About Us

Press Shop specializes in high-profile publicity for authors and experts.

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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, a long list of media contacts and relationships, and a fluid understanding of the rapidly changing media world.

We've helped clients gain national coverage in The New York Times, TODAY, The Daily Show, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, scores of NPR, BBC and CBC radio shows, The New Yorker, CNN, MSNBC, Harper's, Elle, Slate, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Bookforum, New York, USA Today, The New Republic, Tavis Smiley, Salon, MTV News, The Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, 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.

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We've also handled media relations for creative businesses (Trollback + Co.'s branding work on the UN's Global Goals initiative), literary nonprofits (Philadelphia Writers Resist,) and other projects.   

The Observer included Press Shop on its annual PR Power list in 2017 and 2018.

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. 

Andy Davis works hand-in-hand with Leah on all of Press Shop's publicity campaigns. He has particular expertise in business, sports, politics, and history; he focuses on book projects in those spaces. A born-and-bred New Yorker, he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in history and 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.


"...a god-send as an independent publicist."
–Rob McQuilkin, Massie and McQuilkin literary agency
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"Leah Paulos is, in a word, a god-send 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."

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The Team

Brianne (Bri) Kane is an associate publicist at Press Shop. When she’s not doing media research, building lists, building more lists, pitching, and scheduling interviews, she’s an avid reader, especially of feminist writing. She’s also a freelance essayist and reviewer for various magazines and blogs.

Madeleine Barnes works with Press Shop on select campaigns. She handles pitching, media research, social media, and interview coordination. She's a writer and visual artist who recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. 

Meredith Rose Schorr reads and writes for Press Shop, primarily focusing on select literary fiction projects. She graduated Bryn Mawr College and is currently based in Philadelphia. She has interned at Quirk Books and Jill Grinberg Literary Management.  

Julia Harrison is a publicity assistant for Press Shop. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree at The University of the South.