Arcadia Publishing acquires Palmetto Publishing Group


Arcadia Publishing & The History Press, America’s leading publisher of local and regional content with over 13,000 books, has acquired the business of Palmetto Publishing Group (PPG). PPG is a full-service independent publishing business headquartered in Charleston. Michael Shannon II, the founder of PPG, will continue to lead the business.

Along with this acquisition, Arcadia has created a new imprint called Vertel. Richard Joseph, CEO of Arcadia, notes that over the past decade, there have been more and more authors with well-written manuscripts that are simply in markets too small for Arcadia’s traditional line. “These are titles that do not fit into our current publishing model due to the population or local retail climate. Instead of sending the authors away, we want to continue to provide them with the highest quality product, customer service and help preserve worthy pieces of history by using an alternative model,” said Joseph. Focusing on titles with local and regional interest, the Vertel imprint will allow for important local and regional content to be available in any community, no matter the size. Vertel, translated from Dutch to English, means “to tell.”

Shannon states, “Palmetto Publishing Group was founded to fill a major void in the publishing industry. PPG values customer service, quality of product and affordability. Working with Arcadia is going to take what we’ve been doing to an entirely new level. We are excited to be able to offer more services and an even higher quality product to our authors.”

All editorial work with be conducted in the USA. Vertel titles that show promise in their emerging market will be reviewed for broader trade publishing. Arcadia is planning to sell the Vertel titles via the Arcadia Publishing website.

About Arcadia Publishing & The History Press

Arcadia Publishing & The History Press are the largest and most comprehensive publishers of local and regional books in the United States with a library of more than 13,000 titles. Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, the two imprints publish a combined 600 books each year. By empowering history and culture enthusiasts to write local stories for local audiences, we create exceptional books that are relevant on a local and personal level, enrich lives, and bring readers closer to their community, their neighbors, and their past.