Mark interviews Heather Campbell co-founder and publisher at Latitude 46 Publishing, and owner of a brand-new indie bookstore in Sudbury, Ontario.
Prior to the main content, Mark shares some recent comments, a personal update, and shares a word about this episode’s sponsor.
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In their conversation Mark and Heather talk about:
- Heather’s long love of reading and books, and her engagement in the Sudbury, Ontario writing community
- Deciding to start Latitude 46 when Scrivener Press decided to close shop
- How Heather got into learning about publishing, distribution, and self-publishing twelve years ago by helping a friend out with her book
- Celebrating Latitude 46’s 7th anniversary on March 22, 2022
- How often a regional/local publisher has to start off doing it part time and with funding support from arts councils, etc
- The average number of submissions rec’d versus books published
- The way that Heather, as a publisher, seeks to have a collaborative relationship with her writers
- Advice for authors looking to submit to Latitude 46
- The mandate to publish authors either from or with strong ties to Northern Ontario and mid-Northern Ontario
- Heather’s decision to open up a downtown independently operated bookstore as part of a 4 month opportunity by the city called “Zero Vacancy” to help revitalize the downtown core
- Some of the other artisan and local artist merchandise carried in the store
- An imprint from Latitude 46 that Heather uses when the title doesn’t have a literary bend to it
- Authors who have come in to sign books and the store as well as forthcoming planned author visits
- Heather’s thought that writers could benefit from going and working in a bookstore, even briefly, to understand what that experience is like
- The question of “is this publishable” that publishers often ask when a manuscript is presented
- Toni Morrison’s long term “teamwork” based relationship with her editor
After the interview Mark reflects on the importance of understanding a publishers vision and mandate as well as the idea of how writers can benefit from in person bookstore experience.
Links of Interest:
- Latitude 46 Publishing
- EP 189 – From Stage to Page Then Back to Stage with Rod Carley
- EP 223 – Love, Only Better with Paulette Stout
- The Canadian Mounted
- Patreon for Stark Reflections
- The Relaxed Author
- Publishing Pitfalls for Authors
- An Author’s Guide to Working with Libraries & Bookstores
- Wide for the Win
- Mark’s Canadian Werewolf Books
Heather Campbell has spent over 25 years in communications and freelance writing, specializing in issues relevant to Northern Ontario communities. A graduate of York University (BA Sociology ’92), she has combined her education, experience and ‘need to initiate’ by starting a local chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival. Joining forces with another local writer to start a new publishing house for the North is a natural extension of how she can contribute to creating a thriving literary scene in Northern Ontario.