Julie Schoerke, founder of JKSCommunications, specializes in developing winning book publicity campaigns integrating traditional and new media for authors and publishers and in managing comprehensive publicity campaigns. The hallmark of her company is creating campaigns that fit the lifestyle of the author.
A public relations expert with more than 25 years experience, Schoerke built her business with a wide variety of corporate clients and high-profile individual clients and events before narrowing her focus to literary publicity. Prior to that she was a not-for-profit executive.
Her firm’s clients – authors with Harper Collins, Random House (and its subsidiaries), Beacon Press, Wiley & Sons, Sourcebooks, Boyds Mills, B & H, Westside, Greenleaf Book Group and Thomas Nelson – have enjoyed strong launches and premiere placement on television and radio shows, nationally and throughout the US, in print and online. Authors hail from more than 25 states and three foreign countries.
Julie is frequently interviewed on radio, literary blogs and asked to speak at literary conferences throughout the United States.
She holds a B.J.S in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from the William Allen White School of Journalism, University of Kansas.
Before specializing in book publicity, Schoerke spent 20 years in general Public Relations, providing services to the following sectors, which has enabled JKSCommunications to utilize strategic partnership concepts to enhance book promotion:
- High Tech Industry – international brand awareness, sales support, investor relations
- Real Estate Development – media relations and market research
- Industrial Services – media relations and increased visibility in the market place
- Political Campaigns – management (fund-raising, media, grass roots and volunteer development)
- Image Management – speech writing, media placement, crisis management and style make-over for public figures and celebrities
Her greatest asset is the phenomenal team of creative and hardworking publicists and social media experts, led by Marissa DeCuir, that comprise JKSCommunications.
Marissa DeCuir Curnutte, managing director, joined JKSCommunications in 2008. She specializes in booking media appearances and tours for authors, as well as generating an online buzz for their books. A former newspaper reporter, Curnutte uses her knowledge and experience on that side of the communications field to successfully place clients’ publicity in print publications, virtual book tours and on radio shows and television news stations around the country.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Print Journalism from the Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University.
Curnutte wrote stories and produced multimedia for local, regional and national newspapers before transferring her skills to public relations.
She holds a Masters in Business and Entertainment Management from the University of Colorado – Denver and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Lien has authored a number of feature articles for entertainment publications, provided management to artists in the music business and contributed to marketing and promotions projects in a variety of industries.
Grace Wright, associate publicist, joined the JKSCommunications team in June 2012. Grace has been in love with books since she could read and has made them an integral part of everything from her free time to her undergraduate studies. A fan of all books and all genres, Grace looks forward to parlaying her great love of books into literary publicity.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Williams College and is currently pursuing honors for a critical theory thesis.
Marino has worked on tours for the likes of Dr. Arthur Agatson, Jane Goodall, Sarah Ban Breathnach, S.A.R.K, David Baldacci, Taste of Home, Marshal Goldsmith, Neil Cavuto, Weight Watchers and many more outstanding clients.
Ginger Nalley, director of distribution, joined JKSCommunications in 2011.—
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Lambuth University.
Ginger worked for Nashville’s independent bookstore, Davis-Kidd Booksellers, in various roles over the years – including Children’s Manager, PR & Events Coordinator as well as Marketing Manager.