Rachel Cone-Gorham

Rachel Cone-Gorham – Marketer

Former Executive Director at Penguin Random House turned Literary Agent / Publishing Consultant / Book Marketer


Hi! I'm Rachel. I'm a literary agent, a publishing consultant, a book marketer and avid reader. I spent the first 10+ years of my career working at advertising agencies in New York followed by 5 years as the Executive Director of Digital & Social marketing at Penguin Random House. In 2018 I ventured off to work for myself and the rest is history. I love helping authors find their readers and positioning books for success.

I offer marketing consultations, query reviews (and drafting), book proposal support/creation, copy support (for descriptions and marketing needs), and the development of custom marketing strategies and plans.

Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Health & Wellbeing Self-Help & Self-Improvement
Humor & Comedy Mystery & Crime Thriller & Suspense Young Adult

Work experience

RXD Agency

Jan, 2018 — Present

Penguin Random House

Jun, 2013 — Feb, 2018 (over 4 years)


“Wrenching and revelatory,” #1 bestseller Turtles All the Way Down is a widely acclaimed best book of the year!A New York Times Notable Book • A New York Times Critics’ Top Book of the Year • An NPR Best Book of the Year • A TIME Best Book of the Year • A Wall... read more
From USA Today Bestselling Author Liz Long comes a new duology that “…belongs on the shelf with The Hunger Games and the Divergent Series.” When seventeen-year-old Reina is accepted to KEY, the King's Education for Youth, she knows she’ll have to hide her true... read more
For years the abandoned MacKenzie mansion remained hidden in rural Wisconsin. Rumors and stories of apparitions, odd noises, accidents, and strange deaths in or near the property were enough to convince the townsfolk it was haunted and they stayed away. Lucas ... read more
** The newest innovation in sexual joy and wellness—now in hardcover.** “Terrifically encouraging... McLaughlin has written a thorough primer on everything from sex toys to bondage to ‘no means no,’ intended for young women readers who might be new to the idea... read more
When the top American diplomat in Tokyo, Bernard Mattson, is killed, he leaves more than a lifetime of successful Japan-American negotiations. He leaves a missing manuscript, boxes of research, a lost keynote speech and a tangled web of relations. When his all... read more
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER "Meltzer is a master and this is his best. Not since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have you seen a character like this. Get ready to meet Nola. If you've never tried Meltzer, this is the one."--Harlan Coben WHO IS NOLA BROWN? Nol... read more
A space odyssey that’s worth taking. (Kirkus)In the year 2031, a robot probe detects traces of biological activity on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. This sensational discovery shows that there is indeed evidence of extraterrestrial life. Fifteen years later... read more
Changing Tides

Veronica M.

"A must-read, page-turning, suspense-filled novel set in the Georgia Low country where money, family, and lies collide." After her son witnesses his father's tragic death, Katelyn Landers quits her high-powered banking career as a financial analyst and moves w... read more
The New York Times bestselling series is now available in a box set! What makes a hero? Brad Meltzer and illustrator Christopher Eliopoulos answer that question, one great role model at a time. And now you can buy the first four—Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart... read more
"Fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder will appreciate this feel-good story of friendship and unconventional smarts.” —Kirkus ReviewsAlly has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to re... read more
A New York Times bestseller! "A beguiling first novel"—Gregory Maguire in the New York Times"Takes readers to a marvelous place.”—The Wall Street JournalEven though his awful Great-Aunt Gertrudis doesn’t approve, Micah believes in the stories his dying Grandpa... read more
A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Ev... read more
The hilarious, colorful #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon that every kid wants! Gift a copy to someone you love today. Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons h... read more
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Torch Against the NightINSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLERAMAZON'S BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF 2015PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER - FAVORITE FANTASYBUSTLE'S BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF 2015 “This novel is a harrowing, ha... read more

Marie L.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths. For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession start... read more
Rick Yancey's entire blockbuster bestselling 5th Wave series is now available in a boxed set—great for binge-reading!In The 5th Wave, Cassie finds herself in a world devastated by alien attack, desperate to save herself and find her lost brother. As the onslau... read more

Rachel has 68 reviews





Blake F.

Blake F.

Apr, 2023

Rachel is an absolute joy to work with! She was able to come up with a very extensive list of things for me to do in terms of marketing. After dozens of hours of research on different strategies myself, I couldn’t pinpoint the right path for me. Rachel came up with a beautifully made plan to walk me through it step by step. I now feel fully confident in my ability to market my book thanks to th...
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Ron J.

Ron J.

Jan, 2023

Rachel is a total professional and a pleasure to work with. She's knowledgeable, creative, and strives to understand what I'm wanting to do. Then she works to get me there. I'm looking forward to working with her again.
Izzy M.

Izzy M.

Nov, 2022

I loved working with Rachel. I think the value for price was amazing. She obviously is an expert in her field and she taught me a lot about marketing. The marketing plan she provided for our book was phenomenal. She was also very personable and available to me if I had questions. I would highly recommend working with Rachel!
Christina M.

Christina M.

Oct, 2022

Even though I’m just starting to implement the marketing plan Rachel sent me for my debut novel, the plan is very detailed. It was a pleasure conversing with Rachel. She is very knowledgeable and professional. She gave me a lot of helpful information on how to best market my book. I look forward to using her plan.
Dennis B.

Dennis B.

Sep, 2022

Rachel is quick, smart, perceptive, practical, and personable. I've enjoyed my conversations with her, and I've found her deliverables valuable. She assembled a great marketing plan, and then helped me figure out priorities and scheduling. What I found most useful was her ability to cut through BS and FUD and get the important bits. I can't wait to work with her some more!