Rare Bird is the parent company of Rare Bird Books and Rare Bird Lit, two Los Angeles-based book industry firms founded by former Book Soup marketing and publicity director Tyson Cornell.

Rare Bird Books, the publishing wing, is a PGW-distributed independent publisher of approximately fifty+ books each year in multiple formats, including print, ebook, audiobook, and limited edition.

Rare Bird Lit, the services wing, is a boutique marketing, promotions, and design firm specializing in book industry services for major and independent publishers, authors big and small, and other organizations.

Mission Statement
Since being founded as a home for authors and publishers seeking new ways of publishing and marketing books that deserve to be read, Rare Bird has made a commitment to dedicating itself to being a leader in: a) developing, designing, and publishing great works that exceed the overall expectations of what just words on a page can provide; b) working with authors and publishers as a cohesive unit rather than adversarial opponents; and c) expanding the limits of what books can offer the world.

Meet the Team

President and Publisher—Tyson Cornell oversees all aspects of publishing, acquisitions, and general business operations. He started Rare Bird after nine and a half years as marketing and publicity director at Book Soup bookstore in West Hollywood, California, working with thousands of legendary authors, and major political and cultural figures, including: Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Lauren Bacall, John Updike, Isabel Allende, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Maya Angelou, Hunter S. Thompson, and over 15,000 others. He studied Ethnography at UCLA and Cal State University, Northridge, and is now approaching his eighteenth year in the book industry.


Sales and Marketing Director—Julia Callahan oversees all aspects of sales, distribution, marketing, and author relations. Prior to joining the Rare Bird team, she worked for four years as Tyson Cornell’s marketing and publicity assistant at Book Soup where she helped coordinate thousands of events each year, notably The Doors’ 40th Anniversary, Ralph Steadman, Tony Curtis, and many others. Before that, she worked as an associate at Paramount Studios on The Dr. Phil Show and Star Trek. She grew up in Santa Cruz and has a BA in English.


Editorial and Design Director—Alice Elmer oversees all aspects of editorial and design, working closely with authors, printers, distribution sales reps, and staff to bring projects through the entire manuscript to published-book process. A Southern California native, Alice has a BA in Photography and Gender studies from the University of Redlands.

Editorial and Design Manager—Hailie Johnson manages the day-to-day duties of editorial and design and associated tasks, working closely with authors and Rare Bird staff on Chicago Manual of Style, interior and cover corrections, as well as many other crucial aspects of the publishing process that brings books to publication. A Los Angeles area native, Hailie has a BA in Communications from UCLA.


Director of Publicity—Gregory Henry oversees all aspects of publicity, working closely with authors, staff, and clients on day-to-day operations, as well as strategic planning and coordination with Rare Bird members and structure. He has decades of experience with HarperPerennial, Regan Arts, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt working alongside notable authors, including Roxane Gay, Dennis Cooper, Jerry Stahl, Eileen Myles, and many more.


Marketing and Publicity Manager—Jake Levens manages task-oriented aspects of marketing and publicity. Prior to joining Rare Bird, Jake worked as a producer at the Los Angeles Review of Books, assisting with their marketing, publicity, and NPR radio production. 


RARE BIRD LIT CATERS TO THE MARKETING, PUBLICITY, AND DESIGN NEEDS OF PUBLISHERS, AUTHORS, ENTERTAINERS, AND ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS ALL GENRES.

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR CO-COLLABORATORS:


Publishers & Organizations

Aladdin | AMMO | Atria Books | Ballantine Books | Bookforum | Bookreels | Citadel Press |Cleis Press | Counterpoint Press | Dark Horse | Doubleday | Farrar, Straus and Giroux | February Books | Gallery Books | Granite Creek Books | Granta | Hachette Book Group | Hal Leonard | Harlequin Publishing | HarperCollins Publishers | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | Hyperion Books | Image Comics | In Transit Images | Jeremy P. Tarcher | Kensington Books | Knock Knock | Knopf | Macmillan | Mayapple Press | McSweeney’s | MP Publishing | Phaidon | Penguin Group (USA) | Plume | Random House | Roundtree Press | Schaffner Press | Simon and Schuster | Slake | Soft Skull Press | St. Martin’s Press | The Booksmith | The Nervous Breakdown | The Overlook Press | Tor/Forge | Trithemius Press | University of California Press | Vintage/Anchor | Voice | Wayne State University Press | William Morrow


Authors & Entertainers

Steve Abee | Carlos Allende | Greg Anton | Judd Apatow | Katie Arnoldi | Neal Baer | Adrian Bailey | Aimee Bender | Tom Benedek | David Berkeley | Margo Bistis | Roy Blount, Jr. | Sylvia Boorstein | T.C. Boyle | Tony Broadbent | Elizabeth Brooks | Carolyn Burke | Gabrielle Burton | Rachel Kramer Bussel | Bobette Buster | Ethan Canin | Roseanne Cash | Bob Chinn | Deepak Chopra | Gotham Chopra | Deborah Cloyed | Doug Cooper | Daniel Coplan | Cheryl Crane | David Davis | Jeffrey Deaver | John Deck | Alka Dhillon | Mark Dunn | Heidi Durrow | Tony DuShane | Hope Edelman | Barry Eisler | Bret Easton Ellis | Jan Ellison | James Ellroy | Karen Essex | Dick Evans | Jonathan Evison | Melissa Febos | Deanna Fei | Bruce Ferber | Rich Ferguson | Randy Fertel | Isaac Fitzgerald | Bridget Foley | Nick Flynn | Neil Gaiman | Jeff Garlin | Misha Glouberman | Robert Goolrick | Gigi Levangie Grazer | Jonathan Greene | Duke Haney | Judith Hannan | Rudolph Herzog | Sheila Heti | Kurt Hollander | Stephanie Hubbard | Michelle Huneven | Chip Jacobs | Howard Jacobson | Aris Janigian | Ricky Jay | Stephen Graham Jones | Karen Henson Jones | Greg Kading | S.K. Kalsi | Larry Kane | Kathryn Kay | David Kipen | Norman Klein | Michael Krasny | Jillian Lauren | Eric Lax | Dennis Lehane | Jason Leopold | Chris Leslie-Hynan | Clayton Lindemuth | Joanne Linville | Brad Listi | David Mamet | Demetri Martin | Joseph Mattson | Joyce Maynard | Colum McCann | Jim McDermott | Joel McHale | Kristina McMorris | Martha McPhee | Andrew Mellen | Rick Mitchell | Paul Myers | Nadia Natali | Jill Nelson | Jack O’Halloran | Joseph O’Neill | Chuck Palahniuk | David Paton | Gin Phillips | Busy Phillips | Gary Phillips | Sam Polk | Bernard Radfar  | Richard Rayner | Piero Ribelli | Pamela Ribon | James Riley | Henry Rollins | Jamie Rose | Susan Rosenberg | Richie Ross | Kaira Rouda | Karl Rove | Mark Ruffalo | Roxana Saberi | Elissa Schappell | Wendy Shanker | Dani Shapiro | Jonathan Shapiro | Adrienne Sharp | Susan Sherman | Jerry Shirley | Mona Simpson | Brando Skyhorse | Oriana Small | Tatjana Soli | Jerry Stahl | Stephen Robert Stein | Susan Straight | Mary L. Tabor | Julian Tepper | Gail Tsukiyama | Tracy Tynan | David Ulin | Thrity Umrigar | James Van Der Beek | Deborah Vankin | Abraham Verghese | Bonnie Wallace | John Waters | Marc Weingarten | Burt Weissbourd | Frank Westerman | Carrie White | Wayne White | Carol Wolper | Harriet Kimble Wrye | Rob Yardumian | Yuvi Zalkow