Who We Are

HARPERWAVE is a list of health, wellness, lifestyle, and inspirational books that offers the best thinking from leading writers, journalists, doctors, scientists, innovators, and practitioners in their fields. Our objective is to empower readers with reliable, authoritative perspectives on our individual and collective wellbeing so that we can better understand, navigate, and enjoy the world we live in.

From digital partnerships to brand extension, content integration to innovative marketing partnerships, HarperWave 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/Executive Editor

Karen Rinaldi 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, Rinaldi was Publisher and General Manager of Rodale Books, where she served on the Executive Management Committee. At Rodale, she focused on health-related titles and worked closely with the Direct Marketing team and magazine brands to develop and run the most successful books program in Rodale’s history. Among Rinaldi’s bestselling authors were Al Gore, Dr. David Kessler, William Davis, M.D., Howard Schultz, Alicia Silverstone, and Ted Danson.

Under her imprint at HarperCollins, HarperWave, Rinaldi is leveraging her extensive publishing experience to create and publish a list of broad-based health and wellness and lifestyle titles, categories that stand to make the most of what new platforms, distribution, and marketing have to offer.

Julie Will

Julie Will, Executive Editor

Julie began her career at Random House in 2002, working at Bantam Dell and Harmony Books. In 2007 she moved Rodale, where she developed branded properties and helped to build the trade list, editing such bestselling books as David Kessler MD’s The End of Overeating, P90X superstar Tony Horton’s Bring It!, and the The Biggest Loser series. She then left publishing to spend a year in the start-up world at Opensky.com, where she was the Executive Talent Producer for the site’s healthy living vertical, working with food and wellness authors including Bobby Flay, Alicia Silverstone, Mariel Hemingway, and Dr. Frank Lipman. In 2012 she joined Karen at HarperCollins to launch the HarperWave list. Julie’s focus for HarperWave includes diet and nutrition, science and psychology, inspirational narrative, food and cooking, self-improvement, and healthy lifestyle.

Sarah Murphy

Sarah Murphy, Editor

Sarah Murphy 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 HarperWave team. She works on titles across the HarperWave list, both narrative and prescriptive, and she has a particularly strong interest in women’s stories and voices.

Sydney Pierce

Sydney Pierce, Editorial Assistant

Sydney graduated with honors from Franklin & Marshall College in 2013. This is her first job in publishing.

Hannah Robinson

Hannah Robinson, Editorial Assistant

A West Coast transplant, Hannah Robinson graduated maxima cum laude from the University of Portland in 2014, where she studied English and Spanish. In addition to completing two internships with HarperCollins Publishers, she has worked for a variety of publications, including South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine and Writers Magazine, where she served as Senior Editor. This is her first job in publishing.