I think it’s pretty exciting news that the venerable IMAGE imprint is returning. What’s going on at Doubleday:
The Crown Publishing Group has reorganized its religious publishing program, moving all of its Catholic books under the Image Books imprint and in the process doing away with the Doubleday Religion imprint. Under the reorganization, announced by Michael Palgon, senior v-p and deputy publisher of Crown, all Catholic-interest titles regardless of format will be overseen by Trace Murphy, editor-in-chief of Image. Murphy will now report to Steve Cobb, who adds the title of president and publisher of Image Books to his duties overseeing Waterbrook Multnomah, which is based in Colorado Springs.While Image editorial, production and art will remain in New York, marketing, publicity, and sales administration will move to Colorado under the direction of Carie Freimuth, v-p, association publisher for Waterbrook Multnomah and Image. In making the announcement, Palgon noted “our Catholic-interest authors and books will benefit greatly from the keen strategic focus and innovative practices that Steve, Carie, and their team have developed, including Web-based direct-to-consumer and direct-to-church programs that will be adapted for the Catholic market.”
Image, along with Sheed & Ward, was Catholic trade publishing in the US until the 70′s. How many old Image paperbacks do you have stuck in your shelves? This is a great move – particularly bringing Image into relationship with Waterbrook Multnomah for the marketing aspect – Waterbrook, which has developed into a really fine, quality imprint over the past few years.
(Meanwhile…don’t forget to check out Korrectiv for your burgeoning Catholic small-press needs)
(Power of the Cross update: Smashwords has certainly grown in popularity since the first time I used it. I uploaded the book this morning and it was #536 in the publishing queue. Now it’s #125. We’ll get there. Smashwords edition will be able to be read on the Nook, as well as IBooks, I think. The Kindle edition is still “publishing.” Maybe before next Wednesday? Meanwhile, I have learned that the POC interviews will be posted on KVSS’ Kris McGregor’s blog Discerning Hearts. So look for it there, when you look for it.
Update 3/5 Kindle version is here.
I am at least a week away from publishing the print version (waiting for cover) but there are a couple of reasonably priced used/new editions available through other sellers here.