Fredric Price, Publisher of Fig Tree Books, founded the company in 2013, following a successful career as CEO of three and chairman of the board of six companies, all of which were entrepreneurial in nature and strategically focused on developing products for tightly-defined markets. He is versed in Jewish literature and deeply involved in Jewish activities, including, among other organizations, Sinai and Synapses (http://sinaiandsynapses.org) and Westchester Reform Temple (www.wrtemple.org). Several of his chairmanships (which he continues to hold) include companies in Israel, where he provides guidance in creating marketing strategies, developing products, securing financing and negotiating partnerships. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle Caplan, Editor-in-Chief, brings her extensive experience as a successful freelance editor, consultant and ghost writer of fiction, creative non-fiction and film scripts to Fig Tree Books, having been the founder and senior editor at Core Writing Literary Services. She has mentored both aspiring and established writers, many of whom have gone on to publish their work and achieve considerable success. Her academic and professional background includes a Bachelor and Master of Arts from Tufts University as well as certifications and credentials in creative writing, mind-body therapies, and coaching. Michelle’s psychology training complements her work as an editor and writing coach. She is a former dancer and choreographer, who still loves to dance. She lives in the Greater NYC area with her family.
Erika Dreifus, Media Editor, possesses a multi-faceted professional background. She is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which was named an American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature), a Jewish Journal “Notable Book,” and a Shelf Unbound “Top Small-Press Book.” Erika’s short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in The Barnes & Noble Review, The Forward, Jewish Ideas Daily, Moment magazine, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. Erika came to FTB from The City University of New York, where she was most recently Director of Communications for the central Office of Academic Affairs. She is a former lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard University and has taught writing at Harvard and elsewhere. Erika earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard/Radcliffe, a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in modern French history from Harvard University. She also holds an MFA in creative writing.
Emily Greenberg, Assistant Editor, received a BA in English and a BFA in Fine Arts from Cornell University. She joined Fig Tree in October, 2014 as Editorial and Publishing Assistant. Prior to Fig Tree, she worked as an Editorial Assistant at Routledge, where she worked on a number of scholarly academic titles and professional books for educators. She formerly interned with BRIC Arts and BOMB Magazine, both in Brooklyn, and has served as a studio assistant to artists at The American Academy in Rome.
Matthew Price, Webmaster, is the VP of Engineering at Community Funded (http://communityfunded.com). He has been developing and designing websites for more than 14 years. He has worked with non profit organizations for over 8 years and is currently a staff member at The Sustainable Living Association (http://sustainablelivingassociation.org). He holds a BS in Biology from Dickinson College.
Ellis Levine, Attorney for Fig Tree Books, is a partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, and a widely-known and highly-respected attorney for the book publishing industry. Previously, he was Vice President, Secretary, General Counsel, and a member of the Board of Directors of Random House, Inc. He has a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School. He is treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.
Peter DeGiglio, Advisor to Fig Tree Books is President of St. Lawrence Publishing Consultants and has over 30 years of publishing experience, having held a number of executive positions throughout the industry. He was VP, Business Operations for the Random House Publishing Group (“Little Random”), and VP, Publisher of Princeton Review Books. At Macmillan he held the position of VP Finance and Accounting before moving to Bloomsbury Publishing where he was Chief Operating Officer and CFO. Peter sits on the Finance & Audit committees for The Library of America, and Poets and Writers. He has lectured at both the NYU and Columbia summer publishing programs. He obtained his BBA in Finance & Economics from Wichita State University and holds an MBA from the Hagan School of Business at Iona College.
Deirdre Smerillio, Advisor to Fig Tree Books, provides guidance in the areas of contracts and royalty management. She has a BA from Rutgers University and an MBA from Monmouth University. Information on her firm can be found at: http://smerilloassociates.com.