Turner Publishing has acquired four publishing imprints owned by LongHill Partners, Inc.: Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths, Christian Journeys, and Gemstone Press. The new imprints will be Turner’s first that focus solely on publishing religious and faith-based titles.
Based in Woodstock, Vt., LongHill Partners has been owned by Stuart Matlins who served as president and publisher of its publishing imprints. The purchase, which officially takes effect June 30, gives Turner over 700 titles for adults and children. Included in the acquired lists are authors such as Thomas Moore, Lawrence Kushner, Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Antoinette Matlins.
Jewish Lights, Skylight Paths, Christian Journeys, and Gemston will join Turner's eight other imprints. However, Turner is not offering full time positions to anyone on the staff at LongHill. “We are buying the assets only," said Todd Bottorff, president and publisher of Turner Publishing. "We will continue to work with some of the existing personnel on a freelance basis."
Turner will publish 20-30 titles on the frontlists of the four imprints, and the search for new acquisitions is "active and ongoing," said Bottorff. The acquisitions editor at Turner Publishing will be overlooking the upcoming acquisitions for the four new imprints.
Based in Nashville, Tenn., Turner publishes both nonfiction and fiction, with 3,800 titles on topics such as history, health and wellness, faith, and more.