The Market Partners International Team
Lorraine Shanley, Principal
Lorraine Shanley, President of MPI, began her career at Barnes & Noble and Book-of-the-Month Club (now Bookspan), where she was EVP in charge of clubs and merchandise. She moved to HarperCollins as Editorial Director, and in 1990 she co-founded Market Partners International. She is Chair of the Children's Digital Media Program for Digital Book World/Publishers Launch, which just celebrated its fifth year. A member (and past president) of Women’s Media Group, she is on the Advisory Board of New York University’s Publishing Program, and the board of Classroom Inc., a non-profit that creates interactive learning games for schools. Shanley graduated from the University of Rochester and received her M.A. from the University of Virginia, where she serves on the Jefferson Fellowship selection committee. Shanley also regularly reviews books (mostly American history) for several sites and runs a history book club, now in its tenth year.
Amy Rhodes, Principal
Amy Rhodes, Executive Vice President, joined Market Partners in 2009 and was named a Partner in 2011. She has worked in sales and marketing and as publisher at a broad range of companies, including NAL, Random House, Little Brown, Abrams, Rodale, and Watson-Guptill. As Trade Publisher at Rodale, she grew revenues from $14 million to over $100 million in 4 years, and in her next role as Publisher and General Manager of Watson-Guptill, she took an unprofitable, illustrated book category publisher and positioned it for a profitable sale to Random House in only two years. Rhodes is a graduate of the University of Chicago and has taught at New York University’s School of Continuing Education. She is a member and past president of the Publishers Lunch Club, a group of senior publishing executives that was founded in 1915. Rhodes was recently elected to the board of trustees of the Sag Harbor Library. A regular contributor to Goodreads, Rhodes is also a bike rider and avid duplicate bridge player.
Samantha Howard, Associate Consultant
Samantha Howard is the Editorial & Research Manager at Market Partners. Samantha began her publishing journey as an editorial intern at W. W. Norton, and then worked in literary agencies for two years before joining MPI. She writes and edits for both Publishing Trends and Publishing Trendsetter, compiling their popular features International Bestsellers and Book Jobs Not by the Book, respectively. Howard is the co-founder of the Chilltown Literary Festival, an annual festival in Jersey City, and a blogger and events coordinator for CoverSpy. She is a graduate of Grand Valley State University.
Nina Sabak, Editorial Assistant and Office Manager
Nina Sabak, Editorial Assistant and Office manager, received both her BA and MFA in fiction from the University of Pittsburgh. While at Pitt, Sabak served as a reader and editor, and ultimately as co-editor-in-chief, for Hot Metal Bridge Magazine. Before joining Market Partners International, she worked as a summer intern for National Book Foundation.
Constance Sayre, Consultant-at-Large
Constance Sayre, one of the original founders of MPI, is currently a consultant-at-large for MPI. She has held a range of senior positions in publishing. Starting at Simon & Schuster, she was also at Henry Holt and Times Books before moving to London to work for Andre Deutsch and Time Life Book Clubs. Returning to New York, she held senior positions at Viking, and Grove Atlantic before co-founding MPI. She is a graduate of Barnard College.