“Providing stories to children and youth that satisfy what readers of that age actually want and contributing the the education of thousands of young adults is so rewarding that it is addictive.”
Why did you become a book publisher? I am Agent and mother for fledgling youth author Vera I. Roberts. We are not professional publishers but author and agent, currently independently publishing Vera's exceptional stories.
What do you like best about publishing? Providing stories to children and youth that satisfy what readers of that age actually want and contributing the the education of thousands of young adults is so rewarding that it is addictive.
What do you publish? Juvenile fiction.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Catalog (print and online) marketing seems to be best.
How do you define a successful title? A title that satisfies the author defines a successful title in our home.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. Currently, Perky Girl: The Amazing Life of Bienna Molo is our only title, but there are more in the works. I do love Perky Girl, though, because it is so exceptional for a 9-year old to sit down and write and 160-page book and thereby showed the world that Vera is going to be an lifelong author.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Finding out how to go about things has been difficult, but honestly, the financial demands to get books published and promoted has been the greatest challenge for our family. I feel bad using more money on one child than any other, but Vera's work is so remarkable that I have had to stretch and reach into her college funds and everything.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Keep producing -- anyone can put together one decent title, seems that bookstores are really looking for a line of books by a recognizable author.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? Very comfortably with more than a half-dozen publications, if finances allow.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? Walk, run, hike, bike, rollerblade, ride scooters, watch TV or YouTube, get on the internet or email, play video games, or play with American Girl dolls.
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