Hungry Planet’s first book hit the shelves in Fall 2003. In the short span since, Hungry Planet has published more than three dozen titles and, as of 2011, has sold over 1,000,000 books. In addition, twenty titles have appeared on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller list. Five of the past six years have seen a Hungry Planet title named as a finalist for the Christian Book Award in the Children/Youth category, with Sexy Girls winning the award in 2007 and B4UD8 (Before You Date) winning in 2010. In 2011, God Girl was one of three finalists for the award in the much larger and competitive Christian Living category.
On average, Hungry Planet publishes between 4-6 books a year; books known for their cutting edge interior design and award-winning covers.
Hungry Planet – “Feeding the World’s Appetite for Truth”
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of more than thirty books, including Dateable, Marriable, Mean Girls, Sexy Girls, God Girl and The Woman of Mystery. She spent the early part of her career working for a little shoe company called Nike in Portland, Oregon and Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2002 Hayley left Nelson and founded Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world’s appetite for truth by producing books and new media, taking on issues of faith and life with a distinctly modern voice. Shortly after founding Hungry Planet, Hayley successfully completed a nationwide executive search for someone to run the company so she could focus on writing. She describes her husband, Michael, as her most successful business acquisition!
Hayley has been a featured guest speaker for such large events as Women of Faith, Precept National Women’s Convention, and MOPS Intl. Leadership Convention among others. She has also consulted on the creation and enhancement of some of the largest stadium events tuned to teens and young women in North America.
Michael DiMarco is Publisher & Creative Director at Hungry Planet, an independent publishing imprint and communications company that helps authors, publishers and organizations reach a visually-engaged culture, specializing in creating resources for spiritual formation. Michael also has authored or co-authored over a dozen bestselling books including Die Young, God Guy, Devotions for the God Guy, and the 2010 Christian Book of the Year for Youth- B4UD8 (Before You Date.) He is married to an even more bestselling author, Hayley DiMarco, and father to their daughter Addison.
Michael’s background includes a degree in mass communication, hosting talk radio, coaching volleyball at the university level, working as a teacher/presenter at the largest Bible software company in the world, and stints as a marketing and creative strategist for some of the largest organizations and ministries around.
He is a skilled communicator and teacher, taking complex topics and breaking them down in an engaging and conversational style. Michael is also versatile in his speaking style, whether it’s making a presentation to scholars at a Evangelical Theological Society gathering or talking to a youth camp of middle schoolers about becoming the girl/guy God made them to be. His passion is to point people to the One that saved him.