Editor’sNote: Thank You … and Big News
I don't know about you, but I can't believe the end of another year is upon us. What a year it's been—I think it's safe to say—for all of us in publishing.
To go out with a bang, we traditionally end the year with our annual Business Tips issue, featuring x number of tips on a variety of topics (this year, 65+ tips!). Our columnists, not typically list-makers by nature, graciously cooperate and submit their columns in tips format to go with our theme. The idea is to pack as much information as we can into these pages to help you prepare for the new year. I hope you feel we have been successful.
It seems an appropriate time to thank our columnists and our guest columnists for their contributions to this magazine, as well as our editorial advisory board for their constant support and insights, sometimes responding to my requests with just hours' notice, and always being positive and helping to steer this magazine's direction over the years.
However, I'd also like to thank you, our reader, our pièce de résistance. First of all, for reading. Second, for providing feedback; I appreciate the e-mails and phone calls I get in response to our content. Hundreds of you provide feedback on our annual editorial survey, and I can't tell you how valuable that is to ensuring that Book Business continues to serve you with information that will help you in your publishing careers—whether through this print publication, our many webinars, our Publishing Business Virtual Conference and Expo (which we just held live on Oct. 27, but you can still register to view the archived event and all the free editorial sessions at virtual.publishingbusiness.com), and last, but certainly not least, our live Publishing Business Conference & Expo (which is coming up March 19-21 in NYC, so save the date … and make sure you register in time to get your free thank-you gift—an Amazon Kindle Fire!).
And I'd be remiss if I didn't thank our advertisers and sponsors, whose continued support enables us to bring you this magazine and all of its related digital content for free. I encourage you to check out their services; they, too, have valuable insights into trends in the industry, and offer solutions and products that can save you time and money, and help you as you prepare your businesses for a profitable future in a morphing industry.
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I'm also excited to announce some big news. With this issue, we welcome a new editor-in-chief, Brian Howard, and announce the promotion of Matt Steinmetz to publisher and of James Sturdivant from contributing editor to senior editor of Book Business.
Brian is a longtime writer/editor, whose career history includes positions with Target Marketing magazine (where I used to work with him), editor-in-chief of Philadelphia's City Paper, editor of a national music magazine and editor of an urban sustainability magazine. In addition to being a longtime fan of his work, I'm thrilled to bring Brian's experience, intelligence and creativity to Book Business.
Many of you know our new publisher from his many years on Book Business's editorial staff and his role in helping to run the Publishing Business Conference and Expo. Matt's business savvy led him into sales, and his rapid success led to his promotion to publisher. We are looking forward to Matt's guidance and business prowess to ensure the continued growth of this magazine and all of its related products.
James Sturdivant's features have continually ranked among readers' favorites in our annual reader surveys, and he has contributed significantly to our digital expansion and editorial content and direction. It is with great pleasure that I announce that he will be more involved in Book Business' content and growth.
One last thank you while I'm on a roll … to our staff for all of the blood, sweat and tears they have poured into this brand, including our editorial staff, our dedicated and persevering sales team, our webinar/virtual events staff and our marketing/social media team, whose efforts often go unrecognized.
They have all contributed greatly to moving this brand forward over the years and, along with you, hopefully will continue to do so for years to come.
Thank you, again, for being a very valued reader. Please always feel free to contact me with thoughts on the industry, ideas for this publication or our events, or just to drop me a line and say hello. Your continued support makes the work we do here worthwhile. And knowing that we are helping to make your publishing careers easier and more successful is all the payment we need. (Not really, or we'd starve, … but in theory. Anyway, it sure is nice to know.)