Person of the Year
all-important holiday season, Raccah
says. Among the company’s best-per-forming 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,
Raccah built Sourcebooks in part on
acquisitions, and she says that, after a
brief hiatus from them, she is again on
the lookout for an appropriate purchase.
She notes that despite the lack of acqui-
sitions, “we made a lot of moves” in
Among those initiatives was the
appointment of Kelly Barrales-Saylor as
editorial director of the company’s children’s nonfiction program, as part of the
plan to expand that segment of the company. The publisher’s entertainment and
gift division, formed in 2014, had its
best year ever in 2016 on the back of new
releases such as How to Catch a Leprechaun.
An agreement with Major League
Baseball led to Chicago Cubs 2016 World
Series Champions: The Big Book of Activities,
which was published by Sourcebooks’
Jabberwocky imprint shortly after the
Cubs’ triumph. Sourcebooks also signed
author Juliet Lyons’s paranormal series
Undead Dating Service, the first deal
reached as part of the company’s
Submit2Sourcebooks partnership with
the online writing community Wattpad.
On a more macro level, Sourcebooks
signed distribution agreements with
four companies to expand its international business.
Raccah is optimistic about Sourcebooks’
prospects for 2017. “We may have our
best list ever,” she says. A new line that
has her particularly excited is the Dragon
Brothers picture book series, which
comes with an augmented-reality app
that provides an enhanced reader experience. The books follow the adventures of
brothers Flynn and Paddy. Once the app
is launched, a child can hover his or her
device over a map to explore Flynn and
Paddy’s interactive world, allowing the
reader to “see and hear dragons fly and
geysers gush, and glimpse the brothers in
action,” according to the company.
The series was created by New Zealand
author James Russell and will be released
in April. Raccah’s excitement about the
launch stems from her long-held conviction that using technology can improve
the reading experience. “We believe the
opportunity with technology today is to
connect kids with books in new and
interesting ways,” she says.
As Raccah’s interest in augmented
reality shows, after almost 30 years in the
book business, she is still driven to find
new ways Sourcebooks can reach new
Congratulations on receiving
Publishers Weekly’s “Publishing
Person of the Year” award!
Your friends at Ingram Content Group
Your pioneering spirit inspires us.
Keep it up!