Sudbury Publishing Group is a small publisher catering to eclectic subjects and new authors interested in publishing for personal or commercial purposes.
SPG produced photos books, family albums, and memoirs prior to this new release of historical fiction.
Jon Baker, who wears the editor and publisher hat, comes from a background of book publishing, content management, technical writing and documentation.
Jill Baker, serving as an author consultant and marketer, has been a copywriter, promotion manager, and marketing director for print and digital media companies.
Together, SPG wants to help aspiring authors produce what they envision — with as much or little support as needed. Benefitting from a talent pool culled over the years, SPG is in the position to recommend high quality resources or provide direct services that take the pain out of the self-publishing process.
Check out the Member Spotlight from IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association) on SPG (October, 2020) where we share some marketing initiatives.
Jon Baker cut his publishing teeth on literary magazines and the Boston University yearbook, turning the latter from a traditional volume into a 2-part set that combined the expected student headshots with a collection of art, poetry, and photography to commemorate the cultural climate. Upon graduation from the College of Communication, he joined Wentworth Institute in their communications office, until leaving for the West Coast. In California, he worked as an editor for textbook giant, John Wiley, and for a division of Harper & Row. Returning to New England via a position with Little Brown, Jon became aware of the growing global publishing market. Seizing the opportunity to employ new technology, he joined Digital Equipment Corporation as a member of Digital Press, a fully functional publishing unit within the company. During this time, he contributed to numerous award-winning professional books. To expand his skill set, he pursued technical writing and became instrumental in STC – the Society for Technical Communication. Jon served as both STC Boston Chapter president and a Director at the national level, during which time he worked for EMC as a documentation manager. He also acquired a Masters’ degree in Organizational Change Management from Regis College. Most recently, Jon has served freelance clients primarily in the software sector. Launching Sudbury Publishing Group in many ways, returns him to his first-love publishing roots.
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Jill C. Baker
Jill Baker grew up in a small town in upstate New York where, as a teenager, she wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper and reviewed summer stock theater. Seeking small presses and state poetry societies, she became a published poet at an early age. She attended the College of Communication at Boston University, majoring in Broadcasting and Film, where she graduated with honors. To pursue her career, she moved to California and began working in educational film production and distribution before joining the San Francisco Newspapers as a copywriter and AV producer. Returning to the East Coast some years later, Jill became Promotion Manager for the Boston Herald (Hearst), Middlesex News (Harte-Hanks), and the Fidelity Investments-owned Community Newspaper Company. While at the Herald, she won the international Mark E. Senigo Gold Pen Award for copywriting, presented by the New York Times and Editor & Publisher. After a detour into the nonprofit sector, she became Director of Marketing for a digital publishing provider that served the magazine industry. Her exposure to technology has sparked ideas that can be seen in her books. Jill’s writing experience runs the gamut from speech writing to sales presentations, PR to blogs, but her foray into novels has long been on the “to do” list.