September 27, 2017
Lexington Books, a division of Rowman & Littlefield of Lanham, MD, and Fortress Press, a division of 1517 Media of Minneapolis, MN, announced today a joint publishing partnership. Under the agreement, the nearly seventy-title-per-year Fortress monograph program in biblical studies, theology, and Christian history will be published jointly under the Lexington Books/Fortress Academic imprint. The agreement does not cover textbooks, reference projects, or other Fortress Press initiatives.
“By partnering with Lexington Books to publish academic monographs, Fortress Press can continue a nearly fifty-five-year legacy in scholarly publishing in spite of the challenging economics of monograph sales,” said Will Bergkamp, vice president and publisher for the press. “The agreement allows a critical voice to remain in the scholarly conversation.”
Julie Kirsch, vice president and publisher for Lexington Books, said, “Monographs continue to be an essential method of scholarly communication. Lexington Books has shown an unwavering commitment to publishing high-quality peer-reviewed monographs since Rowman & Littlefield purchased the imprint almost twenty years ago, and we look forward to ensuring that the unique voice of Fortress Press continues to be heard.”
Key to the future success of the initiative is the transfer of editorial staff. Both parties are pleased to announce that senior acquisitions editors Neil Elliott and Michael Gibson will continue to acquire titles to be published under the Lexington Books/Fortress Academic joint imprint. Fifteen new titles will be published under the joint imprint at the end of the first quarter of 2018.
About Fortress Press www.fortresspress.com
For over 50 years, Fortress Press has been a pioneer in religious scholarship. Our commitment to publishing timely, relevant, and transformative books in biblical studies, theology, and Christian history has led to a global reputation. Fortress Press publishes in three main areas; education, academic, and reference.
About Lexington Books www.rowman.com/lexingtonbooks
Lexington Books publishes award-winning peer-reviewed monographs and edited collections by established and emerging scholars throughout the social sciences and humanities. Lexington Books is an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, one of the largest independent book publishers in North America. Located just outside Washington DC, Rowman & Littlefield publishes 2,000 new titles annually including scholarly and professional titles in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, educational publishing for K-12, and trade titles. R&L also owns National Book Network (NBN), which offers distribution services to other book publishers.
Julie Kirsch, firstname.lastname@example.org 301-459-3366 ext. 5309
Will Bergkamp, email@example.com 773-559-2432