OGDEN — Vince Font says there’s a flourishing community of writers in the Ogden area, but confusing and expensive avenues to getting a book published have stifled many Junction City authors.
But by starting a small, grassroots micropublishing company, Font hopes he can help tear down the typical roadblocks many emerging authors encounter when trying to get their work disseminated.
In January, Font launched “Get My Story Published,” a micropublishing channel based in Ogden that aims to get local authors in print by offering a broad range of what Font describes as affordable writing and publishing services.
“This is basically something I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of years,” Font said. “I had self-published some books of my own and the learning curve is just so difficult. One of the things I’ve come across is that there are a lot of people with great stories out there, but they don’t know the best way to tell them.”
In 2013, Font published American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman, a book that takes a deep look into the lives of Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee, both American spies who were convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
Font said publishing the book left him with a pile of lessons learned. He said writers usually hire separate companies to edit their manuscripts, design their book covers and format it for publication. Font says Get My Story Published will fulfill all the traditional publishing needs, but do it in one place.
“What people end up paying for all these different services, usually ends up being pretty high,” Font said. “It can also be difficult to know exactly which (companies) to go with.”
Font’s company offers several levels of editing, from basic proofreading to manuscript and character development, as well as manuscript formatting services for e-book and paperback formats.
According to a press release from the company, writers can sign up for services separately or choose from three different publishing packages, which start at $400. The packages include publication to Amazon via Kindle, paperback, or both. Books are published to either the Get My Story Published imprint, or the company’s other publication imprint, Glass Spider Publishing.
Font said writers will be paid royalties from their book sales and will retain all rights to their publications.
“As a writer, allowing the authors to maintain ownership of their work was hugely important to me,” he said.
The company will also offer custom book cover design.
Font’s wife, Jane Font, is an area artist and owns Pandemonium Art Gallery, 155 Historic 25th St. She and a collection of other artists, like Ogden’s Chris Bodily, will be commissioned to design the cover art.
Jane Font said Ogden’s creative art scene, whether it’s writing, photography, music, dancing or other forms, is growing.
“Grassroots movements, whether they’re art-based or not, seem to come along with communities that experience lulls and then are kind of coming back up,” she said. “I think that’s what we’re seeing now in Ogden. You had this community that was in a lull for a while and because people maybe saw it as undesirable, rents were low and a lot of entrepreneurial-minded people were able to come in and get a foothold.”
Font said he hopes his new venture will continue to cultivate Ogden’s artistic scene, particularly in the realm of the printed word.
“There are so many great writers in Ogden,” he said. “I’d love for this city to become some sort of central hub for writers. I think the talent is out there.”
For more information, go to www.getmystorypublished.com.
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