Pub­lish­ers Weekly lists Cedar Fort as one of na­tion’s fastest-grow­ing in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ers


In­dus­try trade pub­li­ca­tion Pub­lish­ers Weekly has listed Springville-based Cedar Fort Pub­lish­ing & Me­dia as one of the na­tion’s fastest-grow­ing in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ers. Twelve in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ers made the list, which is based on three fac­tors over the past three years: sales growth, num­ber of em­ploy­ees and num­ber of ti­tles.

“This ar­ti­cle is ex­cit­ing be­cause it val­i­dates our vi­sion at Cedar Fort,” said Bryce Mor­timer, pres­i­dent of Cedar Fort. “It will al­low us to be of greater ser­vice in a strug­gling in­dus­try.” Mor­timer cur­rently serves on the ex­ec­u­tive board of PubWest (the largest in­de­pen­dent pub­lish­ers as­so­ci­a­tion in the US) and is in­volved in sev­eral other in­dus­try projects. “This recog­ni­tion from our pub­lish­ing peers will open new av­enues for us to con­tinue re­leas­ing inspiring and up­lift­ing books and prod­ucts,” he con­tin­ued. “We are thrilled about the visibility this brings our com­pany and our au­thors.”

PW re­ports that Cedar Fort cred­its its growth to a com­plete re­struc­tur­ing of its in-house op­er­a­tions. In­stead of di­vid­ing its staff into tra­di­tional de­part­ments based on em­ployee spe­cial­ties, the pro­duc­tion teams are grouped by genre, en­abling each team to fo­cus on its own ti­tles.

“[The re­struc­tur­ing] al­lows us to re­spond quickly to trends in the mar­ket­place, both in ac­quir­ing new ti­tles and pack­ag­ing our books to help them stand out from ev­ery­thing else on the shelf in that genre,” said Cedar Fort pro­duc­tion manager Heidi Doxey. Cedar Fort also cred­its its in­creased sales to branch­ing out into film dis­tri­bu­tion, e-books and au­dio­books. The com­pany has been in­volved in the film in­dus­try for the past 18 months.

Cedar Fort Pub­lish­ing & Me­dia was formed by Lyle Mor­timer in 1986. Since then, the com­pany has grown and cur­rently pro­duces up­lift­ing fic­tion and non­fic­tion books that are known across the globe. Cedar Fort has a solid cat­a­log of LDS fic­tion and non­fic­tion ti­tles, gen­eral re­lease ti­tles (in­clud­ing cook­books, clean ro­mance and young adult ad­ven­tures) and an LDS-ori­ented prod­uct line.

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