About Publisher Spotlight

Publisher Spotlight aims to be a key discovery spot for books by international and independent publishers. With more than three decades in the book industry, our marketing ranges from the independent bookseller world, to library collection developers and programmers, to pitching and promoting to  national book review journals and important influencers.  Myrick Marketing & Media is uniquely positioned to target niche markets in ways that maximize both sales and visibility. Located just outside Nashville, Tennessee, we are also strategically close to Ingram, one of the world’s largest book wholesalers.

Ellen Myrick

Ellen Myrick, President and Chief Marketer  

Ellen Myrick has been working with children’s books, publishers, librarians, teachers, and professional conference exhibit promotions for more than 30 years. As a marketer, she knows the children’s book audience and how to match its interests in quality fiction, nonfiction, inclusive, and international choices from a stable of publishing clients, the mission of Publisher Spotlight. She has been a frequent moderator and presenter at book industry conferences including the Audio Publishers Association Conference, the American Library Association, and regional and state library and bookseller associations. Ellen has served on the boards of the Educational Paperback Association (now EBMA), the Audio Publishers Association, and the Women’s National Book Association, and has served as the Judging Chair for the Audie Awards.

Stacey AshbyStacey Ashby, Vice President of Operations
Stacey Ashby has been working with Ellen and Publisher Spotlight from the Myrick Marketing & Media’s beginning. Stacey manages the business needs of coordinating and planning for both conferences and ongoing publicity work.


Francisca GoldsmithFrancisca Goldsmith, Consulting Librarian

Francisca Goldsmith has an extensive career in providing library services and managing library services and collections. She writes professionally in a broad number of categories. At Publisher Spotlight, Francisca handles social media and contributes knowledge and awareness of the changing landscape of children’s literacy and access to reading options. Francisca has been both a member and chair of many youth book and media award juries and gives regular professional presentations at conferences and workshops


Christina MooreheadChristina Moorehead, Publisher Liaison

Christina Moorehead has been an early childhood, kindergarten, and primary elementary teacher in public, private, and international schools, using Reggio Emilia and  Montessori methods.  Literacy has been a touchstone across all of her teaching experiences, with a focus on nurturing confident, curious, and  joyous readers. Christina serves as the General Secretary for USBBY, as the Program Director for the Center for Teaching Through Children’s Books, and also contributes to TeachingBooks conducting author interviews. 


Emma SchneiderEmma Schneider, Marketing Manager

Emma Schneider began at Publisher Spotlight as an intern with a background in design communications. She is a graduate of Belmont University, with a B.A. in Publishing, with an emphasis in marketing and publicity. Emma now serves as Marketing Coordinator and manages Publisher Spotlight’s Instagram account. As a child, her favorite place in school was the brightly painted library with its endless shelves of books and hidden reading nooks. She never imagined having a career in children’s publishing, has loved every moment of it, and is passionate about putting excellent books into the hands of young readers and bringing awareness to small independent presses. 

Tracy GallagherTracy Gallagher, Special Projects Librarian

Tracy Gallagher has been working with children’s books since she learned the alphabet, thanks to a librarian mother. And, as a librarian mother herself, she is completely happy to be working with the team at Publisher Spotlight helping independent publishers gain exposure. 



Rebecca Gibson, Publisher Liaison 

Rebecca Gibson has always known she was a “book person.” She has worked in libraries and other book-centric businesses. She’s a yoga teacher and an irisarian, as well as working directly with several of our client publishers in title promotion. 



Izzy Krause


Izzy Krause, Publisher Liaison

Izzy has always loved diving into the imaginative and creative worlds in her favorite books. After teaching in public schools, she is passionate about finding ways to get high-quality, diverse texts into the hands of all young readers & amplifying independent publishers as a team member of Publisher Spotlight.


Joe Osborne

Joe Osborne, Logistics Coordinator 

Joe is a reader, writer, parent, sports fan, and enthusiast for all tabletop roleplaying games. he coordinates the movement of our incoming new books, outgoing reviewer packages, and cargo headed to and from conference exhibits from our clients. His favorite book of all time is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. He knows how to keep our books safe and reading widely possible for all!


Heather AmieHeather Amie, Operations Coordinator 

Heather has been a constant reader since childhood. Going our team has reawakened her passion for children’s books in particular. As Operations Coordinator, Heather assists in both handling materials for conferences and assisting Stacey with business resources.

Blogs We Follow

We draw insights and guidance from a wide range of sources including these online publications maintained by noteworthy children’s literature commentators and critics:

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Celebrate Picture Books  Kathy Carroll and Dorothy Levine offer connections between picture books and celebrations of all sizes and sorts

The Children’s Hour  Home-centered literacy is promoted through information about reading development throughout childhood and ways to practice and enjoy it within the family

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Fuse 8 Production Librarian Betsy Bird’s dynamic blog with its critiques, praise, application ideas, and more is currently hosted on School Library Journal’s website

Happily Ever ElephantsHappily Ever Elephants Reviews and booklists by topic are provided by parent Lauren Bercuson to guide other parents to excellent title for intentional reading

Living Barefoot Semi-weekly posts by educators and professionals in affiliated fields offer engaging information about child development, books, and book-inspired activities

Matthew C. Winner School librarian, media teacher, and podcaster Matthew C. Winner’s blog covers authors, provides author interviews, and features occasional “best of” lists

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A Mighty Girl  Carolyn Danckaert and Aaron Smith pursue their interests in public policy and technology through a robust source collecting pro-girl and girl=power books for all kids

Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf Alexander Fernández-Pons and his team of culturally diverse children’s media reviewers provide informed and critical responses to materials for a wide range of age groups and publishing in various media formats

Motherly Wide-ranging advice from and for parents comes from an equally broad range of commercial partners

100 Scope Notes  Elementary school librarian Travis Jonker discusses kids’ books, multimedia, and online programming for kids and also about children’s publishing in a blog currently hosted on School Library Journal‘s website

Sal’s Fiction Addiction  Reviews and more from a retired elementary school teacher and school librarian pointing up excellence in current publishing for children

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast  Librarian and freelancer Julie Danielson provides reviews, interviews, and introductions to the works of both children’s authors and illustrators

The Tiny Activist  The Tiny Activist collective approaches children’s books through the lens of centering marginalized communities to support educator and family access to books’ and other children’s media that empower them in the work of dismantling heteronormative white supremacy.

World Kid Lit  Literary translators Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp and Claire Storey lead a team of volunteers in finding, evaluating, and publicizing books for children and teens  translated from a variety of languages and cultures

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