How to Succeed Synergistically

August 2003
by PMA roundtable

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Smaller publishers have it all over the giants when the goal is synergy. In the huge houses, whole departments–sometimes even whole divisions–are supposed to spark profit-making products for each other. What often happens, though, is that staffers keep their minds on their regular tasks instead. And when someone actually does come up with an idea for another department or division, it frequently gets buried by squabbles over whose budget will suffer or benefit, and by how much.

Small and self-publishers, by contrast, frequently create synergies between books and other products and services. The reports that follow show how just a few have done it. Although this group includes stories from two presses that focus on pets, synergistic small publishers cover a wide range. For some other examples, see “What Readers Also Want” (December 2002), “Invisible Elements in the Product Mix for Kids” (January 2003), and “Selling in the Business Market” (February 2003).

— Judith Appelbaum


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