Welcome to Sourcebooks, the largest woman-owned trade book publisher in North America!
Sourcebooks is also the first of the publishers in my Chicago Publisher Spotlights which I have already worked extensively with. In particular I am a big fan of the historical fiction published by Sourcebooks. They have brought many authors to the United States whose works have previously only been available from the United Kingdom, re-released some classics of historical fiction, and published some new great historical fiction. Just because that is my favorite thing they do, though, Sourcebooks is by no means only a publisher of historical fiction.
I have known for a long time that Sourcebooks is one of the larger independent publishers and that they were started by Dominique Raccah, but in researching this post I learned a lot of new and interesting things about Sourcebooks. For instance, Raccah didn’t just start Sourcebooks in 1987, she started it in her upstairs bedroom with $17,000 from her 401k after leaving a career in advertising. Starting with a single title, “Financial Sourcebooks Sources,” Sourcebooks moved first into professional finance titles, followed by business titles. Although they have expanded to many other areas, these finance and business titles continue to be very successful for the publisher.
Around the sections of the blogosphere I frequent, Sourcebooks seems to be best known for historical fiction, romance, Jane Austen sequels, and the still very new young adult imprint, Sourcebooks Fire. Although Sourcebooks Fire was, as far as I know, created from scratch, one of the biggest ways that Sourcebooks grew was actually by acquiring imprints such as Casablanca Press, which became Sourcebooks Casablanca and publishes relationship, sex, and wedding books, as well as romance novels.
Sourcebooks is not content to simply rest on its laurels. Dominique Raccah is always exploring new methods for content distribution and seems to be well-known in the industry as someone who is exploring the cutting-edge of the future of publishing. If she can go from her upstairs bedroom to publishing over 300 titles per year in just about 20 years, I can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.
To close, I thought I’d just leave you with a few covers of recent or upcoming Sourcebooks releases I’m really excited about:
I have already reviewed “For the King’s Favor,” and you can look for my review of “The Passionate Brood” during the first week in November. The other two I’ll have to get my hands on at some point.