Janet is a highly respected publishing and strategy expert with over 25 years of executive editorial experience at three of the largest New York City publishing houses — Viking Penguin, Broadway Books, and HarperCollins—where she acquired, developed, and helped launch the work of a long list of best-selling authors including David Allen, Harriet Lerner, Barbara Kingsolver, Wayne Dyer, and the Dalai Lama. In additional she served as SVP Editorial Director at National Geographic Books based in Washington DC where she expanded her leadership in illustrated, gift, narrative nonfiction, and co-branded publishing and worked with Cesar Millan, Dan Buettner, Angry Birds, and the photographers and editors of the Society. The Wall Street Journal quoted her work as, “a perfect balance of editorial acumen and marketing savvy.”
Nationally known for her ability to help authors and clients develop, launch, and build idea-driven careers that last, today Janet works with writers, experts, thought leaders, and nonprofits to launch their messages to the widest possible audiences in such fields as business, personal development, psychology, women’s issues, parenting, education, health, social issues, spirituality, and fiction. She and her team provide consulting, coaching, editorial services, and select literary agenting, always with the perspective of the right approach and pathway for the idea and audience.
A frequent speaker on publishing, thought-leadership strategies, and the art of developing great ideas, Janet is the former director of the Book Section of the NYU Summer Publishing Institute and has presented multiple times at the University of Michigan, San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Wealthy Thought Leader conference, and many other venues. She co-founded and co-led the transformational Book Breakthrough event and has designed and led many other workshops and educational programs.
A writer herself, she is the co-author of It’s Not About the Coffee (with former Starbucks president Howard Behar), which has been published in 8 countries. As a side note, Janet was raised in Southern California, educated at Barnard College in New York City, and she brings a bit of West Coast heart to her East Coast experience. She served on the nonprofit boards of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo) in the South Bronx, Shire Village Camp in Western Massachusetts, and the Women’s Media Group in New York City. She is also a former ballet dancer and an occasional soccer player. She’s lives with her husband, a national leader in the fields of science, technology, and education, and is the mother of two young adult daughters.