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People In The Square

Just who makes it all happen at Square One?

The following talented professionals thoroughly enjoy the challenge of making Square One the best independent publishing house in the country:

Rudy Shur,  the company’s founder and publisher, began his work in publishing as a field representative for Charles E. Merrill Publishing Company and William C. Brown Publishing Company, where he ranked as a top salesman in each sales force. In 1976, Mr. Shur and his partners founded Avery Publishing Group. Over time, Avery was developed into a successful mid-size firm, achieving market dominance in the field of alternative health books. In 1999, Avery was sold to Penguin Putnam Inc.

Square One Publishers began as a dream of Mr. Shur, who is enjoying the opportunity to once again achieve success in the publishing arena. To quote Mr. Shur, "After over twenty years of publishing, I find myself back at square one. It was a wonderful journey. However, now that I am back to the place I started, I know the place for the first time. And I can’t think of a better place to be."

Joanne Abrams,  the company’s executive editor, has had a long and successful career in book editing. Having spent over twenty years at Avery Publishing Group, she is highly competent in all phases of the editorial process, from project development to copyediting to copywriting. Ms. Abrams is also the coauthor of the Kitchen Quickies Cookbook.

Marie Caratozzolo,
 the company’s senior editor, is a seasoned book editor with
more than twenty years’ experience in trade books. At Avery Publishing, Ms. Caratozzolo worked on a variety of books from manuscript development to finalized copy. She is also the coauthor of the Kitchen Quickies Cookbook.

Robert Love,  
the company’s manager of operations, brings with him considerable management skills. For over twenty years, Mr. Love was the owner of a successful New York-based catering operation, where he oversaw all phases of the operation. At Square One, Mr. Love is responsible for bookkeeping, office management, order fulfillment, and inventory management.

Anthony Pomes,
who is Vice President of Marketing/PR
/Rights at Square One Publishers, previously worked as Publicity Manager for the Young Readers division at Penguin Group Inc. He has worked in book publishing for more than a decade in a variety of roles, from editor and typesetter to publicist and marketing/rights director. He has served as the research editor on trivia books with show-biz legend Joe Franklin, former Monkees drummer/actor Micky Dolenz, and beloved TV/movie star Dick Van Patten; while he also moonlights as "QuizMaster Anthony P." in the acclaimed Jon & Jayne Doe Series teen advice books.

His writing has been published in Newsday and The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and he has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Orlando Sentinel, The Arizona Republic, PR Week, and Publishers Weekly, among other publications. A musician and singer/songwriter in his own right, Mr. Pomes is proud to be an advisory board member for The John Lennon Center for Music & Technology in Dix Hills, New York.

Jeannie Tudor, our art director, graduated summa cum laude from Adelphi University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. With a love for books, Jeannie found her niche here at Square One, where she enjoys applying her graphic design skills and creative talents every day.

Gary Rosenberg,  
who is responsible for the company’s typesetting and website maintenance, has
more than thirty years’ experience in design, graphic arts, and educational and trade book publishing. He has worked at a range of companies in New York City and on Long Island, including Avery Publishing Group in Garden City Park. He and his wife, Carol, work from their home in Boca Raton, Florida. Visit their site at

Ken Kaiman, our consulting director of sales, has had both a distinguished and successful career in book sales. He has headed the book sales division of World Wide Media, one of this country’s largest international book distributors. He has also been Vice President of Sales at Como Books managing and coordinating a national sales force of twenty. He currently runs Athena Productions, a consulting and management firm specializing in book marketing and sales.

Michael Weatherhead is a Square One editor. He grew up in Montreal and attended McGill University, where he earned a Bachelorís degree in English Literature before moving to the United States.