Meet the Team: Harper Wave

Our Approach to Publishing

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 SVP, Publisher

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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 Harper Wave.

Brian Perrin VP, Marketing

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Brian has 25 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). He won two consecutive Digital Book Awards as former Executive Director of Digital Product Development at HarperCollins, and was closely involved with expanding the company’s non-traditional and digital marketing channels.

Julie Will VP, Editorial Director

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Julie began her publishing career at Random House in 2002, where she worked at Harmony Books and Bantam Dell. In 2007 she moved to Rodale, where she developed branded properties and acquired for 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 with influencers in the food and wellness space. In 2012 she launched the Harper Wave list with Karen. Julie’s authors include Dr. Steven Gundry, Dave Asprey, Cameron Diaz, Jessica Bennett, and Celeste Headlee. Her focus for Harper Wave includes wellness, food, lifestyle, psychology and self-improvement, and issue-driven narrative. She is drawn to voices with a strong point of view and is particularly interested in books that explore issues related to women’s mental, physical, and reproductive health.

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit Senior Director, Publicity

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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.

Hannah Robinson Associate Editor

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Hannah Robinson joined the Wave team in 2014, where she has had the pleasure of working with a variety award-winning and New York Times-bestselling authors across the health and wellness space, including Dr. Kelly Brogan, Max Lugavere, Haylie Pomroy, Martin Philip, and Matt Goulding of Roads & Kingdoms. She is drawn to books that reframe the way we approach our lives and each other, and her editorial interests include psychology and social psychology, popular science, mental wellness, women’s health, lifestyle, select cookbooks, and radically practical approaches to living well.

Penny Anna Makras Associate Director, Marketing

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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.

Haley Swanson Assistant Editor

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Haley Swanson began her publishing career in literary scouting, moved to Viking in 2016 where she worked on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and was very excited to join Harper Wave. She loves books for (and preferably by) women. Her editorial interests include individual and family mental health, reproductive science and discussion, as well as when health-and-wellness meets strong narrative and equally strong voice.

Sophia Lauriello Assistant Publicist

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Sophia is fulfilling a lifelong dream of living in the library from Beauty and the Beast as the publicity assistant for Harper Wave. She comes to Harper Wave from the internship program at W. W. Norton & Company. Previously she was a graduate student at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Her interests include food, popular psychology, and women’s issues.

Rebecca Raskin Editorial Assistant

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Rebecca comes to Harper Wave from Kensington Publishing and works with Karen Rinaldi. Before Kensington, she was at Folio Literary Management. She is also the Digital Chair of Young to Publishing, a subcommittee of the AAP. Her editorial interests include narrative non-fiction, women’s issues, popular science, health and fitness, and sociology.

Laura Cole Marketing Assistant

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After graduating from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing, Laura followed her lifelong love of books to New York City instead of returning to her Colorado roots. She first joined Harper Wave as a marketing intern—and stayed! She loves the way the written word can connect, transport, and inspire readers and is particularly interested in health and fitness, women’s issues, and travel.

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