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 and was the founder and publisher of Tyrus Books from 2009 until the company was acquired by Simon & Schuster in early 2017. 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 and serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Common Wealth Development, a 501c (3) non-profit dedicated to providing affordable housing and job training for those in need. Depending on the specifics of his schedule, he is often available for freelance editorial work.
In 2014 after the death of a friend, Ben volunteered in all 50 states as part of Be Local Everywhere.
He wrote about his experience with melanoma in the winter of 2019 and would like to remind you to wear sunscreen.
He is currently at work on a variety of written, audio, and video projects, many of which will likely never see the light of day. But the work is exploration and sometimes exploration is enough. As new projects become available, they show up on this website for a brief time and then they disappear. There may/may not be rabbit holes on this website for other explorers.
Holler if you get lost.