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Colleen Lindsay

Websites: The Swivet, Book Country, Twitter

Bio: Colleen Lindsay is an unrepentant nerd and digital native who spent most of her formative years hiding beneath the blankets with a flashlight and a book. Her obsession with reading was a hard habit to break; as a result, she’s worked in the book industry since 1984.

Colleen spent 12 years working as a manager, backlist buyer, and events/marketing manager at several San Francisco Bay Area independent bookstores and was a book reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her first job in publishing was in Northern California as a mass merch sales assistant for Ballantine Books. For five years she served as Director of Publicity for Del Rey Books, specializing in the creative publicity and marketing of science fiction, fantasy, pop culture, YA fantasy, graphic novels, manga, and third-party licensed media. Some of the authors whose publicity campaigns Colleen has had the privilege to manage at Del Rey include Terry Brooks, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Elizabeth Moon, China Mieville, Richard K. Morgan, R.A. Salvatore, and Harvey Pekar. More recently, she worked as a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management, where she discovered great writers like Kelly Gay, Allison Pang, Ruth Long, Karen Rivers, and Scott Tracey.

More things to bear in mind about Colleen: She has been reading e-books since 1998. She owns seven pairs of Converse All-Stars in varying colors. She has an irrational fear of gelatinous foods. And she once got locked inside the Sistine Chapel quite by mistake (which Vatican security did not think was nearly as funny as she did). You can usually find her on the Book Country discussion boards or on Twitter at @ColleenLindsay, giving advice to writers, discussing the future of the publishing industry, and waxing poetic about her cat Stinkyboy’s addiction to Greenies.

This page last updated on 10/16/11.
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