Monday, February 13, 2006

SIMON & SCHUSTER ACQUIRES HOWARD PUBLISHING

One of the few remaining standalone Christian publishers is now part of the machine—Howard Publishing has been acquired by Simon & Schuster:
Simon & Schuster has acquired Howard Publishing, a leading Christian and inspirational publishing company based in West Monroe, Louisiana. The announcement was made by Jack Romanos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc., and John Howard, President of Howard Publishing. Terms of the acquisition were not made public.

As part of the acquisition, Howard will become an imprint of the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Division. John Howard will serve as Executive Vice President and Publisher, reporting to Carolyn Reidy, President of the Division. Howard’s editorial and publishing staff will continue to be based in Louisiana.

“Howard Publishing is a wonderful complement to our existing businesses. It is a dynamic, emergent publishing company that offers us strategic and immediate entry into the increasingly important Christian and gift publishing marketplace,” said Jack Romanos. “In addition, their extensive network of sales and distribution contacts in these markets will benefit our existing imprints and divisions. We are confident that Howard will thrive and grow as part of Simon & Schuster and are delighted to welcome John and his staff to our company.”

“I have been greatly impressed with John Howard and his team,” added Carolyn Reidy. “Their list of leading authors and brands, and their ability to market creatively and to specific demographic segments makes them stand out from the competition.”

“As part of Simon & Schuster, a leading global publisher, Howard will have even greater opportunity to fulfill and expand upon its vision for publishing imaginative, faith-based, and meaningful titles,” said John Howard. “Our shared passion for publishing high-quality books and finding the widest possible audience for them will be to the benefit of our many customers and authors.”

Founded in 1969, Howard Publishing releases approximately 45 titles a year, with a backlist of about 350 titles. Their areas of editorial expertise include Christian living, gift books, devotionals, fiction, and children’s books.

Howard is the publisher of the bestselling Hugs series, which has sold more than 6 million copies

Howard is the publisher of leading Christian and inspirational authors, celebrities, and licenses, including Andy Stanley, Ed Young, Ken Canfield, Sandi Patty and Point of Grace.

The publisher is home to the Motherhood Club, a popular and growing publishing program that connects and provides support for moms through online communities, local chapters, and special events.

Howard has been named #1 gift book publisher to the gift store industry by Gift Beat magazine from 2001 to 2005.
In the past few years, Howard Publishing made an impressive entree into the world of fiction, with well-received novels by Tim Downs, Patricia H. Rushford and Denise Hunter.
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