Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

In 1970, Andrews McMeel Universal was founded as Universal Press Syndicate by Jim Andrews and John McMeel. The two friends, both graduates of the University of Notre Dame, were encouraged by their wives, Kathleen Andrews and Susan McMeel, to act on their long-held dream of starting their own newspaper syndicate. At the time, Jim Andrews was working in Kansas City as the managing editor for The National Catholic Reporter and John McMeel was based in New York as the assistant general manager and national sales director for the Publishers-Hall Syndicate.

Universal Press Syndicate became a world leader in newspaper syndication, publishing, production of calendars, gift and stationery, and the development of new media. With the purchase of the Catholic publishing house, Sheed and Ward, Andrews and McMeel became the book-publishing arm of Universal Press Syndicate.

Today, Andrews McMeel Universal is the largest independent newspaper syndicate in the world and an emerging leader in book and calendar publishing and gift and stationery merchandising. In 1997, the privately-held company became Andrews McMeel Universal to reflect its diversification into magazine publishing and new media. Every year, the company publishes the work of more than 125 syndicate creators and writers, more than 300 books, and a prestigious line of calendars and gift and stationery items. Andrews McMeel Universal continues to exert a lasting influence on American popular culture. "We're a talent agency," says John McMeel, chairman of Andrews McMeel Universal and co-founder of Universal Press Syndicate. "A special kind of talent agency, because the creators and authors we represent and promote are special kinds of people. The relationships between our company and our creators and authors— and our relationships with the editors, writers and artists on our own staff—are the foundation upon which this company was built and has succeeded. Without them we'd have no company, no reason to exist."


Review: Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by  Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

Review: Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong

Nom Nom Paleo is a wonderful cookbook! Nom Nom Paleo was one of dozens of cookbooks I borrowed from the library while searching for paleo recipes. I went through so many cookbooks that they’d all started to look alike to me. I was…so over cookbooks that when I got the… Read more »