About Jan B. King/Contact
Jan B. King is a publisher-turned-book-coach and publishing strategist.
She began her career with Merritt Publishing, a then 30-year-old publishing company, in 1983. When the company’s founder retired in 1990, she became President and CEO. Ms. King transformed this small niche publisher into an employee-owned business as well as a recognized brand for financial information to professionals and consumers. She doubled revenues during the first half of her eight-year tenure, finally leading the company through an employee-buyout and its eventual sale to a leading computer based training company in 1998.
In 1997, Merritt Publishing was named the 44th largest woman owned/run business in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal. Ms. King was also a member of Vistage (a membership organization for CEOs) for six years and then a trained chair, and co-founded a women’s CEO group.
She was one of the founders of the WomenPublishingNetwork, a division of eWomenNetwork and devoted to transforming women who are experts with important contributions in their fields into successfully published authors. Every year for six years in July just before the eWomenNetwork Conference was a two-day publishing conference that Jan created. For most people, the favorite part of the conference was the Author Success panel, with five new authors discussing their own publishing journey.
She is the author of several books. Her book Business Plans to Game Plans is praised by academics and business people alike and is in its 3rd edition (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). The 2nd edition of Author Smart will be published in 2013. She has also published two Kindle only ebooks detailed on this website and sold on Amazon. Ms. King is a long-time member of the Author’s Guild.
Ms. King has served on several Boards of Directors, including the Enterprise Institute Board for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles. She has been a mentor with the TEC on Campus program for the Anderson School of Business at UCLA, and was a long time instructor with SCORE and the SBA.
She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Southern California with a BA in History and Economics, is a certified NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training Program instructor and holds the SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resource) designation from the Society of Human Resource Management. In 2002, she received the award for “Outstanding Performance as a Small Business Woman’s Advocate” from the SBA/California Small Business Development Centers.
Ms. King’s views on business and on publishing have been widely quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune Small Business, Working Woman Magazine, the American Bar Association’s Bar Leader magazine, Small Business USA, Business Finance, the Los Angeles Business Journal, and on numerous business web sites. She has also appeared on Making It! a small business television program on KTTV Los Angeles, The Economic Journal, a PBS business program, as well as on numerous nationally syndicated business radio programs. She writes and speaks extensively on publishing, employee ownership and participative management, and business planning.
She is most widely known for her professional feedback and her ability to be kindly honest with authors about their books and their ideas and to help them to find their way in a rapidly changing book industry, with no agenda but to create wonderful books.