Oct 25 – Oct 31, 2010 Edition Random House Publicity VP Carol Schneider to Retire

NEW YORK, NY/AUTHORLINK NEWS/October 25, 2010–Random House, in an employee/media memo, today said Carol Schneider, vice president, executive director, publicity and public relations will retire at the end of November.

The company praised her for “one of the most remarkable and accomplished careers, as a publicist, publicity director, and corporate spokeswoman, in our company, as well as in our industry. In 32 years, from typewriters to tweets, Carol has been a publicity trailblazer for the Random House Group imprints. She has played a critical role in making numerous books part of the national conversation, including those by authors such as Maya Angelou, John Berendt, Tom Brokaw, Truman Capote, E.L. Doctorow, Fannie Flagg, John Irving, Norman and Norris Mailer, James Michener, Edmund Morris, Colin Powell, Anna Quindlen, Carl Sagan, Martin Cruz Smith, William Styron, and Calvin Trillin,” the memo said.

Carol began her publishing career while in college with a junior-year summer job in the publicity department of then David McKay Publishers. Upon graduation, she took up book publicity full-time becoming a publicity director at age twenty-four, then working part-time while raising three sons, and joining Random House as Publicity Director in 1979.

In addition to her public relations responsibilities, two years ago Carol launched what has become an extremely successful new venture at Random House, becoming the division’s Agent Director of the Random House Speakers Bureau, the in-house lecture agency for the publisher’s authors.

She has served as a board member of the Women’s Media Group, and is the author of two cookbooks, FRESH: A Greenmarket Cookbook (Panache Press at Random House) and, with her son Andrew, MIDNIGHT SNACKS: The Cookbook That Glows in the Dark (Clarkson Potter).

Over the years, Carol hired and mentored many who themselves have risen to publicity director and other executive positions.