Barko entered the publishing industry after many years in high tech marketing. She has presented on book marketing and publicity at Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference, DFW Writers Conference, Writers' League of Texas Conference, and Women Writing the West Conference.
Her articles and book reviews have been published in Western American Literature, Roundup Magazine, Book Marketing Matters, San Francisco Book Review, and the Texas Book Marketing Directory. She was a 2010 Finalist in More Magazine’s Reinvention Story Competition, nominated by her peers as 2010 Book Publicist of the Year, and was voted Preditors & Editors Best Book Promotion Service in 2011.
Barko's clients include traditional publishers and their authors, small presses, and independently published writers - as well as debut authors.
Barko has degrees in Business & Sociology and is based in Austin. Since 2005, she has moderated a nonfiction book group that has hosted many nationally known authors.
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