About Stephanie

Stephanie Barko, book publicist

Historical fiction and nonfiction book publicist Stephanie Barko’s award-winning clients include traditional publishers and their authors, small presses, and independently published writers. She promotes nonfiction & historical fiction exclusively, including how-to, history, career, business, biography, self-help, and memoir.  Debut authors and spiritual nonfiction are especially welcome.

Ms. Barko was invited into the publishing industry in 2006 after many years in high tech marketing. Stephanie was selected as a Mentor for 2017 SXSW Interactive. Stephanie has presented on book marketing & publicity at professional conferences held by Historical Novel Society North America, Oklahoma Writers Federation, DFW WritersWomen Writing the West, and the Writers’ League of Texas. Her articles and book reviews have been published in Western American Literature, Roundup Magazine, Southern Writers Magazine, San Francisco Book Review, and the Texas Book Marketing Directory.

SBBA 2015 Winner badgeShe was a Finalist in More Magazine’s Reinvention Story Competition, nominated by her peers as Book Publicist of the Year, and voted Preditors & Editors Best Book Promotion Service.  Stephanie has served as a Recommended Associate at Author U, an Industry Expert at Author Learning Center, and a Panel Moderator for the past ten years at Texas Book Festival.

In 2015, her book promotion agency was voted Best Resource in the Small Business Book Awards.

Development was completed in 2015 on DIY Book Platform, a web-based app that Stephanie conceived to serve authors who could not afford a publicist.

In 2014, Stephanie was profiled by both Environmental Defense Fund and National Audubon Society for her commitment to the earth. Since 2005, she has moderated a nonfiction book group that has hosted such nationally known authors as journaling expert Janet Conner (Writing Down Your Soul), genocide survivor and professional athlete Gilbert Tuhabonye (This Voice In My Heart), and Paul Woodruff (Reverence), a TV guest of Bill Moyers.

Stephanie has degrees in Business & Sociology and is an Austin Texas publicist.

As a nonfiction and historical fiction publicist, Stephanie is a publishing specialist who knows the best ways to promote a book and how to market a first historical novel. Her Services begin with a well defined and individualized Book Marketing Plan.

Client Reviews include praise for her expertise as a publicist of both self published and traditionally published books..

Her Book Blog contains expert articles indexed by subject, with practical information for debut authors as well as multi-published successful authors.