Compiled by Nicole Tomassi, Marketing & Conference Manager
The first three months of 2021 have given us a sense of increased optimism, and we hope the same is true for you and your company. It seems as though we had a number of events to feel good about and while things may be progressing to a different normal more slowly than we want, they are moving forward.
In March, we launched the Westchester Words podcast, where we conduct brief conversations about subjects that are of interest to those who work in or are passionate about education, ed tech, and publishing. Guests so far have included Cathy Felgar of Princeton University Press, Cev Bryerman of Publishers Weekly, and Brian O’Leary of Book Industry Study Group, and there are more episodes in the works. You can find Westchester Words on your favorite streaming platform; give it a listen and let us know what you think!
River Editorial acquisition
Also announced in March, our Westchester UK division completed the acquisition of River Editorial. What this means for publishers based in the UK, Europe, and other areas outside North America is that you now have a one-stop location for all of your editorial, project management, and composition service requirements for your publications. Full details are available in this release.
Westchester Education Services continues to grow
Our team of subject matter experts has increased to support the evolving needs of our clients. We have recently welcomed Amanda Robb, Senior Supervising Editor for Math, and Debbie Allen, Senior Supervising Editor for CTE. Additionally, Meg Overman was promoted to Senior Supervising Editor for SEL and Literacy, and Sam Tucker is our Senior Editor for Culturally Responsive Education. Visit our Meet the Team page to learn more about these ladies and the rest of the Westchester Education Services team and how they can help you achieve your company’s content development goals.
Our UK team is growing, too
The Westchester Education Services team in the UK has also increased, to meet the expanding needs of education publishers and ed-tech companies serving the UK, EMEA and Asia Pacific markets. In January, Rebecca Durose-Croft was appointed Content and Services Director, and in March, Marquita Celestine joined Westchester Education Services UK as Business Development Manager. Rebecca brings a wealth of experience from Editorial and Project Management roles at publishers including Oxford University Press, Pearson Education, Cambridge University Press, and Marshall Cavendish, while Marquita was most recently affiliated with Hodder Education and DK.
IPG International Publishing Forum
March was a very busy month for Westchester UK. In addition to the acquisition of River Editorial, we participated in the IPG (Independent Publishers Guild) inaugural International Publishing Forum, which in the absence of international fairs including London and Frankfurt, served to bring together publishers, retailers, industry experts and suppliers to participate in an international forum of meetings. We will also be exhibiting at IPG’s Virtual Spring Conference next month and look forward to connecting with you there.
How Westchester Helps Publishers
There are many ways that Westchester Publishing Services supports our clients’ changing editorial and production requirements. You can read here about solutions we have provided for publishers including The MIT Press, Maryland State Bar Association, and Rutgers University Press to resolve some of their editorial, design, and production challenges. Are you a Westchester client with a success story to share? Get in touch with me. Alternately, if you see a solution in these case studies that would help with a workflow issue that’s been causing you headaches, contact us to learn how we can help you.
Other ways we are staying connected
On April 6, Westchester Publishing Services and Publishers Weekly hosted the very successful Publishing Now ’21: Looking Forward webinar. The panelists discussed the changes and impacts the past year has had for their business operations, and what the current state of the industry is. Watch the video and download additional reading materials from the webinar discussion, including the summary paper that Publishers Weekly published in their April 26 edition.
Here are a few other events we will be participating in or hosting:
Book Industry Study Group Annual Meeting – April 23
Publishers Weekly US Book Show – May 25-27
State of Education webinar – May 19
Westchester Publishing Services and Westchester Education Services are here to support publishers with all of your workflow requirements. Talk with us about how our editorial, project management, content development, and production solutions can help your business function more smoothly.