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Stephanie Barko

Stephanie Barko - Marketer

Austin, TX, United States

Transforming adult nonfiction writers & historical novelists into award-winning authors for 11 years.

Overview

If you are an adult nonfiction author or pre-pub historical novelist who wants to build a brand that readers and the media are keen to follow, I can help. It’s never too early to build your platform, and debut authors are especially welcome here.

The marketing I do for you is built on what I call author infrastructure. After the elements of this infrastructure are in place, you have places to meet with your following and attract the press. Although building it is not magic, sometimes magic happens because of it.

My expertise has been published in Writers’ Digest and Southern Writers Magazine, and I have spoken on book marketing at agents & editors conferences held by Historical Novel Society North America, Nonfiction Authors Association, and Oklahoma Writers Federation. In 2017, I was named a SXSW Interactive Mentor, perhaps in recognition for the technology I created that helps authors who cannot afford a publicist.

Here’s what a few clients have said about my work.

- As debut authors of a multi-category nonfiction, we were able to rely on Stephanie for her guidance and connections. More importantly, she met her commitments in a timely manner and contributed good exposure for our book, such as a video interview at Huff Post.

- As a result of Stephanie’s promotion, I have picked up speaking engagements, consulting work, and radio interviews. I highly recommend her and will definitely use Stephanie in the future.

- One of the characteristics I cherish most about Stephanie is the quality of who she is, for which no amount of money could adequately compensate. She is a cheerleader for the possibility of my work being extraordinary and making an impact in the world.

Services
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs Business & Management Career Guides History New Age Psychology Religion & Spirituality Self-help & Self-improvement
Fiction
Historical Fiction

Certifications

  • BBA, Marketing
  • BA, Sociology

Awards

  • 2015 Small Business Book Award for Best Resource
  • 2015 Preditors & Editors Readers Poll Top Ten Book Promotion Service

Work experience

Creator / Developer

DIY Book Platform
December, 2014 – Present (about 3 years)

Developed and marketed web-based app that writes author platforms

Book Marketing Shepherd

Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist
April, 2006 – Present (over 11 years)

Pre-pub book marketing & author infrastructure for nonfiction authors and historical novelists, including custom platform creation and execution. Post-pub audio interview and virtual tour creation and promotion.

Product Marketer

Motorola Semiconductor
September, 1995 – November, 2004 (about 9 years)

Marketed high-end semiconductors for what is now Freescale Semiconductor

Projects

Up the Hill to Home by Jennifer Yacovissi

Complete campaign for debut historical novel from university press
results in a Kirkus review and a Foreword Indie Award.

Culture Without Accountability by Julie Miller and Brian Bedford

Complete campaign for indie nonfiction results in a Small Business Book Award.

Baffled by Love by Laurie Kahn

Complete campaign for debut nonfiction from a hybrid press results in review by Library Journal.

The Roses Underneath by CF Yetmen

Complete campaign of debut indie historical novel results in an IPPY Award.

Come and Take It by Landon Wallace

Complete campaign of debut time slip novel results in Shelf Unbound Notable Indie award.

Walking the Llano by Shelley Armitage

Virtual tour for eco-memoir by university press helps title onto Kirkus' Best Books of 2016 list.

Portfolio (22 selected works)

Baffled by Love: Stories of the Lasting Impact of Childhood Trauma Inflicted by Loved Ones

Laurie Kahn

For three decades, Laurie Kahn has treated clients who were abused as children―people who were injured by someone whom they believed to be trustworthy, someone who professed to love them. Their abusers―a father, stepfather, priest, coach, babysitter, aunt, neighbor―often were people who inhabited their daily lives.Love is why they come to therapy. Love is what they want, and love is what they ... read more

For three decades, Laurie Kahn has treated clients who were abused as children―people who were injured by someone whom they believed to be trustworthy, someone who professed to love them. Their abusers―a father, stepfather, priest, coach, babysitter, aunt, neighbor―often were people who inhabited their daily lives.Love is why they come to therapy. Love is what they want, and love is what they ... read more

The Texas Rangers: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900

Mike Cox

Austin writer-historian Mike Cox explores the origin and rise of the famed Texas Rangers. Starting in 1821 with just a handful of men, the Rangers' first purpose was to keep settlers safe from the feared and gruesome Karankawa Indians, a cannibalistic tribe that wanderd the Texas territory. As the influx of settlers grew, the attacks increased, and it became clear that a larger, better trained... read more

Austin writer-historian Mike Cox explores the origin and rise of the famed Texas Rangers. Starting in 1821 with just a handful of men, the Rangers' first purpose was to keep settlers safe from the feared and gruesome Karankawa Indians, a cannibalistic tribe that wanderd the Texas territory. As the influx of settlers grew, the attacks increased, and it became clear that a larger, better trained... read more

Mayhem: Three Lives of a Woman

Elizabeth Harris

Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award A violent and unusual crime is committed in a frankly imagined rural Texas of 1936: two ranchers attempt to castrate a neighbor under circumstances deriving from standard gender and social relations. The daughter of prominent landowners, regarded as the cause of this crime, is outcast from home and family, rescued by clergy in the role of plot angels, and ... read more

Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award A violent and unusual crime is committed in a frankly imagined rural Texas of 1936: two ranchers attempt to castrate a neighbor under circumstances deriving from standard gender and social relations. The daughter of prominent landowners, regarded as the cause of this crime, is outcast from home and family, rescued by clergy in the role of plot angels, and ... read more

Survival Lessons

Alice Hoffman

One of America's most beloved writers shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times.Survival Lessons provides a road map of how to reclaim your life from this day forward, with ways to reenvision everything―from relationships with friends and family to the way you see yourself. As Alice Hoffman says, “In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind mysel... read more

One of America's most beloved writers shares her suggestions for finding beauty in the world even during the toughest times.Survival Lessons provides a road map of how to reclaim your life from this day forward, with ways to reenvision everything―from relationships with friends and family to the way you see yourself. As Alice Hoffman says, “In many ways I wrote Survival Lessons to remind mysel... read more

Supervision Matters: 100 Bite-Sized Ideas to Transform You and Your Team

Rita Sever

Supervision is a critical function of leadership that is often overlooked, and yet the quality of supervision is often what makes or breaks a leader―and an organization. Supervision Matters is full of bite-size ideas for how to become a more effective supervisor, including advice on how to be clear about expectations, giving helpful feedback, manage yourself, and more. Each chapter is structur... read more

Supervision is a critical function of leadership that is often overlooked, and yet the quality of supervision is often what makes or breaks a leader―and an organization. Supervision Matters is full of bite-size ideas for how to become a more effective supervisor, including advice on how to be clear about expectations, giving helpful feedback, manage yourself, and more. Each chapter is structur... read more

Walking the Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place

Shelley Armitage

When American explorers crossed the Texas Panhandle, they dubbed it part of the “Great American Desert.” A “sea of grass,” the llano appeared empty, flat, and barely habitable. Contemporary developments—cell phone towers, oil rigs, and wind turbines—have only added to this stereotype. Yet in this lyrical ecomemoir, Shelley Armitage charts a unique rediscovery of the largely unknown land, a jou... read more

When American explorers crossed the Texas Panhandle, they dubbed it part of the “Great American Desert.” A “sea of grass,” the llano appeared empty, flat, and barely habitable. Contemporary developments—cell phone towers, oil rigs, and wind turbines—have only added to this stereotype. Yet in this lyrical ecomemoir, Shelley Armitage charts a unique rediscovery of the largely unknown land, a jou... read more

All Told: My Art And Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies, And Provocateurs

Leroy Neiman

The memoir of one of the most recognizable contemporary artists in the world, a book filled with the biggest celebrities in twentieth-century sport, art, sexy dames, music, film, and more, by LeRoy Neiman, who was a principle contributor to Playboy for years, who covered the Playboy beat “Man at His Leisure,” who was chronicler and confidant of Muhammad Ali (and artist to all of sports!), and ... read more

The memoir of one of the most recognizable contemporary artists in the world, a book filled with the biggest celebrities in twentieth-century sport, art, sexy dames, music, film, and more, by LeRoy Neiman, who was a principle contributor to Playboy for years, who covered the Playboy beat “Man at His Leisure,” who was chronicler and confidant of Muhammad Ali (and artist to all of sports!), and ... read more

The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love, and Lead

Suzanne Anderson MA, Susan Cannon PhD

The Way of the Mysterial Woman is for every woman who feels the call into greatness, authenticity, and meaningful living. This is The Way for women who are stepping into their lives with mind, body, heart, and soul fully engaged, ready to awaken to their true potential. We hear the clarion call, but how will we meet it? It’s almost like we need a completely new internal operating system. The M... read more

The Way of the Mysterial Woman is for every woman who feels the call into greatness, authenticity, and meaningful living. This is The Way for women who are stepping into their lives with mind, body, heart, and soul fully engaged, ready to awaken to their true potential. We hear the clarion call, but how will we meet it? It’s almost like we need a completely new internal operating system. The M... read more

Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo

Landon Wallace

In the early morning of March 6, 1836, the Mexican army storms the Alamo and kills every one of the defenders except William Barret Travis's young black slave named Joe. Although General Santa Anna vows to keep him alive, a fearful Joe escapes away in the night carrying a prize far more valuable than anything inside the creaky Spanish mission. Fast forward to September 2013. Joe's modern desce... read more

In the early morning of March 6, 1836, the Mexican army storms the Alamo and kills every one of the defenders except William Barret Travis's young black slave named Joe. Although General Santa Anna vows to keep him alive, a fearful Joe escapes away in the night carrying a prize far more valuable than anything inside the creaky Spanish mission. Fast forward to September 2013. Joe's modern desce... read more

Up the Hill to Home: A Novel

Jennifer Bort Yacovissi

Family. Home. Memories. Lillie Voith holds these values most dear. Family: Cherished only child of Charley and Emma Beck, she is the unlikely issue of an improbable union. Beloved wife of Ferd Voith, she is the happy mother of a tribe of nine, and newly expecting her tenth. It is the family of her earliest dreams. Home: Seven forty-one, the house that Charley built on his little plot of farmla... read more

Family. Home. Memories. Lillie Voith holds these values most dear. Family: Cherished only child of Charley and Emma Beck, she is the unlikely issue of an improbable union. Beloved wife of Ferd Voith, she is the happy mother of a tribe of nine, and newly expecting her tenth. It is the family of her earliest dreams. Home: Seven forty-one, the house that Charley built on his little plot of farmla... read more

The Secret Language of Women (Wayfarer Trilogy)

Nina Romano

Winner of the Independent Publishers Book Awards (Gold Medal, Romance)Set in China in the late 1800’s, The Secret Language of Women tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Zhou Bin Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo Scimenti, an Italian sailor, driven apart by the Boxer Rebellion.When Lian is seventeen years old, she accompanies her Swiss father, Dr. Gianluca Brasolin, fluent in Italian, to ... read more

Winner of the Independent Publishers Book Awards (Gold Medal, Romance)Set in China in the late 1800’s, The Secret Language of Women tells the story of star-crossed lovers, Zhou Bin Lian, a Eurasian healer, and Giacomo Scimenti, an Italian sailor, driven apart by the Boxer Rebellion.When Lian is seventeen years old, she accompanies her Swiss father, Dr. Gianluca Brasolin, fluent in Italian, to ... read more

Out from the Underworld

Heather Siegel

Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him—from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape. Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the r... read more

Heather Siegel was six years old when her mother disappeared, sending her father into a tailspin that took Heather and her siblings down with him—from a comfortable suburban home to a barely habitable basement apartment, a dark world they soon found themselves fighting to return to from the exile of foster care, then fighting even harder to escape. Forty years later, Heather Siegel tells the r... read more

The Loneliness Cure: Six Strategies for Finding Real Connections in Your Life

Kory Floyd

Rediscover the benefits of a real-life social network!Although today's technology allows you to communicate with people all over the globe, it can also leave you feeling disconnected and unhappy in the real world. The Loneliness Cure helps you rediscover the power of socializing in person and finally find the affection you've been longing for. Written by communication expert Kory Floyd, PhD, t... read more

Rediscover the benefits of a real-life social network!Although today's technology allows you to communicate with people all over the globe, it can also leave you feeling disconnected and unhappy in the real world. The Loneliness Cure helps you rediscover the power of socializing in person and finally find the affection you've been longing for. Written by communication expert Kory Floyd, PhD, t... read more

Strategic Career Engagement: The Definitive Guide for Getting Hired and Promoted

Donn LeVie Jr.

SILVER MEDAL WINNER of the 2016 Global eBook Award (Business: Employment) and RUNNER-UP FINALIST for the 2016 International Book Award (Business: Careers). Becoming the hiring manager's candidate of choice is not a matter of luck--it's how well your accomplishments and the benefits of your expertise can contribute toward an organization's strategic objectives. Author, consultant, and former Fo... read more

SILVER MEDAL WINNER of the 2016 Global eBook Award (Business: Employment) and RUNNER-UP FINALIST for the 2016 International Book Award (Business: Careers). Becoming the hiring manager's candidate of choice is not a matter of luck--it's how well your accomplishments and the benefits of your expertise can contribute toward an organization's strategic objectives. Author, consultant, and former Fo... read more

The Roses Underneath

C.F. Yetmen

2015 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction, Independent Publisher IPPY Awards 2014 Finalist, Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards 2014 Notable Indie Book, Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book It is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, struggles to support herself and her six-year o... read more

2015 Gold Medal for Historical Fiction, Independent Publisher IPPY Awards 2014 Finalist, Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards 2014 Notable Indie Book, Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie Book It is August 1945 in Wiesbaden, Germany. With the country in ruins, Anna Klein, displaced and separated from her beloved husband, struggles to support herself and her six-year o... read more

Putting Together The Entrepreneurial Puzzle: The Ten Pieces Every Business Needs to Succeed

Mary E. Marshall

The US has a long history of independent thinking, innovation, and creativity—a culture that is evident in an economy largely driven by small businesses and entrepreneurs. Creating and growing a successful business is incredibly challenging. Only about half of new businesses survive 5 years. Just one third survive 10 years or more. What causes this high level of failure? Certainly there are mu... read more

The US has a long history of independent thinking, innovation, and creativity—a culture that is evident in an economy largely driven by small businesses and entrepreneurs. Creating and growing a successful business is incredibly challenging. Only about half of new businesses survive 5 years. Just one third survive 10 years or more. What causes this high level of failure? Certainly there are mu... read more

War Babies: The Generation That Changed America

Richard Pells

War Babies: The Generation That Changed America examines the lives and careers of Americans born between 1939 and 1945. No one has written such a book about this generation. War Babies deals especially with musicians and composers like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel; with film directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese; with actors like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro;... read more

War Babies: The Generation That Changed America examines the lives and careers of Americans born between 1939 and 1945. No one has written such a book about this generation. War Babies deals especially with musicians and composers like Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Simon and Garfunkel; with film directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese; with actors like Al Pacino and Robert De Niro;... read more

Gathering Strength: Conversations with Afghan Women

Peggy Kelsey

Professional photographer, Peggy Kelsey traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 and 2010 to photograph and interview women. In Gathering Strength, these interviews come together under different topics creating conversations that illustrate the women's different stories, concerns and issues. Peggy's own story and comments serve as a bridge between the reader and Afghan women. Although the book addresse... read more

Professional photographer, Peggy Kelsey traveled to Afghanistan in 2003 and 2010 to photograph and interview women. In Gathering Strength, these interviews come together under different topics creating conversations that illustrate the women's different stories, concerns and issues. Peggy's own story and comments serve as a bridge between the reader and Afghan women. Although the book addresse... read more

The Patterer

Larry Brill

The Patterer is a hilarious romp through jolly old England. It imagines what today s TV news would have looked like if it had been invented by a smart-aleck news guy back in the days of Charles Dickens.It's London, 1765. Leeds Merriweather is scratching out a living as a common street performer, a patterer, using his wit and storytelling skills to sell newspapers and all manner of literature. ... read more

The Patterer is a hilarious romp through jolly old England. It imagines what today s TV news would have looked like if it had been invented by a smart-aleck news guy back in the days of Charles Dickens.It's London, 1765. Leeds Merriweather is scratching out a living as a common street performer, a patterer, using his wit and storytelling skills to sell newspapers and all manner of literature. ... read more

Warrior Mother: A Memoir of Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss, and Rituals that Heal

Sheila K. Collins

Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable, Loss, and Rituals that Heal is the true story of a mother's fierce love and determination, and her willingness to go outside the bounds of the ordinary when two of her three adult children are diagnosed with life-threatening disease.

Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable, Loss, and Rituals that Heal is the true story of a mother's fierce love and determination, and her willingness to go outside the bounds of the ordinary when two of her three adult children are diagnosed with life-threatening disease.

Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen

Judith Newton

If Julia Child had cooked Italian for a gay husband, used sugar to sweeten a sour childhood, and hosted buffets for a better world, she could have written Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen. In this food memoir, Judith Newton shares the unforgettable story of a life on the front lines of activism and in the kitchen. During a difficult childhood, food and cooking were sources of comfort... read more

If Julia Child had cooked Italian for a gay husband, used sugar to sweeten a sour childhood, and hosted buffets for a better world, she could have written Tasting Home: Coming of Age in the Kitchen. In this food memoir, Judith Newton shares the unforgettable story of a life on the front lines of activism and in the kitchen. During a difficult childhood, food and cooking were sources of comfort... read more

Seat of Empire: The Embattled Birth of Austin, Texas (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest)

Jeffrey Stuart Kerr

The founding of Austin sparked one of the Republic of Texas's first great political battles, pitting against each other two Texas titans: Lamar, who in less than a year had risen to vice president from army private, and Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto and a man both loved and hated throughout the Republic. The shy, soft-spoken, self-righteous Lamar dreamed of a great imperial capital in t... read more

The founding of Austin sparked one of the Republic of Texas's first great political battles, pitting against each other two Texas titans: Lamar, who in less than a year had risen to vice president from army private, and Sam Houston, the hero of San Jacinto and a man both loved and hated throughout the Republic. The shy, soft-spoken, self-righteous Lamar dreamed of a great imperial capital in t... read more

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