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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 Michigan.

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.

Lee Constantine
Lee Constantine

Co-founder 

Lee loves the idea of merging technology with book publishing and working to improve the book acquisition processes for both editors and authors. His clients have included Neal Schaffer, The Age of Influence (HarperCollins), Stu Krieger, That One Cigarette (Harvard Square Editions), Ajit Nawalkha, Live Big (BenBella Books), and Emily Johnson Beat Arthritis Naturally (Hachette). 

Tobias Lorenz
Tobias Lorenz

Co-founder

Tobias is a book and music lover. And he loves great and reliable solutions on the web, that’s why he built the Publishizer app right from the beginning. Being a full stack developer and project lead for over a decade now he’s always looking for the right technologies to push Publishizer forward.

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 literary agency, 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 - 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 traditional 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!