1,001 Dark Nights Co-Creators

M.J. Rose, Liz Berry and Jillian Stein

Liz Berry, M.J. Rose and Jillian Stein co-own 1,001 Dark Nights Press and Blue Box Press—marketing companies that work to increase bestselling author brands and expand readership within the romance genre. Since its first release in 2014, 1001 Dark Nights Press has sold over 3,000,000 units across its various innovative projects. Utilizing author-to-author and author-to-reader relationships, along with innovative marketing concepts the team will continue to explore cutting edge concepts well into the future.

Liz Berry has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and also studied international marketing at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Both areas of study have allowed her to gain twenty-plus years of experience in the ever-changing marketing field.

Previously, Liz was the executive director of International Thriller Writers (ITW), a trade group of over 4,500 thriller writers from around the world. And prior to that, she was the long-time director of ThrillerFest, the annual gathering of ITW.

She proudly served on the Education Committee for the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board, and, with her husband, novelist Steve Berry, operates History Matters, a non-profit foundation dedicated to historic preservation.


New York Times bestseller, ​M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed.

Rose is the former Co-President and a founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz, now in its 15th year.

In 1998, Rose’s first novel, Lip Service, was the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club as well as the first e-book to go on to be published by a mainstream New York publishing house.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.


In addition to overseeing and producing the social media content for 1,001 Dark Nights and Blue Box Press, Jillian Stein creates content and directs the social media marketing plans for multiple New York Times bestselling authors, where she analyzes their reach and builds brand presence via unique strategies.

She proudly built and oversees the Read-Love-Blog and is excited to continually reach thousands of romance readers via that platform.

After her college years, Jillian moved to Philadelphia where she now resides with her husband and teenage son.