Workman Publishing Has Been Sold to Hachette Book Group

Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ client, Workman Publishing, one of the largest and most respected independently owned book publishers in the US, and Hachette Book Group announced today that Hachette has completed their acquisition of Workman for $240 million.  The transaction closed after successful completion of the regulatory approval process.

Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette Book Group, said, “This is a significant and exciting milestone for Hachette Book Group, as we welcome an extraordinary publisher to HBG. We have deep admiration for Workman’s publishing, its people, its authors and illustrators, its books, its commitment to backlist and its culture.  The opportunity for HBG to join forces with Workman is one I believe will be enormously beneficial to both companies, and our goal is to provide a new home that will enable Workman to continue to thrive and grow in exciting ways.” 

Workman Publishing will be HBG’s eighth publishing group, comprising the imprints Workman, Algonquin, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press. The new group will be led by Dan Reynolds as Senior Vice President and Publisher. He will report to CEO Michael Pietsch and will join HBG’s Executive Management Board. Dan Reynolds said, “One glorious Workman era has ended today, and another, full of promise and opportunity, has begun. We are very excited to join the Hachette family of publishers and energized by the prospect of learning ways of working and finding new muscles to flex. But I also want to use this moment to thank Carolan Workman for her wise leadership before and during this transition. I speak for everyone at Workman in wishing her a retirement filled with the joys of life, including getting lost in a good book.”

Robin Warner, Managing Director, Head of Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips’ Book Publishing and Education sectors, said, “We have all seen remarkable deal activity in the last 18 months.  However, nowhere have I seen such an unwavering commitment to preserving a company’s amazing culture and looking after its staff, in addition to achieving a robust valuation.  Our mandate was to find such a buyer and Hachette delivered on all these points.  I am proud to have been part of the team that found the right match for Workman Publishing and am honored to have represented such a smart and ethical entrepreneur as Carolan Workman.”

“Representing Carolan Workman and the Workman Publishing team has been one of the greatest privileges of my career.  The company, its people, its culture and all they have created over the past 54 years is truly exceptional and one of the most admired companies in publishing.  From the beginning and throughout the process, Carolan’s top priority was the security and well-being of her employees, as well as her authors, illustrators and culture.  We are thrilled to have found a buyer that appreciates and will protect all that makes Workman so special,” says Joanna Stone Herman, Partner at Oaklins DeSilva+Phillips.

Workman publishes award-winning content across many strong categories including cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, gardening, country living, humor, children’s books, gift books, fiction, audio, and a bestselling calendar line. Workman’s imprints are fixtures in the publishing industry with tremendous brand recognition and a track record of consistently finding, cultivating, and developing truly unique and remarkable titles. Workman has developed many of today’s best-known publishing franchises such as WHAT TO EXPECT®, BRAIN QUEST®, and Page-a-Day® calendars.

About Hachette Book Group

Hachette Book Group is a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of eight publishing groups: Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Audio, Hachette Nashville, Little, Brown and Company, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Orbit, Perseus Books, and Workman Publishing. HBG also provides a wide range of custom distribution, fulfillment, digital and sales services to third-party publishers. For more information, visit

About Workman Publishing

Workman Publishing Co., Inc. (WPC), is a publishing division of Hachette Book Group. It includes Workman, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Algonquin Young Readers, Artisan, Storey Publishing, and Timber Press. WPC also is the distributor for The Experiment, duopress, Erewhon Books, and Familius. Workman publishes award-winning children’s books, cookbooks, parenting/pregnancy guides, and books on gardening, country living, and humor, as well as gift books, fiction, audio, and the bestselling calendar line in the business. The company is headquartered in New York City’s Greenwich Village, with additional offices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; North Adams, Massachusetts; and Portland, Oregon. For more information, visit

Transaction TypeM&A Sell-side
ClientWorkman Publishing
Sold ToHachette Book Group
IndustryBook Publishing
DateSeptember 2021