Up, Up, and Away: How We Grew Our Publishing Company

June 2010
by Mike Markowski

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Up, Up, and Away: How We Grew Our Publishing Company

by Mike Markowski

I started writing and publishing in 1972 when I founded Skysurfer magazine. Soon after introducing the new sport of hang gliding to the East Coast, I found the freedom I needed to follow my dream when I got laid off from my aerospace engineering job.

Today, my wife, Marjie, and I run a publishing company whose total sales have surpassed 2 million units, including translations done in 22 languages. Sales of self-help titles make up 87 percent of the total. We have four titles that have sold over 100,000 copies, nine titles that have sold between 50,000 and 99,999, and sixteen titles that have sold between 20,000 and 49,000 copies, all just in their English editions. 

Getting Off the Ground

Back in 1972, after I met Dan Poynter, author/publisher of The Self-Publishing Manual, he and I and two others co-founded the first hang-glider manufacturing company on the East Coast, and Dan showed me how he was creating his second book using what he called the “pile-it system,” with each chapter’s materials piled on the floor.

While I was tirelessly promoting the new sport and industry—attracting a lot of attention from the press as well as o…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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