Dominique Raccah: PW Person of the Year, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
IBPA sincerely congratulates independent publisher Dominique Raccah on being chosen Publishers Weekly's Person of the Year, 2016!
By Jim Milliot (for Publishers Weekly) --
When Dominique Raccah started Sourcebooks in 1987, she had modest goals and saw hitting the $1 million sales level as a distant target. With her company poised to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year, Sourcebooks, which recently passed the one-hundred-million-units-sold mark, now publishes about 500 books annually with a staff of 129, and its founder is seen as an industry visionary. This fall, Raccah was named BISG Innovator of the Year, and Sourcebooks was selected as a Rising Star by the wholesaler Readerlink. In recognition of her determination, creativity, and energy in making Sourcebooks one of the country’s leading independent publishers, Raccah is PW’s Person of the Year.
|PW Person of the Year, 2016: Dominique Raccah, Sourcebooks
Raccah’s impetus to start Sourcebooks came from her decision to self-publish her own business guide, Financial Sourcebooks Sources. The book did not do as well as expected (“Bankers aren’t big readers,” she quips), but it did sell enough copies that Raccah was convinced that she should give publishing her full attention.
The publication of Raccah’s first book combined two developments that would become big factors in publishing in later years—self-publishing and the rise of technology. She used recently developed desktop publishing to release her first book, and she says one of the keys to Sourcebooks’ eventual success was that the company has always been in a position to take advantage of new developments in technology. Sourcebooks, for example, was involved with e-books early—it made titles available for the Rocket eBook reader and was one of OverDrive’s first publishing partners....
...Sourcebooks has been a longtime member of IBPA, where she has become something of a role model for independent publishers. "For other IBPA members, Dominique represents the highest level of what’s possible when you commit to a career in independent publishing,” says Angela Bole, CEO of IBPA. "Beyond her personal success, however, Dominique has always been generous with her time and expertise and has contributed to the success of many other members at IBPA along the way. She is a true contributor—an inspiration."...
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