Rare Bird is a Los Angeles–based publishing company founded in 2010 by Tyson Cornell, former Marketing and Publicity Director of Book Soup, a legendary independent bookstore on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, California. Rare Bird publishes fifty books and records a year in all trade formats, including hardcover, trade paperback original, paperback, e-book, limited edition, and audiobook with hundreds of authors, including William T. Vollmann, Bella Thorne, Keith Buckley, Ashley Blue, Jerry Stahl, Abigail Tartellin, Chip Jacobs, Frank Capra, Joseph Di Prisco, and J. G. Ballard, among many others.
Rare Bird also releases vinyl audiobooks, as well as singles, EPs, compilations, and full-length records with music artists, including Mark Lanegan (Queens of the Stone Age, The Screaming Trees), Josie Cotton, Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers), and Frank Meyer (The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs), Joe Cardamone (The Icarus Line), Speedbuggy USA, Christian Martucci (Corey Taylor, Stone Sour), and many more.
Meet the Team
Publisher—Tyson Cornell oversees Rare Bird's publishing, acquisitions, and general business operations. He started Rare Bird after nine and a half years as marketing and publicity director at Book Soup bookstore in West Hollywood, California, working with thousands of legendary authors, and major political and cultural figures, including: Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Lauren Bacall, John Updike, Isabel Allende, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush, Maya Angelou, Hunter S. Thompson, and over 15,000 others. He studied Ethnography at UCLA and Cal State University, Northridge, and remembers when the book industry still used carbon copies to process orders.
Sales and Marketing Manager—Alexandra Watts oversees Rare Bird's sales, distribution, marketing, and author relations. Prior to joining the Rare Bird team, Watts worked with Intersection, improving the experience of public spaces through technology and enabling brands to reach audiences on the go, and with PAIGE, as a brand expert coordinating marketing strategies and social media output. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA.
Editorial Director—Guy Intoci oversees Rare Bird's editorial department, working closely with authors to develop projects and explore creative visions. Before joining Rare Bird in 2017, Intoci was the editor in chief of Dzanc Books. He began his career as an editor at MacAdam/Cage Publishing after earning his degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, and also served as editor in chief of MP Publishing. Over the last decade he has worked with countless authors, ranging from some of the most promising and exciting debut writers to New York Times Bestselling authors and Pulitzer Prize winners, including Kirstin Allio, Rick Bragg, Robert Coover, William Gay, Jac Jemc, Charles Johnson, Lee Martin, Josip Novakovich, Jack Pendarvis, Nic Pizzolatto, and George Singleton.
Editorial and Design Manager—Hailie Johnson manages Rare Bird's day-to-day editorial and design, working closely with authors and Rare Bird staff on developmental edits, copyediting, design, production management, as well as many other crucial aspects of the publishing process that brings books from manuscript to publication. A Los Angeles area native, Hailie has a BA in Communications from UCLA.