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Karen Strauss has worked in publishing for more than thirty years and has held management and marketing positions at major publishing houses, including The Free Press, Crown, Random House, and Avon.
Karen founded Hybrid Global Publishing in 2011 to help authors, speakers, and entrepreneurs get their message out by writing and publishing a book. She offers publishing, distribution, and marketing services for organizations and individual authors. Karen is the author of Book Publishing for Entrepreneurs: Top Secrets from a New York Publisher and offers an online course called Publishing 101: Your Complete Guide from Idea to Published Author.
Ray Pearce, recent addition to the team, works as Hybrid Global’s Project Coordinator. Pulling from his experience in running an office and strong interest in the publishing industry, Ray is excited to join the HGP team and work with the talented authors!
Ray has always been an avid reader and scholar of linguistics. After graduating from undergrad with a degree in Anthropology and minors in Japanese and Gender Studies, Ray moved out to New York and has been working at Starbucks ever since. He is excited to start his career in publishing and learn about the book building process.
When he’s not at work, you can find Ray studying ASL or Japanese, or tweeting bad puns.
Claudia Volkman is Hybrid Global’s Editorial Director. Claudia has spent her entire career in the publishing industry, from her early days on the staff of a bimonthly magazine and over eight years with a leading Christian publishing house working in special sales and product development. With forty years of experience in acquisitions, product development, editing, and typesetting, she now loves assisting all types of clients with their Editorial and Typesetting needs. A Chicago native, Claudia and her husband now reside in Southwest Florida with their two charming Corgis.
Joe Potter works as Hybrid Global’s Cover Designer. Joe has worked for years as an album designer in Newport Beach, California, and as a designer for Disney Creative in Anaheim, and now lives in Kansas. His design includes work for Dreamworks, Fender Guitars, Coca-Cola, BMW, Yamaha, Jaguar, Disney, Steinway & Sons, & Pioneer. JoePotter.com
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Izzy Strauss provides wisdom, wags, and winning companionship at Hybrid Global as our Honorary Mascot and Beloved Pup. Izzy is often seen around the Hybrid Global offices and greets our guests with a lot of happiness while also maintaining a professional work environment.
Izzy enjoys spending time with Karen, running through the grass at their house, cuddling, and of course stealing as many treats as possible!