Peter Workman died today. It is a very sad loss for the publishing community and the reading community. He brought to life such amazing books as Bad Dog, Water for Elephants, and the great What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
I remember meeting Peter when I was working at Vook. We spoke of the enormous potential of digital and he talked about the detailed hand-selling roots of Workman publishing. He loved independent publishing and the freedom that it gave him to publish great works – what could be risky works – without the oversight of a quarterly revenue goal. He was always thinking about the long term.