“We started Nomadic Devotion Books to publish deeply moving creative nonfiction that focuses on “place” and “locality”, as well as musical soundtracks for select books. We believe that discovering, honoring, and finally creatively expressing the environmental, social and spiritual aspects of “place” is one of the most important artistic engagements of our time.”
Why did you become a book publisher? Independent publishing has been a part of my life for the last twenty years. I published an alternative magazine named Phage during undergraduate school in Florida. Then, during graduate school, I worked as a feature writer for an international club-culture magazine, Revolution. After grad school, I co-founded an international travel/culture magazine, Modern Nomad, which turned out to be a real creative and publishing success, in that it made readers look at the way "place" and "location" could be expressed through a polished high-quality magazine. My wife, and some of my writing instructor colleagues, started Nomadic Devotion Books to publish deeply moving creative nonfiction that focuses on "place" and "locality", as well as musical soundtracks for select books. We believe that discovering, honoring, and finally creatively expressing the environmental, social and spiritual aspects of "place" is one of the most important artistic engagements of our time.
What do you like best about publishing? Our staff enjoys bringing a project to fruition in an authentic and sustainable way: honoring both the project, its creators, our publishing company and the natural environment throughout the whole process. We feel that our books will inspire their readers to walk a conscious path through life.
What do you publish? Nomadic Devotion Books is an independent publishing house devoted to releasing literature that inspires its readers to walk a conscious path through life. This includes the following sub-genres of creative nonfiction: memoirs, travel narratives, essay collections and unique works on gastronomy. We are aficionados of writing that deeply addresses the themes of place and locality, as well as work that presents cultural, environmental and spiritual awareness.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? With the release of our first book, "Blue Collar Nomad," and its musical soundtrack, "Wandering," we sent our artists on various tours, arranged readings for them at bookstores, colleges, libraries and community centers, and also had them interviewed and perform on public radio programs. This was the best form of marketing for our press, the artsists and these projects. These public readings, performances and interviews turned out to be a real boon for both sales as well as publisher and artist recognition.
How do you define a successful title? The team at Nomadic Devotion Books is dedicated to fostering a holistic atmosphere for the production and distribution of artistic works within our niche. In order to accomplish this, we will always be highly selective with what we publish and how we publish it. For it is not how many books or musical compositions a publisher floods the marketplace with that makes it authentic; but the content, quality and overall message of the works that we choose to release---and releasing them in a sustainable way. All Nomadic Devotion Books are sustainably produced by a small offset printing collective on the West Coast that utilizes 100% post-consumer recycled paper with non-toxic plant-based inks and animal free glue.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. "Blue Collar Nomad: The Literary Reflections of a Grassroots Pilgrim" by Jake Kaida Jake Kaida lived nomadically from 1998-2010. He sponsored his way across the land as a farmhand, natural chef, organic gardener, landscape artist, writing instructor, and mentor to at-risk youth. In "Blue Collar Nomad," we have selected a compendium of his finest North American travel and place-based pieces, which he composed between 23-35 years of age. These atmospheric narratives blend genuine working class ethics with jazzy intuitive language that transports readers deep into various localities and communities in the United States and Canada. "Blue Collar Nomad" explores gritty urban areas, eclectic towns, and isolated geographical landscapes while presenting meaningful dialogues between the author and a cast of interesting and enlightening local characters. This book stirs it readers to get out there and be with the land and its people, in order to deeply feel the world for themselves.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Our press is relatively new, but we have been able to sell a good amount of books and CD's in a short amount of time. However, one of the reasons that we were attracted to IPG and Small Press United was that as an Indy press, we found it hard to get our books into bookstores and libraries without a quality distributor like IPG behind us. Our books have national appeal, yet we needed an established and respected distributor to help us get them out there so that a wider variety of readers could find them.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Work with people that you respect and enjoy, only publish work that you are passionate about and do everything in an authentic and sustainable way.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? Nomadic Devotion Books has its specific niche in the publishing world, and we are content with publishing creative nonfiction books and musical compositions that focus on "place" and locality". Thus, in five years, we will still be publishing high quality books and CD's that bring readers on deep journeys into various environments, communities, and themselves.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? Our staff is passionate about travel, walking, hiking, biking, gardening, spirituality, food and drink, music, movies and convivial conversation.
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