Samantha Kolber acquires Rootstock Publishing

The Montpelier company was sold to Kolber during National Women’s Small Business Month

Vermont Business Magazine Rootstock Publishing, a Vermont-based book publisher, announces the transfer of ownership from founding co-publishers Stephen McArthur and Rickey Gard Diamond, to Samantha Kolber of Montpelier, Vermont.

Kolber is the firm’s former marketing director and poetry editor, and previously worked for Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Goddard College in Plainfield, and Tupelo Press in North Adams, Massachusetts. She has extensive experience in book advertising, publishing, sales and marketing, customer relations and publishing.

Samantha Kolber (left) and Stephen McArthur

“Samantha is a fantastic resource for Rootstock,” McArthur and Diamond said. “We are both confident that Samantha will take Rootstock in very creative and exciting directions in the future. She is a top-notch bibliophile and brings a wealth of book business experience to the task,” they said.

“I am thrilled to take on the senior role at Rootstock Publishing to continue and build on our success in publishing beautiful books by talented authors,” said Kolber. “Vermont is a hub for writers and small business owners, so it seems only natural that Rootstock will remain a local Montpelier publisher. I am grateful for the support of Stephen and Rickey, my attorney at Hatch Law & Consulting, PLC, and the Center for Women & Enterprise, for helping me become a small business owner, especially during National Small Business Month. women’s businesses,” she said.

According to the US Small Business Administration website (, October is when the SBA celebrates women-owned businesses and their lasting impact on the economy.

Rootstock Publishing is a hybrid publisher founded in Montpelier, Vermont in 2017. Their books have won numerous awards such as IPPY, Foreword INDIES, IBPA Ben Franklin Award, and Independent Book Publishers of New England, among others. They publish manuscripts of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and picture books by authors from Vermont and around the world. Their 43rd book will be released in January! Learn more about

25.10.2022. MONTPELIER, Vermont — Rootstock Publishing

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