About Us

Being a member of the #KPCrew means you have people.

Whether it’s a book publicist securing interviews and review coverage, a marketer consulting on your social media strategy, or an experienced publishing pro to liaise with your publisher,

We Have Your Back.

We are involved at every step of the promotion process, from establishing your online platforms to celebrating with you on launch day.

We Are
Values-driven

We tailor each campaign to meet the needs of the book and the author, but every campaign is informed by our core values:

Consistency
Every author receives the same level of service, regardless of which team members are working on their campaign.

Creativity
We refuse to settle for the status quo or the way things have always been done. We are always developing new ways to connect our authors with their target audiences.

Community
It takes a village to launch a book, which is why we are committed to nurturing relationships and being good literary citizens.

meet the kaye publicity team
Meet the KP marketing and events team

National Team,
Midwest Roots

Kaye Publicity was established in 2009 and has been a fully remote organization since 2017, allowing our team members to work from anywhere and cover a wide range of demographic areas. We are proudly headquartered in Chicago and our team members also sit in New York, Indianapolis, Northern Michigan, Washington State, Denver, and Maryland.

Meet Your New PR Team

Dana Kaye

Founder

Dana Kaye earned her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. After college, she worked as a freelance writer and book critic. This experience provided necessary industry insight and, combined with her early adoption of social media, paved the way to launch Kaye Publicity. Known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends, she’s a frequently sought out speaker and media source. She was profiled in Crain’s Chicago Business for her success in launching a business during a recession, was a Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets on the topics of book publicity, online marketing, and the future of publishing. Dana is also the co-founder of the Midwest Mystery Conference (formerly Murder and Mayhem in Chicago) and the author of Your Book, Your Brand: The Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Your Sales.

Kaitlyn Kennedy

Publicity Director

Kaitlyn spent more than a decade as an in-house publicist at Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Sourcebooks. Specializing in commercial fiction, she has worked with a wide range of both fiction and nonfiction authors throughout her career and led numerous New York Times bestselling campaigns including Orphan Train, The Woman in the Window, All the Gallant Men, Sold on a Monday, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and The Only Woman in the Room. She's maintained strong relationships with key media outlets and has landed national placements for clients on CBS This Morning, NBC's Today, Parade Magazine, People Magazine, Washington Post, NPR and many more.
A Quinnipiac University graduate with a dual degree in English & Public Relations, she currently resides in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and in her spare time can be found reading, biking or walking her senior rescue dog, Sloane, along the lake.

Julia Borcherts, publicity manager

Julia Borcherts

Publicity Manager

Julia Borcherts earned her M.F.A in Creative Writing and her M.A. in the Teaching of Writing from Columbia College Chicago. Before joining Kaye Publicity, she was a daily columnist for two Chicago Tribune publications and a frequent contributor to Time Out Chicago, Windy City Times and many other media outlets. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago and in the Masters in Written Communications program at National Louis University and regularly speaks at conferences and workshops on the topics of publicity, social media and author branding. These experiences have earned her a reputation as a well-known and respected resource for connecting and advising authors, media professionals and others in the publishing community.

Katelynn Dreyer, publicist

Katelynn Dreyer

Publicist

Katelynn Dreyer earned her B.A. in Communications and a minor in Writing from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Before joining Kaye Publicity, she worked for just over three years as a Publicist at a firm that focused on faith-based books, authors, and organizations. She also spent some time working in social media and managing the office for a home renovation company before making the decision to transition back into the world of PR. On the weekends, Katelynn can be found reading, running, hiking, or playing with her dog, Finn, near their home in West Michigan.

Hailey Dezort, marketing manager

Hailey Dezort

Marketing Manager

Hailey Dezort earned her B.A. in English and a minor in Anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago. Before joining Kaye Publicity, she was a digital content creator for two interior design companies: Norcross & Scott and Massimo Interiors. She was also a marketing intern with Chicago Humanities Festival, where she was later hired to create social media strategies for their Spring Fest in 2018. She also served marketing intern for Open Letter Books in 2016. More recently, she was named one of Newcity's Lit50.

Jordan Brown, marketing assistant

Jordan Brown

Marketing Assistant

Jordan Brown earned her a B.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University. Before joining Kaye Publicity, she was a client technical service manager for Emarsys, A SAP company, and has strong roots in customer service. When not working or reading, she performs with the Circle City Chamber Choir in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lives with her husband, Josh, and their dogs: Edgar, and Norman.

Eleanor Imbody, events assistant

Eleanor Imbody

Events Assistant

Eleanor Imbody began her publishing career as the assistant to the president at Browne & Miller Literary Associates and as a reviewer for Booklist. Originally from Southern California, she now lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and their two cats, Walt Whiskerman and Edgar Allan Paw.

Amanda LaConte, research assistant

Amanda LaConte

Research Assistant

Amanda LaConte joined Kaye Publicity after years of wrangling middle school students as a library assistant. A Pacific Northwest native, Amanda LaConte loves going on adventures with her teenage daughter, crafting a mean charcuterie board, Galentine's Day, and watching Pride & Prejudice—2005 version because hand flex.