Shawn Allen

Skills and Qualifications

  • Ten year track record of success in identifying new and unique publishing opportunities.  Proven skills in developing initial prospects, coordinating the author signing and eventual development of content for publication in the higher education market. 
  • A thorough understanding and working knowledge of the key functional areas of book and electronic publishing - acquisitions, contracts, production, manufacturing and marketing. 
  • Ability to work within budgets and controlled plant costs.  Effectively managed over 800 products according to deadlines and production schedules within several academic publishing houses. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work well collaboratively with team and sales channel partners. 
  • Strong passion and interpersonal skills for developing the author relationship, while conveying the commercial priorities effectively to create a strategic publishing plan.
  • Exceptional management of profitability by developing P&L tools to maximize the potential net profit of published content.
  • Exposure to the sales and product development cycle for educational media and instructional software across the curriculum.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2006 - Feb 2010

Publisher, National Acquisitions Editor

Bent Tree Press / Kendall Hunt

Sales:  22 author signings, representing 1/5 of company revenues.

Kendall Hunt acquired Bent Tree Press in 2009.

Production Coordinator:    Jen Wreisner

Mar 2004 - Jul 2006

Senior Custom Publisher- Career College

Sales: $2.2 million territory

Direct Manager:  Judith Wetherington

Senior Manager: Shirley Grall

Jul 2002 - Mar 2004

Acquisitions Editor - Illinois

Pearson Custom Publishing

Sales: $1.3 million territory 

Direct Manager:  Allen Kozlowski

Senior Manager: David Daniels

Dec 1999 - Jul 2002

Promotion to Custom Editor - TX, LA, MS, AL

Harcourt-Thomson Custom Publishing

Sales: $4.0 million territory

Direct Manager:  Felix Frazier

District Manager: Brian Hickman

Senior Manager:  Rich Foley (2001) Andy Gates (2002)

Oct 1995 - Dec 1999

Publisher's Representative - Illinois

Harcourt-Thomson College Publishing

Sales: $1.85 million territory

Direct Manager:    Mary Jo Kovach (1995)  Craig Gagstetter (1996-1999)

Region Manager:  Lee Sutherlin

Aug 1991 - Oct 1995

Director of Marketing

Campus Creations Inc.

Principal Owner:  Eric Wells

Direct Manager:  April Hixon





Proprietary publishing project databases

Microsoft Office Suite - Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint