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history_logoFrom Greg Dumais <greg.dumais@historypress.net>
My name is Greg Dumais and I work as the Commissioning Editor for the state of Michigan at the History Press in Charleston, SC.  I’m very interested in commissioning a book about the Murders in the Upper Peninsula’s History for publication in our Murder & Mayhem Series.

Our M&M Series chronicles violent crime that rocked a region, county or city during a period of history.  These books are composed of between 3o,ooo and 35,ooo words and 3o to 35 images.

THP handles all stages of the publishing process—from financing, editorial, design, and production to sales, marketing, and

distribution—and compensate in the form of royalties.  To be clear,THP is a traditional publisher, meaning that we pay royalties based on net sales.  Our royalty rate ranges from a low of 7% (seven percent) to a high of 12 (twelve percent).

A first edition print run for us is around 1,5oo copies and we’re assisted by a terrific team of publicists who work tirelessly to promote the book. In addition, our sales and marketing staff does a great job of getting our books into the hands of a local audience — in addition to Barnes & Noble, we have sold books to the independent trade, in hardware stores, nail salons, car washes and even bait shops!

While THP does not offer advancements, I believe there is a high sales potential for this project as I don’t see anything quite like it currently on the market.  Plus, the M&M Series boasts some of the bestselling books in our catalogue.

Please know that our books are professionally bound.  From copy editors to line editors to new media, over a dozen different people will touch the book as it passes through production.

Working with THP, you would have a high level of autonomy over the content, but we would be available to assist as much as you feel is necessary.  Your main part of the equation would be the manuscript and photographs.  We would take it from there.

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in tackling such a topic, please let me know.

Kind regards,
Greg Dumais
Commissioning Editor
The History Press
ph: 843-577-5971, ext. 156
www.historypress.net

645 Meeting Street  Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29403

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Deborah K Frontiera

In the spring of 2012 when I took on the task of compiling a new history for Finlandia University, I didn’t fully realize what I had gotten myself into. The monstrous task would keep me occupied more than full time for the entire summer and half of the fall. I heard through the grapevine there were more than a few people who were betting I couldn’t get the first draft done on deadline.

Learn all about UPPAA author Deborah K. Frontiera’s quest to capture this history in this Marquette Monthly series!

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Irene Watson and Victor R. Volkman spoke with local historian, professional editor, and entrepreneur Tyler R. Tichelaar about the ins and outs of producing books on local history, from research to marketing and distribution. Tyler R. Tichelaar,a 7th generation Marquette resident, has written five novels with more to come, all set in Upper Michigan including The Marquette Trilogy, the award winning Narrow Lives, and the recently published history of Marquette, My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places. We covered a wide range of issues, including:

  • What made you decide to write a local history book?
  • What makes your book stand out from other local history books?
  • How did you arrange the book and decide what to leave out and what to include?
  • What was the most difficult part of the research and writing process?
  • Beyond the writing, what other decisions had to be made, such as in acquiring photographs or the layout of the book?
  • What have you done to market the book?
  • What kind of response have you received so far

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Tyler R. Tichelaar

Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London.

Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of Marquette Fiction and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Besides writing about Upper Michigan, he is interested in the Arthurian legend and recently published King Arthur’s Children, a study of treatments of King Arthur’s children in literature from medieval times to twenty-first century novels. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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