President’s Message
Solo Practitioners of Publishing, We Salute You!

April 2005
by Kent Sturgis

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A dozen years ago, I ran Epicenter Press Inc. from an office in a spare bedroom at home, and I often began my workday in a bathrobe. A few years later, I hired an assistant, and her office was the other spare bedroom. That’s when I started dressing for work, but our company’s growth added a new complication: where to put overnight guests? Epicenter moved. Today, we operate out of a storefront office in Kenmore, WA, a 15-minute walk from my home.

So I had feeling of déjà vu hearing from more than 100 of you when we asked you to share your experiences working solo. Among the questions were these:

What are the advantages of working alone?

Solo publishers and publishing professionals, most of you working in home offices, like having creative control and answering only to yourselves. “I can turn my business on a dime and head in new directions without so much as speaking a single word,” said Tom Ogg of Tom Ogg Associates in Valley Center, CA, publishers of books and Web sites focusing on cruise-ship travel. Ogg is a surfer who says he “works hard when the surf is down.”

“I love the solitude and efficiency,” said Frankie Schelly of FireSign Exclusives in Asheville, NC.

Sean O’Reilly, director of special sales for Travelers’ Tales, Inc., has telecommuted for the past decade. He lives in Virginia. Travelers Tales is based in the San Francisco area. “My morning commute,&…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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