Category: Choosing What to Publish

Hunting for Agates on the Beach

We look down on Agate Beach before descending the steep, winding trail at Patrick’s Point in Northern California. On the pebbly-sand beach as the fog clears and tide ebbs. Larry searches for agates in the sand. One of my happy places, finding semi-precious, polished-by-the-waves agates glowing in the sand. See any agates among these pebbles?…

Finding the Sacred in Place, People, and Story

“Are you hungry for a life that is more than simple existence, for something to give you hope, for surprises bathed in an eternal aura? Do you long for fellow travelers, for genuine community, a place where you can tell your story and listen to others? With whom you can share life and experience mission?”…

Interview with Historical-Fiction Author John Buzzard

Christina Slike talked with John Buzzard, author of That Day by the Creek, which was a 2016 Foreword Indies Book of the Year finalist. Here, in Q/A form, is their conversation: CS:  Hello, John. I’m wondering what inspired you to write a novel based on the events of the infamous Sand Creek Massacre of 1864…

A Mountain-top Experience for Christian Writers at CCWC

If you are a Christian writer, I want to encourage you to attend the  Colorado Christian Writer’s Conference. This great conference is just two weeks away, but there is still time to register. I will be at this conference and I would love to meet you there.  You can come for 1, 2, 3, or…

Learning From Our Failures and Sins, So History Does Not Repeat Itself

Some historical events are so evil, shameful, tragic, we should pray and work to see they are never repeated. John’s novel about the Sand Creek Massacre reminds us not to allow fear, distrust, and anger to escalate to such an extent.

Ten Best Books I Read in 2015

Here’s an eclectic list of books, varied in subject, genre, and form. I like to find the best in popular books, old and new, and find hidden gems that are less-well known but sometimes even more worthy of being found on a “best-seller” list. Perhaps you’ll discover a new favorite among these: (In no particular…

Boutique Publisher

I received an email from someone who casually commented that Cladach is a “boutique publisher.” That struck me as a fitting descriptor of what we hope to offer to our authors, customers and readers. What does the word “boutique” bring to your mind? These words come to my mind: Unique, Hand-picked, Entrepreneurial, Personal, Artsy. In…

Are You Ready to Publish a Book?

Think that’s a glamorous hat? Think again. As a “boutique” (small, custom, picky) publisher, I wear this hat often, and at first glance it may seem to give power and appeal. Over time, though, it brings me to my knees. With my acquisitions editor hat on I must make decisions to enter into contractual agreements…

Evaluating the Past and Planning for the Future

Today I’m wearing my Analyzing/Forecasting hat. Larry has finished compiling 2014 book sales data from the careful records he keeps throughout the year. He lays before me a stack of neatly-columned reports. Now I take a deep breath, find my Financial Analysis hat, dust it off (most of the time I leave this side of…

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