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Fox Chapel Acquires Lumina Books Division

Irvine, CA December 30, 2016

Fox Chapel Publishing has acquired the books division of Lumina Media, including 330 print books and 440 e-books focusing on animals, pet care, home gardening, farming, and rural life. The publisher will launch a new imprint, CompanionHouse Press, to market the new line.

“This acquisition supports our continuing strategy of becoming a leader in special interest publishing,” Fox Chapel president Alan Giagnocavo said in a statement.

Fox Chapel specializes in illustrated nonfiction in the crafts and hobbies space, and publishes more than 1,200 book titles and three quarterly magazines.


Holcomb-Hathaway acquired by Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Scottsdale, AZ August 19, 2016

Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers is a respected, innovative academic and professional publishing company specializing in innovative academic titles for use in college courses and by professionals. They publish in the growing discipline of Kinesiology (Exercise Science and Physical Education), Sport Management, Literacy Education, Journalism/Broadcast/Media.

The Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis is the new publishing home for these titles.


Llewellyn Worldwide sells Flux to North Star Editions

ST. PAUL, MN, June 30, 2016

Llewellyn Worldwide LTD has agreed to sell its young adult imprint, Flux, to Twin Cities-based North Star Editions, Inc. North Star Editions will take over sales and publishing operations for all existing titles effective July 1, 2016. Under the agreement, Llewellyn Worldwide will continue to handle warehousing and fulfillment duties for Flux titles.

“We are delighted to find such a welcoming home for Flux,” said Sandra Weschcke, President of Llewellyn Worldwide. “We have enjoyed all the Flux authors and titles over the years and we are confident North Star will grow and prosper with Flux. We look forward to a productive relationship.”

“We are excited to be able to continue the wonderful Flux tradition and carry it into this next phase of its life,” said Mari Kesselring, Flux’s new managing editor. “We look forward to the opportunity to engage Flux’s readership with bold new titles for the young-adult fiction audience.”

Llewellyn debuted Flux in 2006 and it quickly became a critically acclaimed and award-winning imprint dedicated to fiction for teens. It was born out of the success of the Blue is for Nightmares series by Laurie Faria Stolarz. The series has sold more than 500,000 copies and carries on in the backlist today.

Since its inception, Flux has set out to be different and diverse. Consistently provocative, independently alternative, and always striving to find unique voices that unsettle, surprise, inform, and ignite.

Through this focus, Flux is proud to have launched the careers of New York Times bestselling authors Laurie Faria Stolarz, Maggie Stiefvater, and Simone Elkeles. Elkeles’s title Return to Paradise made its debut on the New York Times bestseller list. Several other acclaimed YA authors also debuted with Flux including A.S. King and Carrie Jones.

A host of Flux titles have also won awards from the American Library Association, the Independent Publishers Association, and other literary organizations. In 2014 Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirsten Conn-Mills won the National Stonewall Award.


New Harbinger Acquires Non-Duality Press

New Harbinger Publications closed 2015 by purchasing the publishing assets of Non-Duality Press. Launched in the U.K. in 2004 by founder Julian Noyce, Non-Duality Press became the leading publisher of the literature on non-duality—a spiritual movement built on the idea of non-separation.

Effective in mid-November, New Harbinger created a Non-Duality Press imprint to house the backlist of the U.K.-based company, with bestsellers including The Direct Path by Greg Goode, Awake in the Heartland by Joan Tollifson, and Falling in Love with Where You Are by Jeff Foster; and will release newly acquired titles in the imprint beginning with New Harbinger’s Fall 2016 list, which includes Non-Duality Questions, Non-Duality Answers by Richard Sylvester, and The Unfindable Inquiry by Scott Kiloby.

The non-duality movement mingles the ancient Sanskrit concept of “Advaita,” meaning “not-two” with the Hindu “Vendanta” scriptural study and philosophy. Modern, Western Advaita teachers long-published by NDP, write about the practice of non-duality in many ways, including the idea of spiritual practice without religious dogma, how the non-dual awareness is immediately accessible to everyone, and how the search for enlightenment itself is an obstacle to realizing oneness. The transaction expands the reach of New Harbinger, the 40-plus-year-old publisher of psychology and self-help books, into the spiritual realm.

“New Harbinger is making a major commitment to increasing our presence in the spirituality category, and the quality and core spiritual message of Non-Duality Press books makes them a perfect fit for us,” said Matt McKay, publisher and co-founder of the Oakland, Calif.-based New Harbinger. “While not evidence-based in the same way as our psychology books, Non-Duality Press books are grounded in a wisdom tradition that rests at the core of many of the world’s religions. These books answer questions about why we are here and what matters that are key to reducing human pain.”

Books in the non-duality field are often called “literary spirituality,” and McKay said NHP was especially pleased to continue the Non-Duality Press practice of publishing “beautifully conceived, written, and packaged books.”

“We are extremely pleased to be joining New Harbinger in what promises to be an exciting and rewarding partnership,” said Non-Duality Press publisher Julian Noyce, who is staying on as consultant with the imprint for two years. Our focus on publishing leading-edge communicators and creatives in the area of non-duality both complements and expands New Harbinger’s pioneering work and excellent reputation in the field of self-help, psychology, and personal development publishing.”

Details of the sale between the two private publishers were not disclosed, but this is the second acquisition in 2015 that was brokered for New Harbinger by Howard Fisher of The Fisher Company, which helped NHP acquire the pop-psychology Impact Publishers in the summer.


Keen Communications Acquires Adventure Publications

Strategic merger creates a family of publishing imprints for outdoor and travel enthusiasts 

Keen Communications, based in Birmingham, AL, with an office in Covington, KY, and Adventure Publications, based in Cambridge, MN, are pleased to announce that the companies have merged publishing imprints and interests effective October 8, 2015. The new combined enterprise is known as AdventureKEEN (adventurewithkeen.com). The transaction was brokered by Howard Fisher of The Fisher Company.

Adventure Publications, the largest independent publisher of birding books, is renowned for regional bird and other field guides. The company has a rich backlist of 400-plus titles that also includes children’s books, cookbooks, and diverse nature-themed titles. Founded in 1988 by Gordon and Gerri Slabaugh, Adventure Publications joins the other publishing brands of AdventureKEEN, which include Menasha Ridge Press, Wilderness Press, Clerisy Press, The Unofficial Guides, and Nature Study Guild. Keen’s imprints produce some of the best-selling travel and outdoor adventure books in the country, delivering to readers and enthusiasts the best travel content and where-to information available.

This strategic acquisition for Keen folds together decades of collective experience bringing guidebooks to market. AdventureKEEN titles will continue to be trusted resources for parks, interpretive centers, and specialty retailers, as well as for the book trade.

The coming-together story is a familiar one for Keen. Cofounders Bob Sehlinger and Richard Hunt collaborated for years at the Denver Publishing Institute and as part of U.S.I.A. book industry delegations before merging their respective companies in 2006, the genesis of Keen. Similarly, Hunt and Adventure Publications’ Gordon Slabaugh worked together at Houghton Mifflin in the late 1980s. Both followed their respective yet similar paths in publishing, championing outdoor topics and local subjects that sell best for retailers. The merging of companies is a reunion of sorts and a big step forward for the newly combined group.

“Gordon has always been a standout salesman, and he’s remarkably astute about what works best for accounts, from product to service. Gerri has used her talents and insight to develop clear, concise, and intuitive guides for readers of all ages,” said Hunt. “The team that Gordon and Gerri have assembled in Cambridge is truly one of the most customer-focused groups I’ve ever seen.”

Hunt also added that the most affirming part of AdventureKEEN is how well the Adventure group complements the Keen staff. “It’s not often that within a relatively small team, many folks have 10-, 15-, 20-, and even 25-year tenures. That’s a testament to how much we value our staff.”

Molly Merkle, chief operating officer of Keen, and Gerri Slabaugh, publisher of Adventure, are leading the integration of operations between the two enterprises. Gerri will remain in an active consulting role before transitioning into retirement, along with Gordon. Julie Arthur of Adventure will direct the combined AdventureKEEN sales efforts.

Keen is represented to the book trade by Publishers Group West.

The transaction on behalf of Adventure Publications was initiated and brokered by Howard Fisher of The Fisher Company, a specialist in book and media transactions. www.thefishercompany.com.


A Merger of Like-Minds: New Harbinger Acquires Impact

Effective September 1, 2015, New Harbinger Publications acquired the publishing assets of Impact Publishers, which has published more than 125 titles, mostly in popular and professional psychology, including Your Perfect Right, a guide written by the founders of the company in 1970 that is still in print.

“For 45 years, Impact Publications has published the highest quality psychology self-help and professional titles,” said Matt McKay, co-founder and publisher of New Harbinger, which launched in 1973 with The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook that is still in print.

“We’ve watched with admiration over the years as New Harbinger has grown from similar roots—self-published book by a psychologist and colleague—to a very large and very successful publishing enterprise,” said Robert Alberti, Impact’s founder.”

Over the years we’ve often been approached by prospective buyers who found Impact an attractive investment prospect. New Harbinger is the first to offer such a natural blend of topics and markets.”

From Impact’s slogan, “Psychology you can use from professionals you can trust,” to its bestseller list that includes Anger Management for Everyone and Rebuilding, McKay observed Impact’s unique alignment with New Harbinger’s “Real tools for real change” mission and bestsellers, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and Get Out of your Mind and Into Your Life.

“Impact’s books have made a huge difference in hundreds of thousands of lives,” said McKay. “We are very honored and pleased to bring Impact’s extraordinary titles and legacy into the New Harbinger fold. We look forward to publishing new titles soon.”

Details of the sale between the two private California-based publishers were not disclosed, but Impact’s sixty in-print titles have been processed into New Harbinger’s distribution network. Impact will be an imprint of New Harbinger.

The Fisher Company initiated the transaction, providing financial consultation and assisting in the negotiations on behalf of New Harbinger Publications.