Our Staff

Here at The Troy Book Makers, we pride ourselves on our great customer relations. If you are in the area we welcome you to set up and appointment to drop by our office, but if you are miles away you can meet our staff virtually below.

Susan Novotny (business owner) has been selling books for over 40 years. She is the owner of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, The Little Book House, and Market Block Books in Troy, NY. Before owning an independent books store she worked for Simon & Schuster, where she peddled books of all natures. She also founded Staff Picks Press — a small press with a mission to publish books of fiction with national appeal.

Jessika (manager/author liaison/graphic designer) has been described as “only peaceful when she reads.” She graduated Emerson College in 2010, with a BFA in writing and publishing and has since settled down in Troy. After graduating she spent a year and a half trying to explain to affable relatives what she wanted to do when she grew up: “I want to make books… Yes, people still read those.” Then she found The Troy Book Makers—who are kind enough to allow her to fulfill her dreams. 

Meradith (author liaison/graphic designer) earned her BFA in Graphic and Media Design and her AA in Illustration from Sage College of Albany. It was love at first meeting with The Troy Book Makers (it smelt so good) and as an avid reader, she is thrilled to be working within the world of book design and publishing. She enjoys playing World of Warcraft in her free time and reading old school fantasy novels. She’s also secretly addicted to trashy historical romances and desires one day to write a book that makes her mother blush.

Madison (author liaison/graphic designer) is also a writer/lipstick fiend. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from SUNY New Paltz, where she fell in love with the art of making books sophomore year. Since then it became her dream to work in publishing and The Troy Book Makers were wonderful enough to make that happen. She spends most of her free time thinking of ways to work puns into her conversations and making notes of things that she could one day use in a novel. 

Eric Wilska (former business owner), was a founding member of the Troy Book Makers, and owns independent bookstore Shaker Mill Books in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, specializing in new, used, antiquarian and hard to find books. He has been a bookstore owner for over 40 years.