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“Serious, speculative, plausible science fiction.”

Why did you become a book publisher? There is a vacancy in the industry for literary science fiction that addresses true social, moral, psychological, and philosophical issues facing the human race now and in the future in a truly plausible, and even probable fashion.

What do you like best about publishing? Publishing offers me the opportunity to promote ideas outside the mainstream of the industry today.

What do you publish? Serious, speculative, plausible science fiction.

What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? To date the most effective form of marketing has been the use of social media.

How do you define a successful title? A successful title is one that consistently receives thoughtful and deeply felt critiques from readers and reviewers alike.

Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. Amagon: The Book of Man, the first work by the author A. Umaz, addresses the real issues facing the human race projected into a future time. It's premises are based in current scientific knowledge and theories; it's speculations are based in legitimate extrapolations of present scientific knowledge in the areas of physics, chemistry, human physiology and behavior, psychology, and cosmology. It is an imagined future for the human race that lies within the realm of possibility.

What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? The works of A. Umaz are highly didactic and lie outside the current norm for science fiction. As such, they are directed to a highly specific audience that is not easily reached through the popular literary press.

What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? The traditional notion of publishing is quickly passing into irrelevance. In this age of digital publishing and print on demand, we are on the verge of a literary democracy, where it will no longer be a few industry "specialists" that determine which books get published, but instead will be a true readers' market. Books will succeed or fail on their merit, as adjudged by its readers, not on the size and scope of an advertising campaign affordable only to a few wealthy corporate publishing houses.

How will you and your company be positioned in five years? Because Umazanon Press is dedicated to publishing meaningful works not dictated by market trends, its position in five years will be as it is today - a publisher of the finest, most relevant, and uplifting science fiction.

When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I am a full time science educator, both online and in the classroom, and thrill in the opportunity of sharing the wonders of the natural world with young, inquisitive minds.

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