Many of you may not be aware that since 2000, The Writer has been owned by Kalmbach Publishing Co., a mid-sized magazine publisher in west-suburban Milwaukee. Kalmbach purchased The Writer from longtime editor and publisher Sylvia K. Burack, who was looking to retire after her 60-year career at The Writer in Boston.
I was reminded of this yesterday as I read some of the letters Sylvia received after she announced the sale and her retirement. Here are a couple examples:
"We were surprised to learn that The Writer has been sold, but we're certainly pleased for you, as Kalmbach has a very good reputation, and now you'll be able to relax from the daily work of overseeing everything. For years you've steered the magazine on a great courser, and your remaining to oversee the transition will ensure its continuing success." —Marcia Muller
"I'm sorry that you'll no longer be running The Writer, but you've chosen a great place with Kalmbach. I grew up in Milwaukee, and as I was establishing my publishing career in New York, my beloved grandmother would always tell me that I should come home, that I could, after all, go to work for Kalmbach and work in publishing in Milwaukee, where I was meant to be. ... It's been interesting to watch the company grow and change over the years. And I think they'll do a splendid job with The Writer." —Barney M. Karpfinger
Al Kalmbach founded Kalmbach Publishing Co. in 1933 and, one year later, launched The Model Railroader magazine. Today, Kalmbach publishes 16 niche magazines, including Astronomy, Trains, Bead & Button and, yes, Model Railroader (each the bestselling magazine in its category)—as well as American Snowmobiler, Birder's World and FineScale Modeler. Kalmbach's latest acquisition, Cabin Life, targets the owners of cabins, cottages, and lake homes. The company also publishes 30 book titles per year and hosts the world's largest annual jewelry-making event, the Bead & Button Show, in Milwaukee.
I mention all this in part to draw your attention to Kalmbach's magazines as possible markets for your work. Go to Kalmbach's corporate Web site for more information on the company and its magazines.
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