Interview with Liesbeth Heenk

Liesbeth, are you an author or a publisher?
Since 2012 I have written various art books, but no longer have time to write. It is very fulfilling to guide fellow authors in the process of publishing.
What type of subjects are you dealing with?
As an art historian specialized in Van Gogh I wrote the series 'Secrets of Van Gogh', consisting of five very accessible books on Van Gogh and his life. They are intended for the art loving public without an art history background. I also published the series 'Amsterdam Museum Ebooks', consisting of 'Rijksmuseum Amsterdam: Highlights of the Collection', 'Van Gogh Museum: Highlights of the Collection', 'The Anne Frank House, Anne's Secret Annexe turned into Museum', and 'Hermitage Amsterdam', all of them guides that one can read before going to the museum.

Nowadays I no longer have time to write myself since I publish books by other authors, but I have various uncompleted manuscripts for Van Gogh books on my computer. I guess they will be sitting there for some more years..!

Together with Rembrandt specialist Michiel Kersten I produced the e-book 'Rembrandt - De Etser', an interesting and very exciting project. In the book he reveals the hidden beauty of Rembrandt's etchings. A most enjoyable read!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Slightly exaggerated perhaps, but I couldn't live without my computer, so if I am not writing I am busy publishing other authors, editing, or doing the marketing. This is fun to do, and not perceived as 'work' at all by me! I also work in the weekends, and consider myself a happy person! In 2014 I published Outcry - Holocaust Memoirs by Manny Steinberg, a very moving autobiography of a man looking back on his youth in camps. I greatly value being involved in publishing this type of Holocaust book.
What are you working on next?
I am working on three Van Gogh books at the same time, a book on Rembrandt, another Amsterdam Museum eBook and a few novels on behalf of clients. No spare time for me..! But I love working, so no worries!
What do you think of the e-book business?
I am very much in favor of self-publishing, but realize that the low level of entry has its drawbacks. Nowadays every aspiring author can be a self-acclaimed 'authority'. The market is flooded by cut and paste eBooks, especially in the more popular niches such as self-help, food, health and relationships. The consumer needs to be very discerning. And in the long run, I feel the consumer will no longer be prepared to purchase eBooks that are priced over a few dollars..!
Published 2016-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Van Gogh y sus cartas a Theo - Más allá de la leyenda
Series: Misterios de Van Gogh. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,770. Language: Spanish. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
'Van Gogh y sus cartas a Theo' es la segunda parte de la serie 'Misterios de Van Gogh' por Liesbeth Heenk, una historiadora del arte especializada en Van Gogh. La autora utiliza como fuente principal las cartas de Van Gogh y habla de la vida del artista, la cercanía de este con su trabajo y su enfermedad mental.
Una Hora con Van Gogh : Biografía completa para principiantes
Series: Misterios de Van Gogh. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,680. Language: Spanish. Published: February 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists
'Una Hora con Van Gogh' es una perfecta introducción a la vida y obra del que fue y será uno de los grandes artistas de la historia: Vincent van Gogh. Una sola hora de lectura basta para introducirse en el mundo de Van Gogh, figura responsable del futuro del arte moderno. El primer libro de la serie 'Misterios de Van Gogh' por Liesbeth Heenk, una historiadora del arte especializada en Van Gogh.
Van Goghs Vrouwen
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: Dutch. Published: January 4, 2014 by Liesbeth Heenk. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists, Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
Van Gogh koesterde altijd het verlangen naar een vrouw bij wie hij liefde en aandacht kon vinden en die hem de geborgenheid van een gezin zou geven. Zij zou ook een belangrijke rol bij zijn kunstenaarschap vervullen. Verschillende vrouwen passeren de revue: een rouwende weduwe, een zwangere prostituee, een labiele buurvrouw en een café eigenaresse. Alle relaties waren tot mislukken gedoemd.
The 1-Hour Van Gogh Book - Complete Van Gogh Biography for Beginners
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,060. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Artists, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Fine art
The 1-Hour Van Gogh Book is the ultimate brief preparation for artlovers interested in Van Gogh. Without using art historical jargon, Liesbeth Heenk engagingly discusses relevant and interesting aspects of this extraordinary artist's life and work. This enables the reader to fully understand and appreciate Van Gogh's paintings.