Laurie Blum Guest, Re-Naissance Founder and President

Laurie has over 30 years of experience in publishing as a best-selling author, editor, and publisher, as well as book packager. She has worked with some of the biggest N.Y. publishing houses including Simon and Schuster, John Wiley, and MacMillan. She has an intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a top professional publishing house and what it takes to turn a manuscript into a book and a book into sales.

Laurie’s publishing career started in 1983 when she created her own series of American college reference books. With 63 titles, the series has gone on to sell several million copies.

After a stint working with a major British publishing house, she took over Mariposa Press in 1996. Beginning by representing travel and later children’s books in France, Laurie evolved Mariposa into one of the leading English language children’s book experts in France. Mariposa also does a great deal of work in the U.S. as well as foreign markets, both in packaging and rights sales, and now as Re-Naissance has expanded to also include both branding and marketing.

Laurie has been a frequent guest commentator on CNN television. She has been a frequent speaker with the French publisher’s association (BIEF), has received support from the American Embassy in Paris, as well as has been featured and profiled in numerous publications including Le Figaro Littéraire.

Howard Andrew Jones, Executive Editor

Howard Andrew Jones is a critically acclaimed author as well as an editor, having worked at Macmillan, as Managing Editor of Black Gate magazine, and Editor of the new Sword-and-Sorcery magazine, Tales From The Magician’s Skull. Two of his fantasy novels have been published by St. Martin’s Press, and more are on the way, and he has four Pathfinder novels as well as numerous published short stories. He has been a driving force behind the rebirth of interest in Harold Lamb’s historical fiction and has edited 8 collections of Harold Lamb’s work for the University of Nebraska Press.
When not helping to run his small family farm, he can be found hunched over his laptop or notebook, mumbling about flashing swords and doom-haunted tower.

Arthur Francfort, Projects Coordinator

Arthur Francfort has over ten years of experience in the French games publishing industry. He’s worked as a translator, an editor and a project manager for companies such as Bibliothèque Interdite, Edge Entertainment, Panini, and Arkhane Publishing.

Arthur holds a Masters in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University.

Michelle Berkley, Webmaster and Graphic Designer

Michelle has over 30 years of experience mainly in linguistics and marketing, and over 15 years in web and graphic design.
Michelle holds a degree in business and languages from Salford University, England.
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