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Dominique Raccah Credits Authors for Sourcebooks’ Success

January 2003
by Steve O’Keefe

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Sourcebooks’ Fall 2002 trade catalog begins with an unusual mission statement: “Our sole goal is to help authors be heard.” Authors? Most publishers’ mission statements focus on books or readers. But spend an hour with Sourcebooks Founder and President Dominique Raccah and you’ll realize this mission statement is a mantra for the feisty Midwest publisher and her fast-growing company which celebrated its 15th anniversary this fall.

Raccah made time for an interview just before Thanksgiving. It was a chilly day, with light snow floating outside the windows of Sourcebooks’ offices in Naperville, Illinois, about an hour west of Chicago.

Q: You must be frantic. This is the busiest season in your busiest year ever.

Raccah: Frantic? No. I’m happy. I’m very happy.

Q: With your phenomenal growth, do you spend your whole day putting out fires?

Raccah:

Actually it’s not like that anymore. I’ve surrounded myself with great staff, and it’s less stressful than it used to be.

Q: How do you manage to recruit top employees to chilly Chicago?

Raccah: People love working here because they get to do their own thing. We have a flat hierarchy, and everyone has a lot of responsibility. Recruiting has not been a problem. You know we just got Jack Perry, don’t you–the Vice President of Sales for Random House?

 

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