Founded in March 1989 by author, attorney, and artists' rights advocate Tad Crawford, the press began as a one-man operation with the publication of a revised edition of Crawford's classic Legal Guide for the Visual Artist in Fall 1989. Ten more titles followed in 1990, which offered information about marketing, promotion, pricing, copyright, contracts, health and safety, and much more. From these modest beginnings, Allworth Press today publishes between fifteen and eighteen titles annually and has a staff of six.
Crawford saw the need for a publishing company that would provide practical information to creative professionals such as artists, photographers, designers, and authors. Based on his experience as chairman of the board for the Foundation of the Community of Artists in New York City, general counsel to the Graphic Artists Guild, and lobbyist for the Coalition of Visual Arts organizations, he knew first hand the issues faced every day by creative people.
The promise of Allworth Press received early recognition. In 1994 the press received Quality Books' 1994 Small Press Publisher of the Year Award during the annual American Booksellers Association show (now BookExpo). Recipients of the award "exemplify the standards of quality in independent publishing. To be considered for the award, a publisher must have distinguished itself by producing timely, topical, and salable titles suitable for libraries, demonstrating networking skills, and supporting their distributor's efforts."
In making its announcement, Quality Books stated: "Allworth Press provides practical, accessible information books for a creative community of specialists such as artists, photographers, designers, and authors, as well as an expanding line of legal and financial how-to books for the general public. Their titles have received numerous recommendations from the review media."
Allworth's publisher Tad Crawford "attributes Allworth's success to such factors as careful targeting of books to untapped niche markets, selectivity in choosing titles, development of unusual sales channels, control of production costs through competitive bidding, and tight management of inventory."
Rapid growth has encouraged Allworth Press to move twice since 1989, each time to a larger space. Its offices have now moved the Skyhorse Publishing offices at 307 West 36th Street. Allworth Press's location in New York City makes a great deal of sense since so many of its books offer practical business and self-help information for artists, designers, photographers, writers, and film and performing artists.
Allworth Press will share distribution with Skyhorse Publishing, using Perseus Distribution in the United States. Allworth Press titles are now distributed in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Southern Africa, the Philippines, Korea, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Books from Allworth Press have been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and Japanese.
Allworth Press enjoys excellent relationships with a select group of publishing partners. Many of our titles have been co-published with the School of Visual Arts. Other important organizations that have joined to copublish certain titles include the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Society of Media Photographers, the Authors Guild, Communication Arts magazine, Design Management Institute, the Graphic Artists Guild, and Interior Design magazine. This association with leading educational and professional institutions is a sign of the respect given to the Allworth Press publishing program by the leaders of the creative community.
Allworth Press continues to grow and now has 300 titles in print. Allworth Press is constantly seeking to publish books that meet the needs of creative professionals in our niche areas. Suggestions and insights from readers and the community are welcomed as an aid in determining the best books and authors for the future.
Allworth Press, 307 West 36th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10018. 212-643-6816