Our Team

Karin A. Bilich

Founder and President

Karin has been working in web development, strategy, and copywriting since 1998. She entered the world of book publishing in 2003 when she became the Webmaster for PublishersWeekly.com, LibraryJournal.com, and SchoolLibraryJournal.com. It was there that she gained a unique perspective on book publishing, book sales, book reviews, and more. In 2006, Karin created SmartAuthorSites.com, and has since worked with over 300 authors on developing websites and marketing books online. She prides herself on personalizing each site for a specific author’s needs.

Mike Lazear

Senior Web Designer & Developer

Mike joined the Smart Author Sites team in 2009 and as the senior designer and developer on the team has conceptualized over 100 professional and unique author website designs. With over 6 years of experience in user-interface design and development, Mike has overseen a wide variety of projects. In addition to Smart Author Sites, his management, design and development skills have helped many companies thrive, including Habitat for Humanity, One Economy, Inc, Parent Media Inc., Derm+Approved, Columbia University (New York) and Your Expert Nation.

Maggie Frank-Hsu

Social Media Specialist

Maggie helps authors and entrepreneurs develop a customized strategy for finding their customers across social media platforms. From 2013 to 2015, Maggie launched and led social media for Understood.org, the premier web resource for parents of kids who have learning and attention issues. Before that, she coordinated social media content strategy for NYU Langone’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts. Maggie began her career as a writer, copy editor and research editor for several publications including¬†ESPN the Magazine, Gourmet, Martha Stewart Weddings and Whole Living, and Publishers Weekly.

Chris Cockreham

Web Developer and Client Relations Specialist

Chris is an electronic design and multi-media graduate from New York City. He has been working in design, content management and web design for more than 6 years. In addition to Smart Author Sites, he has worked with other websites, startups and publications such as Derm+Approved, Ecomii.com, Jeff Corwin Connect and Psychology Today.

Michelle Munro

Web Producer and Client Relations Specialist

Michelle is an accomplished web designer and certified copy editor with more than fifteen years of experience in the areas of management, marketing, web design, art direction, advertising, vendor management, product delivery, and graphic design. She is able to apply all of her skills, experience, and passion for creative design to her work for Smart Author Sites. She lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.