From the Chicago Tribune:
Name of press: Lake Street Press
In what year was your press founded? 2009
How many people are on your staff? Publisher: Mary Osborne, Managing Editor: Hazel Dawkins, Events Coordinator: Rachel McHan
Tell us how your press came to be: Observing the fate of several author-friends whose books failed to take off after being published, Mary Osborne asked herself what went wrong. Osborne, who is a Registered Nurse and honors graduate of Rush University and Knox College, where she was mentored in the Creative Writing Program, was a first-time novelist who had attracted the interest of a NY literary agent. In the meantime Osborne, who is a native of Chicago, stumbled across a few other talented writers who were wondering what to do with their terrific book ideas. With an attitude of, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” Osborne set out on a crash course to learn everything she could about the book biz. Drawing from how-to manuals, the guidance local publishers – Sharon Woodhouse of Lake Claremont Press and Alexander Dee of Ivan R. Dee – as well as the IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), Lake Street Press was born.