“I enjoy writing and I like to share my stories with interested, informed readers.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I enjoy writing and I like to share my stories with interested, informed readers.
What do you like best about publishing? The independence of decision making throughout the publishing process.
What do you publish? First person accounts, short stories, novellas, and one novel.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? IBPA, interviews, reader recommendations, reviews, and anything available to promote my stories.
How do you define a successful title? Innovative, thought provoking, or simply a title that people like.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. Although previously by others, my newest title, The Good Soldier, has a poignant meaning for me. I served in Vietnam, 1967-1968 in the infantry. I believe this story has significance for other Vietnam Veterans and their families. I wrote it to explain to my family some of what I experienced as an eighteen-year old caught up in a war on foreign shores. I've waited forty-seven years to tell this story. In it, a Vietnam Vet returns to old battlefields on a tour with other vets. He wants to locate the village where in 1968 an elderly woman gave him her family keepsakes to give to the American people. Freedom comes with a price, but why do so many combat service members pay their portion for the rest of their lives?
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Publicity among a sea of competition within the writing community.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Don't give up! Face adversity and continue to move forward. Figure out how to do it better when one method fails to achieve success.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? As one of the producers of best selling stories world-wide.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? My travels include twenty-seven countries and all fifty United States. I enjoys flying; sailing; ocean cruises; travel; landscape and wildlife photography; the feel of ocean spray in a brisk wind; the fragrance of pine forests; stimulating conversation; quiet moments at sunset and fulfilling evolving goals. I value these and many other aspects of my busy life. The Southwest is where I live with my family and continue to write the stories I wish to tell.
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