Patty Sullivan is a tenured book publishing executive and sole proprietor of p.s. ink. She spent close to 20 years in senior positions at three of the world’s largest trade publishers: Executive Vice President, Publisher, Golden Books; Senior Vice President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster Children’s Books; and Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, Sales and Marketing at Random House Children’s Books and Merchandise Division.
Patty began her career in special markets at Random House where she sold and marketed special interest books (cookbooks, outdoor field guides, gift, and lifestyle books) into specialty retail channels. She then became one of the founding leaders of a newly-formed children’s book and non-book division, where she was instrumental in creating double-digit growth for a new market sector in publishing. She has worked with all of the major children’s licensors (Disney, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and many others), as well as bestselling authors and illustrators such as Stan and Jan Berenstain and Dr. Seuss. She also helped launch numerous ground-breaking series, including Step into Reading, Magic Tree House, Eyewitness Books, JumpStart workbooks, and Lamaze Books.
In addition to her work in the children’s arena, Patty was instrumental in launching Random House Audiobooks, as well as the company’s video, software, and gift product divisions. She has represented projects that include Mindy Weiss’ The Wedding Handbook (published by Workman) and It’s OK to Tell, a memoir by Lauren Book.
Beyond these professional accomplishments, one of Patty’s proudest achievements is her daughter, Shannon May, currently an illustrator and designer for the San Francisco Chronicle. For those of you who “grew up” with Patty in the business and know Shannon or may be interested in Shannon’s work (logo design and spot art are to her credit on this website), here’s a link to her website — www.shannon-may.com — and her blog — www.shannonmayillustration.blogspot.com — for your viewing pleasure.