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IPG Adds Five New Publishers to Distribution Programs

July 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27, 2020
Contact: Alisse Goldsmith-Wissman | Publicity Manager
312.337.0747 | agoldsmithwissman@ipgbook.com

CHICAGO, IL — Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is thrilled to announce the inclusion of five new publishers in its general and Trafalgar Square distribution programs.

The Collective Book Studio will have full distribution from IPG by September of 2020, with several key titles releasing in the coming months. The Collective Book Studio was founded by former staffers at Chronicle Books to create their own hybrid program with a focus on professional packaging and design, while selecting authors with notable platforms. They will be publishing a variety of titles intended for the parenting, educational, gift, and children's markets.

“IPG is pleased to be partnering with the Collective Book Studio, whose team has brought decades of both publishing and packaging experience together to create a new niche in nonfiction, gift, and children’s publishing,” said Richard T. Williams, VP, Publisher Development. “With IPG behind them, we expect this collective to burgeon into a strong independent force within our industry.”

Trafalgar Square Publishing (TSP), IPG’s international distribution division, is also adding several new publishers in the coming months. Redback Publishing began its distribution with IPG in June 2020. Appealing to the educational market, their books have been professionally compiled and the presentation of their non-fiction books will enable children to use them easily for research or just for the fun of learning something new.

Starting its distribution immediately, Open Publishing is an offshoot of British-based publisher Totally Entwined, also distributed by TSP. Like Totally Entwined, Open Publishing will focus on the categories of romance, erotica, and GLBTQI interest.

Larrikin House will start distribution on August 1. This new children's publishing house is based in Australia and focused on creating exceptional books for young readers, with several dozen already in print or production.

Sandorf Passage, beginning with IPG on January 1, 2021, is a new transcontinental collaboration between Zagrebbased publisher, translator, and writer Ivan Srsen and Maine-based editor and writer Buzz Poole. Sandorf Passage will launch in Spring 2021 and over the next three years publish novels by internationally acclaimed authors, including Bekim Sejranović, Vesna Maric, and Josip Novakovich (2013 finalist for Man Booker International Prize).

“I’m excited that we’ve added these publishers from Australia, Croatia, and the UK to our mix, strengthening TSP’s leading position distributing international publishers in North America,” said Brooke O’Donnell, managing director of TSP. “They will contribute a wide-ranging and interesting mix of children’s and adult books to our customers. I’m particularly excited for Larrikin House’s My Shadow is Pink, a picture book about gender identity, Sandorf Passage’s translations of some incredibly talented Balkan authors, Open Pub’s steamy romance offerings, and Redback Publishing’s eye-catching, visual approach to their children’s non-fiction books.”

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About Independent Publishers Group (IPG): 
Founded in 1971, IPG was the first organization specifically created for the purpose of marketing titles from independent presses to the book trade. Today, IPG’s wide reach into the book market includes distribution of both print and e-books from a wide array of publishers, digital printing and traditional publishing. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from supporting and encouraging the growth of its publishing partners in the United States and worldwide. IPG was acquired by Chicago Review Press in 1987, and this acquisition formed the parent company Chicago Review Press, Inc., which now owns Chicago-based indie publishers Chicago Review Press and Triumph Books.

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