Louise Burke and Kate Hartson, publishing veterans with a background in publishing conservative authors, have formed All Seasons Press, which, according to the release announcing the launch, has been formed “to take head-on the cancel culture that is destroying the publishing industry and the country.”
Burke was cofounder of Simon & Schuster’s conservative imprint, Threshold Editions, and went on to be president and publisher of S&S’s Gallery Books Group before leaving in 2017. Hartson was editorial director of Hachette Books Group’s Center Street imprint before, according to comments she made to the New York Times, being fired for her politics. The two are being joined by Tom Mullen, who is CFO; Jean Anne Rose, a former publicity director at S&S, who is heading up publicity for All Seasons; and operations manager Vincent Remini.
The company plans to release four titles this year, with its first list coming out this fall. Included in the debut lists are books by two Trump Administration officials: The Chief’s Chief by Mark Meadows, chief of staff for Trump in his last year in office, and In Trump Time: My Journal of America’s Plague Year by Dr. Peter Navarro, assistant to Trump and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing.
The company plans to publish 10 to 12 titles in 2022 and, in addition to political titles, will publish “issue-oriented books from a conservative perspective.” According to the company, All Seasons “will handle our own distribution direct to buyers.” Financial backing, All Seasons, said, is from “a well-established investment firm that see the business opportunity created by the exit of the major publishers from a vibrant segment of the publishing industry.”
Burke, who is publisher of All Seasons, doubled down on the chance the new company has in a publishing industry that is undergoing changes. “With their focus on their own political agenda and on satisfying progressives inside their office buildings, major publishing houses have created a void for conservative and independent authors who deserve to be treated fairly and with respect,” she said in a statement. “The First Amendment protects their right to free speech. We established All Season Press to be a publishing house that stands by our authors, rain or shine. We aren’t fair-weather friends.”