Meet the team
Dana Kaye received her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. After college, she worked as a freelance writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, Crimespree Magazine, Windy City Times, Bitch Magazine, and on GapersBlock.com. This experience has been crucial to her publicity career: she has the contacts and necessary industry insight to form pertinent, widespread media campaigns.
Dana is known for her innovative ideas and knowledge of current trends. She frequently speaks on the topics of social media, branding, and publishing trends, and her commentary has been featured on websites like The Huffington Post, Little Pink Book, and NBC Chicago. She is also the author of Your Book, Your Brand: A Step-By-Step Guide to Launching Your Book and Boosting Sales, available now from Diversion Books.
Julia Borcherts received 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.
Hailey Dezort received 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. Additionally, she completed a marketing intern for Open Letter Books in 2016.
Melissa Jo Hill
Digital Marketing Specialist
Melissa specializes in social media marketing as well as design for both web and print. She earned a B.A. in English from Indiana University, and has experience working in journalism, tech, and publishing.
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Are you still writing your book, looking for an agent, or working on your book proposal? Looks like you’ve put the cart a bit before the horse then! Unless you have a book under contract or slated for publication, you don’t need a publicist yet. If you need guidance on the publishing process or have questions about next steps, you’re welcome to book a consultation with Dana here.
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