Touchwood Press

Touchwood Press Touchwood Press helps independent writers and artists, businesses, and organizations publish books and other media.

Touchwood Press is a new kind of publishing business. With more than 30 years doing publishing in the traditional way, the founders of Touchwood Press know all too well that book publishing has changed forever...and for the better. Now, it's inexpensive and easy to see your written word in print and available to a worldwide audience. Contact us here to find out more and explore whether we can help with your book idea.

Mission: To provide book publishing services to independent authors, businesses, and organizations.

With the publication of Abella's Diplomat by T.R. Kissel, we meet U.S. Air Force Colonel Mitch Ross and the beautiful, b...
03/31/2019
Introducing Col. Mitch Ross…

With the publication of Abella's Diplomat by T.R. Kissel, we meet U.S. Air Force Colonel Mitch Ross and the beautiful, beguiling Abella in their first adventure together. Mitch is cooling his jets as U.S. military attaché in the American embassy in Algiers. He meets Abella when she nurses him back to heath after a vicious terrorist knife attack. The pot begins to heat up and eventually boils, and Mitch and Abella become co-conspirators in a CIA plot to rescue a captured American jet pilot, now held by a terrorist leader. [ 40 more words ]
https://touchwoodpress.com/2019/03/introducing-col-mitch-ross/

With the publication of Abella’s Diplomat by T.R. Kissel, we meet U.S. Air Force Colonel Mitch Ross and the beautiful, beguiling Abella in their first adventure together. Mitch is cooling his…

I have been in and out of book publishing since the mid-1970s. Four years ago, I taught my first Publish-It-Yourself ™ w...
03/31/2019
Publishing OPB’s (other people’s books)

I have been in and out of book publishing since the mid-1970s. Four years ago, I taught my first Publish-It-Yourself ™ workshop to help first-time authors, mostly, make their ideas tangible. By far the best part of this was hearing about and then helping to convert my students' creative longings into print and digital books. A memoir recounting the 40-year, loving marriage of a recent widower; the compiled blog posts of a chronically depressed young man as an act of self-healing; the fruits of years of occasional research about local history or the life of a favorite author; family histories compiled through many hours of research and curation; the story of an eastern European daughter born in a post-WWII internment camp; a compendium of 30 years of business training materials developed into a new revenue stream; a gentle guide for the children of suicides by someone who knows how they feel; several first novels; a book of discovered poetry written by my student's foster mother when she was a young woman. [ 92 more words ]
https://touchwoodpress.com/2019/03/publishing-opbs-other-peoples-books/

I have been in and out of book publishing since the mid-1970s. Four years ago, I taught my first Publish-It-Yourself ™ workshop to help first-time authors, mostly, make their ideas tangible. By far…

Touchwood Press
02/24/2019

Touchwood Press

There continue to be those frustrated literaray critics who think they are performing a public service by disparaging th...
01/02/2019
How do you feel about authors that turn out novels in quantity rather than quality?

There continue to be those frustrated literaray critics who think they are performing a public service by disparaging the work of independent authors—calling for "quality" over "quantity." Ignore them and let readers decide! 😉

Mike McCandless's answer: I’m all for authors turning out all the novels they can at the highest quality level they are able. Whether their creative output sells (or not) in quantity is determined by the marketplace. All the players in book publishing serve their various purposes in encouraging q....

A worthwhile read and watch. I saw it on Amazon Prime Video. Dickens was just one of many well-known self-publishers.
12/28/2018
30 Writing Tips from Charles Dickens That Will Help You Have a Merry Christmas

A worthwhile read and watch. I saw it on Amazon Prime Video. Dickens was just one of many well-known self-publishers.

Last year we visited the Charles Dickens house in London, which is when we found out there was a 2017 movie about the author’s life called The Man Who Invented Christmas. I only watched it re…

These interviews say it all about Jeff Evans' latest Everest expedition. Get the rest of the story, about Jeff and his j...
12/14/2018
Jeff Evans: Everest 2018

These interviews say it all about Jeff Evans' latest Everest expedition. Get the rest of the story, about Jeff and his journey to adventure and service at touchwoodpress.com/books/mountainvisionbook.
https://touchwoodpress.com/2018/12/jeff-evans-everest-2018/

These interviews say it all about Jeff Evans’ latest Everest expedition. Get the rest of the story, about Jeff and his journey to adventure and service in Mountain Vision: Lessons Beyond the …

Which is better, trying to self publish a book or try to sell it to a publishing house?
12/13/2018
Which is better, trying to self publish a book or try to sell it to a publishing house?

Which is better, trying to self publish a book or try to sell it to a publishing house?

Michael McCandless's answer: Hi! Some of the answers provided for your question reflect the frustration that so many authors feel about working with “publishing houses.” They don’t get it. They don’t look out for the interests of authors. Etc. Probably mostly true. In any case, I recommend t...

I've just upgraded my membership to the SPF Podcast at the Gold level. The more I hear, the more I think the the SPF guy...
10/29/2018
The Self Publishing Formula Podcast is creating a value packed podcast for independent authors | Patreon

I've just upgraded my membership to the SPF Podcast at the Gold level. The more I hear, the more I think the the SPF guys have hit the target on producing a podcast of immediate use and ongoing value for indie authors, self-publishers, and small presses like us at Touchwood Press. If you're serious about slef-publsihing, you should be listening to the SPF podcast.

Become a patron of The Self Publishing Formula Podcast today: Read 80 posts by The Self Publishing Formula Podcast and get access to exclusive content and experiences on the world’s largest membership platform for artists and creators.

More and more people who haven't trained for writing but have always thought they'd like to write a book are doing just ...
10/15/2018
Written any good books lately?

More and more people who haven't trained for writing but have always thought they'd like to write a book are doing just that and publishing it themselves, getting help from experienced editors, artists, and publishers. Is this you? [ 150 more words ]
https://touchwoodpress.com/2018/10/written-any-good-books-lately/

Touchwood Press provides editing, project management, publishing, and marketing services for independent authors, businesses, and organizations.

The Self-Publishing Formula podacast, website, courses and pubs are the best deal around for indie authors and presses l...
10/11/2018
The Self Publishing Formula Podcast is creating a value packed podcast for independent authors | Patreon

The Self-Publishing Formula podacast, website, courses and pubs are the best deal around for indie authors and presses like us! So happy to support SPF on Patreon. Enjoying Mark's thrillers as well!

Become a patron of The Self Publishing Formula Podcast today: Read 77 posts by The Self Publishing Formula Podcast and get access to exclusive content and experiences on the world’s largest membership platform for artists and creators.

10/02/2018

Touchwood?
Most Americans don't know that "touch wood" is the equivalent in the UK to "knock on wood" here. The Touchwood Press is about, for, and by self-publishing authors and just reflects the "go for it and see what happens" nature of the self-publishing journey. There are a growing number of SPA's who have written books advising other SPA's on the art and science of making and selling your own books. Going forward, we'll share what we think are the best nuggets and resources to provide any help we can for the inexperienced and timid SPA in you. May the road rise to meet you....

03/19/2018
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Join Jason, Alison, and young Sarah in the first volume of their thrilling science-fiction page-turner series as they use their evolved intelligence to create solutions for hunger and sickness. Their discoveries are a threat to corporate businesses that want to bring them down. Let the adventures begin! LaCost: The Evolution of Jason by Patrick Rizio LaCost in paperback. Use discount code R23PNEJF and get 25% off retail! [ 673 more words ]

https://touchwoodpress.com/lacost-one/

Share what you think of adult coloring books. Ever used one? Would you? Watch this space for  news about our new books l...
01/14/2018
Why adult coloring books are good for you

Share what you think of adult coloring books. Ever used one? Would you? Watch this space for news about our new books later this year. -- Touchwood Press

Once obscure, adult coloring books have reached new levels of popularity. But do you know exactly why a page and some pencils can do your mind some good?

Media and Messages
06/05/2017
Media and Messages

Media and Messages

Marshall McLuhan famously explained that “the medium is the message.” Although his context was not my context, the idea still applies perfectly. Over

The number one reason people buy a book is because they have a connection to the author. This connection can come in a v...
05/29/2017
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The number one reason people buy a book is because they have a connection to the author. This connection can come in a variety of forms: They personally know the author. They have heard the author speak. They have read other books by the author. The author is an influencer they listen to, watch, or […] via Why Would Someone Buy Your Book? — Marketing Christian Books

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Readers buy from authors they like, know, and trust. Make connections!

We help independent authors and organizations publish books, providing editorial, production management, marketing, or a...
03/15/2017
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We help independent authors and organizations publish books, providing editorial, production management, marketing, or advisory services to fit their goals. Take our course. Self-publish your novel. Expand your marketing asset base. Let your creativity flourish! Contact us.

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We help independent authors and organizations publish books, providing editorial, production management, marketing, or advisory services to fit their goals. Take our course. Self-publish your novel…

Can I start by uploading a text-only version of an e-book (KDP, most likely) and later update the e-book to include the ...
03/08/2017
An Author Asks…

Can I start by uploading a text-only version of an e-book (KDP, most likely) and later update the e-book to include the illustrations? This would let me get the story "out there" more quickly since the cover is almost done and I should only need one more revision pass on the text, but I wonder if that would be a strange thing to do. [ 134 more words ]

https://touchwoodpress.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/an-author-asks

Can I start by uploading a text-only version of an e-book (KDP, most likely) and later update the e-book to include the illustrations? This would let me get the story “out there” more q…

How much time is enough to stay current with publishing trends, subject matter experts, pundits, and events? An hour a d...
02/16/2017
Self-publishing reads

How much time is enough to stay current with publishing trends, subject matter experts, pundits, and events? An hour a day? An hour a week? If I had to pick, I'd follow these sites routinely: Digital Book World The Creative Penn The Book Designer The Independent Book Publishers Association Jane Friedman Media Shift

https://touchwoodpress.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/publisher-reads

How much time is enough to stay current with publishing trends, subject matter experts, pundits, and events? An hour a day? An hour a week? If I had to pick, I’d follow these sites routinely:…

Of all the parts of self-publishing that authors should get help with, editing will be your first priority. You don't ha...
02/12/2017
Myths and Truths About Book Editing

Of all the parts of self-publishing that authors should get help with, editing will be your first priority. You don't have to pay a professional editor, but you do need your book looked at by someone who can be dispassionate and knows their way around a style guide such as the Chicago Manual of Style or the AP Stylebook. This well-written article explores the common myths and the key truths about book editing and editors. Use a wise eye and a cool head to glean what it offers. Source: 7 Deadly Myths and 3 Inspired Truths About Book Editing

https://touchwoodpress.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/myths-and-truths-about-book-editing

Of all the parts of self-publishing that authors should get help with, editing will be your first priority. You don’t have to pay a professional editor, but you do need your book looked at by…

Have any of you used Kirkus Reviews? How did it go?
02/09/2017
Kirkus Reviews

Have any of you used Kirkus Reviews? How did it go?

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Reading speaks to our minds...and our minds answer back.
01/23/2017
Melinda Gates

Reading speaks to our minds...and our minds answer back.

“No matter what you hope for your child, or what she hopes for herself, there's no better thing you can impart than a love of reading.”

Echoes of Rule 17...heed it well.
01/22/2017
The Economist

Echoes of Rule 17...heed it well.

"George Orwell died on January 21st 1950. He advised writers against:
1. Clichés
2. Needless long words
3. Jargon
4. The passive voice"

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