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Meet the team

In our early days, we lived and worked together in Bali and Peru. These days, Publishizer is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in New York and Virginia.

Bethany Marshall
Bethany Marshall

CEO

Bethany has 15 years of book publishing and business experience; formerly the Publishing Director at Morgan James Publishing in New York where she managed the release of 250 titles per year. With her thorough and unique understanding of publishing she creates and implements systems for optimal author experience. She is a 2019 Publishers Weekly honoree in the annual StarWatch program.

Dr. Lee H. Baucom, PhD
Dr. Lee H. Baucom, PhD

Director of Author Success 

Dr. Baucom has spent the last 3 decades helping individuals, organizations, and companies to thrive. Trained as a therapist, Dr. Baucom became frustrated by the limits of therapy in helping people to grow in positive ways. He trained as a coach and began to incorporate timeless principles of thriving. He is also a seasoned author, speaker, creator who has successfully launched and run numerous books, podcasts, coaching programs, trainings, products and services online.  

Maiana Radack Krassner
Maiana Radack Krassner

Creative Director

Maiana attend Pitzer College, of the Claremont colleges, graduating in 2014 with a BA in interdisciplinary media studies, fine arts, and anthropology. After which, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment and art. After acquiring extensive TV production experience, she created  her own avenue to meld her love of comedy and art by starting an illustrated Instagram, @Drawlaland where she attempts to shed to light on issues society face, which a comedic and artistic twist. After facing all the challenges of querying agents and publishers, her first book Oh, the Pics that You’ll Post! (Aitia Press) was released in December 2021 and was named by Bustle as one of the Best Christmas books of the year. 

Hemant Ishita
Hemant Ishita

Back Office

Hemant ensures our authors are paid and workflows from campaign to funds transfer runs smoothly. His work is non-client-facing and his day-to-day is made up of payment settlements, record maintenance, compliance, bookkeeping, and keeping our numbers in line. His favorite book is Dune by Frank Herbert. 

Our Values

As a technology platform and non-traditional approach to publishing deals, Publishizer gives up royalties to focus on data and pre-orders. We are avid book lovers who live by three values:

  • Educate - all authors about the publishing industry and what it takes to get their books out there to a niche readership.

  • Support - our customers during the book proposal writing and positioning process and during pre-order campaigns.

  • Innovate - the industry using technology to improve the way books are getting discovered by all types of publishers.

Our Story

Publishizer started as a crowdfunding platform for books, and was soon accepted into the 500 Startups accelerator in Mountain View, California. Publishizer, Inc. was born on May 22, 2015.

We realized early on that authors were stuck between a rock and a hard place: traditional publishing rejected 96% of book ideas, but self-publishing was both insanely expensive and didn’t help great books get discovered. Publishers started taking notice of our authors, who were raising substantial amounts of money through pre-orders, and were able to offer authors a fairer deal. Our New York City office was opened in Brooklyn in 2017.

In 2018, Publishizer started landing traditional publishing deals for authors. With an injection of funding from Rockstart and Arches Capital in Netherlands, we opened our Amsterdam office. Publishizer BV was incorporated in March 2019.

Today, Publishizer is helping more books get published by publishers all over the world. We are passionate about book ideas and helping authors realize their dreams of publishing a book and sharing a message with the world. The publishing industry is a giant machine but lacks care for new and experienced authors. This is where Publishizer is working tirelessly to fill the gap. Join us!