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Linda Carlson, December 2014
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60 And Going Strong Founded by John Fries Blair at a time when he could have been planning his retirement, John F.Blair, Publisher, is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Lasting so long was hardly assured, as publicist Sally Johnson explains, “When Blair died peacefully at his legendary desk in 1986, lawyers advised the family to close …

Linda Carlson, November 2014
Building on a Rich Tradition: The University of Oklahoma Press Story »

The first university press established in the Southwest, and the fourth in the western half of the United States, the University of Oklahoma Press describes itself as a “preeminent publisher of books about the West and the American Indian,” with an interest in scholarly disciplines such as archaeology, classical studies, energy studies, natural sciences, political …

Linda Carlson, November 2014
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Reaching Readers for Reading Rainbow Independent Publishers Group is distributing LeVar Burton’s first children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. Created by Burton, longtime host of the children’s program “Reading Rainbow,” with Susan Schaefer Bernardo and illustrator Courtenay Fletcher, the title is being published by Reading Rainbow, a brand now owned by Burton and …

Linda Carlson, October 2014
Sharing Suits a Specialized Publisher: The Cooperative Press Story »

If you have an attitude, Cooperative Press’s books will help you express it. With titles including Doomsday Knits (“Everything you need for battling zombies and foraging the ozone-depleted forests for provisions …”) and Subversive Socks (“For those times when you have something snarky to say and—well—why not say it on your feet?”), publisher Shannon Okey …

Linda Carlson , September 2014
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Selling Rights Around the World Parenting Press has sold Korean rights to two children’s picture books—The Way I Feel, by Janan Cain, and The Way I Act, illustrated by Cain and written by Steve Metzger—to Book Bank Publishing Co. The Press has also sold simplified Chinese rights to those titles in the People’s Republic of …

MaryAnn F. Kohl, September 2014
Staying Small, Staying Profitable »

IBPA is an association for every kind of independent publisher, from the big company with many employees to the tiny cottage with one (which likely defines Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.). Whatever size a publisher is, to be big or small is a choice. Early on, I deliberately chose to keep Bright Ring small—and to make …

Linda Carlson, August 2014
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Plentiful Publicity “It’s the kind of book that makes you wonder why you’re still sitting at a desk, dreaming of setting sail for the Caribbean or hiking the Himalayas,” Newsweek wrote in June about World Rider Press’s Forks: A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. That praise came just a few days after author/publisher Allan …

Linda Carlson, August 2014
Today’s Self-Publishing Pathways, Part 2 »

(SEE ALSO: Part 1) Until about 30 years ago, most people who got published began by sending carefully typewritten queries and proposals to publisher after publisher, hoping for a contract. Or they sank thousands of dollars into developing their own presses, usually starting with titles they’d written themselves. Then came desktop publishing, and as mentioned …

Linda Carlson, August 2014
Imprints that Work Best in Print: Insight Editions’ Success Story Features Complex Formats »

Show rather than tell. That might be the motto of Insight Editions, where video and other visuals are key to selling pop-up and lavishly illustrated movie tie-in books. These are among the best ways to highlight titles with special features, special trim sizes, and removable elements, company executives say, and sales figures prove the point. …

Linda Carlson, July 2014
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Under the Sea for Good Scarletta Press author Ellen Prager spent four minutes on the Today show in May discussing her YA novel, The Shark Whisperer. To make her appearance dramatic, she used tanks lent by an aquarium and set up on the Today show plaza so she could show examples of the sea creatures …

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