Books Forward Promotes Senior Publicist Ellen Whitfield to PR Director



Author publicity and book marketing company Books Forward (part of the 21-year veteran JKS Communications brand) has promoted Senior Publicist Ellen Whitfield to Publicity Director.  Whitfield will continue to lead high profile book launch and author branding campaigns, in addition to her daily mentorship of the Books Forward team and training incoming publicists to provide expanded services to the company’s rapidly expanding client base. You can listen to her recent Big Blend Radio interview where she shares Literary PR Tips here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.


Having managed promotional campaigns as a senior publicist for years, Whitfield has also worked to build the company’s growing and active social media influencer platform to the benefit of authors and readers everywhere. And her background in journalism has been an asset in furthering the company’s media relationships and opportunities for authors.

Her guidance and expertise have proven essential to supporting the Books Forward team, brand, author clients and publishing partners.

“Ellen stays in tune with industry trends, always finding creative ways to elevate an author’s brand,” said Books Forward President Marissa DeCuir. “One of our author clients said recently that we had a star in Ellen, and we couldn’t agree more. She brings a passion to her job that is infectious – for our author family, team members and media contacts alike.”

Whitfield previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, The Advocate newspapers of Baton Rouge and New Orleans (where she coordinated books coverage for the paper) and other news organizations. In addition to her role as Publicity Director at Books Forward, she also sharpens her social and online media savviness as a popular Bookstagrammer.

Books Forward is an author publicity and book marketing firm committed to promoting voices from a diverse variety of communities. From book reviews and author events, to social media and digital marketing, the company helps authors find success and connect with readers. Check out the Books Forward author services, submit a query form with your individual author brand goals, and get a customized publicity campaign. More at

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