Author, Editor, Publishing Consultant
Author, Editor, Publishing Expert
As a lifelong book fanatic (she was often badgered by her family for “always having her nose in a book”), it's no wonder that her various career paths led our publishing expert Mary Hampton to the world of books. She has nearly 20 years experience as a book author, freelance writer and publishing consultant.
Mary's innate ability to spot market trends as they develop led to her successful publication of five books with major publishers (Thomas Nelson, Zondervan). For more than 15 years Mary has been involved as a featured presenter and organizer for leading writer's conferences in Oregon, Washington, California and Kansas.
Mary also represented a leading self-publishing firm at various conferences, teaching workshops on when and why to choose self-publishing and an introduction to book marketing. She also reviewed proposals and advised authors on pursuing self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Mary also taught Media Relations workshops to managers and directors with the State of California.
Through these endeavors, Mary has built lasting relationships with leading literary agents, publishers and authors. Mary’s industry contacts include New York Times best-selling authors and their agents and publishers for advising or scheduling as speakers at industry events.
Mary's eclectic resume includes several years working in broadcasting for an NBC affiliate, teaching at a private high school, and working as an HR Director and recruiter. A believer that no experience is ever wasted (except maybe that stint selling vacuum cleaners), the skills she honed matching people and positions transfers well to pairing projects and publishers and authors and agents.
Mary has a degree in Broadcasting & TV/Radio Production from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Human Development from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
When not immersed in word-wrangling or helping others pursue publication, Mary is a wife, mom, speaker, bargain-hunter, and lover of tea, chocolate and fancy desserts (especially if made with chocolate).