Many industries are being impacted by the rapid pace of technological change, but perhaps none more than the publishing industry. Tune in to Writers' Voices this week to learn how these changes impact authors and readers, from Rodney Charles, founder of 1st World Publishing here in Fairfield.
1stWorld Publishing bridges the gap between the old and new publishing paradigms, allowing authors to maintain creative control over their books while gaining access to mainstream distribution channels and one of the highest royalties in the industry.
Listen in and learn about the breadth of publishing options now available to authors, how 1st World chooses books for publication, what is expected from the author, how the books are marketed and sold, how the book business works in 2013; and what changes are on the horizon.
Karen Grencik was working happily as a court reporter when she met Lu Chi Fa, a Chinese immigrant to the U.S. His story of overcoming terrible hardships without becoming bitter impressed her so much that she began using her court reporting skills to record it. Next she searched for a writer willing to shape his story for publication. Before long Karen found herself running her own literary agency, which was propelled to success largely by her sale of Double Luck: Memoirs of a Chinese Orphan by Lu Chi Fa with Becky White. Karen became a favorite presenter at writers' conferences and her clients won many awards. In 2011 she joined forces with Abigail Samoun to launch Red Fox Literary, a boutique agency specializing in picture books, middle grade novels, and young adult titles. Karen especially likes selling books with a strong voice, like the soon-to-be released novel, Big Rivers Daughter by Bobbi Miller. Tune in for an inspiring tale of how Karen forged a new career that's made her a hero to many writers, illustrators, parents, educators, and readers.
Cheryl Fusco Johnson hosts Writers' Voices this week with guest author, editor, blogger, and humorist, Wendy McClure. She is the author of "The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie"; and a recently released e-book, "Don’t Trade the Baby for a Horse and Other Ways to Make Your Life a Little More Laura Ingalls Wilder", that explores her obsession with all things Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Her published works also include essays in The New York Times Magazine; columns for Bust magazine; and the weblog Poundy, which she launched in 2000 to explore body image issues and to make fun of aerobics instructors. She’s written children’s picture books, such as "The Princess and the Peanut Allergy"and a memoir, "I’m Not the New Me".
Cheryl Fusco Johnson takes the hosting duties this week. Welcoming onto the show children's author Dori Butler and her publicist Michelle Bayuk. Dori has written many children's books and stories. Her book "The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy" won the 2011 Edgar Award. She has also "ghostwritten" ten Sweet Valley Twins and Boxcar Children books.
With 20 years experience in children's publishing, Michelle F. Bayuk has been Director of Marketing at Albert Whitman & Company since February of 2009. Previously Michelle was Marketing Director for the Children's Book Council. She's worked at many publishing houses, including Millbrook Press and Scholastic.
Both have a passion for publishing and want to encourage others to give it a whirl. Aman says, "I love writing books because I learn so much while I am writing them." Rodney says, "I'd love to see more Fairfield authors get published. You can make money and just have a blast promoting books."
In this interview, we will discuss Aman's Camp Ghoulog, Rodney's best seller Miracles of the Saints, and the wonderful world of publishing.
Sharing, creating and learning since 1993, Ice Cube Press
books have specialized in Midwestern stories about the world in which we live. Sometimes this means examining the wild and the natural, sometimes we must pay attention to the social, the human, even the reptilian.
Who and what have helped us evolve in our place? ICP books tread deeply into new ideas such as living with topsoil, exploring tornadoes, blizzards, sometimes digging down to Devonian fossil beds. At other times ICP books explore humor, or landscape art. Whether it’s weather patterns, food, or prairies.
Ice Cube Press has earned a number of awards, including A Kansas Book Award, A Midwest Connections Pick and the Radish Magazine Award. ICP has worked closely with groups such as Humanities Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council.
Writers' Voices welcomes Ice Cube Press publisher Steve Semken to Writers' Voices, this Friday, March 6 at 1pm.