Publicity Team


Judy McDonoughJudy McDonough – Senior Publicist

Judy McDonough is a twenty-year PR and media specialist; her background in entertainment and music gives her a fresh, unique perspective when planning a full-service publicity campaign for authors and their projects. Over the years she has secured media for clients at nearly every major media outlet in the country, with recent hits that include Today, CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, New York Times, Associated Press, People, NPR, Us Magazine, Fox & Friends, CNN New Day, SiriusXM, Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, Publishers Weekly, Parade, American Profile, Entertainment Tonight and many others.

Judy came to PR by the Book from Thomas Nelson imprint W Publishing Group, where she worked as Director of Publicity. While at W Publishing, she worked on campaigns for such top-selling authors as David Jeremiah, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs and HGTV superstars Chip & Joanna Gaines. Before that, Judy ran her own independent PR firm, JEMMedia, representing festivals and music events, record labels, recording artists and reality TV stars.

Prior to starting JEMMedia, Judy was a long-time publicist at Capitol Records Nashville, where she worked with such artists as Keith Urban, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker and many others.
A native St. Louisan, Judy has lived in Nashville long enough to be a passionate (and long-suffering) Tennessee Titans fan. She loves travel – especially to Ireland and Brazil – and can often be found in her kitchen, creating new recipes or trying something from her extensive cookbook collection.


Leslie Barrett – Publicist

Leslie Barrett has worked in the publishing industry for over 10 years and has managed a wide range of media campaigns including: children’s, history, historical fiction, art photography, business, sports, inspirational and cookbooks. She has worked in all aspects of publishing, from reading manuscripts, proofreading, editing, marketing, publicity to event planning.

An avid problem solver and game enthusiast, Leslie enjoys piecing together the puzzle of a media campaign: researching and finding writers, radio and television shows, podcasts, and blogs that best fit the profile and platform of her authors and titles; producing compelling press materials; and ultimately sharing the author’s story with the world.

Leslie comes to PR by the Book from Bright Sky Press, based in Houston, where she managed publicity for first-time, as well as seasoned authors in a variety of media outlets, including CBS This Morning, Oprah.com, Martha Stewart Sirius XM Radio, Psychology Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Washington Post, Texas Highways, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin American Statesman, and more.

A native Texan, Leslie graduated from Texas A&M University with a Marketing Degree and has lived in all four corners of the state. She is an avid reader, traveler and cookbook addict. She lives in Austin and when not reading, she enjoys spending time with her kids, cooking, gardening and yoga.


Ann Inman – Publicist

Ann Inman has over 13 years of PR experience. Her career has included working with authors, musicians, actors, and brands. She worked on the bestseller publicity campaign for “The Shack.”

Ann spent 6 years at Capitol Records in Nashville working with acts such as Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan before moving to Sony Music in Nashville where she spent 4 years in both the PR and marketing departments working with superstar acts such as Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood.

A graduate of MTSU, Ann lives in Nashville and loves everything country music! When she’s not listening to music or going to concerts she’s traveling or planning her next trip. Her favorite city to visit is London.