“Persistence is the key in every aspect of the book business. Sometimes the response to your book (whether it’s one you wrote or one you published or both) won’t be what you expect. But you can’t let that defeat you.”
Why did you become a book publisher? My favorite genre to read is a very obscure one. It's known as "wounded hero" romance and involves heroes who have a physical disability. It was so difficult to find books in this category and particularly difficult to find ones with well researched and believable disabilities portrayed. So I started my own company to give these types of novels a home.
What do you like best about publishing? Getting to see and participate in every step of taking a book from raw manuscript to finished product that readers are enjoying!
What do you publish? Love stories where the hero, the heroine, or both have a permanent physical disability
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Message boards for people who enjoy this particular genre. Our newsletter is also a big help.
How do you define a successful title? Two things: 1) it makes back the money invested in it for editing, proofreading, cover design, marketing, etc. 2) There are people enjoying the story. Not everyone has to love every title we put out, but if someone loves the book then our job is done!
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. The Time Traveler's Boyfriend is a great book. It's got a humorous chick-lit tone while still being deeply romantic. It's fun to see the heroine travel back to the 90s and see her younger self. At the same time it's inspiring to see the amount of risk she takes on to help her boyfriend. I think this is a book that transcends the "wounded hero" niche and is easy for any fan of love and romance to enjoy.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Being taken seriously as a publisher. I think time will be the biggest help with that. Right now people make assumptions like that I write all the books (as though that were even possible!).
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Persistence is the key in every aspect of the book business. Sometimes the response to your book (whether it's one you wrote or one you published or both) won't be what you expect. But you can't let that defeat you.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? By then I will have several more authors on my roster. We will have broken into bookstores and be more balanced between physical book sales and ebook sales.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I love to create in lots of different ways. When I'm not creating books, I'm creating sweaters. I love to knit, crochet, and spin!
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