Recently retired from State of New Jersey. While in the private sector was a technology manager bringing existing and emerging technologies to the workplace. Managed the intersection of people and technology in large insurance companies to produce revenue.
What motivated you to become an indie publisher?
I have always enjoyed working with creative people and indie authors certainly fit the bill. Most creative people don't have the inclination for the technical side of publishing. I used to be the "liaison" to contracted authors at a large insurance company -- another side job to my marketing job. The job was mostly to get good material from the authors while insulating them from the corporate world. Seemed like the more creative the more thin skinned the author. As entrepreneurs they had no problem telling the CEO he had no clothes on. I kept the authors away from the CEO's. In dealing with indie authors I provide help to the extent that the author wants help. There are a lot of technical aspects to formatting a book that will be on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. The systems to produce the books are very different. That is where I can help.
What work experience brought you to publishing?
While in the corporate world I was always involved in the intersection of technology and business. Especially how technology could generate more business. At one point I was a hypertext developer for a large insurance company, it was a side job to my marketing job. When I went to the public sector I was involved in developing very large databases spanning generations of data on clients. That system is still actively used today in the state of NJ. Those experiences gave me perspective for what is going on today in the publishing world, and there is a lot going on. My focus is on the author and bringing them to their audience. Having worked with sales people and involving them with technology I found that people have varying degrees of engagement with the technical side of things. I see my job as letting authors do as much as they care to in the whole publishing process. I can pick up were their interest is on more important things, like writing and promoting their book.