After discovering his love for literature while writing poetry and short stories at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, Publisher Claiborne Hancock first tasted real book publishing as an intern with Algonquin Books in Chapel Hill. After graduation, he took the classic Radcliffe Publishing Course and found his first job in New York publishing at Applause Theater and Cinema Books. His first editorial work came at the literary house Carroll & Graf, where he learned the art of independent publishing under Kent Carroll, Herman Graf, and Otto Penzler.
Claiborne founded Pegasus in 2005 and, along with Associate Publisher Jessica Case, has built the company into an indie house that now publishes over one hundred books annually. His main passions outside of the book world are his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels and his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sasha.
Associate Publisher and director of publicity Jessica Case graduated from Princeton University with a degree in history and a minor in Russian, and after a short stint in Washington DC working in think tanks, she moved to New York to pursue a career in publishing. After working in editorial at Carroll & Graf and the Avalon Publishing Group, she moved to Pegasus in January 2007, and she has focused on acquiring a wide array of books, including literary fiction, upmarket crime and suspense fiction, and serious non fiction—history, biography, popular science, music, and narrative non fiction. A classically trained pianist and avid cook, she is also an officer with the New York Athletic Club triathlon club.
Editor Katie McGuire graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Writing, Literature, & Publishing and a double minor in sociology and photography. A lifelong booklover, she returned to her native New York upon graduation to begin a career in publishing. She is on the hunt for both fiction and nonfiction projects, and has a particular soft spot for mysteries, historical fiction, comic books, true crime, superheroes, and spies. You can find her on Twitter: @katiemickgee
Associate Editor Victoria Wenzel graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in English. After graduating she spent a year as a bookseller before participating in the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford. She is excited to be starting her, hopefully long, career at Pegasus. She is interested in both fiction and nonfiction, especially, literary fiction, mystery, historical fiction, and ancient and medieval history.
Publicist Andrea Córdova graduated from University of Central Florida with a Political Science degree and a minor in Psychology. She left Florida to New York City to pursue a public relations career, and worked as a music publicist at Grandstand Media. Crossing over from music to publishing, she worked as a publicist at Melville House and is now happily settled at Pegasus Books. She loves to read literary classics, poetry, history, biographies, and her personal favorite genre, true crime.
Marketing and Publicity Assistant Kyle Daileda is currently working on his master's degree in publishing at NYU. He has formerly worked for the Red Nose Day campaign as their digital community manager, helping to raise over 33 million dollars for the cause. He enjoys reading graphic novels and fiction, especially sci-fi and fantasy. He is always on the hunt for the best french-fry the city can offer.