“What do you like best about publishing? The freedom to choose the content and cover.”
Why did you become a book publisher? My first book, The Delmarva Conspiracy, was published by a traditional children's press in 1994. I was not happy with the cover or the editing. When I closed my stable after 25 years, I wrote true stories about my lesson horses and the special bonds with their riders. I wanted more control over the artwork and layout, so decided to explore my options. I chose to self-publish with Infinity Publishers because they were so author friendly. That first book is now out of print since the publisher closed, and all rights reverted back to me. It's now available as an e-book on Amazon and B & N with a new cover and editing.
What do you like best about publishing? The freedom to choose the content and cover.
What do you publish? Collections of true horse stories (the Beloved Horses series), Beginner Reader dog books (Woogie's Travels) and teen mystery novels.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? I go beyond the bookstore and book festivals by creating events that are held at saddle shops and stables. A non-profit equine group is usually involved.
How do you define a successful title? The title, cover and back page describe the book and make the reader curious.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. Beloved School Horses is the first in the series and based on my lesson horses that I owned. The stories are funny, amazing and inspiring to horse lovers of all ages. While marketing the book, other horse owners would tell me about their special equine and so the series was born.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? I have 10 books in print and two e-books for Kindle. The biggest challenge is the people who think books by self-published authors are not done well without even looking at the book.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Hire professional editors and designers.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? Expanding author visits to western states.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I love teaching my grandchildren how to ride and traveling with my husband, Bob, and our new dog, Scout!
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