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Expanding Teamwork: FRP Welcomes New Employees
May 31, 2005
For more than forty years, Favorite Recipes Press has built its reputation on providing quality products and excellent customer service to self publishers. As the company grows and explores new business opportunities, we continue to value the employees who make it possible to honor those core values, and to locate talented professionals to support and inspire our growth. Editing is one of the key areas of book publishing. Without a team of editors who know not only the fine points of the English language, but also possess culinary expertise, what we do would not be possible. Three new employees have joined the editorial team headed by Mary Cummings:

Anna Watson, Assistant Editor with her a diverse background in cooking, teaching, and journalism. After graduating from Grove City College with B.A.’s in English and French and a minor in Communications, Anna completed a culinary internship in Pittsburgh. She continued her culinary and cultural studies with a culinary internship in Pittsburgh and later assisted French chef/cooking instructor Paule Caillat for eight months in Paris. Since returning home to Nashville in May 2004, Anna managed the kitchen and taught cooking classes at the Viking Culinary Arts Center. Recently, she began teaching basic cooking/nutrition classes to underprivileged women at the Hope House, a branch of the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Alison Nash, Copy Editor was born in Nashville, but has lived in several other states before returning to Tennessee. She graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia with a B.A. in English.

Trisha Stephens, Copy Editor is a Nashville native who graduated suma cum laude from Belmont University with a B.A. in English and a double minor in Theatre and Journalism. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honors society, and Alpha Chi, a national college honor society.

Working closely with FRP’s designers and editors, the production department oversees all of the physical aspects of creating a new book. Gary Pitcher is the new Senior Production Specialist. He joins the production team after serving as a Quebecor World account manager working on several magazine titles for a leading targeted media company. He spent most of his career as Director of Print for a national retailer, garnering experience in all aspects of print production. Relying on his quality control background, he brings an expertise designed to provide publishing material of the highest quality. Gary graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.F.A in Advertising. He and his family have resided in middle Tennessee since the mid-1980’s.

Stephanie Williams, who works from a home office in New Orleans, is is FRP’s new Senior Publicist. With nine years’ book publicity experience working for a trade publisher and for a retail bookstore, she is eager to help bring FRP’s clients into the public eye. She is a board member of the Publishers Association of the South, a steering committee of the New Orleans Gulf South booksellers Association, and is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Kathy Menefeejoins the FRP sales team as a Publishing Consultant. She is currently in a new training program structured to provide employees with in-depth experience across the broad spectrum of departments within the FRP division. Kathy was founder and owner of M & M House Services, a residential home service company located in Nashville catering to the real estate community. She is a member of the Junior League of Nashville and the Hillsboro Hounds, Through other fundraising activities, Kathy also supports the American Stroke Association, The American Lung Association, and the American Heart Association.

Exploring new opportunities has also meant creating new positions and supporting seasoned staffers as life situations change. Sheila Thomas has joined the marketing team as a Publishing Consultant. With ten years’ experience in cookbook publishing, she will lead new market development. Jennifer Kennedy sadly left Nashville a few weeks ago to be closer to family in Indiana. She now serves as Communications Coordinator.

Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 800 titles for individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations from coast to coast. Full support and consultation are available in the creation, production, marketing, and distribution of a cookbook. FRP is a division of Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

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