Scott Messina started out in the promotional book business over twenty years ago. As the Director of MJF Books for over a decade, he oversaw a small team that licensed content from other publishers and produced high-quality low-priced bargain editions sold primarily in Barnes & Noble’s bargain section. Although the bargain business is hardly glamorous, it provides a solid foundation in the nuts and bolts of the publishing business. Scott negotiated hundreds of subsidiary rights contracts, revamped a backlist of nearly 1,000 titles, made packaging decisions about all upcoming titles, and carefully watched the bottom line. As a side note, he also created and co-authored a series of trivia books that have sold over half a million copies.
There’s really only one reason to start a publishing company and that’s because you love books. At Bright & Happy Books, we take pride in nurturing our authors through the whole publishing process, from the initial spark of an idea to shaping and editing the text, from designing the interior and cover to marketing and beyond. Book publishing is a passion, sometimes fatal, and the best way to keep the doors open is to find something that sells. To that end, Bright & Happy Books will continue to license and sell inexpensive hardcover and paperback reprint editions into Barnes & Noble’s bargain section. You can find those titles listed under the bargain tab. They are available exclusively at B&N stores. We encourage you to visit a B&N store and buy some books, ours or someone else’s. We encourage you to visit independent bookstores, too. Bookstores matter. Please support them. Our hope is that the profits from the bargain business will allow us to expand our trade and gift book lines. And over time the trade and gift books we do might ultimately end up having a second life in the bargain section. In short, Bright & Happy Books is an experiment, an author-friendly experiment. We hope our books connect with readers and give them some hope, some insight, and some joy. The world needs more hope, insight, and joy. If we can accomplish that, we’ll have accomplished a lot. Thank you.