Inspiration from the Authors I Work With

I often wonder what it is that I enjoy about publishing. It is not the sales or marketing, nor the challenges of distribution; these are logistical hurdles to be overcome.

I certainly enjoy the design elements. What is not to love about creating things?

What I genuinely love about publishing are the interesting people whose passion and dedication inspire them to write on fascinating, and sometimes obscure, subjects. Nearly every week, I learn something new that completely captures my mind, and this is all thanks to the authors and organizations who work with me.

Through publishing, I have learned that there are countless people in the world doing interesting, creative things. How can one not find hope in that?

Here are three authors I work with whose dedication to knowledge, sharing, and caring inspires me. Cindy Kamler spends every waking hour running a wildlife rehabilitation center in the Eastern Sierra, including feeding baby hummingbirds every twenty minutes around the clock. Evelio Echevarria has spent decades researching mountaineering ascents in the Andes and contributing to the field of Summit Archaeology, documenting a trove of pre-historic and historic mountain ascents. And Lonny Thiele, through oral history and persistent research, has documented the history of mule use in Southern Missouri and World War I.

These individuals are committed to their causes. And there are millions and millions more like them. Each helps this endeavor that we call humanity; through documenting the world around them or caring for the creatures in this world. In their dedication and curiosity, I find hope for the world. They remind me of all the joy to be found in life.

Thank you to all of you for doing interesting things, no matter how small or how big.

5 Tips for Editing Your Writing

Writing a rough manuscript or draft is often a solo endeavor. However, getting that draft into a polished piece ready for public distribution is a collaborative effort. Therefore, I do not recommend being both the author and sole editor on a writing project. However, sometimes it has to be done. Here are some basic tips that will help you edit your own writing. While it’s not easy, it’s possible.

1. Leave it.

  • Once you are finished with the first draft, set down the pen or close the document for at least a week and forget about it during this time. The longer you can leave it be, the better. This exercise will help to give you a fresh set of eyes when you go back to edit the writing.
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Quality Control for Books and Content Management

Creating quality control protocols is just as important for the book publisher as it is for the factory. At the end of the day, book publishers are producing a product that will be mass manufactured on an assembly line and, hopefully, consumed by many people. The implication here is that we need to take great care in producing the books we publish, from design and editing to marketing and distribution.

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Book Submissions and Acquisitions

Here is how it is going to happen.

  1. The new publisher establishes an imprint with one or more books that will sell.
  2. A website is built for the imprint. This includes a book submissions page with information on how to submit book proposals.
  3. The initial books are successful and penetrate the market, the publisher gains new contacts in the industry, and the imprint becomes known.
  4. Authors and others learn of the imprint and the submissions roll in.
  5. An undisciplined, new publisher sees these submissions and gets excited. This enthusiasm leads to taking on projects that the publisher doesn’t know how to market.
  6. Alternatively, the disciplined publisher browses the submissions, finds no leads and thus rejects all submissions, and then continues with the original business plan.
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