“When a good, unique story comes together, its a proud moment worthy of sharing….especially when it leads a reader to ask questions about themselves, society, relationships, and overall life.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I love to write and tell a story that has some meaning for the reader. Getting a story from my mind to paper is challenge that I enjoy. When its in my head…it can go in a thousand different directions. Moving it to paper, an author is forced to choose the path that will be best for the reader and present a concept in a compelling manner. Sometimes it works and sometimes it needs adjusting!
What do you like best about publishing? It's frightening to put yourself and your thoughts out there, but its very rewarding as well. When a good, unique story comes together, its a proud moment worthy of sharing….especially when it leads a reader to ask questions about themselves, society, relationships, and overall life.
What do you publish? Fiction
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Not sure yet as i am new to this game. That's what I joined IBPA to find out!
How do you define a successful title? A successful title is one that challenges the reader to assess their own actions in life. I don't mean questioning their accomplishments or purpose in life…that can be self destructive. I mean assessing their actions to validate or adjust how they do things and assess the impact it has on others. If a book generates questions or discussions about a topic, any topic, then it forces the reader to assess how they react or interact in certain situations. On a shallower note, sometimes a successful title just carries you away to someplace other than 'here'! And that's ok too.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. My first book, Life over Death, follows the main character - Tom Roddin - as he makes choices for people based on the 'gift of hope' - the ability to create 10 miracles in exchange for 10 deaths. Deciding candidates for both choices, leads Tom on a journey that challenges his morality and introduces situational ethics in real world situations. Although seemingly a bit morbid, the story actually is all about validating hope for other people even with the 10 deaths. The book is really about hope and how it can be contagious in a world wrought with selfishness and corruption. I'm really proud of this title because it presents a totally fresh concept…a story that hasn't been told before. It's a great read for book clubs because of the multiple discussion topics that unfold from the story. "What would you do with the gift?' 'Do you know anyone you would trust with the gift?' The writing is solid and the concept is new…plus, its an easy read!
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Reaching an audience beyond family and friends. I self-published through CreateSpace who is associated with the evil empire - Amazon. This has hurt me with local independent book stores and i find the marketing challenges for a lone writer without an agent or traditional publisher are pretty significant.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? I am new at this….so, don't take my advice quite yet!
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? I hope to have success with the first title - Life over Death - but also will begin writing another story regardless of the first one's success. I like to write and put stories together!
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I have a real day job so that takes up most of my time. Writing is a hobby for me until it starts paying the bills. I am also a total outdoors person with hiking and fly fishing at the top of my list.
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