Bridget Kinsella Gets Picked Up By Queer Publishing House

1247_200_15770.jpgFormer West Coast editor for Publisher’s Weekly and memoirist Bridget Kinsella has left the unemployment line! She has secured a gig at Cleis Press a fun, quirky, queer publishing company in Berkeley with fantastic titles like “The Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Men” by Bill Brent.

Yes, “queer” as in funny.

Congrats Bridget.

Whole press release after the jump.


Cleis Press Taps Book Journalist Bridget Kinsella as its New Marketing and Publicity Manager

(Berkeley, California, JULY 6, 2010) – Cleis Press & Viva Editions is pleased to announce Bridget Kinsella joins the company as marketing and publicity manger – a position it created for the long-time book trade journalist. Kinsella is best known for her work covering the book business for Publishers Weekly for more than 17 years. In the past few years, she has also contributed stories regularly to Shelf Awareness, an industry enewsletter.

“Bridget Kinsella has a rare and valuable skill set, that presents a whole new package to a publisher,” observed Felice Newman, Cleis co-founder and chief financial officer. “We’ll have whatever we need in terms of publicity and marketing, plus someone who can do some developmental editing, as well.”

Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books in the areas of sexuality, gay and lesbian studies, erotica, fiction, gender studies and human rights; Viva Editions specializes in inspiration, personal growth and lifestyle titles. As the largest independent queer publishing company in the United States, Cleis is also one of the only such presses launched 30 years ago that is still run by its founders, Newman and Frederique Delacoste. Its bestselling books include: The Little School: Tales of Disappearance and Survival by Alicia Partnoy; Odd Girl Out by Ann Bannon; Lust: Women’s Erotic Fantasies edited by Violet Blue; and The Good Vibrations Guide to Sex: The Most Complete Sex Manual Ever Written by Cathy Winks and Anne Semans.

Kinsella, a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, is also the author of the bestselling nonfiction book Visiting Life: Women Doing Time on the Outside (Harmony), for which she received much critical acclaim and media attention when the book published in 2007. Because of her background and connections in the book business, Kinsella worked very closely with the publicity and marketing teams on her own memoir and she brings this experience with her to her new role at Cleis Press.

“In 2009, we experienced a sales growth of 56.35% and that trend is showing no signs of slowing down. We are adding two positions and the hire of Bridget Kinsella is key to our careful plan for growing the business,” said Brenda Knight, Cleis associate publisher. “With her talent, experience and that vivacious energy that everyone in the book business recognizes, Bridget brings a lot to the party. We are excited she will help us achieve the next levels. Great things are happening here at Cleis Press & Viva Editions and best of all, we having fun doing it.”

“I am delighted and excited to be joining one of the most dynamic independent presses out there,” said Kinsella. “I have been a journalist since I worked on the daily newspaper at Rutgers University; as Cleis’s marketing and publicity manager, I will now be on the other side pitching stories. Just a few days on the job and I am already immersed in media campaigns and working on a manuscript that, as a book trade journalist, I know will be a hot publishing news story when it comes out.”

“Hiring Bridget Kinsella clearly sends a message that Cleis Press & Viva Editions is stepping things up a notch, ” said Newman. “Besides, it’s exciting to have our very own in-house wordsmith.”