About Us

We help authors and publishers get high-profile media coverage for their books.

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Photo: Mattcarr.com

*Named one of the top PR firms in the country by the Observer in 2017 and 2018*

Founded and led by Leah Paulos, Press Shop offers expertise in crafting effective story pitches and a long list of journalist contacts. We know how to navigate the rapidly changing media world in order to line up as many reviews, articles, excerpts, and TV and radio spots for your book as possible.

We've helped clients gain national coverage in The New York Times, TODAY, The Daily Show, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, dozens of NPR, BBC and CBC radio shows, The New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, and hundreds of other top-tier print, TV, radio, and online media outlets.

Press Shop has worked with a wide range of authors and publishers on literary fiction, popular nonfiction, memoirs, and academic and lifestyle titles. Among the books we've promoted: MARCH, the #1 bestselling and National Book Award-winning graphic memoir by Representative John Lewis; #1 NYT bestseller ON TYRANNY: TWENTY LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Timothy Snyder; the bestselling memoir THANKS, OBAMA by former Obama speechwriter David Litt; and Shulem Deen's memoir ALL WHO GO DO NOT RETURN, which won a Jewish National Book Award.

The Observer included Press Shop on its annual PR Power list in 2017 and 2018, writing “Leah knows how to package and pitch” and “[her] tiny firm keeps punching way above its weight.”

Leah began her career as a magazine editor at Condé Nast, then worked as a freelance writer for dozens of national magazines and newspapers. She graduated from Cornell University in 1998 with honors and a BA in English.

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Andy Davis works hand-in-hand with Leah on all of Press Shop's publicity campaigns. He has particular expertise in business, history, and current events; his political news addiction comes in very handy on many of our nonfiction projects. A born-and-bred New Yorker, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in history. He worked in finance before joining Press Shop in 2013. 

Leah and Andy are married and have two boys.

The Press Shop office is in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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Bri Kane is an Associate Publicist at Press Shop. She works on many of our publicity campaigns doing media research, list-building, pitching, Q&As, and scheduling interviews. Previously, she worked as a staff writer for a tech startup and completed an editorial internship at Bust magazine. She’s also written essays and book reviews for various magazines and blogs.

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Liv Walton
is an Associate Publicist, the Press Shop social media master, and our resident Canadian, hailing from outside Vancouver. She works on many of our campaigns for popular nonfiction titles, especially ones related to tech and/or gender issues. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School, and previously worked as social media coordinator for tech and event production companies. 

Here are the write-ups about Press Shop in the Observer’s annual Best-Of PR list in 2017 and 2018:

Favorite line: “Leah Paulos’ tiny firm keeps punching way above its weight, giving books and authors—many with political orientations—a global spotlight.”



"...a godsend as an independent publicist."
–Rob McQuilkin, Massie and McQuilkin literary agency
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"Leah Paulos is, in a word, a godsend as an independent publicist. So far I've had the opportunity to work with her on two different projects–one a memoir; and the other a biography–and in each case she showed herself to be alive, awake and inspired at every stage of her work with the authors and the publishers in question. She is relentless, determined, and full of ideas that would surely elude less enterprising professionals. I simply cannot recommend Leah and her very fine work highly enough."

"There's no doubt that a significant part of the book's success was because of her efforts."
–Tom Nichols, author of The Death of Expertise
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"Leah was amazing. For the author, book promotion can be a bewildering experience, but Leah is a steady hand who not only sought every opportunity for the book, but kept me on track through the entire process. She worked hand in glove with my publisher as well, and there's no doubt that a significant part of the book's success was because of her efforts. She's also just great fun to work with: she's the kind of person who makes you want to write another book just so you'd have the chance to work with her again."