Reedy Press was co-founded in 2003 in St. Louis, Missouri, by Josh Stevens and Matthew Heidenry, two museum publishing professionals who sought to help cultural institutions and organizations publish books. In the early years, Reedy’s list of clients grew to include schools and cities, with commemorative books soon becoming a specialty. Professionals and companies joined the mix of publishing partners, as titles began to encompass everything from narrative histories to cookbooks to children’s picture books.
In recent years, the company has increased the number of titles it publishes traditionally while still partnering with clients on myriad projects. The current owner, Josh Stevens, sees the balance of traditional and commemorative/custom titles as the key to continued success.
Since its founding in 2003, Reedy Press has released hundreds of books. The list of titles and clients continues to expand.
Where did the "Reedy" come from?
Reedy Press is named for William Marion Reedy (1862–1920), a prolific journalist and literary entrepreneur from St. Louis, Missouri. Reedy started his career as a journalist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Globe–Democrat, and served as an editor of the St. Louis Star.
In 1893, Reedy became the editor of The Mirror, a ground-breaking literary magazine that featured opinions from across the country on political, social, and cultural topics as well as early writings from well-known authors like Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and Sara Teasdale. Upon gaining ownership of the magazine in 1896, he changed its name to Reedy’s Mirror. He owned and operated Reedy’s Mirror until his unexpected passing in 1920.
In one of the few images of Reedy he is pictured with a black trilby hat, which serves as our icon.
Owner Josh Stevens is a longtime publishing professional. His educational background and professional experience include an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and work in trade, textbook, and museum publishing.
Joe Chatman, an executive with 25+ years of Marketing and General Management experience, joined Reedy Press as President in 2022. Joe earned his BS from Missouri State and later received an MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Mary Beth Stevens
Chief Financial Officer
The accounting department (accounts payable, accounts receivable, and author royalties) is run by Mary Beth. She received her BS in mathematics from Bradley University. She grew up working as the 5th generation in their family’s business and continues the tradition today working alongside her husband, Josh, since Reedy’s founding in 2003.
Following a BA from Boston College, Barbara held editorial, design, and production management positions with publishers including Simon & Schuster and Harcourt Brace, in addition to work for universities and corporations. Barbara has been with Reedy Press since 2014.
Our retail specialist Mischelle Leahy has been active in the high end gift industry for over 20 years, most recently partnering with a midwest marketing manager in gifts and publications. In addition to her sales experience, she has organized and participated in many book-related charity events. Mischelle has been at Reedy Press since 2016.
Amanda E. Doyle
Amanda E. Doyle experienced all the questions and difficulties any author could in the process of writing and promoting her (so far) 6 books with Reedy Press; she puts that experience to use as the Author Liaison, connecting far-flung authors with the resources of Reedy’s office staff, and with each other as a wide network of colleagues and cheerleaders. Amanda officially joined the Reedy team in 2021.
Warehouse + Distributions Manager
Warehouse management and book distribution is led by Adam Sessa. Adam has worked in the book industry for over 20 years, previously coordinating and buying for the University of Texas @ Austin and wholesale distributor Missouri Book Services. Adam joined Reedy Press in 2021.
Website + Social Media Manager
Claire graduated from Fontbonne University in 2020 with a BA in professional writing. She assists Barbara with production, leads marketing design, and manages Reedy Press’s website and social media accounts. Claire has been with Reedy since 2015.
Production + Title Management Assistant
Chelcie began working in the Reedy Press warehouse in 2019, and is now part of the production team. Chelcie has several years of experience in logistics and retail, and a lifelong interest in art and design.
After working for 20+ years at a major chemical/pharmaceutical company, Don Korte joined Reedy Press in 2009. He has worked in a variety of capacities, including production, sales, and distribution.