” My innate nature to be of service to others led to my publishing of a first and, now, several books.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I became a book publisher simply because I wanted to become a published author! The message that I have always wanted to share with those who have been victims of abuse, of all types, can be best done on a personal level through a book. My innate nature to be of service to others led to my publishing of a first and, now, several books.
What do you like best about publishing? The final outcome is the most rewarding part of publishing. Getting feedback, whether good or not-so-good, is also enjoyable as you know people are engaged.
What do you publish? Non-fiction.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? To be absolutely honest, I have yet to figure out the most effective form of marketing for my press. My first title is clearly geared toward a specific audience and, therefore, it has been quite a challenge to get my book established. Word of mouth and being asked to be a guest on talk shows seems to get the best response so far.
How do you define a successful title? A successful title to me, since I write non-fiction, would be one that grabs the readers attention when they are looking for information on a specific subject. Included in that title, I think a sort of 'mystery' or 'provocative' wording is helpful.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. The one book that I am most proud of is entitled, The Breakdown of an All-American Family, an autobiography of child abuse, domestic violence and recovery. The reason I am most proud of this title and book is because it was through a lifetime of challenges and the support of my family to write about those challenges was an essential part of my own healing journey. Hopefully, through my own personal story, others will find the strength to start their own healing journey and thrive instead of just survive.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? I think my biggest challenge in achieving success would be dealing with a society that does not want to discuss or make change about our most precious commodity, our children. Without dialogue and the want to change, things will remain the same. I face this challenge on a nearly daily basis to get people to realize it is 'okay' to talk about these things and, even more importantly, to be the change we want to see in the world.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Research, research, research, and research some more! Do not be afraid to ask colleagues a question no matter how silly or mundane you may think it is. Seek the advice of someone who has been there and walked the journey. Believe in yourself even when there are naysayers because there will be some! Most importantly, reach for the moon and you may land on star!
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? My hope for myself and my company would be to be recognized internationally in at least five years. It is a very slow process for many of us but consistency and fortitude to continue to jump the hurdles is a necessity in anything we want to achieve. I hope to be of service to as many people as there are with hands being held out for help.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I cherish my time with my family and friends. There is never enough time to spend with my children no matter how old they get. I like to play tennis and have been a dancer all my life. Music speaks to my soul and I turn to it for solitude and inspiration.
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