Religious Publishing Services Group Expands Internationally

[Press Release]

Somersault Establishes International Office

Grand Rapids, MI (August 22, 2012) – The publishing strategy and services agency Somersault Group (, headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, USA, is now conducting business in the British Isles and Europe with its international office in St. Andrews, Scotland, established by Somersault’s general manager, John Topliff, DMin (Fuller Theological Seminary).

“The world is flat, as author Thomas Friedman says, and Somersault is eager to serve publishers, authors, non-profit organizations, and other content providers without the constraints of geographical boundaries,” Topliff says. “In today’s fast-changing environment of book publishing, our objective is to strategically connect authors with readers at any stage in the publishing spectrum, from concept to distribution, taking advantage of right-now technology and providing old-fashioned personal care.”
This expanded opportunity for Somersault is the result of Topliff encouraging his wife to interact with scholars working at the creative intersection of the disciplines of theology, imagination, and art. Debby Topliff, a poet, novelist, Bible teacher, and painter, is pursuing the masters in literature studying at St. Mary’s College, the divinity school at the University of St. Andrews.

With Topliff in Scotland, Somersault (@smrsault) announces the appointment of project management veteran Marianne Filary as office manager. Filary, vice-president of National Printing Services, joins Somersault most recently from Zondervan, where she was director of events – planning and executing such large gatherings as the National Pastors Convention.

In 25 years of national retailer, advertising agency, and publishing experience, Filary has managed countless marketing related projects and events, including executive team activities, celebrity dinners, grand openings, product launches, press conferences, cause-related gatherings, film screenings, author/speaker tours, and sales conferences.

“We’re thrilled to be able to use Internet technology to maximize the time differences and stay in close communication between Michigan and Great Britain to best serve Somersault clients,” Filary says.

Along with Topliff, Somersault’s managing partners are Dave Lambert, editorial director, Jeannette Taylor, research and product development architect, Jonathan Petersen, social media marketing and PR evangelist, and John Sawyer, brand and marketing strategist.


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