A GREAT Big Thank you

Waldron Publishing

In 2011, I started an eBook publishing company. Just as

WP collageit got going, I found I was pregnant with our third daughter. Due to my age and other circumstances, the pregnancy was rough and I was unable to keep up with the pace that the burgeoning company needed to survive and thrive. So, in 2014, I gave all of the publishing rights back to the authors and still maintain two books. I am looking to one day begin again, armed with the great knowledge and experience gained from the original attempt.

I am very proud of the work that we did and what we were able to accomplish.

As a shout out, I recommend the wonderful books that we published. I was so blessed to work with such talented authors and creators, for whom I owe such a debt of gratitude for believing in me and in the project. I hope, at the end of the day that it was as good an experience (to learn and to grow) for each of them as it was for me. Here is a run-down of what we did in three short years.

Published Works (and links to where you can find them now):

(in order of when we published the book)

Artists

Featured Blog Writers

  • Tiffini Knight, eReads with Tiff
  • Jana Friel, Printables
  • Roy Wilhelm, Movies and Media
  • Harv Wilhelm, Memories

Editing and Consultation

  • Harv Wilhelm and Molly Wilhelm
  • Fiona Ostler
  • Bryan Waldron
  • Cameron Wilhelm
  • Jana Friel
  • Andra Jensen
  • The Knitting Club (Fiona, Tiff & Matt, Brady Tanner – SHAME!)
  • Shawna Fillmore and Ganel-Lyn Condie (G&S Marketing)

Authors (in various Stages of Production or discussion)

  • Elizabeth McConkie, Unpublished Work, Absolutley Simple: A Guidebook to Get-it-Done Memory Keeping
  • Kylee Shumway, Untitled Book on Soap Making, Tree Graphic
  • Steve Asay, Untitled Work on motivation
  • Various Author friends from LTUE

Pinterest

We still have a great following on Pinterest, and lots of free printables for your home and non-profit use.


Writing this has been healing. Sometimes we look at our past and think that certain experiences are complete failures because they don’t match our expectations. Though I was so proud of the work we did, I mainly saw Waldron Publishing as a disappointment. As I wrote this list however, I was amazed at what we actually accomplished and how many people believed in it enough to be a part of it. I feel humbled and extremely thankful!

“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage,

no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow …

You will find that you have already been gloriously rewarded for your [art]. You have experienced becoming, learned a lot more about what’s inside you, and you have made your soul grow.”

Kurt Vonnegut

 

And so it begins …

In 2011 I started a small eBook publishing company, Waldron Publishing. With my love of editing and writing as well as my knowledge of website creation and other technical aspects I thought that it would all be easy! (You know, you just start a business as in “people will come, Ray. They’ll come to Iowa” Terrance Mann, Field of Dreams.)

Business ownership isn’t easy. Editing isn’t easy. Working creatively with artists isn’t easy. In fact, I have learned the following as a result of my experience –

Wish Upon a Star … then put your back into it, because if you don’t get to work, NOTHING’S gonna happen!!!

“Yes,” those of you who are wise, who have been there, nod sagely as you read this. Perhaps some are snickering at me. “She thought she could do, WHAT?”

Oh well, at least I started something.

Long story short, I edited and put up three books (not my own) and had more that I was working on in several stages of production. Each new experience held a brutal learning curve. And, in the process of all of this, life continued to happen (see these posts for more information – Most Recent Creation, Vendor Stand).

The most difficult part of this whole endeavor has been to get a readership. I began the venture partnered with a marketing company that ended up folding, thus leaving the marketing squarely in my very inexperienced and ill-suited hands. “Selling myself” has never come naturally to me because my personality is one that will point out all of the flaws. You know the type, I’m too honest about the little quirks when I want to sell my car, my house, or my cooking.

But, as I went along, the price of my experimentation became difficult for my authors, who naturally have creative dreams of their own. I have finally come to the conclusion that I need to work with my own book. That way, the learning curves, failures, and heartbreaks will be mine alone. If I succeed, even moderately, I can take what I learn back to my dream of a production company. If I fail, at least I will only take down myself.

So, it begins … please, won’t you take up this journey with me? Take a look at my work. If you enjoy my writing, (or if you are one of my friends) please “like”, pin, share, tweet, comment, or pass along to anyone that you think might be interested.

Pick your favorite medium  –

I blog – see this page for more information.

I tweet – I’m new at that, so any tips would be great.

I Facebook – (that is a love/hate relationship)

I Pinterest – this is fast becoming one of my favorites!

AND

I’ve written a book for kids – Jake Bowers Versus the Firebird, it will be in all eBook stores (at the very affordable price of $2.99) at the beginning of August, but until then, check out the sample chapters.

And please feel free to tell me what works or doesn’t work with my marketing, I’m so willing to learn from your suggestions!

Author Post Script Note (added 8/8/14) –  When you read the above, it makes it sound as if all the blame goes on the shoulders of my marketing friends. That is not the case. They did give me lots of help and pointers which I very much appreciate.