The mission of Bard Press is to make every book we publish worthy of critical acclaim and reader affection, and to give every author we publish a national stage to spread his or her message. Bard Press has one of the strongest bestseller records in the United States' publishing industry: Starting with the runaway hit, NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, to the bestselling sales book of all time, The Little Red Book of Selling, to aclaimed bestseller, The ONE Thing, Bard Press continually redefines the creative and intellectual potential of its books.
There are two primary reasons Bard Press books consistently reach bestseller lists, win national book awards, and sell for longer than titles published by the larger New York houses:
Ray Bard's publishing experience includes more than 30 years of writing, producing, and publishing books and multimedia material. He has written or co-authored 10 business books published by major houses, such as Doubleday, William Morrow, Jossey-Bass, and Addison-Wesley. In 1972, he founded and directed a small press before selling it to the New York Times.
In 1982, he established Bard Productions and produced books for major publishers in New York, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.He also helped start-up presses around the country get off the ground until narrowing the company's focus to publishing exceptional books for national retail distribution. Since the founding of the Bard Press imprint in 1996, more than 50 percent of its books have become national bestsellers, with many winning book of the year awards.