“My biggest challenge was not making any more excuses as to why I could not finish it and put it out there. Despite my constant criticism of my writing (comparing to others, mostly) I just hushed the voice and listened instead, finally, to the voice who fed me the story.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I have written a lot of stories/books and I wanted to have control over when I would publish them instead of waiting for a traditional publisher to recognize my talent (or not) and send it to the printers.
What do you like best about publishing? I mostly enjoy the writing part but since I've only been through the whole process once, there really isn't any part that stands out for me. The editing was very stressful since I didn't want to change a thing, fearing that the story would change. But sending it to our printer was probably my favorite part. And the celebration when the pre-print copy arrived in the mail - that was fun, too!
What do you publish? My first book is a children's book - others to follow will be pre-school and a non-fiction book (these are the next two that I have scheduled)
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Have not discovered that yet - I'm still very shiny new.
How do you define a successful title? I guess like most writers I would say a successful title is one that sells well, that you can't keep on the shelves. Come to think of it, publishers would probably say that, also. I'm having a split personality thing going on right now - I'm a writer, I'm a publisher, I'm a writer....
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. I guess that would be my first book that I just published - The House at the Top of the Trees. Since it is the first book I have ever published I'm very proud of it. I'm proud of myself for finally taking the big step to expose myself by putting my writing out there for others to read. I felt safe with it on my computer for my eyes only. Now I'm at the mercy of anyone who reads it and cares to comment. But I'm tough (I previously worked as a fine artist; I have callouses built up from years of rejection.)
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? I definitely cannot answer this question yet since I do not feel successful yet. Unless you are asking simply if I feel successful at having finally completed and published my first novel. My biggest challenge was not making any more excuses as to why I could not finish it and put it out there. Despite my constant criticism of my writing (comparing to others, mostly) I just hushed the voice and listened instead, finally, to the voice who fed me the story. Didn't realize how easy that was to do. And then again, if my first novel is not well received, well, I can blame the voice in my head who fed it to me.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Since I'm such a newbie at this myself, not sure I'm qualified to give advice. But I guess if I did give advice it would be, have patience, mostly. You really should love the whole process, if you are a writer, and are fortunate enough as I have been to have a partner who is also quite literate who can get equally involved in the process of editing and publishing. Fortunately I have a strong marriage, otherwise, not sure we would have survived. On second thought, it might be better to start a relationship of editor/publisher with a writer who you are not related to by family or marriage.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? The burden will have been lifted from my back, and my laptop where I keep all my stories, because they will all be out there in the world for people to read. There is a good possibility that once the majority of my works are published, we will take on other projects. We have already had several people approach us about publishing their books. I have no doubt that the next several years will be exciting as we define who BBD Publishing is and have set a path for where we want to go.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? When I'm not publishing my books I'm writing. Oh yea, I like to read, too. A lot. Obsessively almost. I've been known to golf, work out with weights, exercise/go for walks, play with my dogs and Cockatoo, hang out with my husband, paint. And write. And read. I think I already mentioned those, though.
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