Introducing the people in John Hunt Publishing
Meet the real people who are working every day to bring new and exciting books to readers everywhere. Most have come up through the business as experienced authors. Our work focuses primarily around our many imprints, that each have their own publisher, with a combination of supporting roles including editors, readers and marketers. We also have an experienced administrative staff that continues to push the business and industry forward. This approach ensures that as the market changes, we remain agile so that our priorities and jobs change as well.
We encourage you to explore "Our Imprints" section to learn more about our uniquely qualified publishers and their supporting teams.
John works mainly on the editorial side. He drifted into publishing after getting a scholarship to Oxford University and a Double First degree in English, back in the mid 1970s. John Hunt Publishing Ltd started as a co-edition (packaging color books) publisher in 1989, and over the last half dozen years has been reinventing itself as a trade publisher.
Prior to John Hunt Pubishing, Jed led areas of product management for several Microsoft businesses, including Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft Student Innovation Suite. During this time, his work with partners resulted in bridging the digital divide for over 1 million primary students in developing countries. He also specialized in building technology and marketing pilots that have since scaled into successful products enjoyed by millions around the world.
Jed holds an MBA from Cambridge University and a B.Sc. with Honors from Stanford University, where he studied Symbolic Systems. In his spare time, he enjoys adventures in books, travelling, alpine skiing, and performing improvisational theatre at comedy festivals across Europe.
Phil Jourdan is a translator, musician and PhD student from Portugal, living in the UK.
He runs Perfect Edge Books, a fiction imprint, and co-runs Zero Books, a political philosophy and cultural theory imprint.
He has released several commercial albums under the name Paris and the Hiltons, including most recently an hour-long album based on the work of William Faulkner.
Jourdan is one of the founders of LitReactor, a large online creative writing workshop and literary magazine featuring visiting instructors who are professional novelists.
Etan is an American entrepreneur, based in London, and the chairman of the business. He’s the owner of Watkins, the UK’s oldest spiritual bookshop (a bit like Banyen and Bodhi in the USA, combined), and editor-in-chief of the Watkins Review.
He graduated at the top of his physics class at Stanford University, and holds a Masters in Film Studies from the University of Southern California, and a Masters in Interactive Media from Goldsmiths University of London. He founded and owns the Tenderpixel Gallery in Central London (contemporary art), is a serious digital artist in his own right, and was executive producer of the feature film Killer Pad. He won the under 23 section of the US Open Chess Tournament in 2003, is a ranked USCF chess master, and won the World Amateur Poker Championship Title in 2010.
Kate manages finance and the office, running the business day-to-day and oversees most areas. She is also involved in the development of our systems, websites, and new areas of business such as ebooks. Having worked for John Hunt Publishing since 2004 she has experience in every part of the publishing process. She previously worked in the marketing department of Transworld Publishers (part of the Random House Group) and prior to that trained as an accountant.
Justin is our technology partner, writing the software which is at the heart of the business. We’re working with his firm on developing a complete publishing package, with content available in all book formats and other media, with author access to all information, all marketing and media contacts, worldwide, for any subject area. We aim to develop this website over the next few years into the most accessible and useful one for authors, anywhere, and the most interesting one for all readers. Justin lives in Connecticut, USA.
Catherine is the UK Sales and Marketing Manager. She read physics at university, started out researching ceramics for thermal imaging devices, and after working on silicon chips and teaching maths, she arrived here with her school careers teacher’s word ringing in her ears, “you should work with books or farm animals”.
Maria Barry used to be our Marketing Manager before she left the UK to live in France. Now she is publicist and publisher of several lists, in many different genres - from spirituality in O Books to politics and architecture in Zero Books. She has been part of the JHP team since 1999 and has seen many changes in the entire publishing industry. Maria is a reiki master and crystal enthusiast, and thankfully, loves to read books. She hopes to complete her own novel in this lifetime.
Stuart manages our book design, doing much of it, and sub-contracting some. He also lives in France, has designed thousands of books, many for large companies, and was Design Editor of County Life magazine for twelve years, Art Director of Geographical magazine for two years. He forges Dutch Old Masters in his spare time, and paints oil portraits, from photographs. My picture here and that of Trevor Greenfield are examples. He is available for commissioning portraits at www.stuartdaviesart.com.
Dominic works in marketing. He edits book information for sales sheets, sends the title info out to databases, distributors and online retail sites worldwide, and keeps them updated.
Mary manages the printing of the titles, handles foreign rights and assists with marketing. She is a botanist who has worked for various conservation organizations, married with two girls, and lives locally.
Sarah is assistant in marketing and publicity, sending out review copies, adding contacts to the website, handling invoices, mailings and all things admin.
Nicola is a qualified accountant, and runs our accounts – royalties, invoicing, cash handles ours immaculately, but is shortly off on maternity leave. Which may prevent her usual preoccupation with horses.
Maria Moloney Wilbrink
Maria is a book publicist, writes reader and marketing reports, as well as co-running four of our imprints. She has been part of the JHP marketing team for four years. The author of five MBS books, she is currently working on further books and her first children’s fantasy novel, which will be published next year. She has guest lectured at a UK university, and holds workshops in writing fiction and non-fiction and on spiritual subjects internationally. She is co-founder and former deputy editor of Irish Pagan Magazine, Brigid’s Fire. Maria has a BA (hons) degree in Imaginative Writing and Literature, and has studied both Writing and Research at postgraduate level. She lives in Ireland.
Trevor is the Editorial Manager, working with a score or so of editors processing the final manuscripts. He has MA degrees in Religious Studies and English Literature from the Universities of Sussex and Southampton. He is a published author (Introduction to Radical Theology) and used to teach Religious Studies for the Open University. He lives in West Sussex.