Consortium staff

Our people are dedicated professionals who care deeply about books and believe that the dissemination of ideas—especially those that might otherwise go unheard—is a vital and honorable task.

Julie Schaper, VP, President

Julie Schaper has worked for Consortium for twenty-five years. Prior to Consortium she held positions at HarperCollinsPublishers in New York City, Putnam (Penguin USA) and the now defunct Pages & Pages Bookstore in Louisville, KY. She has worked in publishing for over thirty years and previously served as a board member for the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP), Rain Taxi Review of Books and Friends of the Hennepin County Library. She is the co-editor with Steven Horwitz of Twin Cities Noir (Akashic Books) and Amplified (Melville House).

Jim Nichols, VP, Sales

Jim Nichols manages the Consortium sales force and advises client publishers on general sales matters, planning and analysis. Prior to joining Consortium in 2001, he held sales positions at Kodansha International, working in their offices in Tokyo and New York, publishing works by Kenzaburo Oe, Morihei Ueshiba, Nobu Matsuhisa, and others. Jim has worked in book publishing for over 25 years, and previously served as a board member for Coffee House Press and for Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. While in Japan he completed an apprenticeship as a guild member of the Kinko Ryu, and is certified to teach Shakuhachi Zen bamboo flute.

Jordan Bascom, Marketing Coordinator

Jordan Bascom handles social media for Consortium and collaborates on digital communications and general marketing strategy. She previously served as the publicist for Milkweed Editions, where she worked with authors Margaret Renkl, Jake Skeets, Faith Sullivan, Elizabeth Rush, and others. Besides books, she also likes television. 

John Baynes, Business Operations Manager

John Baynes has been with Consortium for nearly 30 years. During his time at Consortium he has done nearly every job other than Sales & Marketing. He is now focused on publisher reporting and client statements. Long, long ago he went to Macalester College and majored in Russian Area Studies and minored in Revolutionary History. He has forgotten most of that and has filled his head with ISBNs instead. He lives with his wife and two cats in a small house in Minneapolis.

Ruth Berger, Trade Sales Manager

Ruth Berger has been with Consortium for nearly twenty years, where she manages the commissioned sales representatives, works with independent booksellers, and oversees the twice yearly presales and sales conferences. She has a BA in Theater and Psychology and has an MFA in creative writing. Her essays and short memoir can be found in a variety of literary journals on and offline. She lives with her artist wife, a puppy named Kitten, and two actual cats (Monkey and Ru) in Minneapolis.

Kelsey Beson, Supervisor, Metadata Operations

Metadata maven Kelsey Beson has worked with Consortium and its publishers on all things info for four years. This includes regulating, coordinating, troubleshooting, and finessing the content management system and its accompanying data, as well as the biannual frontlist catalogs. She holds an MLIS from Saint Catherine University and a BA from the University of Minnesota. Kelsey’s writing has been published in Bitch, Rain Taxi, and many zines of wildly varying caliber. She lives in a large, spooky house with a couple punks, a stack of ex-library genre anthologies, and a very demanding orange Persian cat named King Crimson.

Katherine Bright-Holmes, Business Development Director, London Office

Katherine Bright-Holmes is Consortium’s business development director and works with prospective, new, and current publishers headquartered outside North America. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, she speaks French and Italian and has worked for over thirty years in all areas of trade, academic, feminist, and specialist publishing for large and small independent publishers in London. She joined Consortium in 1999 and, since then, has run Consortium’s overseas office from London and Lake Maggiore, Italy. She specializes in helping overseas publishers navigate the North American market.

Josh Brown, Operations & Inventory Specialist

Josh Brown has been with Consortium Book Sales & Distribution since 2014, assisting clients with inventory management and operational issues. Josh has spent the past two decades in the publishing industry working for and with award-winning publishers and best-selling authors. He received his MBA in 2019. His childhood was filled with comic books and Star Wars toys. Ironically, his adulthood is filled with comic books and Star Wars toys. He currently lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.

Mary Burns, Metadata Operations Assistant

Mary Burns, Metadata Operations Assistant at Consortium, is responsible for assisting the Metadata Operations Supervisor with all matters pertaining to publisher metadata, including managing tipsheets for presales conferences, educating and assisting clients with our database, CoreSource, and our biannual catalogs. She brings with her interests in comics, Japanese works in translation, African American studies, and technology issues. She has served with pleasure at Consortium since 2017.

Michael Croy, National Accounts Manager–Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Diamond

Michael Croy wants to live in a world filled with innovative businesses, one where books come bundled with dark chocolate and 5 day weekends are the accepted norm. In his waking hours as a publishing sales professional with over 25 years of experience, he’s worked as a retail sales and national account manager at Random House and directed the Retail Field sales team at Simon & Schuster. After he spent a year with a Silicon Valley start-up he learned there’s no place like home, landing at Consortium where he embraces poetry and prose written in ink and printed on paper.

Jennifer Dedman, ICG Services Manager

Jennifer Dedman started working in the publishing industry in 2001 and has an extensive background in print production. She helps Consortium publishers navigate the services offered by Ingram including Lightning Source. Although she has a degree in English and started working in bookstores during college, her first career was in transportation and logistics where she developed a deep and lifelong love of conveyor belts and conveyor systems. Jennifer lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys, and a miniature dachshund named Walter. Her two boys are quick to claim Walter is her favorite even though she is often convincing in her denials.

Lindsay Eidel, Senior Client Relations Manager

Lindsay Eidel has been with Consortium since 2005 in various roles. She currently works with new and prospective publishers to bring them safely into the Consortium family. She is also a Client Relations Manager for designated clients. Drawing on her background as a paralegal, she handles all client contracts.

Erin Kottke, Senior Marketing Manager

Erin Kottke is the head of the Consortium marketing department and works closely with publishers on their overall marketing and publicity strategies. Prior to joining Consortium in 2018, she was the director of publicity for Catapult and the marketing and publicity director at Graywolf Press for nearly ten years, where she worked with authors Claudia Rankine, Maggie Nelson, Leslie Jamison, Tracy K. Smith, and others. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children.

Celia Mattison, Marketing Coordinator

Celia Mattison is the Marketing Coordinator at Consortium. She previously worked at Milkweed Editions and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Outside of work she volunteers at a local movie theater and is an amateur crossword puzzle maker.

Bill Mockler, National Accounts Manager–Ingram and Baker & Taylor

Bill Mockler is a National Accounts Rep, responsible for sales to Ingram Wholesale and Baker & Taylor. Beginning in 1978, Bill has worked as a bookseller, a wholesale buyer, and a distribution Sales Representative. He is the self-appointed Consortium Morale Officer and Gardening eminence grise. Bill has worked at Consortium since 2003.

Elizabeth O’Brien, Sales Assistant

Elizabeth O’Brien joined Consortium in 2016. Previously, she has been a bookseller at Magers and Quinn in Minneapolis, an editorial intern at Graywolf Press, and a slush pile reader for Harvard Review. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Minnesota, where she served as editor of the literary magazine Dislocate, and she is the author of a poetry chapbook, A Secret History of World Wide Outage (Diode Editions, 2018). She lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her family.

Janna Rademacher, Client Relations Manager

Janna Rademacher is a Client Relations Manager, serving as a liaison to many of our publisher clients. She has been in the publishing business for twenty years, much of the time as Managing and Marketing Director at Graywolf Press. Previous to Consortium, Janna was a publishing consultant to a wide range of independent presses in the US and UK. She has two black cats, two sons and is known as having the second loudest laugh in publishing.

Jaime Starling, National Accounts Representative–Amazon.com

Jaime Starling has been the National Accounts Representative to Amazon since January 2008. Previously she worked at Stone Bridge Press and Viz Media. Before, during, or in between these jobs she has been a cinema usher, pub wench, tour guide, booth bunny, test subject, washerwoman, scrapper, etc. She has a few degrees, certificates and cross-stitch samplers on a wall in her home office. She lives in Minneapolis in an old mansion that probably has a room available for rent. It is not haunted…yet.

Tucker Stone, Client Marketing Manager

Tucker Stone works with Consortium publishers on library marketing, educational wholesale, and general marketing strategy. Prior to Consortium he was the US sales and marketing director for Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. In 2018, he won an Eisner Award for his editorial work on the Comics Journal. He has a special fondness for comics and children’s books, and is always down to tell you that. He was born in Texas, educated in the South, and developed his personality in Brooklyn.