Baker & Taylor Publisher Services announced a number of new sales and distribution clients, including several Christian book publishers.
Full U.S. and Canadian sales representation and distribution agreements have been inked with children’s book publishers Syncretic Press (effective October 1) and Dry Climate Studios (effective May 1), as well as with the not-for-profit education organization The Center for Railroad Photography and Art (April 1) and Elemental Music, which works with estates and major record companies to publish books. New worldwide sales and distribution clients include artistic books publisher CityFiles Press (effective April 1) as well as graphic art and design book publisher SendPoints Publishing Co. Ltd., in an agreement that is already in effect.
Also already in effect in select international markets only, B&T now handles sales and distribution for the family-owned Christian books publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans. B&T also added Christian client publishers Square Halo Books, PrayerShop Publishing, and A&N Media (The Catholic Planner) for sales and distribution in the U.S. and Canada. These publishers will gain specific representation from the B&T Christian sales force and will be included in B&T's Christian catalogs, distributed within the CBA.
Lastly, B&T signed fulfillment and third-party logistics agreements with The Good Book Company, also a Christian publisher, and Marshall Cavendish Education. Both agreements have already taken effect.
Despite B&T’s recent withdrawal from the retail wholesaling business, the company said it intended to stay in the distribution business and has continued to sign a variety of publishers as clients. BTPS head Mark Suchomel said the company has more than 40 full service clients as well as a host of other publishers for which it performs specific services. He called children's publishers BTPS's "sweet spot," noting the distributor's strength in reaching public libraries and school libraries as well as the gift market and bookstores.