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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.
Sara Foley joined the team in September as Hybrid Global’s Project Coordinator. She is a recent New York University graduate with a B.A. in English and American Literature, Specialization Track in Creative Writing, and Minor in American Sign Language. Sara’s non-work-related activities include reading on the subway, playing soccer on the weekends, and sitting on the sidewalk to pet passing dogs. As a writer herself, Sara is excited to help Hybrid Global’s authors make their dream books a reality, and hopes to one day be published herself!
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!