We were happy to welcome Neil Steinberg from the Chicago Sun-Times to the Sourcebooks HQ this past week. Mr. Steinberg was given an inside look at the inner workings of Sourcebooks, and we are thrilled to share his article that was published yesterday, January 20, 2019.
"By being nimble and collaborative — and at one low point taking a mortgage on Raccah’s home — the company has managed to thrive during changing times," Steinberg writes.
We are excited that Sourcebooks is expanding its children's business with the launch of three new imprints, Sourcebooks Wonderland, Sourcebooks Young Readers, and Sourcebooks eXplore.
All three new imprints will live under the umbrella of Sourcebooks Kids, which will include:
We are also pleased to announce that Nicky Benson, former director of product management at Readerlink, will be joining Karen Shapiro, publishing manager of the Sourcebooks entertainment group, in launching Sourcebooks Wonderland. “Nicky has a remarkable eye for writing and design that connects with a wide audience," said Todd Stocke, senior vice president and editorial director at Sourcebooks. "We’re thrilled to add her to our growing team."
We are thrilled to share that Anna Michels has been promoted to Editorial Director, Sourcebooks and Poisoned Pen Press.
Shana, Editorial Director for Sourcebooks and Sourcebooks Landmark, joins us in congratulating Anna:
"Anna first joined us as an editorial intern, and she has been a tremendous asset ever since. Every year she has steadily taken on more responsibility and leadership with her trademark unflappable attitude. In 2015, it was Anna’s idea to begin in-depth research on the mystery category with an eye toward experimentation and hopeful eventual expansion. Anna spearheaded our education and shortened our overall learning curve, building on knowledge and authors that put us in exactly the right frame to have Poisoned Pen Press join us this year. Along with Robert, Barbara, and the entire PPP team, Anna has managed the PPP transition gracefully, shepherding an entirely new imprint into Sourcebooks.
Anna’s acquisitions in adult nonfiction and with Sourcebooks Landmark have left their mark on our point-of-sale figures and on readers, and her agent contacts continue to yield interesting and fruitful projects and partnerships due to her committed relationship-building. When the long-established 1-2-3 Magic brand joined us, Anna took the helm in working with an author used to being in charge of his own publishing company. Anna’s authors love her, whether she’s helping them title a new cozy series (did you know Anna’s very punny?) or rebrand an entire nonfiction program, and that care and attention she devotes to her books is part of what makes her such a great editor. In her new role Anna takes on the leadership of the adult nonfiction program as well as the internal leadership of Poisoned Pen Press. From the new SNAP initiative to bedrock authors like Tom Phelan to exciting new works like MOTHERHOOD SO WHITE and THE GENIUS HABIT, Anna’s work on proactively adapting to a changing marketplace and growing nonfiction is poised to reap success.
We’re so excited for Anna to take this next step in her career and we look forward to seeing what she’ll bring us in the future!"
Chris Bauerle has been promoted to Vice President, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sourcebooks. He was previously Director of Sales and Marketing and recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary with the Midwest-based publisher.
“Chris has successfully guided the transition of our publicity and marketing departments into one powerhouse group this year,” said Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO. “He’s built an extraordinary team. And we’re all excited about the future that we’re creating for our authors and retail partners.”
“Chris has been a key driver behind the consistent, double-digit annual sales growth at Sourcebooks for the last decade,” said Barb Briel, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. “He has brought a new level of engagement and accountability to the entire organization.”
Bauerle joined Sourcebooks as part of its 2008 acquisition of Cumberland House Publishing, where he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He also worked as Vice President, Mass Market Sales at B&H Publishing Group.
We are happy to share that December 9, 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the first appearance by a Sourcebooks title on the New York Times bestsellers list!
In December of 1998, We Interrupt This Broadcast by Joe Garner, with CDs narrated by Bill Kurtis, appeared on the Hardcover Nonfiction list.
In 1998 Sourcebooks was still a very small publisher, with no concept that making the New York Times list was even possible — or how one found out about it. That fall, we shipped thousands of copies of We Interrupt This Broadcast (a $45 value, complete with CDs) and the enthusiasm about the book by our bookselling partners was incredible.
On a late Wednesday afternoon in December, a bookstore called us to say we had made the New York Times bestseller list. They emphasized that "we" had made the list, which was fitting then and now: the Sourcebooks team includes our authors, of course, and it also includes our partners and champions in the bookselling and librarian communities. They are the folks who are boots-on-the-ground during the holiday season, working tirelessly to put just the right book in the right reader’s hands. We applaud them – we’re proud to be on a team together.
Join Love Your Bookstore & share your love for your local bookstore! We'll be celebrating all brick-and-mortar bookstores for an entire week, starting Nov. 10!
The first Love Your Bookstore steering committee is comprised of George Slowik Jr., President of Publishers Weekly; Becky Anderson, co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops and past President of the American Booksellers Association; Carl Lennertz, Executive Director of the Children’s Book Council and Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks.
For more details on how you can participate visit http://www.loveyourbookstore.com/.
On September 30th, Sourcebooks turned 30 years old. And yes, we had a great party a bit earlier to celebrate. Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah shared some inspiring words about the company, our past and our bright future:
“As I look around today, I’m looking at so many of the people who made it possible to reach this milestone! YOU have all made a difference and helped this company become what it is today. Thank you all, along with our wonderful authors, vendors, partners, and readers!”
Sourcebooks employees showed off their anniversary shirts in a group photo, enjoyed treats from three local food trucks, and an afternoon of games and sharing stories from those who have been here decades to days.
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