About the Staff
The Book Report Network is headed by co-founder and president Carol Fitzgerald, who works with a team of creative and dedicated staff members in the company’s editorial, website development and Internet marketing divisions.
Founder/President: Carol Fitzgerald
Editorial Director: Tom Donadio
Content Coordinator, Teenreads/Kidsreads: Shara Zaval
Editorial Director, GraphicNovelReporter.com: John Hogan
Content Coordinators, 20SomethingReads.com: Nicole Sherman and Emily Hoenig
Carol Fitzgerald is co-Founder and President of The Book Report Network (TBRN) --- a group of Internet sites about books and authors that have become the gathering places for a large and devoted community of booklovers since 1996. Programming is organized by demographic at Bookreporter.com, 20SomethingReads.com, Teenreads.com and Kidsreads.com and by special interest at ReadingGroupGuides.com GraphicNovelReporter.com and FaithfulReader.com. Website visitors can read reviews and author interviews, subscribe to newsletters and participate in interactive polls and contests. TBRN is recognized as an online leader of informed, contemporary book news, reviews, and author interviews.
The company's Authors on the Web division provides Website Design and Development and Internet Marketing/Publicity for authors and publishers. To date the Company has built websites for more than 225 authors and publishers and implemented Internet Marketing /Publicity programs for more than 300 titles.
Prior to founding TBRN, Fitzgerald spent 17 years at Conde Nast where she developed broad-based marketing, promotion and publicity programs. Fitzgerald has a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University
Tom Donadio, a graduate of Fordham University at Rose Hill, began working at The Book Report Network in 2002 as an Editorial intern and joined the company's editorial staff full time the following year. As Editorial Director, Tom assigns and edits all the reviews that appear on Bookreporter.com and FaithfulReader.com, and coordinates the content on ReadingGroupGuides.com. In addition, he prepares newsletter lineups for these three websites and oversees our interns, who help create such features as Coming Soon, Books on Screen and New in Paperback.
Content Coordinator, Teenreads.com/Kidsreads.com
Shara Zaval graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 with a B.A. in American Studies and a Certificate in Service Learning. From there, she interned in all sides of the book world—including Candlewick Press, the literary agency Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and Liz Gately Book Scouting—worked at a children’s bookstore, and most recently worked as a children’s and adult book publicist at Trafalgar Square Publishing/iPg in Chicago for more than two years. Her favorite YA and children’s books involve innovative voices and endearing characters, and she is always looking for the next Matilda or From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Editorial Director: GraphicNovelReporter.com
John Hogan is the former editor-in-chief of Pages magazine and has worked in the book industry, in one form or another, for nearly 15 years. He is also a freelance writer and reviewer. A native of Iowa, he grew up reading comics and graphic novels and continues to find them an exciting and mesmerizing format for storytelling. He can be reached at John@bookreporter.com.
Advertising and Promotions
Greg Fitzgerald is a graduate of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. He does event photography at author signings, conventions, and parties; In addition to his advertising and promotion tasks at TBRN, he oversees the company's accounting operation. He has worked for The Book Report Network since 2006, though he has been part of the TBRN family -- literally and figuratively -- since 1996. In his free time, Greg enjoys traveling; researching and enjoying lighthouses, ocean liners, and other maritime subjects; and geocaching.
Nicole Sherman works in the book world, with a particular interest in independent publishers and art books. A graduate from Bard College in upstate New York, she earned her degree in Literature and spent her senior year writing her thesis on Roberto Bolano's epic 2666. She began her publishing career in New York City, working retail at the Taschen store in Soho and interning at Phaidon Press in publicity and marketing. Before coming to The Book Report Network, she was Associate Publicist at the small, self-publisher Vantage Press. She now assumes the role as Advertising/Promotions assistant.
Advertising/Promotions Assistant and Content Coordinator at GraphicNovelReporter.com
John Maher is a reader, writer and Internet user, Pittsburgh-born and New York-raised. He graduated from Skidmore College in 2012, and bounced from one literary internship to the next --- including stints with The Adirondack Review and the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency --- before spending a year bookmongering at Barnes & Noble and another writing hyperlocal news on Long Island. He is a devourer of literary fiction, poetry, graphic novels and snarky online thinkpieces, and those in roughly equally-sized portions. Sometimes he writes poems and fiction.
Website Design & Development
Director of Website Design and Development
Eric Rhodes is a New York City graphic designer of the Bridge and Tunnel variety. He specializes in web design, semantic HTML/XHTML, CSS-driven layout, graphics and code optimization and search engine optimization.