“I loved all the creative elements from beginning to end! In addition, self publishing allows you the ability to control the process and keep a hands on approach to your project.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I was inspired by my love of political campaigns and increased frustration with voter apathy growing in this country. In anticipation of another historic presidential campaign I started on this project in 2013 in the hopes of engaging the next generation of voters one book, one child at a time. E is for Election Day is a whimsical, yet informative look at electoral politics. There is D for Democracy and A is for America by big publishing houses, but no one has looked at the excitement of a campaign or what children see and hear during an election season. I saw a need and wanted to fill it. I partnered with Book Bridge Press (bookbridgepress.com) and a terrific talented illustrator (shawnmccann.com) and my idea came to life: A is for American Elections, C is for Conventions, D is for Debates, F is for Fundraising, G is for Grass Roots Efforts and most importantly Y is for You teaches kids that everyone has the power to make a real difference in their government. Avail. June 2015
What do you like best about publishing? I loved all the creative elements from beginning to end! In addition, self publishing allows you the ability to control the process and keep a hands on approach to your project. Collaboration with a talented self publishing company and creative illustrator was a positive and fulfilling experience for me right from the start.
What do you publish? This is my only title - E is for Election Day
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? For me marketing through major media markets would be ideal because of the timeliness of my title with the 2016 Presidential campaign starting. I think increased traffic to my website will allow for book sales, school visits and exposure to library, teachers and parents interested in teaching their children about election season in a new, informative and relevant format.
How do you define a successful title? Bold and engaging with great graphics that makes the reader curious and want to explore more inside the book.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. E is for Election Day (my only title :) !) It is in print now and will be available mid June 2015.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? I will let you know once I hit the road promoting and selling.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Nothing yet. I'm the one looking for advice. That's why I joined ibpa. Please send my way !
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? For me, this book was a passion to create and a message of gratitude to my hometown and family who instilled in me a love of politics and political campaigns and civic engagement. If I can engage the next generation of voters one book, one child at a time - that will be a success for me. My greatest thrill will be if an elementary school child thinks political campaigns are cool, wants to volunteer for a candidate and reminds their parents how important it is to vote.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I love being a mom of two busy sons, and am a huge "volunteer addict". I love taking on projects that support my community and where I can impact change. I serve on the Board of my local YMCA, am an Alcohol Licensing Commissioner in my city, Vice President of the Chestnut Hill Neighborhood Association, and am Chair of a month long, city wide Festival of the Arts celebrating and showcasing the arts/culture of my city by coordinating over 60 events in 25 different venues.
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