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Book publisher VanderWyk & Burnham sold to Quick Publishing of St. Louis
VanderWyk & Burnham of Acton, Mass., has been sold to Quick Publishing, LC of St. Louis. Among the titles transferred to Quick is “Front of the Class,” the basis of a CBS movie telecast on Dec. 7 about an Atlanta teacher with Tourette syndrome.
According to Meredith Rutter, who has been the VanderWyk & Burnham publisher, the time was ripe for selling the firm to a larger publisher capable of continuing to expand the brand.
Quick Publishing acquires more than 25 new titles in the VanderWyk & Burnham portfolio. Included in the sale is the hardback edition of “Front of the Class,” the book that was the basis of a Dec. 7 national telecast by CBS of a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
“Front of the Class” is an inspirational memoir written by Brad Cohen, who was diagnosed at age 10 with Tourette syndrome and went on to overcome obstacles to become an outstanding grade school teacher in the Atlanta, Ga., suburbs. VanderWyk & Burnham published the book in 2005. Paperback rights were subsequently sold on behalf of VanderWyk & Burnham to St. Martin’s by West Coast agent Sharlene Martin.
The acquisition of VanderWyk & Burnham by Quick Publishing was brokered by Noel Griese of Anvil Brokers of Atlanta. Financial terms were not disclosed.
ABOUT QUICK PUBLISHING: Quick Publishing was created in 2003 when Angela and Fred Quick acquired Cache River Press and Studio 4 Productions, both of which were established more than 20 years ago. The Studio 4 Productions line has been divided into two imprints: Senior Sense and Quick Prints in the fields of family/senior/
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Anvil Brokers is an Atlanta-based company currently marketing $14 million in books and $8 million in literary properties.