Media Engagement Manager
Globe Pequot, Guilford, Conn.
“Sharon knows in her bones that
publishing is a relationship-driven
business. She can pick up the phone and make
needle-moving things happen.”
—Margaret Milnes, marketing director,
Crooked Lane Books, New York
“Authors and readers
share things that we
are often unwilling or
unable to share with
those closest to us or
even with ourselves.
Books make this happen.
Publishing makes it happen on the
In fall 2015, after seven years at Minotaur, St. Martin’s crime fiction imprint, Martz was ready to explore hi s e nt r ep r en eur i al s id e an d
launched the crime fiction press Crooked
Lane. A year later, he has published 35
titles, with plans to triple the list and
launch a new imprint in 2017.
This fall, Martz is jazzed about the best-
selling author Wendy Corsi Staub’s tradi-
tional mystery Something Buried, Something
Blue; Body on the Bayou, the second title in
Ellen Byron’s Southern cozy series; and a
K- 9 cop mystery by Margaret Mizushima,
Stalking Ground. Dana Kaye, who handles
the press’s publicity, says it’s impossible
not to get wrapped up in Martz’s excite-
ment and zeal. Martz agrees that his fervor
helps drive the press, but adds, “that, and
I start the coffee in the morning.”
picture. Kunz was the force behind the media tour for Maajid
Nawaz’s Radical: My Journey Out of Islamist Extremism, which
included author appearances on Fresh Air and Anderson Cooper
360. “It was gratifying,” Kunz says, “because the more people
who hear his story, the better off all of us will be.”
On the immediate horizon is the launch of a new children’s
imprint, Muddy Boots, which includes a partnership with the
National Wildlife Federation to publish books starring the
group’s mascot, Ranger Rick.
In less than three years with Globe Pequot, Kunz has become a “respected and highly valued voice at the table,” says Milnes, who cites
her ability to quickly pivot between the
details of the everyday and the bigger
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