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Nomad Press of Vermont: Careful Market Research Leads to Award-Winning Books

Independent Publisher Feature Article by Jim Barnes
Norwich, Vermont is the quintessential New England town, with its historic inn, village green, and town hall. It may not be the most obvious location for an up-and-coming independent book publishing house, but then there isn’t much that is obvious about Nomad Press. Located next door to Fogg’s Hardware, in the former location of the King Arthur Flour test kitchen, the company’s image is much like its books: one part sophisticated and another part down-home plain and simple. The young company is doing something right: they were the only two-category winner in the 2003 Independent Publisher Book Awards sponsored by this publication.

Nomad Press is the publishing arm of Nomad Communications, a marketing and advertising agency founded by Alex Kahan and his wife Susan Hale in 1994. Marketing Director and Lauri Berkenkamp joined shortly thereafter, and now also holds the title of Acquisitions Editor. Over the years Nomad gradually expanded, and now has ten full-time employees. The company specializes in sports marketing campaigns for companies like Rollerblade and Salomon, and its founders have long had an interest in books and publishing. In 1998 they found an opportunity to work their way into it the book bizz … (read full article here)

 

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Volvo Ocean Race official book named Best Sports Book of 2002

Fighting Finish, the official story of the Volvo Ocean Race, has been voted Best Sports Book of 2002 at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in America. This is an annual competition dedicated to recognizing and honoring books published by presses not owned by publicly traded corporations, ranging in size from small publishers to major university presses.

Nine hundred and fifty two publishers entered more than 1,500 titles in 52 categories in this year’s Independent Publisher Book Awards. One winner and two finalists were selected in each category.

According to Alex Kahan of Nomad Press the publisher of Fighting Finish, “We are thrilled that Fighting Finish has won this prestigious award. The Independent Publisher Book Awards creates a level playing field where both small and large independent publishers can compete on equal terms.” (read full article here)