Upon moving to Charlottesville, VA, in 1993, Mayapriya started Bookwrights, a full-service book design and production studio, working for some of the biggest (and smallest) publishing houses in the country. Through Bookwrights, Mayapriya has designed more than 500 books which have won numerous awards, including Ben Franklin Awards, Foreword Magazine, IPPY, an ebook cover award, and others. In recent years, Bookwrights has added ebook conversion and author websites to the list of services.
Prior to founding Bookwrights, and after working for a decade in New England, in magazine and newspaper illustration and design, Mayapriya became design and production editor for Carolina Academic Press. From there, she became managing editor while maintaining a freelance design studio that worked for North Carolina clients such as the University of North Carolina Press, Algonquin Press, The Sun Magazine, Acorn Press, and others. While at CAP, she took them to a 50+ book per year press, and built a prestigious law list.
Mayapriya moderated the (then) largest publishing forum, Pub-forum for ten years, and is on the Steering Committee of the Virginia Festival of the Book.
Mayapriya and her husband live on a ridge overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Woods Mill, VA (outside Charlottesville). An Aikido shodan, she and her husband also direct the Bhaktivedanta Center where they teach Bhakti Yoga, and sponsor the Bhakti Yoga Club, a CIO at the University of Virginia. She has no spare time, but likes to squeeze in organic gardening, reading, and practicing kirtan to her days— when time allows.
Bookwrights employs three wonderful part-time subcontractors on a regular basis that keep our schedules smooth and offer exciting skills to the Bookwrights menu of services.