One Person Plus Partners: The Art of Success at Bright Ring

January 2007
by Linda Carlson

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I think it’s safe to say, “Several of Kohl’s books have more than
100,000 copies in print

BUILDING THE BUSINESS

 

One Person Plus Partners: The
Art of Success at Bright Ring

 

by Linda Carlson

 

Small and successful. Sounds
like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Most publishing gurus equate growth with success,
but western Washington publisher MaryAnn Faubion Kohl is an excellent example
of someone who has prospered by choosing to stay a one-person operation.

 

Listen to Kohl describe her plans
as Bellingham’s Bright Ring kicks off its 22nd year in business, and you may be
convinced that there’s a simple explanation: This one woman is a whirlwind.
She’s a writer and the publisher for Bright Ring’s nine titles; she’s the
author of 14 books published by Gryphon House; she’s a speaker, a consultant,
an occasional media guest—and she has a personal life, too. In fact, about the
only thing she isn’t is a bookkeeper (for financial record-keeping she uses a
part-timer).

 

Trained as an elementary-school
teacher, Kohl entered publishing as many of us have, via a circuitous route.
After teaching children for eight years and then teaching teachers, she decided
to write a children’s picture book in the early 1980s. But n…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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