Maris Kreizman is a Publishing Community Manager at Kickstarter. She was previously the Editorial Director of Digital Content for Barnes & Noble/NOOK and a book editor at Free Press/Simon & Schuster and Counterpoint/Basic Books. She’s also the creator of Slaughterhouse 90210, a blog and soon-to-be book (Flatiron Books, 2015) that celebrates the intersection of her two great loves–literature and TV.
What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it?
I was a member of the last of class of the Radcliffe Publishing Course (now the Columbia Publishing Course). I called it Book Camp–it was a lovely bubble in which I and my classmates learned about the publishing industry from some of its most compelling leaders, while living in a dorm and not having to do any of the grunt work that would imminently follow in our early careers. Radcliffe is where I learned the professional value of unabashed enthusiasm. Loving to read books and talking about them with other people who love books is still my primary motivation.
How do you explain your current job to people?
I help people make great publishing projects on Kickstarter. This can mean lots of different things: helping authors gain funds to self-publish books, helping traditionally published authors to do extensive book tours or raise the funds to research their next book. It could also mean helping a literary magazine launch its annual season, or a reading series to get off the ground.
In what ways did your previous jobs or internships prepare you for what you do currently?
I’ve had lots of different experiences in the publishing industry—I was an editor, I worked at two retailers, and I’m an author. Along the way I’ve worked with and befriended lots of smart people who have seen the industry from many sides. As I try to educate the publishing community about Kickstarter and to think of the myriad ways people who love books can use it, it’s so helpful to run ideas by the authors and literary agents and editors and booksellers I know. Some of my best leads and best ideas have been generated by having casual chats with friends. Read More