***Linda Cannon, co-owner of Parson Weems, died Thursday after a brief illness. Linda joined Parson Weems in 2003, and, later, with Eileen Bertelli, assumed ownership and management of the company. She loved publishing, being a rep, her publishers, her customers and being able to make a difference. In 2017, NAIBA awarded Linda the inaugural Kristin Keith Sales Rep of the Year award. She said at the time, "Working with the amazing and passionate booksellers in the mid-Atlantic has been as fun and rewarding as anything I have done in my decades as a bookseller. Through the good times and bad, we persist. Thank you to one and all for your hard work and support and, for this fabulous award. I'm feeling fine on Cloud 9." The funeral service will be this Wednesday, December 11 from 3-6pm at Tatalovich Funeral Home, Aliquippa, PA.
Parson Weems’ Publisher Services, LLC was founded in 1997 by partners Christopher Kerr and Colwyn Krussman (1935-2016), long time publishing sales executives. Parson Weems adopted both traditional and non-traditional means to sell their clients’ books. The company was purchased by Linda Cannon and Eileen Bertelli in January of 2014.
The company is named after the flamboyant nineteenth-century publishing figure and folk hero, Mason Locke Weems. Among his many careers, Weems was an itinerant book peddler, Anglican minister, and author of moral tracts and questionable biographies, most memorably a biography of George Washington that included an apocryphal tale of the first president’s childhood encounter with a cherry tree.
In the spirit of this tradition, Parson Weems:
Promotes and sells publishers’ titles in the Mid-Atlantic and New England States
Offers sales and marketing management as a consultancy
Coordinates freelance project support.
For its clients, Parson Weems sells forthcoming titles, informs customers of fast-breaking publicity, and implements backlist promotions.
The New England and Mid-Atlantic regions covered by Parson Weems include twelve of the top sixty book markets in America. As such, the company offers its clients deep and broad coverage in regions critical to any book’s success.
Western Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Western New York State, Southern New Jersey, Delaware
3811 Canterbury Road, #707
Baltimore, MD 21218-2303
Phone: (724) 513-9426
Fax: (866) 583-2066
Send an e-mail to Linda Cannon
New York Metro, Eastern NY state, Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey, Key National Accounts
48 Wawayanda Road
Warwick, NY 10990
Phone: (845) 987-7233
Cell: (845) 492-7309
Fax: (866) 761-7112 fax
Send an email to Eileen Bertelli
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire
Christopher R. Kerr
11 Penhallow Street
Boston, MA 02124-2307
Phone / Fax: (914) 478-5751
Send an e-mail to Chris Kerr
NYC Metro area, Long Island, Southeastern Pennsylvania
19 Bushwick Avenue, 3R
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (347) 244-2165
Fax: (866) 861-0337
Send an e-mail to Jason Kincade
Eastern Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, New Jersey
46 Stonehenge Road
Ocean, NJ 07712
310 N.Front St., Suite 4-10
Wilmington, NC 28401-3909
Phone: (914) 948-4259
Fax: (866) 861-0337
Send an e-mail to Causten Stehle