Playwrights Canada Press website takes centre stage
You’d never know it from the accolades Playwrights Canada Press receives for the books it publishes, or from the talented artists and writers who choose to work with the press, but Playwrights is helmed by only three people. As is the case for so many small presses, everyone has to wear several hats, not the least Blake Sproule, who serves as Playwrights’ managing editor as well as digital director.
Playwrights needed a website that could bring efficiency to daily operations and end the tedious task of repeating ONIX processes for different platforms, a duplication of work that can eat up priceless staff hours.
But that wasn’t all they were looking for. We sat down with the Playwrights Canada team to talk about what they were looking for in a website and how ReaderBound is helping them to achieve their business goals.
Arsenal Pulp Press website is export ready
Arsenal Pulp Press's recent highlights include Joshua Whitehead’s Jonny Appleseed making the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist and the Governor General's Award shortlist; Lindsay Wong’s The Woo-Woo making the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust shortlist and being selected as a finalist for this year’s Canada Reads; and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s Care Work selling out within one month. The press is known for championing vital new and diverse voices, for publishing in a wide range of genres, and for their tremendous success in building US sales. For all these reasons, we were thrilled when Arsenal Pulp’s publisher Brian Lam and associate publisher Robert Ballantyne chose ReaderBound as their platform for an exciting new website.
We sat down with Brian and Robert so they could tell us about how their new ReaderBound site is helping to achieve important goals for the press.
Coach House Books boosts sales, security, and community online
With 50 percent of book discovery happening online, and nearly half of all purchases taking place via e-commerce, book publishers require solid and secure websites that not only attract readers and book buyers, but that can also be relied upon day in and day out for promotions, reader engagement, and sales. A website outage -- even a short one -- can be disastrous.
Wilfrid Laurier University Press website lets small team to do big things online
As the fourth largest university press in Canada, Wilfrid Laurier University Press (WLUP) has been publishing scholarly monograms and collections, mainly in the area of social sciences and humanities, since 1974.
The press currently publishes 30 to 40 books per year -- an ambitious publishing program for a small team. This was a big factor in WLUP’s requirement for a website that was reliable, easy to update and maintain, and that provided lots of automated features to minimize the demand on staff time.
University of Regina Press gets a grade A website
Change has been in the air at the University of Regina Press for the past several years; most recently with the launch of its new website. But it started back in 2013, when the press, after 40 years of operation as the Canadian Plains Research Center Press, relaunched with a new brand, a new publisher, and a new goal to expand its publishing program. “Canadian Plains had focused on Indigenous issues, and we have continued that focus,” said sales and marketing manager Morgan Tunzelmann, “but we’ve expanded to include a broader readership and titles.”
Reading Canada website showcases CanLit on the world stage
In 2020, Canada will be the guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the oldest and largest book and cultural trade fair in the world. The honour comes with a tremendous opportunity to showcase Canadian literature and authors on the world stage. “There’s big momentum building up, it’s like an Olympiad,” said Gillian Fizet, executive director of Canada FBM 2020, the organization representing the Canadian publishing industry and its preparations for the 2020 book fair with the funding and general oversight of the Department of Canadian Heritage. “Germans are really into Canada, but they don’t know that much about our literary landscape, in part because we’re often overshadowed by the U.S.,” she said. “When we accepted this honour and started talking to people in Germany, it became quite evident that we needed a promo tool.”