Ben LeRoy was born, grew up, and continues to live on the north side of Madison, WI. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received his bachelor’s degree in English & Philosophy.

He founded and served as publisher of Bleak House Books from 2000-2009. He was also the founder and publisher of Tyrus Books from 2009-2017 until after the company was acquired by Simon & Schuster. During his time in the publishing industry, Ben was a frequent speaker at conferences, contributor to media pieces about the publishing industry, and was named to Publishers Weekly’s 50 Under 40 list. After his time as a publisher, he served as the Executive Director of the Independent Publishers Caucus. He is currently a Senior Acquisitions Editor for Crooked Lane Books.

After the death of a friend, Ben volunteered in all 50 states as part of the Be Local Everywhere project in 2014.

He is currently at work on his own novel and trying to find peace through internal and external exploration. Depending on the specifics of his schedule, he is often available for freelance editorial work.

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