Our Startup Story
John Burke and Fauzia Burke are the co-founders of Pub Site. They are business partners, as well as life partners. Besides launching Pub Site in 2018, they have been busy building FSB Associates, a successful digital publicity firm, since 1995. FSB specializes in promoting books and authors on the web, and will celebrate 25 years in business on May 1, 2020.
Together John and Fauzia have supported authors like Alan Alda, Tom Clancy, Sue Grafton, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Melissa Francis, S. C. Gwynne, Mika Brzezinski, Charles Spencer, and thousands more.
Besides being the president of Pub Site, John is the COO of FSB Associates. Before joining Fauzia at FSB, John worked for several publishers including Crown, McGraw-Hill, Addison Wesley, and John Wiley, as well as in bookstores. At FSB, John runs the company’s website business and has launched hundreds of author and publisher websites, including the first author website ever - for Sue Grafton (now in its forth redesign).
Fauzia is the founder and President of FSB Associates and author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors. She’s worked in book marketing and publicity her entire professional life. Fauzia started FSB in 1995 after discovering this magical thing called the internet. Before starting FSB, Fauzia worked for publishers John Wiley and Henry Holt.
In 2014, John and Fauzia moved to San Diego, and within a year had a chance meeting with Ray Borduin, a brilliant programmer. Ray has been in database programming and website development since 1999, and is the founder of WebAssist, which provides the leading Dreamweaver database extensions among other web development tools. Recognizing a gap in the market, the three of them formed a dream team of experience and began working on a new platform for building author websites.
Enter Pub Site: a new, DIY easy-to-use website builder designed specifically for authors and for books. Many of the DIY website builders are made for entrepreneurs like event planners or photographers, and don’t have specific features that authors need. Pub Site allows authors and small publishers to feature an unlimited number of books.
They just launched a website with 150 books for the parent company of Reader’s Digest. You can easily add links to social media sites (including Goodreads and BookBub), info on book tours, blogging, online bookseller links, mailing list signups, and even e-commerce. The designs, layouts, and features are all made for books and are user-friendly. Authors can use their own domain or a variation of ours. All sites are secure and mobile-friendly, ensuring that you reach the right people in a professional, affordable, and efficient way from any device.
Pub Site is the platform of choice for prolific authors such as Tom Clancy, Sandra Ingerman, Robert K. Tanenbaum, Bobbi Smith, Mark Siegel, and Henry Mintzberg to debut authors like Renee Linnell, E.G. Scott, Chuck Vance, and more. Check out the portfolio to see some of the websites developed on Pub Site.
Authors can sign up for a 14-day free trial with no credit card required. Pub Site is free to set up and costs only $19.99 a month which includes hosting, an incredible bargain considering the cost of hosting alone on many other platforms. If you want to turn over the website build to the professionals, the Pub Site team can build a site for you at one tenth the price of a custom-designed WordPress site. Click here to learn more about our low-cost website setup service.