Types of Book Publishers

An authority on depression, trauma, and mental health, Dr. Gregg Jantz leads The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc., and has appeared on CNN and New Day Northwest. The author of nearly 30 best-selling books, Dr. Gregg Jantz’s titles include Moving Beyond Depression, Healing the Scars of Emotional Abuse, and Happy for the Rest of Your Life.

When writing a book, an author should understand the different types of publishing houses available. The following briefly describes the major types of publishers.

Educational publishers publish materials such as textbooks for consumption by students at various levels.

Scholarly publishers, including university presses, print works of research findings and scholarship.

Trade publishers produce books that are marketed to the general public. This type of publisher prints paperback and hardback books on various topics and the most bestsellers.

Small presses include independent and regional publishers, the latter of which publishes books on local and regional topics only.

Contract and vanity publishers work with individuals seeking self-promotion. Historical books about a company and biographies are examples of works that such publishers would print.

Electronic book publishing caters to business-related publications and small printers that have an interest in promoting books with a large publisher’s network. These books are typically the most cost-efficient to produce.


ACA Launches School Counselor Connection with Reach Higher Initiative

For over 25 years, Dr. Gregg Jantz has worked with patients at The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, also known as A Place of Hope. An established figure in the mental health and chemical dependency field, Dr. Gregg Jantz holds membership in professional organizations such as the American Counseling Association (ACA).

The ACA has worked to advance the quality of counseling services across all settings, and recently it announced a renewed commitment to supporting high school counselors as part of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative. The Reach Higher Initiative is an ongoing effort to inspire children to pursue further educational opportunities beyond high school, and the American Counseling Association recognizes that school counselors are an integral part of this process. Counselors often serve as the first point of contact between high school youth and continuing education programs, whether they are vocational programs, community colleges, or four-year universities.

To that end, the ACA recently launched School Counselor Connection, a clearinghouse designed to support high school counselors nationwide. In addition to providing professional development modules, the site provides several career counseling tools to help students and families navigate the sometimes overwhelming catalog of colleges and the financial aid process. All resources are available for free on the ACA website at counseling.org/knowledge-center/school-counselor-connection/.