Meeting authors is one of Merkle’s favorite responsibilities as publisher.
Bob Sehlinger, co-founder of AdventureKEEN and publisher of The Unofficial Guides, said, “For years, we’ve counted on Molly’s vision for growth, addressing the needs of our readers, and nurturing the extraordinary people who work for the company. Through the hardships and challenges that are a fact of life in entrepreneurial publishing, Molly has been our rock: mission-oriented and unflappable. She has also been our leader, our head of house, in all except title. Now she deservedly wears the mantle of publisher.”
Merkle started her career with the company more than 30 years ago and has excelled at cultivating relationships and developing books that are a good match for the company’s editorial and sales capabilities. “We are proud to be an indie press in mutuality with indie book and specialty retailers who support our program,” Merkle said.
While Merkle retains COO responsibilities for development of the publishing program and heading up the company’s leadership team, she will focus on AdventureKEEN’s partnerships and author support through her role as publisher. It’s a role she has already proven fit for.
“We expect that Molly will continue her organizational excellence as our publisher, just as she mastered every position that she held prior. The company is thriving as readers discover the health benefits of engaging with nature, and she’s a big part of that success,” said Richard Hunt, president and co-founder of AdventureKEEN.
Merkle’s work to build a collaborative, nimble, and diverse workforce in support of the growing enterprise is essential for AdventureKEEN’s future. “It’s a terrific privilege to work with this team we have built, and I’m looking forward to the good work we can continue to do at the intersection of the book publishing, conservation, and outdoor recreation industries,” Merkle said. “We see real value in our publishing program and are passionate about the books we publish and messages we are putting out into the world.”
About AdventureKEEN: The company’s founding dates back more than 40 years, guided then and now by a love of being in the woods and on the water, by a passion for reading and books, and by the sense of wonder and discovery made possible by spending time recreating outdoors in beautiful places. AdventureKEEN’s mission is to share that wonder and fun with its readers, especially with those who haven’t yet experienced all the physical and mental health benefits that nature and outdoor activity can bring. In addition, AdventureKEEN strives to teach about recreating responsibly so that the natural resources and habitats we all cherish and rely on will be available for future generations.
AdventureKEEN is excited to share this announcement and to improve how we serve our authors, accounts, and readers. Join us as we celebrate and look down the trail to what lies ahead.