Marika launched PR by the Book, LLC in 2002, combining her love of the media, public relations and books. Leading up to that, after garnering experience as the host of two cable television shows (The Teen Report & The College Report) in San Antonio, reporting for her college newspaper, producing for her college TV station, and working with NBC-TV in Dallas, Marika spent seven years leading the publicity team of an Austin-based book publicity firm. While there, she was the Director of Publisher Services, handling the company’s key publicity campaigns and serving as the company’s spokesperson.
Marika received a Gold Bulldog Award for a publicity campaign that resulted in exposure in over 700 media outlets. Marika is also the recipient of an Austin Public Relations Society of America Outstanding Mentor Award, the Anne D. Robinson Creative Initiative Award, and a nominee for “Profiles in Power”.
Marika is a past-president of Women Communicators of Austin, serves as an Expert for IBPA, is listed on Twitter’s Women in Publishing (#womeninpublishing) and serves on the selection committee for the Texas Book Festival.
Keeping her in touch with her journalism side, Marika has been a travel writer for over a decade and serves as the Travel Editor for Texas Lifestyle Magazine. Also, Marika can be heard on the statewide NPR show “Texas Standard,” giving her Weekend Trip Tips. A cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University, Marika is the proud parent of three kids (with husband, Doug, who is COO).
Chief Operations Officer Doug Flatt oversees the business side of PR by the Book, LLC, leading operations, website, marketing, accounting, IT, and database management, among other responsibilities.
Doug has more than 15 years of experience with his family’s 75-year old company, Flatt Stationers, Inc., handling various aspects of the business from sales, marketing, merchandising and operations. Prior to that, Doug garnered experience in advertising, tech and management.
Doug has a degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Marika, have three children. In his free time, he enjoys a round of golf, perfecting the art of craft brewing, and coaches his son’s soccer team.