Owner and President Diane Mancher began her publishing career in 1977 at High Times magazine. In 1980, she left the magazine world to work at Stonehill Publishing, followed by ten years as an in-house publicist at St. Martin’s Press. She also held executive positions at Dell Publishing and Avon Books. As an in-house publicist, Mancher handled the campaigns for such notable books as And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts, Dreamgirl: My Life As a Supreme by Mary Wilson, the controversial A Mother’s Story by Mary Beth Whitehead and novelist Patricia Cornwell’s first national bestseller, Body Of Evidence.
In 1992, frustrated by having too many books to work on and not enough time to handle them, she founded One Potata Productions in an effort to give each project the proper amount of time and attention necessary to achieve the maximum amount of media coverage. Diane has been a guest speaker for the American Society of Journalists and Authors and for the New York Writers Conference, sponsored by the Small Press Center. In 2009, she co-founded the Self-Publishing Book Expo (selfpubbookexpo.com), an annual informational conference designed as a learning center for self-published books, authors, and the companies that produce them.