About Rodale Books

Rodale Books is the premier destination for the best in wellness content across multiple platforms and age groups. We have been publishing award-winning, best-selling books for more than 75 years. Among our authoritative, conversation-changing titles are FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler’s The End of Overeating, Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life, Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s Run Fast. Eat Slow, Bill Nye’s Everything All At Once, former Vice President Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Howard Schultz’s Onward, Maria Rodale’s Organic Manifesto, Dave Asprey’s The Bulletproof Diet, and more. Among Rodale’s highly successful series are Thug Kitchen, Wheat Belly, and The South Beach Diet as well as titles from our world-renowned brands, including Prevention’s “Sugar Smart” books, Men’s Health and Women’s Health “Big Books,” Runner’s World cookbooks, and more.


In Fall 2017, Rodale will launch our Rodale Kids imprint—fun and entertaining titles that nourish the imagination, encourage a lifelong love of reading, and motivate good habits of nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, and environmental responsibility, all across a variety of age ranges.


Our mission, to help people improve their lives, is the lens through which we acquire books across the entire spectrum of wellness—from diet and fitness, to business and self-help, to cooking and lifestyle. Rodale’s ability to amplify brands and create franchises, coupled with the power of our own in-house brands (Prevention, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Men’s Health, Rodale’s Organic Life, Bicycling) and the full support of the Macmillan sales force, allows us to offer authors a truly unique and inspiring publishing experience.


Our website RodaleWellness.com is a content destination where visitors can find inspiration and life-changing information from the world’s top wellness experts. Through our 400,000 monthly unique visitors, an engaged following on social media, an email list of 90,000, and syndication partners such as MSN.com and FoxNews.com, Rodale Wellness helps our authors expand their platforms through online content.

Our Team

Gail Gonzales, VP Publisher

Gail Gonzales

Gail is the Vice President and Publisher of Rodale Books. Previously, she was the Associate Publisher of Rodale, and prior to that, Director of Integrated Marketing at Simon & Schuster, where she worked across the company on various non-traditional book marketing and event initiatives with parent company CBS and other entities. Prior to Simon & Schuster, Gail was the Marketing Director at Hay House, where she oversaw marketing, publicity, and programming of unique online assets such as Hay House Radio, live online events, and live streaming of large-scale conferences. Prior to her publishing career, Gail held positions at corporate financial and sports marketing firms. Gail is a graduate of the College of Communication at Boston University and a native of Washington, DC.  She currently resides in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan.

Jennifer Levesque, VP Editorial Director

Jennifer Levesque

Jennifer joined Rodale in June 2013 as VP Editorial Director, overseeing the editorial department and working with Gail Gonzales to shape the trade list. Previously, she worked at both Abrams and Hyperion, editing books in a wide range of categories including diet and fitness, cooking, self-help, sports, parenting, humor, and general lifestyle. In her 22-year career, Jennifer has worked with many esteemed authors such as Alexandra Robbins, George Carlin, Oprah Winfrey, Mollie Katzen, Warren Brown, Laurie Kilmartin, Melissa Gilbert, Dr. William Davis, Dr. Thomas Campbell, and many others. A native New Yorker living in New Jersey, Jennifer is also a big fan of the Mets, the Jets, science-fiction movies, musical theater, and long Saturday morning runs.

Yelena Gitlin Nesbit, Executive Director, Strategic Development & Communications

Yelena Nesbit

Yelena joined Rodale in 2008 and in her role as Executive Director of Strategic Development & Communications, she helps shape the list, identifies new business opportunities; creates impactful media campaigns, manages internal & external communications around Rodale books and authors, and collaborates on creative, results-driven marketing and social media initiatives. During her time at Rodale, Yelena has worked on campaigns with such New York Times bestselling authors as Thug Kitchen (Thug Kitchen cookbooks), Dave Asprey (The Bulletproof Diet), Harley Pasternak (The Body Reset Diet), Vice President Al Gore (Our Choice book and app), Alicia Silverstone (The Kind Diet and The Kind Mama), former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler (The End of Overeating), among many others. Yelena also works with our in-house brands on their books and organizes coverage for our non-branded titles at the magazines. Prior to joining Rodale, Yelena served as Associate Director of Publicity at Bloomsbury USA where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors and luminaries such as Chelsea Handler (My Horizontal Life), Chef Marco Pierre White (The Devil in the Kitchen), Susanna Clarke (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe), and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast (Theories of Everything). Yelena began her career at Viking Penguin. Born in Belarus, Yelena immigrated to Brooklyn with her family in 1980 and never left. On any given weekend, you may find her loving/hating a Bar Method class or enjoying a long, brisk walk around Prospect Park with her daughter.

Amy King, Executive Director, Art & Design

Amy King

Amy joined Rodale in 2009 and is Executive Director Art and Design, overseeing trade and direct books. Previously she served as creative director for trade publishing at Bloomsbury USA. An industry veteran, Amy has also worked at Doubleday, Simon and Schuster, and in London at Dorling Kindersley. Awards include AIGA’s 50 Books competition and Print’s Regional Design Annual. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC and a native New Yorker. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, two sons, and a black cat named Quinn.

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