“Savant is unique among small independent presses in that we have a Director of Publicity and Marketing who works closely with each author to determine the most effective form of marketing for the work, as well as having our own bookstores and distribution company.”
Why did you become a book publisher? To introduce exciting new and established authors of enduring literary works to the reading public; our works typically include a unique twist and are transformative in nature.
What do you like best about publishing? Introducing new, enduring literary works to the reading public.
What do you publish? Non-fiction, Fiction, Children's Books, CDs and DVDs. We decline works of gratuitous violence or sex.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Savant is unique among small independent presses in that we have a Director of Publicity and Marketing who works closely with each author to determine the most effective form of marketing for the work, as well as having our own bookstores and distribution company.
How do you define a successful title? A successful title is an enduring literary work that captivates readers with a new twist and subsequently transforms the way way they look at the world.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. We don't publish works that someone in-house doesn't personally "champion" or of which we wouldn't be especially proud to publish.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? High numbers of unsolicited submissions (we read every one that fits our Manuscript Submission Package requirements and don't require an agent), our rapid global growth, and the challenges inherent to the publishing industry as a whole.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Every publisher targets one or more specific readership niches. Parse the publishers published works by quickly reading the posted synopses and imagine if your work would "fit in." Read author biographies posted on the website and imagine if you would "fit in." Finally, locate one or more of the publisher's published works that is/are the closest fit to your proposed work, purchase a copy and read it for quality.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? Savant Books and Publications is positioned for rapid growth and expansion. Our goal in five years is to offer 500 active titles, support ten Savant bookstores throughout the USA and world and continue to provide the utmost quality and value to retailers through Savant Distribution.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? Savant Books and Publications authors, editors, cover artists and staff routinely engage in community efforts to promote literacy, both popular and academic, as well as support community service and non-profit educational efforts that relate to topics about which we've published.
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