Randall Payleitner



Hello. My name is Randall Payleitner.

I am the Associate Publisher (working alongside Acquisitions, Marketing, Sales, and Editorial) at Moody Publishers (a mid-sized Christian publishing house in Chicago). I am a follower of Jesus, husband, dad, son, brother, and friend. 

Over the last 14 years, I have mostly done acquisitions, editorial, copywriting, and some marketing work. I love good books. And, I believe everyone is better off/gets smarter when they read more books--hence the tagline at the top of this page.

Publishing is an amazing and ever-changing industry... Here is a list of things that were either off or below the radar when I started in publishing in 2005: ebooks, social media, online retailing (as the primary source for buying), smartphones, tablets, blogs, print-on-demand... and that's just off the top of my head. Come along with me as we explore the bold world of publishing in 2018 and beyond. To that end, I will generally post three types of things on this site:

  • What it's like to be a part of the publishing universe, and the process of making books.

  • The impact of book reading on individual lives and the wider world.

  • Short book reviews to help you, quickly, be able to figure out what to read next.

All opinions expressed on this site are my own. They do not reflect the opinions of my employer (or anyone else).


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