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We’re at a historic point in the transformation the book.

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.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Every year, Publishers Weekly’s editorial team honors someone who has changed the business of publishing. In 2016, that someone is Sourcebooks CEO and publisher, Dominique Raccah!


Dominique Raccah: PW Person of the Year, 2016

logo-trans “When Dominique Raccah started Sourcebooks in 1987, she had modest goals and saw hitting the $1 million sales level as a distant target. With her company poised to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, Sourcebooks, which recently passed the one-hundred-million-units-sold mark, now publishes about 500 books annually with a staff of 129, and its founder is seen as an industry visionary. This fall, Raccah was named BISG Innovator of the Year, and Sourcebooks was selected as a Rising Star by the wholesaler Readerlink. In recognition of her determination, creativity, and energy in making Sourcebooks one of the country’s leading independent publishers, Raccah is PW’s Person of the Year.”

44350-v1-600x “Raccah’s involvement with all aspects of publishing convince her that the industry has a bright future. She points out that publishing has navigated the digital transition much better than some other media segments… Among the company’s best-performing areas in the year so far are adult fiction, up 37% in the first 11 months of 2016 over the same period in 2015; young adult, ahead 49%; and adult nonfiction, up 13%. The company also had 14 national bestsellers during the year, the most in its history.”


It’s been an incredible year at Sourcebooks, and this honor is extraordinary. But as Dominique said recently, this title doesn’t really belong to one person. “It’s something that I share with our authors, our employees, our partners, booksellers and librarians (without them, nothing in our world happens). One person can accomplish some great things, but working together we can create amazing.”

Thank YOU for helping us make this our best year ever!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This week, we are so excited to celebrate the FOUR Sourcebooks authors with books on national bestseller lists. And just in time for the holidays!

Dont Push The Button by Bill CotterBill Cotter’s Don’t Push the Button! makes its debut as a USA Today bestseller. Larry, the main monster, has only one rule – do NOT push the button! But his curiosity gets the best of him and he asks you to help him make things right again. Don’t Push the Button! makes a perfect gift for all kids, as they interact with this silly, clever monster.

 

How to Catch an Elf by Adam WallaceWith one New York Times bestseller earlier this year (How to Catch A Leprechaun) Adam Wallace earned another spot on the New York Times bestseller list, as well as the USA Today bestseller list with How to Catch an Elfillustrated by Andy Elkerton. Join along as Santa’s elf dashes through tricky traps and slippery situations to deliver all of the Christmas presents. The bright illustrations and fun rhyming story will draw you in and make you, and your favorite little helper(s), laugh. 

 

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke NijkampMarieke Nijkamp’s This is Where It Ends got all the way to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list earlier this year and this week marks its 30th appearance on the list! Marieke’s novel navigates the emotions of four high school students while their school is under control of “the boy with the gun”—experiencing the fear, anticipation, and intensity of the situation. While the story is heartbreaking, readers agree it’s great for anyone looking to get lost in a book.

 

 

The Cabin by Natasha PrestonNatasha Preston’s The Cabin is enjoying its 13th week on the New York Times bestsellers list. Natasha started her writing career on Wattpad, and The Cabin is her third novel with Sourcebooks. Her first, The Cellar, has also spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list this year and reached #1 on the New York Times Young Adult E-Book bestseller list at the beginning of December. The Cabin continues to pull in readers who love a good mystery. This book is great for anyone seeking a perfect stay-up-all-night kind of book.

 

A HUGE congratulations to Bill, Adam and Andy, Marieke, and Natasha. It’s been an incredible year and we can’t wait to see what next year brings!

 

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

This week Sourcebooks turned twenty-nine, and took some time to celebrate twenty-nine years of success, growth, and innovation, and most importantly, all the people who helped us get there.

The Sourcebooks Naperville team cheers for twenty-nine years

The Sourcebooks Naperville team in front of the office, full of ice cream and good cheer.

 Birthday card towers

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Birthday jenga

Enjoying the nice fall day and the ice cream from the Good Humor truck!

After taking some time to let loose, and engage in some friendly competition, Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah spoke on what it takes to create a company like this, and while she was addressing the employees, she was really talking to the entire Sourcebooks family. All of the authors who write such wonderful books, our bookselling partners who help to connect readers with the right books for them, our media partners who share their love of these books, and of course the readers. We wouldn’t be here without the readers. Here’s what she said:

“Wow. Twenty-nine years.

Sourcebooks as a book publishing company simply should not exist. Whoever has a copy of “The Rules of Publishing” would tell you that. You think that’s not an actual thing, but sometimes our industry believes that there are “rules.” We ran into them again and again, and we still do.

My book review of “The Rules of Publishing” is short but sweet, “Let’s create something amazing.” 

Innovation is how we got here. It’s the cornerstone of who we are and who we’ll become next. As you all probably saw, we won the BISG Industry Innovation Award last week, and when I got up on stage I talked about how innovation is iterative, is about the customer experience, and is about having the right mindset.

What I didn’t talk about is what innovation looks like.  For that I would have needed pictures because it looks like all of you. It looks like the great big ideas and the small improvements to processes that let us pursue those ideas. Each and every one of you has a daily impact on the work we do, how we innovate and the success we create.

There are so many places in the company’s history where we did something that other people thought was crazy. We put CD’s in books, we published not one but TWO New York Times bestselling children’s poetry collections, we built a whole personalized website from the ground up. But we did it to create something amazing—connecting authors to readers in new ways.

Sourcebooks would not be the company that it is today without you and your dedication to the idea that books change lives. YOU have changed my life, and all I can say is thank you! Thank you for your ideas, for your hard work, for your dedication. It has been a great year and I cannot wait to create an even bigger future.”

Thank YOU!

Friday, September 30, 2016

I’m incredibly honored to announce that Sourcebooks won the BISG Industry Innovation Award at the BISG Annual Meeting held today, September 30, 2016, which also happens to be Sourcebooks’ 29th birthday!

I’m sharing the acceptance speech I gave, below, because this award is not about me. It’s about each and every single person who walks through the door into our offices every morning, excited about what they will create that day. This is about our partners, and our authors, and the many readers whose lives we get to touch. It’s about what we’ve ALL created together.

We've done so much. We get to do more. Thank YOU for loving books and helping to create (each and every day) the future of this industry that we love so much.

Thank you.

Dominique

BISG Industry Innovation Award – Acceptance Speech:

Last week as I was walking out of the office one night I started a list of the things that we were working on that looked like "new" to me. I came back the next morning, expanded that list of 6 to 14 and realized it touched every part of our organization. When I shared it with my team, they expanded it to 31 and at that point I realized that we were rethinking our business from the ground up.

Innovation is, I think, 3 things:

It is customer centric. Leaning into the customer experience, whether it's augmented reality, ya covers, Facebook conversions or personalized books.

And it is iterative. You try, learn, change, over and over. You start small, like that list I made. And you build from there.

And it is about mindset. Our industry is often thought to be the hallmark of stuck. Innovation is tough, it's expensive and on some days it's really embarrassing. But it's our mindset --the way we think about it -- that allows us to drive through and innovate.

When I look at us, the book industry, I see leaders. I see strivers. I see innovators.

I see an industry that's breaking the norms of what media transformation can and should look like. And people who daily do the work for the sheer excitement that books bring into people's lives.

Thank you so much for this honor, thank you to the whole BISG organization for the work you do, to the committee and working group members and chairs, to my many friends on the board, and to everyone here today for giving your time and effort to making our industry better. As members of BISG we are charged and trusted with setting standards for the industry. Let's continue to set a standard of innovation, of growth mindset, of reaching beyond what we are now and creating the future of book publishing. Thank you.

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