Glenn Rollans (Brush Education) presents a half-day session on winding up and winding down publishing houses
How do you start a publishing house – really start one – and grow it? Maybe you’ve thought about starting a book publishing company, but you’re not really sure what success would look like, how you might get there, or what risks are worth taking. Or maybe you’ve published a dozen — or a hundred — books, but you still feel stuck in low gear.
Understanding the business you’re in can help you chart a satisfying, rewarding course for yourself, your authors, your readers and your publishing house.
No matter how much fun you have publishing books, how much good work you do, or how rewarding it all is, some day it will end. You will sell your publishing house, or wind it up. Again, that can be a satisfying, rewarding process, but it can also be a train wreck. It’s not exactly your choice which or when it will be, but it helps to understand what’s involved in preparing to sell your business, what’s involved in a sale, and what you can do to close shop on good terms.
Once you’re ready to shut things down, how do you get out of the business? What’s your company worth? How will customers, granting agencies, potential purchasers, and the bank look at the transition?
Join Glenn Rollans and SaskBooks to answer these questions:
Glenn Rollans is Publisher and co-owner of Brush Education, an independent Canadian higher-education publisher. Over the past thirty-five years, he has accumulated a long and varied publishing résumé, including lots of teaching, rebuilding, buying and selling. He was co-owner of Les Éditions Duval / Duval House Publishing (K to 12 educational resources), Director of the University of Alberta Press (academic, scholarly and literary), and Editor-in-Chief at Lone Pine Publishing (trade and reference), while also working as an educator, writer, and researcher. He’s a former Co-director of the Business of Publishing program (University of Chicago), Director of the Banff Publishing Program (Banff Centre), and Co-chair of Access Copyright. Glenn serves on the Association of Canadian Publishers board as Past President, as Past President on the board of the Book Publishers Association of Alberta, and as the representative of the Canadian Copyright Institute to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights of the WIPO.