We have decades of experience in the publishing industry amongst us.
Maureen serves as the head of group for Como Sales and the main point of contact. Working at a Waldenbooks while in college sparked her love for bookselling and publishing. She went on to graduate from the NYU Center for Publishing in New York and worked at Simon & Schuster for four years before taking a position at Workman Publishing in the
special markets department. After a brief stint at Barefoot Books in Cambridge, she joined Como Sales in 2012. A New Englander at heart, her territory includes Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. Maureen was given the Saul Gilman Award for outstanding service as a sales representative to New England independent bookstores in 2017 and she was a Publishers Weekly Rep of the Year nominee in 2020.
Like many reps, Frazer Dobson started off working in a bookstore. He became a bookseller in 1993, working for Chapter 11 Bookstore in Atlanta, a local chain. By 2001, he was the buyer for all the Chapter 11 bookstores, when he met his wife Sally Brewster, another bookseller, at SIBA in Fort Lauderdale in 2002. He left Chapter 11 right
before it went, well, Chapter 11, and moved to Charlotte, NC where he currently resides. He and Sally own Park Road Books in Charlotte; Sally runs the store while Frazer does the rep thing. Frazer has worked for Como Sales since September, 2008. His territory encompasses North and South Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Frazer was a Publishers Weekly Rep of the Year nominee in 2017!
Nissa Bagelman is new to the Como group, but a bookseller from the start.
The granddaughter of independent bookstore owners, Nissa's inevitable path to publishing started with a college internship at The Boston Book Festival, followed by a stint as a bookseller at Borders, and on to her first sales
job at The Perseus Books Group. After Perseus, she moved to New York to join the Workman family in the special sales department, falling in love with its amazing books and creative people. Now a nomadic citizen of the Mid-Atlantic region, Nissa is thrilled to be the next Workman vet to become a Como rep! Her territory includes NY, NJ, PA and DE.
Gail worked for Waldenbooks for 20 years in a variety of positions until she was laid off during the Borders and Walden’s merge. She then secured a position at one of the premier independent bookstores in South Florida, Liberties Fine Books & Music, as head buyer and remained there for a couple of years. She
was offered a job with Booklink as a commission sales rep where she stayed for many years representing Workman, Running Press, Andrews McMeel, Abbeville, IPG and many others. In 2006 she left Booklink to become a “hybrid” rep for Workman and WW Norton where she covered FL, GA, AL, MS, SC for both companies, when this partnership dissolved in 2008 she became a member of the Como Sales group where she happily remains to this day! Gail was nominated in 2021 as a Publishers Weekly Rep of the Year finalist.
Our Rep Emeritus
Adele Herman has been a sales rep for Como Sales for more than forty years, covering Pennsylvania, South and Central NJ, Maryland and Delaware. Her first job was as a Flexowriter operator, pre computers. She then married Sam and worked as a Medical Secretary. Her next job was Mommy. While raising her children, Marjie
and Danny, she was a Girl Scout leader, Youth grouper Advisor, Reading Aid for Philadelphia public schools, and then became a Sales Rep for Como Sales. Now she devotes most of her time to selling and reading books. Widow of Samuel Herman, an original member of Como Sales. "Book selling is my life, and Backlist is our business!"