Who We Are

HARPER WAVE publishes a broad-based non-fiction list across categories including health & wellness, lifestyle, inspirational, and literary works from leading writers, journalists, doctors, scientists, innovators, and practitioners in their fields. From digital partnerships to brand extension, content integration to innovative marketing partnerships, Harper Wave seeks to expand the outlets available to traditional book publishing and cultivate a community of experts who engage in the greater dialogue about living well today.

Karen Rinaldi

Karen Rinaldi SVP/Publisher

Karen previously led two publishing companies to success, joining Bloomsbury PLC at the inception of its US division in 1999, and growing the company to five divisions publishing more than 300 titles per year. She also served on the Bloomsbury PLC Group Operating Board 2004–2008. Among the bestselling authors Rinaldi published were Anthony Bourdain, Ben Schott, Susanna Clark, Chelsea Handler, Alan Hollinghurst, Shannon Hale, and many more. From 2008–2011, Karen was Publisher and General Manager of Rodale Books, where she served on the Executive Management Committee. Karen joined HarperCollins in 2012 to create the Harper Wave imprint.

Brian Perrin

Brian Perrin Senior Director, Marketing and Digital Product Development

Brian has more than 20 years’ experience in the book business and brings a full 360-degree view of the industry to Harper Wave, having worked as an Editorial Director and Associate Publisher (Running Press), marketing manager (William Morrow), rights buyer (Doubleday Direct), retail buyer (BarnesAndNoble.com), and digital-product developer (Rodale and NBC Universal). As a former Executive Director of Digital Product Development at HarperCollins, he won two consecutive Digital Book Awards and was closely involved with expanding the company’s non-traditional and digital marketing channels.

Julie Will

Julie Will Editorial Director

Julie has been editing books for 15 years. She began her career at Random House, where she worked at Bantam Dell and Harmony Books. In 2007 she moved to Rodale, where she developed branded properties and helped to build the trade list, editing such bestsellers as David Kessler MD’s The End of Overeating. She left book publishing briefly to join Opensky.com, where she was the Executive Talent Producer for the site’s healthy living vertical, collaborating on merchandising strategy with influencers in the food and wellness space, including Bobby Flay and Alicia Silverstone. In 2012 she joined Karen at HarperCollins to launch the Harper Wave list. Her focus for Harper Wave includes health and wellness, food, lifestyle, self-improvement, and issue-driven narrative.

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit Senior Director, Publicity

Yelena has worked in book publishing for more than 18 years. Most recently she was Executive Director of Strategic Development & Communications at Rodale Books, where she helped shape the list, identified new business opportunities, and created media campaigns for such New York Times bestselling authors as VP Al Gore, Alicia Silverstone, Thug Kitchen, and Dave Asprey, among others. Prior to Rodale, Yelena served as Associate Director of Publicity at Bloomsbury USA, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and luminaries such as Chelsea Handler, Chef Marco Pierre White, Susanna Clarke, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Roz Chast. Yelena began her career at Viking Penguin.

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy Editor

Sarah began her publishing career at Little, Brown and Company, where she spent five years editing a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction before joining the Harper Wave team. She works on titles across the Harper Wave list, both narrative and prescriptive, and she has a particularly strong interest in women’s stories and voices.

Penny Makras

Penny Anna Makras Senior Marketing Manager

Penny began her career as a Publicity Assistant at St. Martin’s Press, working on fiction titles. In 2005, she joined AMACOM Books as a Special Sales Manager and then shifted into their marketing department, promoting their business, health, and self-help titles. She moved to John Wiley & Sons in 2009 as a Marketing Manager on a variety of non-fiction areas and worked closely on digital products and enhanced e-books. She joined HarperCollins in 2014.

Hannah Robinson

Hannah Robinson Associate Editor

Hannah joined the Harper Wave team in 2014 and works closely with Karen Rinaldi and Sarah Murphy on a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles. Her editorial interests include memoir, narrative non-fiction, women’s issues, psychology, education, healthy living, cookbooks, and fresh perspectives on what it means to live well.

Erica Bahrenburg

Erica Bahrenburg Assistant Publicist

Erica is a recent graduate of the University of Florida. She has written for the entertainment website Film School Rejects and worked at Walt Disney World and the Tribeca Film Festival. When she’s not working (or reading), she loves to watch movies and talk about animals. She is extremely excited to be jumping into the world of publishing with the Harper Wave team!

Sarah Haugen

Sarah Haugen Assistant Editor

Sarah comes to Harper Wave from Little, Brown, and works with Wave Editorial Director Julie Will. She is interested in issues-based narrative and expert non-fiction including journalism, religion, cultural criticism, select memoir, and smart, innovative cookbooks. She is thrilled to be on the Wave team and to publish meaningful books into the world!