Harper Wave Books: Unexpected Perspectives on Mind, Body, and Soul

Meet the Team: Harper Wave

Who We Are

Harper Wave publishes a broad-based nonfiction 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 Rinaldi has been a publishing executive for over two decades. Prior to joining Harper Collins in 2012 to found the imprint, Harper Wave, she was Managing Director and Publisher of Bloomsbury USA, which she joined at its inception in 1999 and served on the Bloomsbury PLC Group Operating Board from 2004 to 2008. From 2008 to 2011 Rinaldi was Publisher and General Manager of Rodale Books and also served on the Rodale Executive Management Committee. In her editorial role, Rinaldi has edited and published across a wide range of categories, from the literary to the prescriptive. Among authors she has edited and published, past and present, are David Wojnarowicz, Anthony Bourdain, Susannah Clark, Ben Schott, Al Gore, David Kessler, Elizabeth Lesser, Mitch Albom, Vivek Murthy, Carla Hall, Kristin Neff, Matt Hussey, Aubrey Marcus, Gregory Gourdet.

Julie Will VP/Editorial Director

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Julie Will joined HarperCollins in 2012 as the co-founder of Harper Wave. As VP/Editorial Director, Julie builds and shapes the list, acquiring and editing across a broad array of categories including wellness, food, lifestyle, psychology and self-improvement, women's wellbeing, and issue-driven narrative. She has published many New York Times bestsellers, and her authors include Dr. Nicole LePera, Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Steven Gundry, Dave Asprey, Julia Turshen, Cameron Diaz, Dr. Emeran Mayer, The Pollan Family, Garden & Gun Magazine, Jessica Bennett, Angela Garbes, Celeste Headlee, Texas Monthly, Dr. Becky Kennedy, among others. Julie began her career at Random House in 2002, working at Harmony and Bantam Dell before moving to Rodale Publishing where she rose to executive editor.

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit Senior Director, Publicity

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Yelena has worked in book publishing for over 22 years, beginning her career at Viking Penguin in 2000. Yelena spent eight years at Bloomsbury, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors such as Chelsea Handler, Elizabeth Kolbert, and Roz Chast. In 2008 she joined Rodale Books and created successful campaigns for such New York Times bestselling authors as Vice President Al Gore, Alicia Silverstone, Former FDA Commissioner Dr. David A. Kessler, among others. At Harper Wave, Yelena works with the imprint's senior leadership team to help shape the list and develop publishing strategy. Her campaigns at Harper Wave include cookbooks by Carla Hall (Carla Hall's Soul Food), The Pollans (New York Times bestselling Mostly Plants), Julia Turshen (Simply Julia) and Gregory Gourdet (Everyone'sTable); issue-oriented narrative nonfiction by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy (New York Times bestselling Together) and award-winning journalist Angela Garbes (Like a Mother and Essential Labor); and wellness titles from country legend Tim McGraw (New York Times bestselling Grit & Grace) and HBFIT founder Hannah Bronfman (Do What Feels Good), among others.

Amanda Pritzker Senior Marketing Director

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Amanda Pritzker joined Harper Wave in 2022 after nearly two decades in publishing. Amanda started her career as a publicist (specializing in categories ranging from business, to lifestyle, children's books, and celebrities), but soon transitioned her skills to marketing—focusing on both fiction and nonfiction titles. As the Brand Director for major fiction authors at Grand Central Publishing, she primarily worked with #1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks and his many page-to-screen projects. Often approaching a book launch through the lens of brand-development, Amanda has led marketing campaigns for many brand and personality driven publications at GCP including those of Gwyneth Paltrow's goop press, Dr. William Li, Dr. David Ludwig, Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, Jennifer Palmieri, Misty Copeland, Gail Simmons, Flea, Andrew McCarthy, and many others. Though a proud Boston native, Amanda now lives in Manhattan with her husband and their three children.

Jessica Gilo Associate Director, Marketing

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Jessica has over ten years of book publishing experience, specializing in books across a variety of illustrated and lifestyle categories, including food & drink, wellness, art, architecture and design. Prior to joining Harper Wave, she led the marketing for Countryman Press/W. W. Norton where she worked on prominent campaigns for Matthew Raiford's Bress 'n' Nyam, cookbooks by King Arthur Baking Company, among others. She spent six years spearheading marketing campaigns for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's culinary program working with award-winning authors including Dorie Greenspan, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael Solomonov and many more. She also led publicity for The Monacelli Press delivering global media campaigns for Hotel Chelsea by Colin Miller and Midlife by Elinor Carucci and worked in special sales at Hachette Book Group. She holds a master's degree in food studies from NYU and a B.S. in nutrition from Syracuse University.

Emma Kupor Editorial Assistant

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After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Emma began her publishing career at Agate, an independent publisher in Chicago. At Harper Wave, she's drawn to narrative nonfiction that weaves together memoir and reportage as well as smart, issue-driven books, and is particularly drawn to explorations into community wellness, queerness, and all things food.

Kirby Sandmeyer Assistant Editor

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After graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in Publishing Studies and Literature and a minor in Women's Studies, Kirby began her publishing career at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she edited professional publications for K-12 educators. Kirby comes to HarperCollins with a love of nonfiction titles, author collaboration, and the process of transforming ideas into books. She is particularly drawn to narrative and prescriptive nonfiction titles that focus on issues of gender, race, and the environment.

Laura Cole Marketing Coordinator

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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 native Colorado. She joined Harper Wave as an intern in 2018—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.

Sacha Chadwick Associate Publicist

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Before embarking on her publishing journey, Sacha planned to pursue a career in Criminal Justice. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with her BA in Criminal Justice and Asian Studies and received a Master's in International Crime and Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ultimately, she realized her love for advocacy and books could be intertwined and went on to receive Master's in Publishing from The George Washington University. Sacha began her publishing career at Oxford University Press, where she worked on nonfiction titles. Now, she's found her home at Harper Wave. She enjoys enticing narratives and books that explore different cultures and prospective. Her goal is to advocate for marginalized authors and their books, allowing them the opportunity to shine!