryta has edited, evaluated and developed proposals and manuscripts in the subject categories of memoir, lifestyle, self-help, science, cookbooks, history, business, fiction and children’s books. She also worked with the subsidiary rights director, vetting foreign contracts, audio and e-book deals.
Saryta worked for Penguin Publishing in a similar capacity in 2012, completing the same editorial tasks with some additional administrative responsibilities, prior to relocating from New York City to Phoenix, Arizona.
Before embarking on her career in publishing, Saryta was an AmeriCorps member at P.S. 57 in East Harlem, New York, where she developed and oversaw several after-school programs and schoolwide events, as well as provided literacy tutoring to students in grades K-5. Saryta is also a writer, an animal liberationist, and an amateur hiker. She currently resides in Oakland, California.
Saryta’s first book, Until Every Animal is Free, will be released in June 2015 by Vegan Publishers. Find the book on Facebook and stay tuned for ordering information upon release.
Karen Bonnet was an editor and news columnist for various news publications in the early 1990s. Later, she became involved in public relations and marketing, working for schools, nationally recognized non-profits and businesses. Karen is the President of KLB Services/Public Relations and Marketing since 2008, and brings more than fifteen years of experience in public relations and marketing for both the business and non-profit sectors.
As a published author, her articles and photographs have been published in well-known regional news publications, trade papers and magazines. She is the author of Whale Island and the Mysterious Bones, an exciting children’s fiction book for youngsters ages eight to eleven.
Karen is a co-host and technical director for the local access television production, The Writer’s Dream, broadcast three times per month on local access television (Channel 20), which is aired in most of Long Island, New York.
Educational credits include a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Writing from SUNY Empire College. Karen is an honorary member of the Phi Theta Kappa Society from Nassau Community College.
Alison Drew is a graduate of CUNY Baruch College in New York City. She currently works with Evergreen Review, an online literary magazine with a rich history of working with some of the most notable and influential writers of the twentieth century, including Samuel Beckett, Allan Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.
After only a few weeks of working as a Copy Editing Intern at Evergreen, Alison was hastily promoted to Assistant to the Editor. She was put in charge of organizing and maintaining the magazine’s website, overseeing submissions, and working closely with the Editor-in-Chief to publish fiction, poetry and reviews, as well as to endorse many local writers.
Alison graduated from Baruch in 2010 with a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in English Literature. After college, she began volunteering with the Brooklyn Public Library, working with young children after school to improve reading and writing skills.
Alison is also a poet, a professional dog walker, and enjoys playing softball in the Prospect Park Women’s League in Brooklyn.
Mary Jane Tenerelli is an editor and writer with over thirty years of experience in publishing. She has worked for a number of companies, both on staff and as a freelancer, editing a wide variety of manuscripts. Projects have included novels, cookbooks, textbooks, encyclopedias and poetry collections. Employers and clients have included John Wiley and Sons, Milady Publishing, Gale Group, Advanstar Publishing, Rogue Scholars Press, and Ailemo Books. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of several cosmetic industry trade magazines, and is a published poet. She currently lives in New York with her two teenagers and two cats.
Sarah Kasman is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a degree in English Literature. She got her start in publishing working as an editor for self-published works. She has also held a position at the Nancy Yost Literary Agency, which represents authors in the ranks of Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews.
Before graduation, Sarah worked with her university’s literary magazine, Caesura. In 2012, she entered the publishing industry via Asta Publications. Sarah has edited both children’s and adult manuscripts for self-published authors, as well as collaborated with the marketing and design divisions of Asta. At Nancy Yost Literary Agency, Sarah worked closely with agents to select viable submissions, in addition to editing fiction works of all genres.
Sarah holds a minor in Art History, is a classically trained flautist and is a former flute teacher.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Francis Bonnet has over a decade of illustration and design experience. He has worked as a graphic designer for various newspapers and magazines, and currently holds the position of Senior Graphic Designer at Molloy College in New York.
Francis uses his thorough knowledge of such programs as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator to expertly design book covers, magazines, postcards, and brochures for both print and the Web. Francis also authors and illustrates the comic strip Suburban Fairy Tales; he has published four books in the series, to date.
On Saturdays, during the Fall and Spring semesters, Francis can be found teaching a cartooning class for children at Long Island’s Hofstra University.
Jason Gallagher comes to Brave New Publishing from Evergreen Review, where he served as contributing editor. Jason has worked as a freelance editor as well as a research assistant on multiple manuscripts, and is a published poet. Past projects have included the genres of academic thesis, fiction, journalism, poetry and memoir. He served as a Freshman English instructor at Onondaga Community College in upstate New York and the University of Nebraska-Omaha prior to embarking on a career in publishing.
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