Joni Evans, born in 1942, is an American book publisher of over 100 bestsellers, writer, editor, and literary agent. Evans’s background and career in publishing includes posts as Senior Vice President of the William Morris Agency (1994-2006), President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster (1989-1994), and Publisher at Random House (1977-1989).
Life and career
Evans was most recently Senior Vice President at the William Morris Agency where she had been since 1994. Evans represented a wide array of authors including Marcus Buckingham, Christopher Byron, Ann Coulter, Fannie Flagg, Martin Garbus, Peggy Noonan, James Patterson, Liz Smith, John Stossel and Michael Weisskopf.
From 1989-1994, Evans was Executive Vice President at Random House Adult Trade Division and also Publisher of Turtle Bay Books, a division of Random House. Previously, she had worked at Simon and Schuster for 14 years where she served as Subsidiary Rights Director, Associate Publisher, then as Editor in Chief of her own division, the Linden Press, and finally as President and Publisher of Simon and Schuster.
Evans was part of a 2003 Penn & Teller's Bullshit! episode, which showed "a nice expose of Rosemary Altea during a taped readings arranged by Showtime. Viewers got a clear picture of how she worked the small group of people present for readings prior to the taping in order to glean information for later use. They also learned how her publicist, Joni Evans, seeded the group with people whose biographies were already known to Altea in order to boost her on-camera success."
- Herring, Ren. Interview with Joni Evans. wowOwow, New York. 5 March 2008.
- Christopher, Kevin (May–June 2003). "Penn & Teller series exposes paranormal B.S. and gains audience". Skeptical Inquirer. Retrieved 2006-12-28.
- Span, Paula (April 27, 1990). Divorce of the Publishing Titans; New York's Evans v. Snyder, The Battle of the Helpmates. The Washington Post