Austin Publisher Challenges Industry Trends by Expanding Workforce

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Greenleaf Book Group plans to increase current staffing levels by 25% in 2009.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, employment in the publishing industry has been shrinking since 2007. But this is not the case with Austin-based publisher and distributor Greenleaf Book Group. In 2006, with only 16 employees, Greenleaf Book Group was named to the Inc 500 list and heralded as one of America's fastest growing private companies. Since then, the company has doubled its staff with plans to grow by another 25% in 2009 to handle the massive uptick in demand they've experienced.

Clint Greenleaf, the Founder and CEO, knows why the company has experienced such meteoric growth over the past couple of years, "Our continued commitment to innovation coupled with our team's exceptional talents have enabled us to change this entire industry, while giving our authors the kind of attention they and their works deserve."

To keep up with the growth and increase visibility to job candidates, Greenleaf recently launched a new online career portal http://www.workatgreenleaf.com. Four open positions have already been posted to help facilitate their rapid growth through the recession. One posting, simply titled "More awesome people" invites assertive candidates to express interest in being included in Greenleaf's "Virtual Bench," a term the company uses to describe exceptionally strong candidates who might be considered for hire regardless of any formal job opening.

A recent posting for Publishing Assistant garnered interest from over 500 hopeful applicants. "Given the workforce reductions amongst the traditional houses out of New York, I looked towards independent publisher Greenleaf Book Group," said Lauren O'Neal, the recently hired candidate for this position. "Greenleaf operates within a fresh paradigm. As a result, I am confident I have joined one of the most exciting and cutting-edge groups in the publishing industry."

Greenleaf Book Group boasts award-winning designers and editors, a support team with unsurpassed industry acumen, and a CEO recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Inc., Money, and Entrepreneur magazines, Fox Business Network, and MSNBC. Clint Greenleaf says, "We have been successful, despite the recession, because our talented staff has blown traditional rules of publishing out of the water. As a result, our authors have the freedom to navigate their careers on their own terms--and frankly, so do we."

About Greenleaf Book Group:
Greenleaf Book Group is a publisher and distributor that specializes in the development of independent authors and the growth of small presses. One of Inc 500's fastest growing companies in the United States, they have represented more than 1000 titles since 1997 including several that hit the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists in the past two years. They are best known for their innovative business model, distribution power, and award-winning designs.

You can learn more about Greenleaf on their website http://www.greenleafbookgroup.com and blog http://www.bigbadbookblog.com.

For career opportunities, visit: http://www.workatgreenleaf.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Chairman and CEO Clint Greenleaf, contact Amanda Renfrew at 512-891-6100.

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