CAROL KILLMAN ROSENBERG of Boca Raton, Florida, is an editorial specialist serving traditional publishers and independent authors. Prior to cofounding The Book Couple with her partner Gary Rosenberg, Carol was the managing editor of HCI Books, a Florida-based trade book publisher best known for the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series and other popular bestsellers. HCI Books recruited Carol in 2006 to develop and implement book production protocols—from manuscript to printed book—and to liaison with art and design, publicity, marketing, sales, and printing. Carol adopted the role of acquisitions editor at HCI Books as well, with the NY Times bestselling memoir iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life by Jane Velez-Mitchell to her credit. The esteemed Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Dr. Jane Goodall endorsed Carol’s most prized acquisition, Etre the Cowby Dr. Sean Kenniff. Carol is also the cocreator and coauthor of The Jon & Jayne Doe Series, along with her husband, Gary Rosenberg, who has specialized in book design and production for the past twenty-five years.
Prior to being recruited by HCI, Carol was the offsite managing editor of Basic Health Publications, Inc., of Laguna Beach, California, which specializes in alternative health and fitness books. Carol and Gary Rosenberg managed all aspects of the editorial and production process of nearly 200 books for Basic Health since its inception in 2001 from their home office. During this time, Carol also had the pleasure of editing for Square One Publishers, an independent trade book publisher based in Garden City Park, New York, and worked on such diverse topics as the I Ching, blackjack, weight-loss surgery, magic, numerology, humor, herbs, retirement, and public speaking.
Carol began her career in publishing as an associate editor at Avery Publishing, a highly successful, cutting-edge alternative health book publisher in Long Island, New York. When Penguin-Putnam acquired Avery Publishing, Carol was recruited to work in Penguin’s copyediting department as the alternative health book specialist. In this position, Carol was also able to seize the opportunity to work on fiction titles published by Penguin, Viking, and G.P. Putnam & Sons.
Prior to her career in book publishing, Carol was a clerical supervisor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and later a legal assistant and office manager for a law firm in New York. Carol holds the rank of black belt in Shotokan karate and placed first and third in two national championships. More recently, she studied American Kenpo, a system of self-defense, for seven years before retiring from martial arts training. Her hobbies include hiking, Native American crafts, pencil drawing, and butterfly gardening. Her passion is the written word. Carol and her family moved from Cedarhurst, New York, to Boca Raton, Florida, in 2003, where they happily settled into a wonderful community of friends and family.