OVER THE RIVER PUBLIC RELATIONS is celebrating seventeen booming years in business! Founded in 2000 by two former Random House, Inc. executives, Jennifer Richards and Rachel Tarlow Gul’s expertise extends from success in nurturing authors’ careers from their infancy, to building greater awareness for established names. Why do clients adore us? We deliver personal service and attention to detail, along with the resources normally associated with larger PR companies, such as strong relationships with the national media, trade associations, and booksellers. Whether it’s creating full-scale marketing plans, launching your new book, or planning and implementing innovative approaches to keep you and your work visible in the public eye over the full life-cycle of the product, we’re ready to help you reach—and exceed—your goals. With OTRPR, you can have your cake and eat it, too! Contact us now to see how we can help you.
JENNIFER RICHARDS landed her first publicity job at Random House, two weeks after graduating from Syracuse University. Since then, she’s been happily ensconced in PR for nearly thirty years. Before co-founding OTRPR, Jennifer ascended to Publicity Director at St. Martin’s Paperbacks and then served as Associate Director of Publicity at The Ballantine Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc. In her fifteen years with OTRPR, Jennifer has managed media campaigns for emerging publishing houses, such as Three Rooms Press, Coffeetown Press, and Vanguard Books. She has worked on a wonderfully eclectic potpourri of genres including biographies (Eye on the Struggle by James McGrath Morris), literary fiction (Light of the Diddicoy by Eamon Loingsigh), health (Chef Interrupted by Trevis Gleason), cookbooks (Zoë Francois & Jeff Hertzberg’s Artisan Pizza and Flatbread), and entertainment (Sense of Occasion by Harold Prince), to name a few. A single mother of two teens and a Great Pyrenees, Jennifer enjoys spending time baking cookies, mixing cocktails, digging in her flower garden, camping, sailing, and working on her ever-expanding pile of craft projects.
RACHEL TARLOW GUL began her publishing career as a publicity assistant for Ballantine Books soon after graduating from Barnard College. More than 20 years later, she is still passionate about publicity and has become an expert in promoting Jewish authors and books. While at OTRPR, she has helped launch new independent publishers including Three Rooms Press and Mandel Vilar Press and has spearheaded the publicity efforts for their lists. Rachel has also managed major media campaigns for the authors in Nextbook and Schocken’s Jewish Encounters Series, including the acclaimed poet, David Lehman; cultural critic Adam Kirsch; and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Mamet. She has worked on a wide variety of genres from mystery/thrillers (Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky) to literary fiction (The American Sun & Moon Moving Picture Company by Jay Neugeboren), historical fiction (I Am Abraham by Jerome Charyn), women’s fiction (Beach Plum Island, Haven Lake and Folly Cove by Holly Robinson), cookbooks (Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine and Great Meals with Greens and Grains by Megan Wolf) and nonfiction (Sala’s Gift and Lady at the OK Corral by Ann Kirschner). Rachel is married with two kids and enjoys preparing recipes from the many cookbooks she acquires, traveling around the country to visit family and friends, and relaxing on the beach with a good book.
LITERALLY PUBLIC RELATIONS, LIMITED is a boutique agency specialising in creative, innovative and cost-effective publicity and brand building solutions for self-published and published authors, publishing houses, food writers, chefs, technology entrepreneurs, food & drink producers and retailers. Based in southeast England, just outside of London, Literally PR has a proven track record of getting media coverage across print, online and broadcast media. Literally PR has been built on the 14+ years experience of director and founder, Helen Lewis. Helen is supported by a very capable, talented and friendly team including Sam Batt (Publicity Assistant) and Diana Ashlee (Marketing Assistant). They love working with passionate and ambitious people to bring their hard work to life. In addition to traditional media outreach, they enjoy using social media to build a decent online profile for authors/clients; they revel in networking events and are always coming up with new ideas!