About

A Literary Publicity Agency

JKSCommunications is a full-service literary publicity firm that represents some of the finest publishers, authors and books in the United States. Our team consists of professionals who specialize in media relations, new-model book tours, social networking, online visibility, book trailer production and website development specifically for the book publishing industry.
Our business model takes into account the life-style and comfort level of authors to promote books in a way that works best for them so that they will enjoy the experience, be more relaxed and spend more time on making their book a success. We help build the platform for and promote books and authors in ways that are time consuming and impossible for authors to do themselves.

Meet Our Publicity Team

Julie Schoerke

Julie Schoerke - Literary Publicist

Julie, 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 Schoerke at the Alabama Book Festival Julie speaks on a panel at the Alabama Book Festival. 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.

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

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.

Samantha LienSamantha Lien, senior publicist, joined JKSCommunications in 2011. She focuses on national coordination of client book tours, online promotional platforms (including Netgalley, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Meetup, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook) and works diligently with book clubs, bloggers and reviewers all over the world.

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.Samantha has also 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, which gives her a unique perspective in creating unique events for all JKS authors.

 

Kendall HinoteKendall Hinote, special projects coordinator, joined JKSCommunications in 2014. Her ability to make connections between authors, their books and untapped audiences earned her a reputation as an out of the box thinker. Putting an author’s book personally into the hands of thought leaders is a distinction of her work. Kendall specializes in client relations and campaigns that are author and issue centric, leading her to work with traditionally published and award-winning authors on national campaigns as well as self-published authors aiming to cultivate nice audiences.

Kendall is an ambassador for authors and their causes, and is regarded by clients as a trusted and strategic advisor. She brings to every project insight she gained from her time in journalism, communications, public relations, politics, community development, fundraising, non-profit seeding, education, editing, creativity coaching, literary services, workshop presentation and group facilitation prior to her work in literary publicity.

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.