Perseus Publisher of the Year

Publisher of the YearPublishers Weekly has named the Perseus Books Group its Publisher of the Year for 2007. Earlier this year Perseus' rescue of Publishers Group West saved dozens of small publishers from ruin, and in May Perseus also purchased the Avalon Publishing Group, parent company of Avalon Travel Publishing, my publisher. Perseus is now the largest independent book distributor in the United States and one of the biggest independent publishers.

That's good news for tadpole authors like me. It's rather discouraging when you see travel bookshelves packed with Frommers, Fodors, and Lonely Planet to the exclusion of almost anything else. At least now, with the weight of Perseus behind them, my Moon titles are well displayed in American bookstores.

Unfortunately such is not the case in Australia and New Zealand where Lonely Planet continues to hog the shelves. Take heart. Moon titles are easily ordered online at below bookstore prices through Fishpond.com.au in Australia and Fishpond.co.nz in New Zealand.

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