Karen brings a wealth of experience and perspective to her role as an Associate Publisher. Starting out as an Acquisitions Editor for Morgan James, she has worked in various roles in the book business and as a marketer for the last 25+ years.
Karen is a nationally published author (including major media tours), a self-published author, a ghostwriter, and a co-author. She’s been a Substantive Editor, Managing Editor, Acquisitions Editor, and Coach working with authors and major book publishers. Karen’s fingerprints are all over numerous New York Times bestselling books!
Part of what makes Karen unique is that she came into the book world from a slightly unusual background. Karen has always considered herself a “helping professional” and has a B.A. from Taylor University and a M.S. from the University of Maryland. After her postgraduate work, she was a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice using a systems approach that was both strategic and problem solving. She excelled in helping people learn to communicate more effectively.
After many years working as a therapist, Karen discovered direct response marketing and impact of compelling copywriting. Like her earlier professional training, direct response marketing was also strategic and problem solving. She became one of the first protégés of the legendary Jay Abraham. Since that time she has studied, and worked with, many of the direct marketing “greats” with a focus on helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams. She is now blending her loves of helping people (particularly entrepreneurs), writing, and strategic marketing to acquire books for Morgan James Publishing.
Karen and her husband, Steve, live in Franklin, Tennessee, and have two married daughters and 5 incredibly adorable grandchildren (and # 6 is on the way!).
They are involved in Young LIfe and have most recently served on the Board of Young Life Capernaum, an outreach to high school kids with disabilities. She joined the Morgan James family in 2015.