We are geeks and goths and nerds and freaks. We are the kids who read our way through school and beyond. We love dragons and witches and vampires and epic space battles, and earl grey, hot. We are the ones who know who wants to read this stuff, who know how to reach them, better than anyone; because we are them.
I'm Jamie-Lee Nardone. I've worked with some of the biggest names in genre publishing, from crime giants MC Beaton and Simon Brett, legends of horror Max Brooks, Ramsey Campbell and Grady Hendrix, to all-time greats and exciting debuts of science fiction and fantasy, including Ransom Riggs, Naomi Novik, Olivie Blake, Freya Marske, TJ Klune, John Scalzi, Zen Cho, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arkady Martine, Rian Hughes, Christopher Paolini and Cassandra Clare. My debut authors have been Sunday Times bestsellers, BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week, Guardian, Daily Mail, FT and The Times Books of the Year, and Stoker, Crawford, Aurealis, Locus, Shirley Jackson, RNA, BFSA and Hugo Award-winners.
A background in business, media and events alongside genre expertise makes me the go-to book publicist for all things genre and pop culture; whether you're a debut author, indie publisher or mass market imprint.
I have also written about TV, film and pop culture for Time Out magazine, Den of Geek and Buzzfeed. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the Westcountry, watching films and talking to my four-legged companions.
Previously Events Manager at Waterstones Piccadilly, I've interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry, and also dressed up as a Christmas elf...
I've worked for various publishers in both PR and contracts, and continue to host book events, alongside co-creating my own YA festival, Camp YA.
I love nothing more than championing great reads - especially genre fiction. In my spare time I enjoy going to the theatre, hosting pub quizzes and watching Drag Race.
My publishing experience started out on the shop floor as a bookseller where I loved getting my hands on advance copies and meeting authors. Subsequent roles in the sales and publicity departments of two large publishing houses cemented my love of crime fiction and a career in communications.
With over 15 years' of experience, I have worked within various PR agencies handling a breadth of accounts in the UK and abroad, including global brands such as Ikea and Toyota.
I feel rather smug that I can continue to indulge my passion for reading within the workplace! When I don’t have my nose in a book, I enjoy hiking across the countryside, sailing and trying to keep my balance paddle-boarding which is easier said than done.