Publicity Team

Stephanie Ridge – Senior Publicist

Stephanie Ridge combines more than 15 years of experience in media, publishing, and publicity to lead creative, full-service PR campaigns for a variety of genres. A big-picture person with a knack for the smallest details, she enjoys the challenge of finding and connecting authors with their

audiences. Whether a breakout or established bestseller, she believes each approach should be as unique as its author. That’s why there’s nothing cookie-cutter about the campaigns she directs.

Over the years, her carefully-crafted approach has resulted in stories with staying power in many outlets, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Associated Press, Outside, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, Men’s Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Huffington Post, NBC’s “Today Show,” CNN, FOX News, NPR and SiriusXM radio.

Stephanie came to PR by the Book in 2009 by way of Phenix & Phenix Literary Publicists where she served as Manager of Media Relations. Before joining Austin’s literary scene, she served as Senior Publicist at WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House (now WaterBrook Multnomah).

She earned a B.A. in journalism from Texas A&M University and has also worked on the creative and production sides of public television, college football cable TV coverage, and broadcast advertising.

A former military brat, she craves mountain adventures and California wine country visits, but also enjoys putting down roots in beautiful Austin, Texas. Her other passions: trail running, riding bikes, yoga and exploring the great outdoors with her husband and toddler. View Stephanie’s Full Profile

PR by the Book#-33Elena Meredith – Senior Publicist

Elena Meredith has managed hundreds of publicity campaigns for authors and publishers. She loves sharing impactful stories and has launched books for novelists, educators, psychologists, scientists, alpinists, surfers, environmentalists, professors and even a poop-recycling Biospherian. She believes books are the best medium for educating people and promoting empathy and understanding of one another. One of her proudest accomplishments as a publicist is helping an author launch his books, literally, to space, establishing the reading program Story Time From Space.

Her approach to PR is a combination of thorough planning and staying nimble in a changing digital landscape. Her creative, thoughtful messaging and quick pitching has earned placements in a variety of media outlets across print, online, television and radio, including CNN, Entertainment Weekly, Foreword Reviews, FOX News, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, MindBodyGreen, Nerdist, Parade, Parents, Popular Science radio, Publishers WeeklyPsychology Today, Rolling Stone, Shelf Awareness, Sirius XM, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Variety, Village Voice, VICE, Washington Post, Working Mother radio and more.

Elena has worked in the book industry most of her life—from growing up in her family’s bookstore to working as an author’s assistant in college. She joined PR by the Book in 2013, previously serving as publicist for Free Spirit Publishing in Minneapolis. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from University of Tampa.

A Minnesota native, Elena enjoys being outside 365 days a year in Texas. She stays active with dance, yoga and hiking the hills of Austin with her husband and their dog, Fox. View Elena’s Full Profile

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.

Social Media Team

12224565_146119085746981_613178134_nJandra Sutton
– Digital Marketing Director

Formerly the marketing director for Turner Publishing, Jandra Sutton joined PR by the Book with over five years of experience in developing social media strategies for various small businesses, non-profits, international brands, publishers, and authors. A writer and a digital native, Jandra has been transfixed by the potential power of social media since its outset.

After graduating from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana with a B.A. in History, she went on to receive an M.A. in Modern British History from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Jandra has worked with a variety of authors and publishers to promote brand growth, audience engagement, and the development of successful content strategies with great success.

Jandra also enjoys writing books, fitness, and playing with her dog, Leila. She can be found on Twitter at @jandralee.