About

No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment — bestsellers like Python Crash Course, Python for Kids, How Linux Works, and Hacking: The Art of Exploitation. We focus on computer programming, security, hacking, alternative operating systems, STEM, and LEGO. Our titles have personality, our authors are passionate, and we read and edit everything we publish. Readers appreciate our straightforward presentation, fearless approach to the complex world of technology, and support of the global hacking community. No Starch Press titles have been included in the prestigious Communication Arts Design Annual and STEP inside 100 competition, and have won the Independent Publisher Book Award (the "IPPYs") from Independent Publisher magazine.

San Francisco-based No Starch Press was founded in 1994 by Bill Pollock, who brings more than 30 years of publishing industry experience to the company. Prior to launching No Starch Press, Pollock worked in professional reference, scientific, college and trade publishing, and was a co-founder of computer book publisher APress.

A graduate of Amherst College with a Political Science degree ("I wrote my papers on a VAX when not playing Zork,") Pollock prefers to think of himself as a would-be Biology major. After three years helping run a family wedding gown business Pollock left for a premed program at University of Pennsylvania thinking he'd be learning science. He dropped out of that program and joined Springer-Verlag in 1987 where he rewrote the occasional medical book, attempted to teach people how to use a PC XT, and sold medical books at conferences. Subsequent stints in book publishing included textbook publishing (Wadsworth, sales meetings were a blast), scientific and technical publishing (W. H. Freeman where he tried to develop a software-based molecular modeling kit way back in 1990). After being fired from Freeman Pollock left New York for Osborne/McGraw-Hill where he published some big and boring manuals, computer game books (fun, in the early days of Maxis and Sierra Online), and books about things like SoundBlaster. His managers would pull books out of his hands because he kept working on them. After being fired from Osborne, Pollock founded No Starch Press where he remains an active editor and works closely with many of our authors.

No Starch Press
245 8th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103 USA
Phone: 800.420.7240 or +1 415.863.9900 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M-F, PST)
Fax: +1 415.863.9950
Email: [email protected]


MEET OUR STAFF!

BillBill Pollock, Founder, President
(He/him/his)
Essential Job Functions: Runs the place.
State of Residence: California
What I like to do when not working: Cook, eat, take long walks, tend to my orchids, dream of playing my acoustic piano, turn up the death metal. Learn.
JillJill Franklin, Managing Editor
(She/Her)
Essential Job Functions: Acquisitions and developmental editing.
State of Residence: Missouri
What I like to do when not working: Throwing pottery, gardening, reading, skiing.
FrancesFrances Saux, Editor
(She/Her/Hers)
Essential Job Functions: I provide developmental feedback to our authors and acquire new projects. I most often work on books about hacking, computer security, and Python programming.
State of Residence: Illinois
What I like to do when not working: Read philosophy papers, take walks, and hang out with my jumping spider.
AlexAlex Freed, Editor
(She/Her)
Essential Job Functions: Acquiring new titles, editing current ones, and solving LaTeX problems.
State of Residence: California
What I like to do when not working: Reading and baking.
NathanNathan Heidelberger, Associate Editor
(He/him/his)
Essential Job Functions: Acquisitions and developmental editing.
State of Residence: New York
What I like to do when not working: Play the piano, cook, and spoil my two dogs.
AbigailAbigail Schott-Rosenfield, Associate Editor
(She/they)
Essential Job Functions: Acquisitions and developmental editing.
State of Residence: California
What I like to do when not working: Read poems and bake overly complicated cakes.
EvaEva Morrow, Editorial Assistant
(She/Her/Hers)
Essential Job Functions: Administrative & Editorial Support; Developmental Editing, Acquisitions.
State of Residence: Washington
What I like to do when not working: Spend time with my pups and husband; Crochet; Read; Paint; DIY anything and everything.
EvaSabrina Plomitallo-González, Production Manager
(She/Her/Hers)
Essential Job Functions: Manage the production team and book manufacturing; scheduling extraordinaire.
State of Residence: Washington
What I like to do when not working: Hanging by the campfire, getting lost in bookstores, cooking and baking new recipes, knitting too many blankets for my cat.
JenniferJennifer Kepler, Senior Production Editor
(She/her/hers)
Essential Job Functions: Manage the production of books, mentor junior production editors, quality check e-products, and fill in for the production manager.
State of Residence: Oregon
What I like to do when not working: Hike, camp, backpack, ski, travel, and take photos.
KatrinaKatrina Horlbeck Olsen, Production Editor
(She/her/hers)
Essential Job Functions: Manage production schedules for books, work with copyeditors and proofreaders to check quality, request and track printer quotes, submit POs, and monitor printing timelines for first runs and reprints.
State of Residence: California
What I like to do when not working: Reading, walking around the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, and cuddle with my cat until she attacks me.
MilesMiles Bond, Associate Production Editor
(He/him/his)
Essential Job Functions: Assists the production team with print and reprint duties, checks proofs, and organizes and updates documentation on various internal channels.
State of Residence: Illinois
What I like to do when not working: Climb trees and rocks, and foster middle-aged cats with unique personalities.
SarahSarah De Vos, Marketing Manager
(She/her/hers)
Essential Job Functions: Manage the marketing team, oversee promotions, website content, media outreach, conferences, and social media.
State of Residence: Oklahoma
What I like to do when not working: Reading, running, biking, listening to podcasts, spending time with my kids, and dreaming of the beach while living on the prairie.
JenJen Kelley, Wordsmith and Media Relations
(She/her/hers)
Essential Job Functions: Writer/editor of cover copy, newsletter, blog, press releases; content development for promo tools; media outreach.
State of Residence: New York
What I like to do when not working: Read longform journalism; listen to books or podcasts whilst puttering about; Netflix/chill; Sleep In.
MorganMorgan Vega, Marketing and Sales Associate
(She/her/hers)
Essential Job Functions: Strategize marketing campaigns, foster stakeholder relationships, collaborate on promotion and social media efforts, and create blog posts and newsletters.
State of Residence: Virginia
What I like to do when not working: Read, write, and freelance edit fiction novels. Film BookTube videos, and take bookstagram photos. Watch She-Ra for the hundredth time with my chiweenies, Osito and Piñita.
BrianaBriana Blackwell, Marketing and Sales Assistant
(She/her/hers)
Essential Job Functions: Keep track of publicity, assist with customer outreach and communications, collaborate on social media strategies, and develop business relationships.
State of Residence: Florida
What I like to do when not working: Cook, bake, undertake fermentation projects; read any book that crosses my path; take nature walks and watch TV shows with my husband.
ConnorConnor Mason, Community Marketing Coordinator
(He/him)
Essential Job Functions: Facilitates conference and community partnerships, engages with our audience on social media, and works on special sales initiatives.
State of Residence: Ohio
What I like to do when not working:Play Magic: the Gathering, cook, read, watch video essays, and play with my cat, Apple.