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Ebooks, reading devices, retailers and e-tailers, software and apps, and all the cool things we haven’t even imagined yet are changing the face of reading, entertainment and learning. Sourcebooks Next is our blog looking not from the perspective of pundit or prognosticator, but from the perspective of a publisher deeply engaged in the workings of the transformation. Please feel free to join us.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


News of Sourcebooks’s acquisition of the bestselling 1-2-3 Magic parenting book series by Thomas Phelan was announced this week, with articles and news items running in Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Publishers Lunch, and the AAP newsletter. This is just the beginning of what is already a significant, creative partnership between Sourcebooks and Phelan.

Sourcebooks Acquires Bestselling 1-2-3 Magic Parenting Series

Publisher Adds #1 Child Discipline Program by Renowned Clinical Psychologist Thomas Phelan

NAPERVILLE, IL (October 21, 2015)—Independent publisher Sourcebooks has acquired 1-2-3 Magic, the #1 child discipline book program that has sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide and has been translated into twenty-two languages.

9781492629887-sFor more than twenty-five years, internationally renowned clinical psychologist Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, has helped millions of moms, dads, teachers, and caregivers with his 1-2-3 Magic parenting program.

“Over the years, being in a position to be able to change—and often revolutionize—the home life of moms, dads, and kids has been a wonderful and heartwarming experience,” Phelan said. “We look forward to many productive years with Sourcebooks.”

The deal, effective January 1, 2016, will kick off with publication of the sixth edition of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2–12 (ISBN: 9781492629887; February 2, 2016; $15.99 U.S.; Parenting; Trade Paper), in which Phelan breaks down the complex task of parenting into straightforward steps and advice for raising independent, emotionally intelligent children and building happier families.

“Nearly twenty years ago we helped Dr. Phelan design his original book covers—we’ve been both friends and fans ever since,” said Todd Stocke, Sourcebooks Vice President, Editorial Director. “Sourcebooks has a rich history of number one authors who have huge impact on their readers’ lives, and we’re proud to add Dr. Phelan to that roster.”

1-2-3 Magic is a cornerstone book in the parenting category that combines timeless advice with a straightforward, relatable voice and up-to-date content, and is a must-have book for any caregiver focused on raising happy, healthy, and responsible children.

Sourcebooks will also publish new editions of 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom in Spring 2016, Surviving Your Adolescents in Fall 2016, and All About ADHD in Spring 2017.

About the Author: A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, has worked with children, adults, and families for over thirty-five years. Phelan maintains an active schedule of international lectures, and is a frequent guest on radio and television. His articles appear in numerous regional and national publications. 1-2-3 Magic has sold more than 1.6 million copies and has been translated into twenty-two languages. Phelan practices and works in the western suburbs of Chicago.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sourcebooks attends a variety of trade shows on behalf of our authors, but none are bigger or more exciting than the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. Thousands of publishers come to the show each year in order to buy and sell rights so that books can be made available in other countries.

View of Hall 6.0 in Frankfurt

The view of one level of Hall 6, where the Sourcebooks staff met with rights agents from all over the world.


Every year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Sourcebooks is dedicated to forging partnerships that will extend the reach of our authors and their books. For example, during this year’s book fair, our rights and exports manager, Sara Hartman-Seeskin, sold Portuguese rights for our upcoming fiction release, The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel. There was also a TON of interest in our picture books and our Simple Truths business titles!

Moon in the Palace, Mail Order Moose, BullsEye by Brian Tracy


We also look at bringing new, foreign authors to the Sourcebooks family. We send sales, marketing, and editorial staff to meet with agents.

Editorial Director Shana Drehs with Adrian Weston

Shana Drehs, Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Landmark, meets with Adrian Weston, of the Adrian Weston Literary Agency


Our CEO and publisher, Dominique Raccah, met with a variety of multimedia companies and licensor on behalf of our popular book personalization site, Put Me In The Story. Our incredible products, like the My First Peanuts ABC and 123 books, really excited all of our current and new partners!

 Peanuts ABC and Peanuts 123

In addition to meeting with foreign agents, the book fair is also a place for readers to come and celebrate their love of reading. Our CEO, Dominique, took the opportunity to gush about our fabulous young adult titles to a group of book lovers below.

Publisher Dominique Raccah with some Sourcebooks Fire fans


At the end of another incredible show, the Sourcebooks team kicks back, raises a glass of wine, and says a hearty “Prost!” to all of our authors, agents, and readers who help us change lives, one book at a time.

The team shares dinner at the show

Shana Drehs, Sara Hartman-Seeskin, Valerie Pierce, Dominique Raccah, Ray Bennett, and Steve Geck


Monday, October 19, 2015

 Prior to the start of the Heartland Fall Forum, Sourcebooks had the opportunity to invite approximately 50 independent booksellers and industry professionals to our offices in Naperville, IL.  We were so excited to be able to host this awesome group of booksellers!

The booksellers gather in front of the Sourcebooks office

A chartered bus brought our guests from The Westin in Lombard to our offices where they were greeted with lunch from a local favorite, Portillo’s.  (The chocolate cake was a huge hit!), some familiar books (our Indie Next picks!), and goody bags in honor of our newsletter, Book Tipsy.

Indie Next Pick The Girl Who Wrote In Silk was displayed as booksellers walked in Book Tipsy goody bags!

Lunch was followed by a tour of the office which included stops in editorial, design, content delivery, customer service and of course an introduction to our beloved Well-Read Cow.  It was a lively tour and really great for all of employees to get a chance to say hello to the amazing people on the frontlines.

Booksellers gather in the Content Delivery department Well Read cow presides over the Sourcebooks office

From there, we took our guests downtown Naperville to visit Anderson’s Bookshop and shop local.  It was a great day at Sourcebooks and it was so exciting to have these special visitors! A huge thank you to everyone who made the trip out here, we loved having you and you are welcome back anytime!


Thursday, October 08, 2015

PrintersRowIconCheck it out: Put Me In The Story, our personalized books site, was featured in the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal this week! We were so excited to talk about the things happening with Put Me In The Story and share more about all the fun we’re having reimagining bedtime!

Chicago Tribune lifestyles reporter Nara Schoenberg sat down with some of our Put Me In The Story team to talk about the creative opportunities and challenges that arise when creating personalized books with well-known brands and authors, including Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snicket, who is famous for his books in “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” 

Approaching Daniel Handler with a proposal to personalize his intensely ironic Lemony Snicket books might sound a little like sticking your head into the mouth of his Incredibly Deadly Viper. But — fortunately for all involved — Handler was intrigued by the idea adding children's names and photos to his "All the Wrong Questions" books.”

We are really so excited about all of the great partners that we get to work with:

Handler is the latest addition to an impressive list of creative heavy-hitters who have signed on to produce personalized books with Sourcebooks, a publisher in Naperville that launched its personalized Put Me In the Story division in 2013. Sesame Street and Disney — both the princess powerhouse and the "Star Wars" subsidiary — have partnered with Sourcebooks to produce personalized books, as has Nancy Tillman, author of the best-seller "On the Night You Were Born."

We had so much fun chatting with Schoenberg, discussing current and upcoming projects. When talking about working with Star Wars, Publishing Manager Karen Shapiro told Nara that when they asked her if she’d like to have her team come up with original book ideas, “I could put it in caps and bold and that's still not going to scream 'Yes!' loud enough."”

Read about what Nara found the most interesting in the full Tribune article below! Her article can also be read on the Chicago Tribune website here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/books/ct-prj-put-me-in-the-story-personalized-childrens-books-20151001-story.html 



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