City Spotlight: Publishing in Chicago
Another local indie, Sourcebooks, got its start in a similar fashion—from founder Dominique Raccah's upstairs bedroom in Naperville, about 30 miles west of Chicago's Loop. Sourcebooks, which now has about 100 employees and is seen as an important industry innovator, has been able to tap into that pool of publishing professionals. The house celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2012. Its location has not been an issue in attracting talent, connecting with readers, or publishing bestsellers. "It has its challenging aspects, but I think we managed—long ago—to get over any inferiority complex we might have had," says Editorial Director Todd Stocke. "When you're outside of Manhattan—even outside of Chicago proper—there are a lot of different things that you're not supposed to be able to do. But there are a lot of opportunities now to connect publisher and reader."