About Author Media

Author Media is a family business that helps authors build their platform, sell more books, and change the world with writing worth talking about.

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While still in college, Thomas Umstattd founded Umstattd Media in 2007. Umstattd Media focused on building websites for authors and small businesses. You can find the extended history here.

In 2009, Thomas launched AuthorTechTips.com an award-winning blog to help authors with marketing and technology.

In 2011, AuthorTechTips.com became AuthorMedia.com.

In 2012, Author Media and Umstattd Media became part of Castle Media Group, LLC.

In 2013, Thomas Umstattd Jr. & James L Rubart launched the Novel Marketing Podcast, a podcast that is now the longest-running book marketing podcast in the world. That same year, Author Media Kickstarted and released the MyBookTable WordPress Plugin.

In 2014, Author Media kickstarted and released the MySpeakingEvents and MySpeakingPage plugins.

In 2015, Author Media released the MyBookProgress plugin and MyBookTable 2.

In 2016, Author Media kickstarted and released MyBookTable 3.

In 2017, Author Media & Novel Marketing released the 5 Year Plan Course.

in 2018, Novel Marketing joined Patreon, and Author Media started providing podcast production services and released MyBookTable 3.1. Author Media also released the Book Launch Blueprint for the first time.

In 2019, Author Media sold the MyBookTable, MyBookProgress, MySpeakingEvents, and MySpeakingPage plugins to Stormhill Media. NovelMarketing.com merged into AuthorMedia.com.

In 2020, Author Media started Mastermind Groups for authors and podcasters.



Thomas Umstattd Jr.

Thomas Umstattd Jr.


Thomas built his first website at the age of 13 and has been helping people use the web ever since. Thomas is an award-winning speaker on the subject of marketing and technology. As a podcaster, he hosts the Novel Marketing Podcast, and the Christian Publishing Show.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, blogging on his personal website, ThomasUmstattd.com and listening to an embarrassingly high number of podcasts. You can follow him on Twitter @ThomasUmstattd.

Margaret Umstattd

Margaret Umstattd

Social Media Manager

Margaret first joined the Author Media team in 2013 after receiving her Bachelor’s in Communication from Texas A&M University

Shauna Letellier

Shauna Letellier

Content Manager

Shauna Letellier is an author, copywriter, and Bible teacher. With her husband Kurt, she has the wild and hilarious privilege of raising three boys along the banks of the Missouri River where they fish, swim, and rush off to ball games.

William Umstattd

William Umstattd

Podcast Editor

William graduated from the Podcast Engineering School in 2019 and edits Novel Marketing, Christian Publishing Show, and several client podcasts.