I had climbed the ladder as high as I wanted to go in television news. By the time I was 41, I was a senior producer at Good Morning America. But whenever books came into the newsroom, I was incredibly excited. I met Jane Friedman, who was then CEO of HarperCollins, and we had a five-year conversation which ultimately led to my job. I left GMA to run Al Roker productions, but I kept checking back with her.

Everything is temporary in news — it’s all about quick hits and a lot of stress. I wanted something more — more substance and something more closely aligned with my values. I wanted something that made my heart beat faster — it took a while, but I found it. This month, I am celebrating ten years in book publishing.

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