Meet Scott Richert

Scott RichertDuring my four years at Michigan State University, I spent many hours roaming the aisles of the numerous (at that time) bookstores in East Lansing, building up a significant portion of the library that I’ve since moved to Washington, D.C.; Northern Virginia; Mecosta, Michigan; Rockford, Illinois; and finally (yes, finally, in every sense of the word) to Huntington, Indiana, the home of Our Sunday Visitor.

In my senior year at Michigan State, in a little Christian bookstore called Logos Books, I picked up a slim volume entitled In the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Published by Our Sunday Visitor in 1990, that volume represents everything I think of as the best work of Our Sunday Visitor’s trade books division—profound yet accessible to the average Catholic (or educated non-Catholic).

In our move to Huntington in 2017, that book came home, in a sense, and brought us with it. Originally from Spring Lake, Michigan, I’ve lived all of my life here in the Midwest, with the exception of five years in exile at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. My degrees are in political theory, but I went to CUA for graduate school to study the political and social thought of the Church Fathers, East and West. My wife, Amy, our eight children, and I spent 22 years in Rockford, Illinois, where I was the executive editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (motto: There are no political solutions to cultural problems) and head of Chronicles Books. During my last ten years there, I was also the Catholicism Expert for About.com.

My library has grown dramatically since I left East Lansing, and there are quite a few volumes from Our Sunday Visitor on my shelves. That’s a legacy that I’m proud to be a part of today, as I oversee the editorial direction of OSV’s books. As an OSV author, you should be proud of it, too.

Meet Mary Beth Baker

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Mary Beth Baker

Acquisitions Editor Mary Beth Baker started at OSV in October 2016. Mary Beth has worked as a book editor for a Washington, D.C.-based publishing house, an associate editor for a national daily newspaper, and as a writer and editor for a public relations firm. Prior to joining OSV, she spent some time in formation with a Dominican religious order. Her favorite topic areas include personal growth, individual formation, and youth and young adult issues.

Mary Beth holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Christendom College. A Navy brat with roots in Virginia, she now lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana. When she’s not elbow-deep in a new manuscript, she enjoys playing the piano, writing, running, and traveling.

Mary Beth’s fav things

Saint: Thérèse of Lisieux

Hymn: “Adoro Te Devote” (Lyrics by St. Thomas Aquinas)

Bible verse: “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn 2:5)

Meet Rebecca Willen

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Rebecca Willen

Rebecca is a nerdy Catholic, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, cat lover, amateur baker and musician.

She graduated from Christendom College, worked for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and freelanced as a copy editor and proofreader, before jumping at the chance to embrace her dream job and return to her Indiana roots.

In addition to unleashing her fountain pen as OSV’s new Associate Editor, she also works with the Catholic Writers’ Guild and manages the Catholic Writers Conference Live.

Her current hobbies are studying German (just because) and destroying other people’s diets through homemade baked goods [Ed. note: Her colleagues appreciate this].

Rebecca’s fav things

Animal: Cat

Food: Dark chocolate

Color: Purple

Shakespeare play: “The Merchant of Venice”

Alcohol: Bailey’s Irish Cream

Meet Tracy Stewart

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Tracy Stewart

Tracy is the webcast coordinator for Our Sunday Visitor, and works with authors and other speakers to spread the word about their work. She loves listening to authors talk about their books, so she considers webcasts a job perk, but please don’t tell her boss.

When she isn’t being a webinerd, Tracy likes to read, with one work of fiction, one non-fiction, and one Shakespeare piece always on her nightstand simultaneously. She suffers from chronic wanderlust and fortunately, so do her husband and son. She likes history, antiques, cooking and has a passion for all things Abraham Lincoln, especially anything related to his assassination. Her family has come to accept inevitable side trips to Lincoln-related sites whenever they travel.

Tracy’s fav things

Animal: Prairie dogs

Food: Potato chips (#dontjudgeme)

Color: Cranberry

Shakespeare play: Hamlet. No. It’s Titus Andronicus. Wait … definitely Romeo and Juliet. Unless it’s Richard III. Or maybe Othello.

Alcohol: Miller Lite or really, really expensive wine. (Usually Miller Lite.)

Meet Tyler Ottinger

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Tyler serves as the Senior Design Manager at OSV. He leads the design team in the creation and layout of all things design, such as marketing campaigns, publications and book covers.

The design cycle of your book cover starts at the Immersion meeting with the publishing committee where we discuss titles and possible cover ideas. The designer then works with the Acquisitions Editor to create several cover options for each title and submits them to the committee for approval and review. We use sample chapters and manuscripts to get the feel and theme for your title. Have an idea for your next cover? Let us know (no promises that we’ll use every suggestion).

Tyler joined OSV in 1997 and finds inspiration for design all around. Known for having a critical eye for typography, he tends to drive his family crazy by naming the fonts used on TV and movies credits.  Tyler tries to stay current in trends with the help of his four daughters (pray for him). He enjoys the great outdoors and time spent fellowshipping with other men who challenge him to live a life pleasing to God.

Tyler’s fav things

Saint: St. Paul.

Songs: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship; “We Are the Champions” — Queen

Bible verse: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Philippians 1:27)

Meet Sarah Reinhard

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Sarah Reinhard

Sarah Reinhard joined OSV in July 2017, and has worked on various content-related projects, including the Triple Take email newsletter. More recently, she has been collaborating with the book acquisitions team and helping with the Author Toolkit initiative. She also helps with social media and in other capacities as needed.

Sarah is a Catholic wife and mom and lives in central Ohio with her family. She is in the Huntington office on most Thursdays.

Sarah’s fav things

Saint: Too many to list. St. Brigid of Kildare is my Confirmation saint.

Hymn: Does the Ave Maria count?

Bible verse: Don’t have one. But let’s go with “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35)

Meet Natalie Fisher

 

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Natalie Fisher

As Publishing Sales Lead, Natalie Fisher works with a dedicated team of ten people all focused on selling to and servicing a wide variety of accounts from bookstores, wholesalers, distributors, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon to local parishes, schools, and consumers. Natalie manages our top retail, distributor, and foreign distributor accounts. She works with a variety of formats including print, digital, print on demand, and audio books. While Natalie’s main focus is on retail customers, she also helps educate and provide direction to the team in order to drive sales for all our publishing products.

Natalie serves on the Publishing Committee and meets regularly with many departments across OSV including marketing, editorial, and production. Natalie represents sales and is the voice of all customers at these meetings. She loves a challenge and trying new ideas!

Natalie has been with OSV since 2013. When she is not at OSV she can likely be found one of three places, the gym (for the daughter who is an aspiring gymnast), the ice rink (for the son who is a determined hockey player), or a nearby campground (for family fun and relaxation).

Natalie’s fav things

Saint: St. Teresa of Calcutta

Hymn: “On Eagle’s Wings”

Bible verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23)