Who We Are
Elizabeth Shreve is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shreve Williams Public Relations. A 30-year veteran of the publishing industry, Shreve is the former Vice President, Director of Publicity, for Henry Holt & Company in New York. She joined Henry Holt in 1997 and prior to that held positions in the publicity departments of Vintage Books, Dutton/Plume, Counterpoint Press, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where she began her career in publishing and first met Suzanne Williams.
Shreve has worked with such notable authors as former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore; dignitaries Henry Kissinger and Kofi Annan; Pulitzer Prize–winning authors Ron Chernow, Carl Bernstein, and Rick Atkinson; and bestselling authors Claudia Rankine, Barbara Ehrenreich, Salman Rushdie, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster, Atul Gawande, Deepak Chopra, Jeffrey Sachs, and Naomi Klein.
Shreve lives and works in Washington, D.C.
President of Shreve Williams Public Relations since its formation in 2007, Suzanne Williams has more than 25 years of experience in the publishing industry and is the former Director of Publicity for Pantheon Books, an imprint of Random House. Williams began her career as a publicity assistant at Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1992, where she and Shreve met, and later worked at Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster prior to joining Pantheon in 1997.
Authors with whom Williams has worked include Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison; Pulitzer Prize winners Art Spiegelman and Carl Bernstein; National Book Award winners Ha Jin and Julia Glass; bestselling authors Walter Isaacson, A.M. Homes, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Brad Meltzer, Anne Lamott, Alexander McCall Smith, Marjane Satrapi, and Rupi Kaur; National Book Award nominees Charles Baxter, Alan Lightman, and Gene Luen Yang; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden; and Congresswoman Jackie Speier.
She is based outside of New York City.
Chris Artis is a public relations and communications specialist with more than a quarter century experience. He is former Head of Editorial Communications at Reuters, directing a global PR team in New York, London and Hong Kong promoting the work of 2600 journalists at the world’s largest multimedia news provider. Prior to that, he held positions at Random House, John Wiley & Sons and Avon Books, working with New York Times #1 best selling novelists George R. R. Martin, Dean Koontz and Lee Child, as well as New York Times bestselling works of nonfiction by Senator John Glenn, Stephen Hawking and James Bradley. As a freelance publicist he’s worked with the publishing houses Little, Brown and Company, Henry Holt, Atria, Rodale, University of California Press and The New Press, among others.
Artis lives in Brooklyn.
A former journalist and bookseller with an MA in children’s literature, Deb Shapiro worked for more than twelve years in book publishing, creating and executing publicity and marketing campaigns for publishing houses large and small—Houghton Mifflin, Henry Holt & Company, Simon & Schuster and Bloomsbury Publishing—before launching her freelance career in 2011. She has worked with Newbery Honor medalist Shannon Hale, bestselling and award-winning authors Mark Bittman, Gayle Forman, Hena Khan, Joelle Charboneau, Barry Lyga and Sarah Mylinowski, and award-winning actors John Lithgow, Julianne Moore and Evangeline Lilly. She has also helped launch imprints for Page Street Publishing, W.W. Norton and Adaptive Books. Shapiro is an instructor at the Columbia School of Journalism’s graduate publishing course, and an active volunteer with several literacy organizations.
For more than a decade she traveled extensively on book tours, fostering relationships with booksellers, educators, and media throughout the country and developing a broad understanding of what readers of all ages respond to and are interested in. Her work focuses on cooking and lifestyle projects in addition to children’s and YA books and authors. She lives and works in Washington, DC.
With almost two decades in the publishing industry, Betsy DeJesu has spent time in the publicity and marketing departments at the Penguin Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, and Hachette Book Group. Most recently she was the Publicity & Marketing Director at Basic Books before launching her freelance career. DeJesu has worked with a wide range of thought leaders, scientists, and literary authors from Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told, Martin Ford’s The Rise of the Robots, Kevin Kruse’s One Nation Under God, Larry Tribe and Joshua Matz’s To End a Presidency, Gregory Berns’ What it’s Like to Be a Dog, Bob Langert’s The Battle to Do Good, and Karen Kupperman’s Pocahontas and the English Boys. Betsy splits her time between Atlanta and New York City.
Grace Perri Barnes
Grace Perri Barnes, Copywriter and New Media Manager for Shreve Williams Public Relations, is a literary editor and PR professional with a background in book publishing and digital media. Prior to embarking on her freelance career, Barnes held in-house editorial roles at Politico, National Geographic’s books division, and a historic regional book publisher. In addition to her role at Shreve Williams, Barnes provides developmental, line, and copy editing services to publishing houses, agents, and authors. As an independent editor, she has worked with writers ranging from debut novelists to Pulitzer-winning journalists.
Barnes holds a certificate in editing awarded jointly by Poynter and ACES: The Society for Editing (previously known as the American Copy Editors Society). She is an active member of ACES and the Editorial Freelancers Association, and an Authors Guild publishing professional member-at-large.
Barnes is based in Washington, DC.
Anne Dickerson leads the team at 15 Minutes, which offers media training for clients of Shreve Williams, helping authors make the most of their promotional events and media bookings.
Dickerson has prepped authors for appearances on network and cable television shows such as ABC’s Good Morning America, PBS’s News Hour, Fox News’s Fox & Friends, and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, as well as radio shows such as NPR’s Fresh Air and WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show. Clients include Penguin Books, Simon & Schuster, Henry Holt & Company, St. Martin’s Press, W. W. Norton & Company, and HarperCollins. Dickerson has worked with General Michael Hayden, Nate Silver, Lauren Weisberger, Amy Chua, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and other authors. She is a former TV producer and lives in Washington, DC.
For more information about Anne and services offered, visit 15mingroup.com