Meet the Publishers: LDSPPA

Meet the Publishers: LDSPPA

In this edition of Meet the Publishers, we’re taking you out of our office building and into the publishing world at large—specifically, the LDS publishing world.

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On Friday, April 3, the Latter-day Saint Publishing Professionals Association held its inaugural meeting at the Salt Lake City Public Library. It was an exciting day of meeting new friends, brainstorming about our aims for the association, and determining what to do next.

ldsppa2We were fortunate to have Kimball Fisher, a renowned expert in organizational behavior and leadership, to guide us through the process. Kimball spent his career working with Fortune 500 companies and recently retired. He and his wife, Maureen, led us through a series of group activities to help us determine what we all wanted from this association and how we can serve each other and the world of publishing.

ldsppa30Throughout the morning, as we met the students, professors, executives, writers, editors, and various other professionals in attendance, we gained insights from each other and bonded over our shared experiences in publishing.

ldsppa13During our lunch break, we shared stories about how our membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has shaped our professional careers or changed how we do business. For example, here at Cedar Fort, we have experienced some incredible growth in the past ten years. And it was about ten years ago that we began praying together as a company. We know prayer helps us think more clearly and invites a good spirit into our meetings. We’re grateful for the growth we’ve experienced as a result.

ldsppa29After lunch we tried to narrow our focus to specific actions we can take now to move the association forward. We also appointed board members to serve on the first board of directors for the organization. Our president, Bryce Mortimer, is one of the founding board members. It was inspiring to see the dedication that has already begun in this effort as everyone in attendance began volunteering their time and talents to the cause.

ldsppa8We hope that as this association grows, we’ll find even more enthusiastic professionals who want to join us. Stay tuned for more info about upcoming LDSPPA events and opportunities, and please comment on this post if you’d like to learn more about how you can be involved.

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All photos in this post appear courtesy of Kathryn Thompson. 

Meet the Publishers: Cedar Fort Celebrates Fastest-Growing Ranking with Pancake Breakfast!

Do you ever have a day when you just need to celebrate? We did.

On March 9, 2015, Publisher’s Weekly ran an article on the fastest-growing publishers in the country, and Cedar Fort made it into the top 10!

We were so thrilled! After lots of growth in the past few years and many growing pains along the way, it was fantastic to have our efforts recognized by the industry at large.

We knew it was time to celebrate, so that morning we had a big pancake breakfast for everyone in the company.Lyle

But not just any pancakes. We wanted to make them extra awesome by incorporating recipes from Karly Campbell’s recently published Stack Happy—an entire cookbook stuffed with delicious pancake and topping recipes.

So, in keeping with our signature Cedar Fort style of collaboration and cooperation, we each brought a topping or side to share.

With tables of bacon, eggs, potato pancakes, browned butter drizzle, cinnamon streusel, and more awaiting us, we said a quick prayer and dug in! We spent the next hour eating and talking.

Bacon-and-eggsThe food was delicious. Lauren Error, the graphic designer who worked on Stack Happy said, “It felt good to see the very first book I worked on come to life—or come to the table.”

As we ate, we asked each other a series of questions like, “If you could remove any one person’s vocal chords for a year, who would you choose?” and “Which person from the past are you most looking forward to meeting after you die?” As you can imagine, the answers were both funny and illuminating. Here at Cedar Fort, many of us are divided into specific genre groups and don’t work much with those outside our team. We wanted to give everyone a chance to spend time with each other.

KellyEmily Chambers said, “It was fun to get to know my coworkers in a relaxed, unusual way—a way I don’t normally get to interact with them. My favorite part was everyone’s answer to the question, ‘If you could suddenly discover that one fictional book was actually real, which book would you want it to be?’ Most everyone answered something like Harry Potter, but one person said Jurassic Park and I thought that was both awesome and terrifying.”

Lauren said, “I enjoyed getting to know people I don’t normally talk to and having conversations about topics that wouldn’t normally come up.”

BryceEven though we know we still have a lot of work ahead of us, we loved taking the time to recognize our success and realize how far we’ve come as a company. Zane Phillips, who works in our warehouse, said, “It’s encouraging. [Before the breakfast] I didn’t know we were one of the fastest-growing publishers.” This news gives each of us extra motivation to produce and deliver the best possible products to our customers.

As Lyle Mortimer, our CEO, put it, “[With this article], we’re invited to the big dance.” We have a real opportunity to have a voice in publishing. We can make a difference and spread positive, inspiring messages in a time when they’re sorely needed.questions

We invite you to celebrate this achievement with us as part of our Cedar Fort family, and we’d especially like to thank all of our authors, illustrators, and friends who helped us to reach this point.

To read the full text of the Publisher’s Weekly article, click here.

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For more information about the pancakes and toppings we enjoyed, check out Stack Happy by Karly Campbell, available now for purchase on our Books & Things website. Click here!

We’d love to hear your answers to some of the questions we asked at our breakfast. Just leave us a comment below!

  1. If you could remove one person’s vocal chords for one year, who would you choose?
  2. Which person from the past are you most looking forward to meeting after you die?
  3. If you could suddenly discover that one fictional book was actually real, which book would you want it to be?
  4. If you could live in a hotel in any city in the world for one year, which city would you pick?

Breaking Ground with a Vision for the Future

On May 20, 2013, Cedar Fort held a groundbreaking ceremony for its warehouse expansion. Cedar Fort is building a 16,000-foot expansion of its IMAG2240current warehouse in Springville, Utah. What does this mean for you?

For readers, the expansion allows us more room to stock more titles you will come to love. It also means that we will eventually be increasing our staff to generate more titles. So if you are a bookworm, you will have more great literature to devour.

If you happen to be one of our authors, rest assured that we are behind your titles and hope that you will continue to write to help us to continue to fill our warehouse with the best books out there. We will also be adding more resources in the near future to help edit, design, and promote your story.

Finally, if you are a bookstore owner, our move shows that we have faith and are willing to support you in your efforts in selling great titles. We have wonderful advice for our independent stores and would love to support you in your efforts. IMAG2255

During the next six months, you will be noticing the rising structure. As this new structure being constructed, we will be laying the foundation as a company to bring forth books and products that will enhance your life. We encourage you to come down and visit our location. We will be sharing pictures with you as the warehouse comes to life.