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Jennifer Smith hired as vice president of marketing for Nelson Books

(Nashville, TN) July 23, 2021—Thomas Nelson today announced Jennifer Smith as the v-p of marketing for Nelson Books, a nonfiction imprint of the publishing group.

Smith has nearly 20 years of trade publishing experience in both Nashville and New York City and has launched hundreds of books to the New York Times bestsellers list. She spent nearly 13 years at Simon and Schuster, serving as a v-p and director of publicity and marketing before launching her own literary consulting business in 2017, where she worked with publishers, authors, and agents across the United States and Australia. She has worked with bestselling authors including Dave Ramsey, Phil Robertson, Sadie Robertson, Karen Kingsbury, Stephen King, former President Jimmy Carter, Joan Rivers, and former first lady Laura Bush.

She received a military medal of excellence in 2013 for work she did to bring authors to United States military bases and helped develop the undergraduate publishing degree program at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she served as an adjunct professor for the program.

As v-p of marketing for Nelson Books, Smith will lead the marketing and brand strategies for the imprint, as well as take an active role in acquisitions and author development.

“We’re so pleased to have Jennifer join the Nelson Books team,” said Timothy Paulson, v-p and publisher for Nelson Books. “She brings deep industry experience and proven success with a wide range of books and authors. I look forward to how her leadership will expand our reach into new markets and up-level our work with authors and agents.”

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Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit

Contact: Chelsea Taff, Manager, Corporate Communications, 615.902.2137