About Us

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Gemelli Press is committed to producing high-quality books that transport readers to the bel paese, inspiring them to learn more about Italian culture, cuisine, wine, travel, and lifestyle.

As we work to combine our passions for books and Italy, we carefully select authors who share our goals and work closely with them to hone, develop, and present their unique visions and messages to the world.

Our ultimate objective is to enrich the already deep treasure of Italian-themed literature as we expand audiences for our authors.

Gemelli Press is a proud member of:

IBPAPacific Northwest Booksellers Association


Kari Hock, Managing Editor – Seattle, Washington, USA

Kari founded Gemelli Press in 2007 upon returning from a stint in Sicily, Italy to her hometown of Seattle with her husband and twin boys (gemelli in Italian).

In pursuit of maintaining a connection with her beloved life in Italy and writing her own book (a guide to the vines and wines of Eastern Sicily), manuscripts began to flow in; Gemelli Press remains dedicated to the bel paese and quality boutique publishing.

Kari is the CFO at Gemelli Press, manages production, and shares editorial decisions with Michelle.

When she is not reading manuscripts or going on Pacific Northwest adventures with her family, you might find her on the tennis court, skiing, obsessively trying to understand malolactic fermentation, pondering a house project or painting something on canvas.

For more information about Kari, you can visit her profile at LinkedIn, and she can be reached at kari[at]gemellipress[dot]com.

Michelle Fabio, Managing Editor – Calabria, Italy

Michelle FabioMichelle joined Gemelli Press in January 2012 and handles the company’s PR, marketing, social media, and web development; she and Kari share editorial decisions.

Michelle brings her well-established reputation in the Italian expat blogosphere via her website Bleeding Espresso, at which she writes about savoring the simplicity of rural Italian life. Michelle lives in her family’s ancestral village in Calabria, Italy with her husband Paolo and also writes at Goat Berries, about raising “kids” in southern Italy.

When Michelle’s not writing, editing, cooking, practicing yoga, or doting on dogs and goats, you will likely find her reading something, anything. She is, of course, partial to books concerning southern Italy.

You can find links to Michelle’s work at MichelleFabio.com, follow her on Twitter @michellefabio, see her professional resume at LinkedIn, and reach her at michelle[at]gemellipress[dot]com.

  • Jennifer Criswell
    Jennifer Criswell is a lawyer-turned-writer who chucked her legal briefs to pursue her love of writing after a life-changing trip to Italy in 2001.
  • Diana Strinati Baur
    Diana Strinati Baur is an American writer, artist, life coach and innkeeper living and working in Northwestern Italy.
Gemelli Press welcomes both agented and unagented submissions; the procedure to follow is the same.

First, please note that we prefer full, completed manuscripts and not proposals.

** Unfortunately, we cannot accept submissions of manuscripts that have already been published, including those that have been self-published. **

Moreover, we are currently accepting submissions in all genres (fiction, nonfiction, children’s, YA, etc.) and of all lengths so long as the manuscript has some connection to Italy

To submit your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction), please do so via the contact form or via email with your manuscript as an attachment to submissions(at)gemellipress(dot)com.

Please include the following in the contact form data or the body of your message:

* Name, email address, and website, if any, of author.
* If you are an agent, who your client is and your relationship with him or her.
* Manuscript title, word count, and category (fiction, nonfiction, children’s, YA, etc.).
* A synopsis of the manuscript (500 words maximum).
* A brief biography of the author.
* A brief description of what makes the manuscript unique and why you (or your client) are qualified to write it.

We will reply to your message as soon as we can, though do feel free to check back in if we haven’t responded to you within a few weeks.

Thank you for considering Gemelli Press for your manuscript!

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