Sarah Russo

Sarah RussoSarah Russo is the Founder of Page One Media, a boutique literary publicity and marketing firm. With over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, she has demonstrated expertise in a broad spectrum of areas, including communications, traditional marketing, social media marketing, branding, and business development. Her career includes significant roles at major publishing imprints and as Global Head of Audience Engagement at Oxford University Press. Sarah has been instrumental in promoting major literary events, tours, partnerships, and series, and is known for her work in launching individual projects and literary start-ups. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sarah is a recognized speaker at conferences and book festivals.


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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Sarah Russo talks about her entrepreneurial journey
  • What type of authors and books does Page One Media specialize in?
  • Sarah discusses the process of getting a book out into the world
  • The shift in publishers’ priorities towards social media
  • Common publishing mistakes to avoid
  • Is the burden of selling books on the author?
  • The value of publicists in connecting authors with media
  • How Sarah grows her team at Page One Media
  • The challenge of growing a business without debt
  • KPIs and business metrics that Sarah monitor closely
  • How can a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) help a business?

In this episode…

The journey to publishing a bestseller is filled with challenges and nuances that many aspiring authors and entrepreneurs struggle to navigate. What does it take to not only publish a book but also ensure it reaches a wide audience and achieves commercial success?

According to Sarah Russo, a seasoned expert in the literary public relations industry, success in book publishing and marketing hinges on a strategic approach that combines savvy marketing techniques with an in-depth understanding of the literary landscape. Sarah emphasizes the importance of understanding your target audience, the timing of a book launch, and the significant role of social media in amplifying a book’s reach. Her insights are grounded in over two decades of experience, offering a rare glimpse into the mechanics behind turning a manuscript into a bestseller.

In this episode of the Financial Clarity podcast, Hannah Smolinski hosts Sarah Russo, the Founder of Page One Media, to discuss the intricate world of book publishing and marketing. They explore the essential strategies for making a book a bestseller, the impact of social media in the literary world, practical tips for authors navigating the publishing industry, and key factors that influence a book’s market success.

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