No nine year old comes home from school and announces “I want to be a publisher when I grow up.” Doctors, yes. Archaeologists too. But publishers?

I won't give you my “how I became a publisher instead of an archaeologist” story. It has to do with the grad student blues in Ann Arbor, an invitation from an uncle who was squeaking by in his small publishing business, and the hope that I could find a job that was like being a grad student but where they paid you rather than you paying them. I found one as an intern at Sage Publications in Los Angeles. Now, almost four decades later, I have had the opportunity to work for many years at a highly successful academic press (Sage) and start two of my own (AltaMira Press and my current one, Left Coast). I've been responsible for publishing well over 1,000 books...

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