The Authors

The Authors:

Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm.

Before his interest in socks, Sullivan started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. After being rescued  off the train, he spent much of the past two decades raising two daughters while working at home.

Sullivan returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreak one of the year’s best in Christian fiction for 2010.

His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named  one of the best books of 2012 by Sullivan has written articles about the plight of homelessness for, The Washington,, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s service.


Susan Petrone lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, her daughter, and two silly dogs. When she isn’t writing SockKids stories, she writes novels and short stories (her work has been published in Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island) writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at for’s SweetSpot network.


Anthony Ziccardi 

Anthony Ziccardi is a former VP, Deputy Publisher at Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Imprint and Editorial Director of the Threshold Imprint. Anthony spent the last seven years at Simon & Schuster acquiring and marketing bestselling authors across all genres and formats.

He began his career in 1990 at S&S in sales and distribution for the mass market and audio formats and after proving successful, was given hard cover and trade responsibilities. From 1996 to 2000 Anthony served as VP, Director of National Accounts at Harper Collins and sold across a wide range of customers including wholesale distributors (Levy, News Group), national accounts (B&N, Books-A-Million) and price clubs.

In 2000, Anthony joined Random House’s Ballantine imprint as Senior VP, Associate Publisher. At Ballantine, Anthony led the Del Rey imprint to record profits along with managing all sales and marketing for the Ballantine list. During his tenure at Ballantine, Anthony worked with bestselling brands such as Star Wars, Halo, Garfield and Lord of the Rings. He also played a leadership role in the successful launch of the Ballantine trade paperback program.

Anthony acquired several bestselling fiction and non-fiction authors for the Gallery and Pocket lists including Lisa Genova, Christie Golden, All Star Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia, body language expert Tonya Reiman, economist Art Laffer and former Kiss band member Ace Frehley. Anthony also managed Gallery’s licensing efforts, leading the publishing programs for  brands including MTV, Star Trek, Blizzard Entertainment and Permuted Press.

Anthony serves as an advisor to the NYU Masters Publishing Program and is looking forward to working with students during the summer semester.




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