“I love to get on sites like Goodreads and discuss reading and writing with other authors and readers, as well as promoting my book. “
Why did you become a book publisher? I had waited many years to see my Christian fantasy book, Guardian of the Gauntlet, published and, with encouragement from family members, decided to make it a dream come true. I also had to find the right opportunity and have enough money to invest. When those all came together I was able to publish.
What do you like best about publishing? I really like book promotion. I love to get on sites like Goodreads and discuss reading and writing with other authors and readers, as well as promoting my book. This also inspires me to read more and write more.
What do you publish? A series of Christian fantasy books entitled "Guardian of the Gauntlet."
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Reviews are the most effective form of marketing, at least they have been so far. I love to read the reviews and the more good ones you have, the better the book sells.
How do you define a successful title? One that is "catchy." It should have something to do with what the book is about yet not tell all. At the same time it should "catch" a reader's interest.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. Well, I have only published the one, Guardian of the Gauntlet. However, there is another I plan to publish later which is a memoir that I think has a particularly funny title; it is Goldstream Valley Girl.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Financing the whole enterprise. I have made some unwise decisions when it comes to money spent on certain publicity items. I'm usually pretty tight with my money, so I am concerned about areas like that where I need more restraint. In addition to this, my second job doesn't bring in a lot of money. If it hadn't been for a small windfall, I wouldn't have been able to start my endeavor, but I still have to be careful.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Think of how someone else would see your book if you can. Try to take a step back and see how others would view the book. Ask a stranger who has an interest in the genre of your book. See what they say would be their first impression when you give them a synopsis.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? I hope to have published all three in the Guardian of the Gauntlet series. Hopefully, I will be set well enough financially to begin working on and then publish my memoir.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I spend time with a sewing group and a knitting group with ladies from a church I attend. At the sewing group I do counted cross stitch and applique. I am just now learning to knit. I also spend time with my Japanese Spitz, Haley.
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