News from my publisher

Big news from History Press, publishers of “Cincinnati’s Savage Seamstress: The Shocking Edythe Klumpp Murder Scandal,” due September 16:

Arcadia Publishing Acquires The History Press, Inc.

Charleston, SC — Arcadia Publishing has announced the acquisition of The History Press Inc., a wholly owned US based subsidiary of UK based The History Press Ltd, in a private sale. The deal creates the largest publisher of local and regional books in the U.S. with a staggering combined total of more than 12,000 titles available for sale.

Arcadia is committed to maintaining the creative aspects of both businesses and will keep existing brands entirely separate.

In a message sent to Arcadia and History Press employees late Monday, Arcadia Publishing CEO Richard Joseph shared the following:

“I have given a lot of thought as to what we are about and where our future lies. The combination of Arcadia Publishing and The History Press creates the largest and most comprehensive publisher of local and regional content in the USA. By empowering local history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, we create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer – to their community, their neighbors, and their past. We are committed to the pursuit of new growth opportunities and to increasing the availability, depth, and breadth of local books. Driven by genuine pride in our work and an infectious enthusiasm for what we do, we are universally dedicated to the success of our authors, employees and stakeholders.”

Commenting on the sale, Stuart Biles, Chief Executive of The History Press Ltd said, “We are enormously proud of the fine company we have built together in just a few short years. We’re extremely sad to see the business leave our group, but have to recognize the significant benefits which will be achieved by joining History Press Inc. with Arcadia, both creatively and operationally. We thank Brittain Phillips for his leadership, and his team, for their substantial contribution to our business.”

The new partnership will strengthen the foundation of both businesses and Joseph is hugely excited for the future. “We’re joining the talented staff of two great companies and together we’ll continue creating books people love. We hear moving stories from readers every day that remind us that the content we produce is personal, relevant, and valuable,” he said.

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After 25 years as journalist specializing in arts/entertainment and community reporting, I now divide my time between True Crime Historian and keeper of the community news and information blog Hey! Hamilton! I am also the blogmaster for the Butler County Historical Society and the Hamilton Parks Conservancy.

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