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Connections in the Open Field — Worldwide Release

We’re excited to announce the worldwide release of Connections in the Open Field by Ruth-Ann Thompson.

Find a copy at any major retailer as a paperback or e-book, and you can ask for it at your favorite bookstore!

Just like every child, Cecil LaCede has fears about his first day of school, but he’ll soon find comfort in meeting a vari­ety of new friends: acorns, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and even beans, all first-time students too. Ruth-Ann J. Thompson shows children how easy it is to make connections in the open field.

 “Ruth-Ann Thompson has done an excellent job with Connections in the Open Field in addressing the diverse needs of children. She has done it in such a way that the children will learn to value differences while enjoying the text.”

           —Willette Johnson, elementary school teacher

Ruth-Ann J. Thompson is a motivational speaker and writ­er of articles relating to children, autism, and teens. Ruth­-Ann now brings us Connections in the Open Field, the first book in The Open Fielders, a series that will touch the heart of a child and encourage the hearts of parents.

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads when you’re finished.


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Columbus Publishing Lab to Sponsor The Great Novel Contest 2020

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring The Great Novel Contest 2020, hosted by the Ohio Writers’ Association. This year’s contest winner will be awarded a publishing contract and $1,000.

The contest opens on January 1, 2020 and closes on January 31. Find instructions for entering and more prize information on the contest page here.

Our business model has always revolved around providing writers with opportunities to succeed as authors. That’s why we support organizations like the Ohio Writers’ Association and cool contests like this one.

We’re thrilled to be a sponsor, and we wish all of the entrants luck as we head into the submission period. May the best novel win!

Acquisitions Editor to Lead Panel Discussions and Present at Local Writers’ Retreat

 

We are excited to announce that our Acquisitions Editor, Quentin Russell, will be presenting at the Second Annual Mount Gilead Autumn Writers’ Retreat this Friday and Saturday, October 25th-26th alongside authors Mindy McGinnis and Matt Betts, as well as professional book reviewers Daniel Greene and Christina Dorr. He will be participating in a variety of panel discussions, including, “Character Driven vs. Plot Driven Storylines,” “How to Keep Your Ideas Fresh,” and “Changes in Who Is Doing Critical Reviews and How.”

Columbus Publishing Lab is excited to get out of the office and spend the day connecting with local writers. It’s events like this that show the Columbus area is a thriving place for writers! We are happy to get the opportunity to invest in the writing community around us, and we hope to see you there! Thanks to the Mount Gilead Area Writers Guild for putting the event on.

Going to miss the retreat? We offer free publishing consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at 614-805-3982 or email Quentin at info@columbuspublishinglab! We’d love to connect with you.

Comet Saves the Day! — Worldwide Release

The children’s book by Perry Koons, Comet Saves the Day! is now available at retailers near you, and just in time for the holiday season!

Grab a copy at an online retailer or request it from your favorite bookstore.

Santa is busy preparing for Christmas when he hits a snag. Santa’s elves try really hard to fix the problem in time, but Comet is the only one who can save the day and get Christmas back on schedule.

Follow Comet as he puts the “Merry” back in Christmas and a “Jingle” back in Santa’s step!

Don’t miss your chance to get Comet Saves the Day! this holiday season, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.


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The Great Novel Contest Winner Announcement

Fellow Travelers by Jesse Bethea is the Grand Prize Winner of The Great Novel Contest 2019!

One of this year’s judges described the winning submission by saying, “Fellow Travelers is a fast-paced trip through time and into a world where everything has happened, is happening, and will happen. This science-fiction tale combines world-building and clever characters to craft a story that will keep readers engaged until the end. Amazing manuscript!”

Congratulations to Jesse! His hard work is paying off with a publishing contract through Bellwether, the publishing imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association, as well as $3,000 in author development services from yours truly, Columbus Publishing Lab.

We can’t wait to help produce Fellow Travelers!

Becoming Nora by Margaret Kirby is the official Runner-up of The Great Novel Contest 2019.

Commenting on the novel, one of this year’s judges said, “Becoming Nora explores the intricacies and complexities of relationships. Through tight prose and exceptional character development, Margaret Kirby reveals how closely our identities are entwined with those we care about the most.”

Congratulations to Margaret as well! She has won $1,000 of our services to be used however she sees fit.

The remaining eight finalists will receive a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers, as well as a publishing consultation from Brad Pauquette.

All submissions were judged “blind”—no names, history, demographics, or identifying information was shared with the judges.

Learn more about The Great Novel Contest here, and mark your calendar for next year!

Who is a Veteran? — Worldwide Release

We’re happy to announce the worldwide release of the patriotic children’s book, Who Is a Veteran? by Bernie Schwartz.

Grab a copy at a major retailer or ask for it at your favorite bookstore!

Who Is a Veteran? helps children learn to read while teaching them about who Veterans are and what they look like. Kids will learn what it means to be a Veteran and why we honor them in this colorfully illustrated book.

The author, Bernie Schwartz, is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Desert Shield/Storm. Originally born in Newark, Ohio Bernie has traveled to several countries around the world, which fueled his love and passion for the United States.

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.


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Bridget the Queen Bumblebee — Worldwide Release

Vicki Roach’s children’s book Bridget the Queen Bumblebee Finds Happiness in Sharing is now available at retailers near you! This is her second project with Proving Press, and we hope to see more books from her.

Find a copy at any major retailer as a paperback, hardback, or e-book, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore!

Bridget the Queen Bumblebee buzzes through flower land for a day of fun. Bridget loves things that sparkle and shine, but can one little bumblebee girl have too much of a good thing? Join Bridget as she learns the importance of sharing and how to be a blessing to others.

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.


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Now Hiring — Sales Position Available

Columbus Publishing Lab seeks a motivated, reliable salesperson. Sales experience is required, but knowledge of the publishing industry is not.

We will provide initial and ongoing one-on-one training and support to ensure the right person has the knowledge and tools to honestly represent our business in a way that showcases the value of the services that we provide. 

This is not door-to-door or MLM sales. We do not cold-call. You will be interacting with clients who have expressed a specific interest in our products and services. The opportunity to publish a book is an important and long-sought-after prospect for our clients, and we’re committed to treating them honestly and setting realistic expectations. Your function within the company is an integral part of connecting authors with the services they need to make their dreams a reality. 

Our company exists at the forefront of an exciting and rapidly adapting industry. The best candidate is a fast learner who can represent a variety of services with confidence and integrity.

You will be supported by a close-knit team of young professionals. Our office is located in a historic building in downtown Zanesville. Upon completion of training, the salesperson will have the freedom to set their own hours. You will likely end up working some late afternoons, evenings, and weekends, as leads are available to meet.

The salesperson will receive a base salary, plus commission. We are seeking a reliable candidate who loves to interact with a variety of people. The ideal candidate is a fast learner and an effective communicator who loves to enthusiastically follow a lead from generation to sale.

Job duties include:

  • Meeting potential publishing clients in the Central Ohio area to sell book publishing and book marketing services
  • Assist with in-house marketing and lead generation
  • Social media marketing
  • Some administrative duties

Candidate must have their own transportation to meet potential clients around the Central Ohio area.

You won’t be chained to a desk, dialing numbers from an endless list. Rather, you’ll have a ton of freedom to be your own boss and make connections with interesting people who are excited to talk to you. To that end, the ideal candidate is a self-starter who consistently gets results.

REQUIREMENTS:

An interest in books is an asset. Potential clients want to work with people who love books as much as they do! Through an initial training period and ongoing education, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry and book production process. 

Impeccable communication skills. The ideal candidate understands email and phone etiquette is responsive and pleasant, and can clearly and simply explain processes in layman’s terms. Written communication should be grammatically correct and typo-free.     

Self-awareness. After an initial training period, this position will be mostly self-led. You’ll have all the tools, support, and feedback you need to make sales, and the freedom and flexibility to meet goals in a way that works with your personality and work style. With great power comes great responsibility, and it’s important that you are self-motivated and able to manage time effectively. 

Self-taught and unconventional candidates are encouraged to apply. Sales experience is required, but we care more about what you can do than your credentials. It’s OK if your previous experience isn’t related to books or book publishing.

Basic administrative skills and knowledge of social media. Applicants should have useable knowledge of Facebook and Twitter, as well as email and basic office software (Microsoft Word, etc.). Must be self-motivated to expand marketing skills/strategies as needed. 

ABOUT US: 

Office environment. Our office is located in a historical building in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. Zanesville offers big-city amenities with a low cost of living. The environment is casual and flexible.  There is potential for this position to include work-from-home opportunities.

COMPENSATION & COMMITMENT: Base salary plus commission. Expected $30,000-$50,000 per year.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION: Interested candidates should include contact information, an introductory letter and resume. Please send this information to emily@columbuspublishinglab.com.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Columbus Publishing Lab publishes books for authors and small presses across most genres. We work hard for our clients because we respect the trust they place in us, and because work is more fulfilling when you like your job, your work environment, and you have the freedom and flexibility to create work you can be proud of.  The company was founded in Columbus, Ohio, and now operates its primary office out of Zanesville, Ohio under the direction of CEO Emily Hitchcock.

The Great Novel Contest 2019 is Open for Submissions!

The Great Novel Contest is now open for submissions! Submitting is quick and easy.  Enter your manuscript in the contest here. The winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $3,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as a publishing contract from Bellwether, an imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association. The contest runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab. This contest is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the country, and we’re proud to be sponsoring prizes for this year’s winner and runner-up. Examples of services that can be purchased with credit include:
  • Website design
  • Social media marketing
  • Platform building
  • Consultation
  • Editing and more!
Read one author’s social media success story here.   Hurry! This contest closes on May 31. Don’t flirt with deadlines and miss your shot. You can find more information about The Great Novel Contest 2019 here. Or contact Ohio Writers’ Association with specific questions at info@ohiowriters.org, or call 614-805-3982. May the best novel win!

Proud Sponsor of The Great Novel Contest 2019

We’re proud to partner with the Ohio Writers’ Association for The Great Novel Contest 2019, sponsoring prizes for both the grand-prize winner and the contest runner-up.

The Great Novel Contest opens on May 1, 2019 and runs through May 31, 2019. Find all of the contest details here. 

The winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $3,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as a publishing contract from Bellwether, an imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association. The contest runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab. Examples of services that can be purchased with this credit include:

  • Website design
  • Social media marketing
  • Platform building
  • Consultation
  • Editing and more!

We work with authors, small presses, and midsize publishers every single day, producing professional books and then marketing them to the masses. The winner and runner-up of The Great Novel Contest will each receive a boost to their marketing  budgets, as well as access to our team of experts.

Read one author’s social media success story here.  

What is The Great Novel Contest? 

The Great Novel Contest is hosted and managed by the Ohio Writers’ Association, an organization that publishes books, hosts workshops and classes, and provides myriad resources to writers in Ohio (and beyond). OWA held its first novel contest in 2013, with the intent to produce a contest in a format that respects authors, is fair and equitable, and provides a legitimate opportunity.

This year’s contest is open to original novels or nonfiction manuscripts, such as a memoirs or creative non-fiction. No children’s books or erotica will be accepted. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

The Ohio Writers’ Association will begin accepting submissions beginning May 1, 2019.  Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2019.  Every manuscript submitted will be reviewed by at least one judge, without exception. All manuscripts will be judged “blind” (the judge will not be provided with the author’s name).

This contest is a fantastic opportunity for authors both new and established. We’re thrilled to be a sponsor, and we wish all of the entrants luck as we head into the submission period. May the best novel win!

Questions? Contact us here.