Welcome to the SAGUARO BOOKS RADIO HOUR
January 14, 2019
Hosted by Mary Nickum
To begin our show, I brought the other two principals who make up the Board of Saguaro Books, LLC, John Nickum and Erik Shein. I’ll begin by introducing you to Saguaro Books: Saguaro Books, LLC is a publishing company specializing in middle grade and young adult fiction by first-time authors. Why first-time authors? Why don’t we work with agents? We make every effort to encourage authors, even ones we reject. Those rejected are advised as to what needs to be done to make the draft submission-ready to submit to another publisher. John Nickum: My role in the company Erik Shein: My role in the company
Saguaro Books Radio Hour
Monday at 11 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel
The Saguaro Books Radio Hour is about all aspects of publishing middle grade and young adult fiction. We discuss writing, editing, promotion, value of critique groups, interview some of our authors, have readings from some of our titles, interview local authors who have not published with us and interview other publishers of comparable size. Tune in live every Monday at 11 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Business Channel.
I am an author and publisher. My idea to found Saguaro Books, LLC resulted from the difficulties I experienced as a first-time author seeking a publisher. I realized there needs to be a publisher who works directly with authors, excluding agents. Saguaro Books, LLC is just such a publisher. We work specifically with authors who have never published before. We carefully look at each submission for writing style and story development. We work with the authors we select to make the work the best it can be. We use a standard publishing model based on a contract and pay royalties twice per year. We offer a twenty percent royalty, higher than any of the larger publishers. We have twenty-eight titles in our published catalog, with five more coming this year. We were selected as a PAL publisher with the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. PAL means “Published and Listed.”