“Writing intrigues me with its possibilities–both for creating stories and for eliciting creative thought. I love to play with words, to dance with characters, to create worlds seen and unseen.”
Why did you become a book publisher? Actually, I'm not a book publisher. I'm an author who joined IBPA because of it's support of independently published writers.
What do you like best about publishing? Let's change the question to: what do you enjoy most about writing? Writing intrigues me with its possibilities--both for creating stories and for eliciting creative thought. I love to play with words, to dance with characters, to create worlds seen and unseen.
What do you publish? Though I particularly enjoy nonfiction, I'm currently working on fiction.
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Since I'm a writer and not a promoter or publisher, I cannot answer this question for you--except to speak about the marketing approaches I use. I like twitter. A year ago, I would have claimed otherwise. Since becoming engaged in this form of marketing, I've grown a fan base and colleagues across the globe.
How do you define a successful title? A successful title captures attention, leaves a reader wanting more, and spurs action.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. I am very proud of my book, Letting Go into Perfect Love--Discovering the Extraordinary after Abuse. Many years in the making, I finally put pen to paper two years ago and began the journey "home." I could never have imagined the hurdles I would surmount, nor the miracles I would experience. Writing this book was a life altering experience.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? My biggest challenge has been getting the word out. I'm a natural introvert, and as such, I'm drawn to privacy. Stepping out into the world of marketing and disclosure has been a notable learning experience.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? Writers need to trust their publishers; they need to feel that their publishers support them. My advice to any book publisher and especially new publishers is to proceed with care--because your clients are entrusting their hearts (through the written word) to them. To shoulder this responsibility requires the highest level of integrity.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? In five years, I will have completed three books....maybe more.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? When I'm not fully engaged in writing, I'm traveling or volunteering within the community.
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