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 an appointment to visit our office, but if you are miles away you can meet our staff virtually here.

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.” A lifelong lover of books and reading (and cats, though that’s not strictly pertinent), she received her a BFA in writing and publishing from Emerson College and down in Troy. She hoped to be able to find a job at least sort of book related; instead, she hit the jackpot: 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. As an avid reader, she is thrilled to be working within the world of book design and publishing. She enjoys reading old school fantasy and mystery novels. She is currently on a mission to join a Pinochle League, which is proving to be very elusive.

Kiera (author liaison/graphic designer) received her BS in Professional Writing from Champlain College in Vermont, where she spent four years working with the campus’ publishing center. She’s honored to be a part of the Troy Book Makers, where she can continue to grow her love of all things books while working in the heart of the publishing process. Some of her favorites include the classics—Catcher in the Rye, The Hobbit, and To Kill a Mockingbird, to name a few—and are the reason she thought to pursue a book-related job in the first place..

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.