Publicity Team

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.

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,, 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.