I Got Into Book Publishing By Accident

I Got Into Book Publishing By Accident

I Got Into Book Publishing By Accident

Posted on 10/30/2018 Evan Swensen
I Got Into Book Publishing By Accident

Many people don’t know I got into book publishing by accident.

I was a successful publisher of Alaska Outdoors magazine, I’d hosted a fun radio talk show, and produced a television show on the same topic.

Then, in 1990, my wife brought my attention to a dear friend of hers who’d written a book, Udder Confusion, a memoir of her homesteading years in the Mat-Su Valley near Anchorage.

Mrs. Elverda Lincoln didn’t know any company in Alaska that published books, and figured that publishing magazines was pretty close to book publishing, wasn’t it? So there we were.

We never thought we’d become a book publishing company.

We just worked on doing the best we could do for Elverda, and her first book was published in 1992.

She went on to do a second book with us, Alaska Animal Antics.

Elverda’s happiness with her books spread by word of mouth.

We did more books, many different kinds of books, and got better with each book, learning as we went.

And now, almost 30 years later, we share in the success and happiness of our many authors, more than 300 worldwide.

In addition to being an author and a book publisher, I’m also the developer of Author Masterminds.

To assist authors in understanding how to work with Publication Consultants, we put together a free book: Bringing Your Book to Market; A Writer’s Guide to Becoming a Published Author.

We also produced a free video for authors who want to self-publish their book and avoid the pitfalls encountered by unknowledgeable and uninformed writers.

If you have any questions, just send me an e-mail, or give me a phone call and let’s talk.

As you move from being a writer to becoming a published author, kindly keep in touch.

I’d like to hear from you.

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  • Hello Evan,

    I have been an Alaskan author and self-published for ten years, and I have more than a dozen non-fiction titles in print, including Alaskan Roadhouses, Alaskan Sled Dog Tales, and The Alaska Railroad 1902-1923. Personal circumstances have made it difficult for me to continue running my company, and I am searching for a way to keep my books in print and available. I have admired your work for many years, and am hoping that you can help me or advise a possible direction.

    Kind regards,
    Helen Hegener
    Northern Light Media

    • Thanks for your kind note. As you may well appreciate, book publishing is getting more difficult every day.

      We’re finding that warehousing and shipping back list titles is no longer profitable.

      Therefore, we’re using short run printers to print and fulfill orders.

      This has allowed us to keep books in print long after sales justify warehousing and shipping.

      You may consider this as an option to keep your books in print.

      We’ve donated many back list titles to Operation Gratitude to clear our warehouse.

      They appreciate receiving the books and our military men and women have expressed their gratitude.

      I hope this helps.

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