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Foreward Magazine Reaches Milestone

Ph. #231.933.3699
[email protected]

Marks 10-Year Anniversary With Sparkling Celebration
At BEA In Los Angeles

The independent book industry’s premier review journal will arrive at publishing’s biggest stage primed to begin its second decade with a series of celebratory events. Indeed, the lights and glitz of Los Angeles provide the ideal setting for ForeWord Magazine’s coming-of-age at Book Expo America this June. Longtime show attendees may remember ForeWord’s first issue was released at the 1998 BEA in Chicago. Only the most optimistic could imagine the viability of another review journal. Flash forward to this year’s expansive booth anchoring the Independent Publisher’s Lounge, Champagne Reception on the show floor, their widely anticipated Book of the Year Award Ceremony, and co-sponsorship of Consortium’s annual Independent Press Party and it’s obvious the new kid has found their voice in the publishing wilderness.

From the outset, ForeWord’s mission was to showcase high quality work from independents. Publisher Victoria Sutherland conceived the magazine as the junction between independent publishers and booksellers and librarians, “connecting two communities whose goal is to get books into the hands of readers.” What she couldn’t have imagined is how much larger and complicated the world of publishing has become. In the late nineties, title output from the independent sector numbered in the tens of thousands a year as opposed to nearly three hundred thousand today. Of concern to everyone is that there are far fewer print review journals now meaning valid coverage of these important publishing houses continues to diminish.

Nearly 10,000 independently published books have been reviewed or featured in ForeWord since the beginning. Bookstores and libraries have grown to rely on the journal when seeking to identify category trends to shape their buying decisions. ForeWord was also one of the first magazines to offer digital editions when it partnered with Texterity back in 2004. Certainly, one of ForeWord’s boldest initiatives was a very controversial fee-for-review service launched in 2001. Publishers look to ForeWord for help with foreign rights representation at book fairs in London, Bologna, and Frankfurt, in addition to licensing reviews to Baker & Taylor’s Title Source III, Ingram’s iPage, BowkersBooksInPrint, and Thomson Gale databases.


If you’d like more information about ForeWord, or to schedule an interview with Victoria or Editor-in-Chief Heather Shaw, please call #231.933.3699, or email [email protected].

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