As founder, Jason Jones stewards the unique vision for JONES Literary and oversees strategic planning, business development and campaign execution.
While all of that sounds terribly ‘corporate’, if you know him, you know he’s anything but. Is he responsible for those things? Absolutely. But what he sees as his most rewarding and critical role is the cultivating of authentic, lasting, personal relationships and the connecting of like-minded people. Jason has always believed that what we do isn’t just author consultation/representation and book publicity–it’s a God-honoring use of our unique gifting to encourage, connect and serve others that want to share God with the world.
Previously, Jason led one of the industry’s premier Christian public relations firms, SERVE Literary & Media, which his experience and relationships gave birth to as a division of PR by the Book, LLC. Prior to that, he spent five years with the country’s largest Christian publishing house, Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jason has led campaigns for 11 New York Times bestselling titles and has managed some of the industry’s most successful authors.
With over 20 years experience in public relations, Jason’s pre-publishing career includes having directed the efforts of one of Memphis’ most widely-respected agencies, Sossaman + Associates and six years in professional baseball, where he managed the media/PR efforts of the Memphis Redbirds — the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and the nation’s first not-for-profit professional sports franchise.
A Chicago native, Mark understands better than most the kind of dynamic content producers are looking for in a guest. Why? Because he spent years as a producer and on-air voice at one of the country’s largest radio networks. There, he worked closely with a number of top talk radio personalities, screening pitches, booking guests and working with publicists and publishing houses to produce top-notch radio. He’s also produced podcasts for major networks and ministries. That combination of experience and skills allowed him to seamlessly join the Jones Literary team in 2020, where he now attentively and thoughtfully curates campaigns for a number of our top clients.
Mark has also enjoyed time as a worship leader, independent recording artist and touring musician. In his leisure time, he enjoys attending concerts, stand-up comedy, traveling, trying new foods and being an uncle.
Marianna organization and creativity have proven invaluable since joining the Jones Lit team in 2021. In recent years, as our business grew exponentially and we launched various new initiatives from an agency rebrand to speakers bureau services, web design and PR toolkits for indie authors, she kept us organized, prioritized and on schedule.
But Jones Lit isn’t the first place she’s cast her magic organizing spell. She spent over a decade as the managing editor for financial guru Dave Ramsey’s flagship website, worked in marketing at a major university and operated a small business of her own—MGibson Solutions—where she brought order and calm to a multitude of small-business owners. Throughout her career, thoughtful curation of content and genuine connection with people are where she hangs her hat.
All of these skills she also puts to great use in booking media appearances for our author clients and keeping them well-informed and prepared for each and every opportunity.
Marianna and her family are on a mission to travel to all 50 states, and she’ll never pass up a visit to a national park.