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Greenleaf Book Group is a publisher and distributor that specializes in the development of independent authors and the growth of small presses. Our publishing model was designed to support the independent author and to make it possible for writers to retain the rights to their work and still compete with the major publishing houses. In addition to the books we publish, we distribute select titles from small and independent publishers to major trade outlets, including bookstores, libraries, and airport retailers. We serve the small and independent publishing community by offering industry guidance, business development, and unmatched production, distribution, and marketing services.

COMPANY HISTORY

Clint Greenleaf started Greenleaf Book Group in 1997 after he graduated from college. During that summer, before he started as a staff accountant at Deloitte, he wrote a book called Attention to Detail: A Gentleman's Guide to Appearance. Despite being written as a joke for his friends, it proved to be successful by filling a need in the market. Clint developed a passion for publishing and retired from Deloitte after all of seven months at age 22. He turned his full attention to launching Greenleaf Book Group on June 1, 1998.

The business started above Clint's parents' garage in Cleveland, OH. Clint worked only on his books when he first started. Like many new authors and publishers, he educated himself on the publishing process through trial and error in production, distribution and marketing as he learned what (and a lot of what not) to do to create successful releases. As fellow authors learned of Clint's success, they began to seek his guidance to navigate through the complicated publishing process. These authors became Greenleaf's first clients, and most are still with the company today.

After a few years and about 40 titles later, the first employees were hired and Greenleaf opened a San Francisco office. The Cleveland office relocated as staff grew. Clint married in 2003 and moved to Chicago with his wife but commuted to the Cleveland office on a regular basis. In the meantime, the San Francisco office moved to Austin, TX .

The booming growth of Austin made the decision to move the business an easy one. In 2004, the headquarters moved to Texas. The logistical center (shipping and warehousing) remains in Cleveland because the centralized location saves time and money in the fulfillment process.

As word of Greenleaf's commitment to the success of independent authors and small presses grew, the small publisher attracted authors from major publishing houses and publishers seeking an alternative to restrictive traditional publishing arrangements. By this time, Greenleaf's track record of award-winning design, robust marketing and eye for marketable content had helped secure solid distribution relationships that created a level playing field with the major publishing houses and a solid position in the future of book publishing.

Today, Greenleaf has worked on over one thousand titles including multiple New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers. Greenleaf's 36 full-time employees are critical to the company's continued growth by bringing the extensive experience and business perspective that guide our clients in successful production, distribution and marketing.

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