Naren Aryal

As CEO at Amplify Publishing and Mascot Books, Naren Aryal advises authors, thought leaders, and organizations on the opportunities and challenges that exist in the evolving world of publishing. He’s guided the company’s growth from a single title in 2003 to becoming one of the fastest growing and most respected hybrid publishing companies in the world. Today, Amplify Publishing is a leading nonfiction imprint specializing in “big ideas” from business and political leaders, and Mascot Books publishes hundreds of books across all genres. RealClear Publishing, a joint venture with RealClearPolitics, is redefining the political book marketplace by magnifying the voices of politicians, policymakers, and commentators seeking to influence timely national conversations.

Prior to entering the world of books, Naren worked as a lawyer, advising technology companies in the Washington, D.C., area. He holds a B.S. in Finance from Virginia Tech and Juris Doctor from the University of Denver. Naren frequently speaks at publishing and business events about the importance of developing compelling content and a robust author platform. He is also the author of How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform.


Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Hobbs Allison

With over a decade of publishing experience, Hobbs has collaborated with hundreds of authors to design comprehensive strategy plans that brought powerful ideas to the marketplace. Using Amplify Publishing’s customized solutions, he works with authors to navigate the complexities of the publishing world, optimize branding and marketing efforts, and pursue distribution channels. Prior to Amplify, Hobbs was with Greenleaf Book Group.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Kristin Perry

Kristin ensures that the transition from manuscript to marketing is strategic and seamless, overseeing a variety of titles across multiple genres for Amplify Publishing. She is an expert on the industry and marketplace factors that contribute to a title’s success. A loyal reader of both fiction and nonfiction, she enjoys working on novels, memoirs, and everything in between. Kristin graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and a BA in psychology.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Nina Spahn

Prior to moving to the Washington, D.C., area and joining the Amplify Publishing team, Nina worked in editorial at a New York publishing house. There, she worked on multiple USA Today and New York Times bestsellers spanning a variety of genres. Nina now specializes in a number of narrative nonfiction genres including business, memoir, self-help, topical nonfiction, and essay collections. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in writing and a BA in communications and attended New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute before beginning her career in publishing.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Brandon Coward

Brandon is a veteran editor whose experience in publishing includes helping to bring New York Times bestsellers of all kinds to life at a top New York publisher and a top literary agency. His favorite part about working with authors is making their dreams come true. Prior to entering the world of book publishing, he helped lead the production and copyediting operations of a daily newspaper. In his spare time, he enjoys playing racquetball and taking his daughter to baseball games (Go Nats!).

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Danny Moore

Working with Amplify Publishing and its parent company Mascot Books since 2004, Danny’s contributions include award-winning illustrations, print and web designs, covers, eBook conversions, web games, and app development. He graduated from Auburn University with a BFA in graphic design and illustration.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Ben Simpson

As a senior acquisitions editor at Amplify Publishing, Ben is responsible for communicating with thought leaders and industry experts who may be a strong fit for Amplify’s executive publishing services. He enjoys reviewing projects that offer a fresh or unique spin on a familiar subject matter. While there are many types of projects that can find success through Amplify’s publishing process, he specializes in books that cover a specific niche issue or situation. Ben received his BA in communications with a concentration in media production & criticism from George Mason University.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Jess Cohn

Jess strongly believes that books have the ability to change peoples’ lives. Collaborating with authors on work that inspires and empowers others is exceptionally important to her. She is deeply dedicated to choosing projects that have the potential to make an impact on each and every reader. As an avid bibliophile, Jess loves working on all genres, but specializes in innovative nonfiction for Amplify Publishing. She graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BFA in creative writing and a publishing certificate.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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Julia Steffy

Julia is an acquisitions editor for Amplify Publishing and enjoys seeking out new projects that highlight expertise in a variety of subject areas. She believes that the most compelling books are ones by experts in their field, who have the hands-on knowledge and experience to say something powerful. She specializes in developing project ideas alongside potential authors and discovering voices with a unique message to send. Julia graduated Villanova University Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in English and a concentration in writing and rhetoric.

Naren Aryal is the co-founder and publisher of Mascot Books and Amplify Publishing. After starting his career as a Washington lawyer, Naren launched Mascot Books in 2003 with the publication of his first book. As an author himself (How to Sell a Crapload of Books: 10 Secrets of a Killer Author Marketing Platform), Naren appreciates the opportunities and challenges facing storytellers. As a publisher, he’s well-versed in the market factors that determine a project’s ultimate level of success. Naren’s more than fifteen years of publishing experience have made him an expert in the editorial, production, distribution, and marketing arenas. He’s passionate about staying up-to-date on industry technology and trends and is a respected commentator on anything publishing-related.

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