Tammy Richards-LeSure, President of Richards Public Relations, provides premier literary publicity and consulting services, drawing on 24 years of experience in the publishing industry. Her enthusiasm for her clients and their work is infectious. It is superseded only by her hardworking ethos, her great love of books, and the types of characters who create them.
Tammy’s career has been devoted to the development and execution of top-tier media and promotional campaigns, beginning with her work as Senior Publicist at Random House, Inc. in Los Angeles, where she handled high-profile projects for the Random House, Times, Villard, Crown, Clarkson Potter, Harmony, Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon and Vintage Books imprints. She has continued to manage successful projects as President of her own agency. Along the way, she has implemented strategy and publicity for many bestsellers, and she takes great pride in her work with the industry’s leading publishing houses, literary agents, and literati.
Tammy has had the privilege of working on the following bestsellers: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Breaking the Surface, The Hot Zone, Indelible, A Long Way From Home, Skipping Towards Gomorrah, The Sweet Potato Queens’ Field Guide to Men, Selling with Integrity, Transformed by the Light, A Year in Provence, Toujours Provence, Hotel Pastis, We Were Soldiers Once…and Young, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Makes Me Wanna Holler, How to Get Filthy Stinking Rich, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Healing ADD, Joy at Work, The Catcher was a Spy, and many more. At one point, she had six bestsellers on The New York Times Best Sellers list at once.
She had three books within the top 10 on the list when she assisted Crown with the publicity for The Audacity of Hope by then-Senator Barack Obama, Life After Death by Dr. Deepak Chopra, and Thunderstruck by Erik Larson. Following shortly thereafter, Dr. Deepak Chopra’s The Third Jesus, John’s Elder Robison’s Look Me in the Eye, and Bob Harper’s Are You Ready! debuted on the list almost immediately. She also booked publicity for Chris Bohjalian’s bestselling Skeletons at the Feast.
Tammy has worked with many other notables, including: Jeffrey Lewis, Emmy-Award-winning writer and Executive Producer of “Hill Street Blues” and author of Adam the King; Lawrence Otis Graham, author of Our Kind of People and The Senator and the Socialite; Paula Poundstone, renowned comic and author of There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say; Dr. John Medina, author of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby; and Chef Craig Priebe, author of Grilled Pizzas and Piadinas.
In addition, she has booked many exceptional campaigns, such as: Bob Baer’s The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower; former Republican presidential candidate Governor Mike Huckabee’s three bus tours for Do the Right Thing, A Simple Christmas, and A Simple Government; Linda Fairstein’s Hell Gate and Silent Mercy; Tami Hoag’s Deeper Than the Dead; Harlan Coben’s Caught, Long Lost, and Live Wire; John Hart’s The Last Child; Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul; Dr. James Garbarino’s Lost Boys; and Jennifer Chiaverini’s The Union Quilters.
Tammy has managed projects for Random House, Crown, Harmony, Clarkson Potter, Three Rivers Press, Shaye Areheart Books, Dutton, Sentinel, Pear Press, Simon & Schuster, The Free Press, Sterling Publishing, Plume, Artisan, Workman, and many other publishing houses. In addition, she plays a unique role for Random House Canada and McClelland & Stewart, overseeing all U.S. publicity for their biggest releases.