“After 34 years as a senior legal counsel with with Washington State House of Representatives, I wanted to tell the story about some of the interesting people and politics that were a part of My Ride.”
Why did you become a book publisher? After 34 years as a senior legal counsel with with Washington State House of Representatives, I wanted to tell the story about some of the interesting people and politics that were a part of My Ride. I found broad and deep support from members of the legislature, past and present, Republican and Democrat. I self-published the book in December 2014. While I am a Republican, the kick off party for book sales was at the home of Democratic Congressman, my friend, Denny Heck. WA 10. I sold 500 books in the first 60 days, and ordered a second printing. A financial success in that all my costs were covered, but more importantly a fun and new life adventure. A new ride.
What do you like best about publishing? I love meeting with students and having a chance to make history exciting. I enjoy the class rooms, the book signings, even letters from retail sellers who want my book. Most recently exciting is a letter of approval and order request from Barnes & Nobel. This is fun and exciting. It will not make me rich in cash but richer in life experiences.
What do you publish? My memoir My Ride
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Multiple markets, Amazon Kindle, Nook, retail shops, my website, but most sales are by me, at events where I am invited to speak.
How do you define a successful title? An honest statement of what the book is about.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. I have only one title, My Ride, and I am proud of it.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Making the contacts that keep opening new doors.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Do not self-publish if the only purpose is to make money. You may or may not make money but if it not a passion, do something else that is.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? I may or may not publish a second book, I certainly have the material and photos, but may move to producing my own continuing legal education lectures. I like to talk even more than I like to write.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? My wife and I love to read, some times serious books, often soft summer stuff, love to travel, and I cannot help but spend a little time with campaign politics.
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