Booktrope Management


Ken Shear

Co-Founder and CEO
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Ken is the CEO of Booktrope. He started Booktrope in order to develop a new approach to publishing which would preserve the value offered by the traditional publishing model but organized in a less centralized way with more emphasis on autonomous creative teams. Ken has previously helped start several companies in other fields (mostly information retrieval and legal support). He has also practiced law, been a newspaper reporter, and published a book of his own, Unoriginal Misunderstanding (about the early history of the 1st Amendment).

Katherine Sears

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
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Twitter @ksearsbooks

Katherine is the Chief Marketing Officer at Booktrope Publishing. She comes to Booktrope with a background in technology and online marketing in both Seattle and California, working at companies such as NetApp, ADIC and Siemens. Her life long love of books and a desire to bring a new type of focus to marketing them had her join forces to create Booktrope. She has also worked as an actress, a corporate trainer, and holds a degree in theater from the University of Southern California.

Andy Roberts

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
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Twitter @andylroberts

Andy has over 15 years of experience building and managing Internet companies. Before joining Booktrope, Andy served as the Director of Software Development for The Selling Source (exit to London Bay Capital for $130M), responsible for all major systems for the company. Prior to joining TSS, Andy was a web architect at the IBM Center for eBusiness Excellence (NYSE:IBM) building web properties for UPS, Univision,, and others. Andy received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee.

Jennifer Gilbert Jennifer Gilbert VP of Strategic Developmen

VP of Strategic Development
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Twitter @lovesbooksjen 

Jennifer is the VP of Strategic Development at Booktrope.  She joined Booktrope in June 2013 bringing with her a background in channel marketing and program management, from work with various Seattle-area technology companies including ADIC, Quantum, and Intermec.  She started at Booktrope as a Book Manager, learning how the business worked, before moving her way up the ranks.  She is a graduate of Whitman College.  Her experience as a whitewater raft guide has helped her figure out how to navigate the inner workings of a startup.

Adam Bodendieck Adam Bodendieck Vp of Production

VP of Production
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Twitter @abodendieck 

Adam has been with Booktrope since 2012. As VP of Production Services, Adam oversees the book layout team and production process, ebook creation, vendor uploads, metadata collection, and distribution to strategic vendor partners. He is also responsible for bringing new editors, proofreaders, and cover designers into Booktrope. Adam has a Bachelor of Arts in English and 10 years of project management experience. He lives in the middle of nowhere with his lovely wife, three amazing boys, and a growing assortment of chickens, goats, alpacas, horses, cats, and dogs.  

Jesse James Freeman Jesse James and the troll

VP of Community Management
Managing Director for Bookrope Forsaken
Writer Billy Purgatory Series
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Twitter @JesseJFreeman

Jesse came Booktrope when his novel, Billy Purgatory: I am the Devil Bird, was accepted for publication. He joined at a time when the company was nothing but spreadsheets and phone calls and has been along for the ride to the technology-driven, innovative and unique entity it has become. He is charged with the mechanics, logistics and occasional wrangling that connecting teams of creative people entails. In addition to writing, he has studied psychology, film, and comic books. He currently resides deep in the heart of Texas.


Special mention for Alice Porter, cofounder and managing editor, worked on the Libertary project from June, 2009 to November, 2010.

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