Red Wheel/Weiser Conari to Open Publishing Office in San Francisco; Combining East Coast Offices in Newburyport, Massachusetts

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Boston-based publishing firm, Red Wheel Weiser Conari, moving offices to San Francisco and Newburyport in January 2006.

Red Wheel/Weiser Conari announced today that its publishing program will relocate to a San Francisco office in January 2006, and its sales, marketing, and operations departments will be housed in new offices in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Publisher Jan Johnson said, “When we knew the lease on our Boston office wasn’t renewable, we took that as an opportunity to think about how we want to live and work. It’s important to me that we stay flexible and focused. By moving our publishing office to San Francisco, we will be able to tap into all of the Bay Area energy, which fits our publishing program so well. I worked in publishing on the West Coast from 1986 through 1998 and I’m looking forward to renewing old contacts and making new ones. Conari Press, of course, was founded in Berkeley so for this imprint it’s a bit of a homecoming.”

“Combining our two East Coast offices into one location will allow us to concentrate fully on sales and marketing, and improve upon our already outstanding customer service,” added company president Michael Kerber.

Brenda Knight Promoted to Associate Publisher:

Brenda Knight, who has been with Conari Press since 1996, was promoted this week from Director of Special Sales to Associate Publisher. During Ms. Knight’s tenure, she has been instrumental in developing its special sales program, which represents 20% of its annual revenue. She has expanded the special sales customer base exponentially and opened up unique markets for the firm with retailers such as Anthropologie, Hot Topic, Urban Outfitters, Origins, J.Jill, and the May Company department stores.

Throughout the development of special sales initiatives, Ms. Knight has continued to play a role in the publishing program by writing and editing a variety of titles, such as the forthcoming Wild Women and Books (March 2006), and she will now work with Jan Johnson to develop projects for the gift market as well as acquire titles for the Weiser imprint.

Johnson said, “Brenda and I will be working together to build both the Conari and Weiser lists. I’ve known Brenda for a long time and worked with her for three years now at a distance. Times we’ve been in the same room great things have resulted, such as Aquarius Now, or on the lighter side Babes Remember and Hot Flash Gal.”

The mission of Red Wheel/Weiser Conari is to publish and distribute quality books that will make a difference in people’s lives – how we feel about ourselves and how we relate to one another and to the world at large. We value integrity, compassion, and receptivity, both in the books we publish and in the way we do business.

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