First it was “Let’s open a bookstore” , and that has gone pretty well so then I said “I know, we should start our own Children’s Book Festival, and that was more of a success than we dreamed it would be in our first year. So what’s next you may ask ? Well our own publishing imprint of course!
Introducing Feliciana Publishing Partners, LLC ! And in early September we will launch the first book published by our new entity.
So why start this new publishing company? According to Forbes the first rule of developing a successful new business is to identify a need in your community and in our first year and a half in the bookselling business we saw a need for a Publisher who would truly partner with their authors to make the books they publish a success.
With that in mind this new publishing partnership was established based on a belief that to have commercially and critically successful books requires the publisher to partner with the author. It must select only those books with which the publisher can realistically assist the author. This involves carefully curating the books it selects for publishing; partnering the author with the right editor to make sure the book has both the author's voice and rigorous , helpful editing; selection of the right printer so that the if one chooses the book by its cover, the author's book is selected; the right strategy and implementation of that strategy is used to publicize the book; and every reasonable step that can be taken, is taken to actually sell the book producing a reasonable return for both the author and publisher.
Our first book will bring together the two towns we call home by publishing a collection of essays and articles written by New Orleanian Ronnie Virgets. Not only is this book stories of New Orleans published by Feliciana Publishing but like us Ronnie also now divides his time between New Orleans and our little slice of heaven north of Baton Rouge. In Ronnie’s case it is New Roads, in ours it is St Francisville, but in both we have found a perfect balance to the crazy go-go life style of New Orleans in our laid back “country” life.
Feliciana Publishing Partners will release this first book in early September and we hope you will join us to celebrate the launch of this new venture and a fabulous new book. Details on the launch will be coming soon so stay tuned and watch for your next newsletter for more information.