Recap of 2014, Welcome 2015, and Hello to Penumbra’s Spring Intern Natalie Marra!

2014 was an exciting whirlwind of a year for Penumbra Literary! We closed two book deals and are currently negotiating another, with multiple projects now out on submission and more in the pipeline for development. 2015 will be an even more exciting year with the release of two books:

  • Rebecca Kelley’s debut fiction book, BROKEN HOMES AND GARDENS, will be published by Blank Slate Press in early May 2015. This contemporary romance, pitched as a cross between When Harry Met Sally meets Portlandia, explores what it means when two twenty-somethings fall in love without marriage or the picket fence. You can follow Rebecca Kelley on Twitter @rkelleywrites and/or like her Facebook author page. Stay tuned for more news!
  • Jamey Stegmaier’s non-fiction book, now titled A CROWDFUNDER’S STRATEGY GUIDE: HOW I KICKSTARTED MY DREAM COMPANY, will be published by Berrett-Koehler in early Fall 2015. Jamey, a successful board game entrepreneur and Kickstarter guru, will reveal his time-tested techniques and strategies, including those of other successful Kickstarter and crowdfunded campaigns, to build success on any crowdfunding platform. This timely and pragmatic book will help many entrepreneurial individuals. Check Jamey out on his Twitter @jameystegmaier, and/or like his company Stonemaier Games’s Facebook Page.

Penumbra Literary would also like to take a moment to welcome its Spring 2015 intern, Natalie Marra!


Natalie in front of the set of the Potions classroom from the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesdon, U.K.

Natalie is a senior English major and Communication Studies minor at Rowan University. She is excited to graduate this Spring 2015. Like all English majors, she adores reading and writing. Natalie studied abroad at King’s College London in the spring of 2013 and still won’t shut up about it. As a result, she eventually hopes to move to London and work in a creative field there, which will then lead to meeting Michael Fassbender and marrying him. Natalie is also an idealist (she blames it on all the reading), loves watching television, and is particularly interested in comedy. She would list Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler as a few of her absolute favorite comedy writers/actresses. Her other favorite reads include the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and When You Are Engulfed In Flames by David Sedaris. Natalie is very excited to work with Jennifer at Penumbra Literary. Welcome Natalie!

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