Fredric Price, Publisher of Fig Tree Books LLC, founded the company in 2013, having been a CEO of four and chairman of the board of six companies, all of which were entrepreneurial in nature and strategically focused on developing products for highly-defined markets. He is versed in American literature and under the pseudonym of David Hirshberg, has written the multiple-award winning novel My Mother’s Son. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Amy Oringel, Editor, has spent the last decade as a freelance writer covering everything from lifestyle to small business to local politics. A contributor to the culture department of The Forward and a contributing editor at Bedford Magazine, Amy’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Crain’s New York Business and Self Magazine. She is also currently a reviewer for the Jewish Book Council and previously worked as a bookseller at a thriving independent bookstore in Westchester County. A serial volunteer, Amy has lent her time or served on the boards of the Bedford Free Library, the Foundation for Bedford Central Schools, Neighbor’s Link, Get Out The Vote and her alma mater, Cornell University.
Betsy Dunne, Consultant, has worn many hats in the publishing industry, having been Associate Editor at Field & Stream, Web Editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, and Production Editor for Harrison Scott Publications. Most recently, she did production work in the marketing department of Rosenthal JCC. In addition to freelancing, Betsy currently volunteers for Mt. Kisco Senior Center and DailyGood.org. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University in philosophy and psychology.
Peter DeGiglio, Consultant, 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. With Random House for over 20 years, he was V.P. of Business Operations for the Random House Publishing Group (“Little Random”), and V.P., Publisher of Princeton Review Books. At Macmillan he held the position of V.P. Finance and Accounting before moving to Bloomsbury Publishing where he was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Peter sits on the Finance & Audit committees for The Library of America, and for Poets and Writers. He has lectured at both the NYU and Columbia summer publishing programs. Peter obtained his B.B.A. in Finance & Economics from Wichita State University, and holds an M.B.A. from the Hagan School of Business at Iona College.
Rachel Tarlow Gul, Partner, Over The River Public Relations, LLC (OTRPR), began her publishing career as a publicity assistant for Ballantine Books soon after graduating from Barnard College. More than 20 years later, she is still passionate about publicity and has become an expert in promoting Jewish authors and books. While at OTRPR, she has helped launch new independent publishers including Three Rooms Press and Mandel Vilar Press and has spearheaded the publicity efforts for their lists. Rachel has also managed major media campaigns for the authors in Nextbook and Schocken’s Jewish Encounters Series, including the acclaimed poet, David Lehman, cultural critic Adam Kirsch and the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, David Mamet. She has worked on a wide variety of genres from mystery/thrillers (Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky) to literary fiction (The American Sun & Moon Moving Picture Company by Jay Neugeboren), historical fiction (I Am Abraham by Jerome Charyn), women’s fiction (Beach Plum Island and Haven Lake by Holly Robinson), cookbooks (Helen Nash’s New Kosher Cuisine) and nonfiction (Sala’s Gift and Lady at the OK Corral by Ann Kirschner).
Matthew Price, Webmaster, is the VP of Engineering and Lead Developer at Community Funded. 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. 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 Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.