“Virgo’s vision is to revolutionize how art and ideas from all cultures is accessed, made available, shared and experienced online through eBooks and books.”
Why did you become a book publisher? Virgo’s vision is to revolutionize how art and ideas from all cultures is accessed, made available, shared and experienced online through eBooks and books.
What do you like best about publishing? The journey taken by each author is a story in itself. The results are surprising and the transformation from manuscript to published work is a reward.
What do you publish? fiction, non-fiction, children's books, memoirs, textbooks, teen fiction, magazines, science-fiction, historical books, cookbooks, poetry, historical novel, art books, fantasy, motivational books, religious books
What is the most effective form of marketing for your press? Social media, newspaper, TV channels, radio interviews
How do you define a successful title? The success of a title is defined by the feedback from readers.
Tell us about one of your titles about which you are especially proud. "In Stone (based on a true story)" by Kristel Smart. “In Stone”, has sold thousands of copies and continues to be a popular title. It has been on several top 50 (and often the top ten) lists for its genre almost continuously since it was published in October of 2013. Because of this success, the story has been featured in the Vermont local newspaper, Burlington Free Press, and will be featured on national TV channel in the US and the UK this fall. We have also been contacted by a major movie production company with an interest in buying the movie rights to the book.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving success? Limited marketing resources.
What advice do you have for newcomers to book publishing? What you expect when you start this process, won't be the outcome. Be ready for surprises along the way. We hope you enjoy it at least as much as we do.
How will you and your company be positioned in five years? We are confident that we will be playing an important role in the publishing industry in the Vermont and New York area.
When you're not fully immersed in publishing, what do you do for fun? I like to play tennis or talk long walks in the park.
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