|Founder||Walter Zacharius and Roberta Bender Grossman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Headquarters location||New York City|
Kensington Publishing Corp. is a New York-based publishing house founded in 1974 by Walter Zacharius and known as “America’s Independent Publisher.” It remains a multi-generational family business, with Steven Zacharius succeeding his father as President and CEO, and Adam Zacharius as General Manager. As the foremost independent commercial publishing house in the United States providing hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and digital releases, Kensington publishes "the books that America wants to read".
From the time its very first book (Appointment in Dallas by Hugh McDonald), became a bestseller, Kensington has been known as an astute and determined David-vs.-Goliath publisher of titles in the full spectrum of categories, from fiction, romance and mysteries to health and nonfiction. It is the house of many New York Times bestselling authors, including Fern Michaels, Lisa Jackson, Joanne Fluke and William W. Johnstone. In addition to the over 500 new titles that the company publishes each year, it has a vast and diverse backlist that includes classics such as The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max and Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre.
Kensington's imprints include Zebra, Pinnacle, Dafina, Citadel and Lyrical Press, all of which are well known for providing readers with a range of popular genres such as romance, women’s fiction, African American, young adult and nonfiction, as well as true-crime, western, and mystery titles. In 2008, Kensington also acquired the publishing assets of Holloway House (publishers of Iceberg Slim).
Steven Zacharius, son of the founder, Walter Zacharius, has been with the Company since 1993 and has been President and CEO since 2005. He is also Chairman of Kensington. The company's vice-president Michael Rosamilia has been the CFO since 1989. Adam Zacharius, Steven's son, is General Manager and originally started working with Kensington seven years ago. Kensington is believed to be the only publishing company with three generations of family management.
The staff totals over 85 employees and in addition to a dedicated internal sales team, Kensington has a distribution agreement that brings it the full strength of Penguin Random House Publisher Services’ global sales force. The company is able to respond quickly to trends and supports its releases with targeted promotional and marketing programs to generate reader excitement.
- Kensington Books (commercial fiction)
- Citadel (general non-fiction, Lyle Stuart)
- Dafina (African-American literature)
- Lyrical Press - Kensington's digital-first imprint
- Pinnacle (thrillers, true crime, westerns)
- Zebra (romance)
- Simona Ahrnstedt
- Janet Dailey
- Joanne Fluke
- Trice Hickman
- Hannah Howell
- Lisa Jackson
- William W. Johnstone
- William J. Mann
- Fern Michaels
- Mary Monroe
- Mary B. Morrison
- Cal Orey
- Caitlin Rother
- Naomi Stone
- Carl Weber
- Ellen Marie Wiseman
- Bart Yates
- "press release" (PDF).
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