“I started writing books to enrich the lives of others.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I started writing books to enrich the lives of others. I found that many people are going through life and are missing out on vital information to help them to live a more full and balanced life. I opened Open Pages Publishing to be able to self-publish my books quicker than traditional publishing.
What do you like best about publishing? I enjoy the anticipation my readers voice when I announce a new book is being released.
What do you publish? I publish self-help; reference and family books.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? The most effective form of marketing that I have found is a combination of Twitter, Facebook and my website. I believe you have to be on many social platforms in order to reach a wider audience.
How do you define a successful title? If I have just a handful of sales, I feel the title is successful. If you can reach just one person and change their life, it is a good thing.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. I'm proud of all of my titles. The 4-1-1 on Life Skills The 4-1-1 on Step Parenting The 4-1-1 on Surviving Teenhood Parenting with an Edge Teen Success: It's All About You! Your Choices - Your Life (and my new title being released soon - Ace Your Life (Life Management Skills Made Easy))
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? The biggest challenge is marketing. The competition is difficult and you have to keep up with the latest and greatest or you will get left behind. Making time to read the articles that provide the updates can be a challenge.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Be patient. Nothing happens over night.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? We will be growing and expanding and offering more books to help individuals to reach their full potential.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my grandsons right here in SW Florida.
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