The Great Novel Contest 2020 Announcement

The Great Novel Contest 2020 is almost here!

Columbus Publishing Lab is pleased to announce itself as a returning sponsor of The Great Novel Contest. Ohio Writers’ Association also welcomes new sponsors for this contest, so if you would like to sponsor this event, please contact OWA directly at info@ohiowriters.org.

Mark your calendar for January 1st and get ready to submit! OWA is holding its fifth novel contest, and there is a publishing contract waiting for a winner.

This year’s winner will take home a publishing contract with Bellwether and $1,000 cash!

One runner-up will receive $500 cash, a publishing consultation with OWA President and publishing expert Brad Pauquette, and a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers.

All ten finalists will receive public recognition for their achievement, as well as $50 in credit to take an OWA class in 2020.

This contest is open to all previously unpublished manuscripts, with the exception of children’s books and erotica. Manuscripts must be between 50,000 and 125,000 words in length.

You can also stay in the loop with news and reminders by joining the event on Facebook.

Polish off your manuscript and get ready! Mark your calendar for January 1, 2020.

Get all of the details at NovelContest.OhioWriters.org.

Acquisitions Editor to Lead Panel Discussions and Present at Local Writers’ Retreat

 

We are excited to announce that our Acquisitions Editor, Quentin Russell, will be presenting at the Second Annual Mount Gilead Autumn Writers’ Retreat this Friday and Saturday, October 25th-26th alongside authors Mindy McGinnis and Matt Betts, as well as professional book reviewers Daniel Greene and Christina Dorr. He will be participating in a variety of panel discussions, including, “Character Driven vs. Plot Driven Storylines,” “How to Keep Your Ideas Fresh,” and “Changes in Who Is Doing Critical Reviews and How.”

Columbus Publishing Lab is excited to get out of the office and spend the day connecting with local writers. It’s events like this that show the Columbus area is a thriving place for writers! We are happy to get the opportunity to invest in the writing community around us, and we hope to see you there! Thanks to the Mount Gilead Area Writers Guild for putting the event on.

Going to miss the retreat? We offer free publishing consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at 614-805-3982 or email Quentin at info@columbuspublishinglab! We’d love to connect with you.

The Great Novel Contest Winner Announcement

Fellow Travelers by Jesse Bethea is the Grand Prize Winner of The Great Novel Contest 2019!

One of this year’s judges described the winning submission by saying, “Fellow Travelers is a fast-paced trip through time and into a world where everything has happened, is happening, and will happen. This science-fiction tale combines world-building and clever characters to craft a story that will keep readers engaged until the end. Amazing manuscript!”

Congratulations to Jesse! His hard work is paying off with a publishing contract through Bellwether, the publishing imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association, as well as $3,000 in author development services from yours truly, Columbus Publishing Lab.

We can’t wait to help produce Fellow Travelers!

Becoming Nora by Margaret Kirby is the official Runner-up of The Great Novel Contest 2019.

Commenting on the novel, one of this year’s judges said, “Becoming Nora explores the intricacies and complexities of relationships. Through tight prose and exceptional character development, Margaret Kirby reveals how closely our identities are entwined with those we care about the most.”

Congratulations to Margaret as well! She has won $1,000 of our services to be used however she sees fit.

The remaining eight finalists will receive a letter of recommendation for agents and publishers, as well as a publishing consultation from Brad Pauquette.

All submissions were judged “blind”—no names, history, demographics, or identifying information was shared with the judges.

Learn more about The Great Novel Contest here, and mark your calendar for next year!

Now Hiring — Sales Position Available

Columbus Publishing Lab seeks a motivated, reliable salesperson. Sales experience is required, but knowledge of the publishing industry is not.

We will provide initial and ongoing one-on-one training and support to ensure the right person has the knowledge and tools to honestly represent our business in a way that showcases the value of the services that we provide. 

This is not door-to-door or MLM sales. We do not cold-call. You will be interacting with clients who have expressed a specific interest in our products and services. The opportunity to publish a book is an important and long-sought-after prospect for our clients, and we’re committed to treating them honestly and setting realistic expectations. Your function within the company is an integral part of connecting authors with the services they need to make their dreams a reality. 

Our company exists at the forefront of an exciting and rapidly adapting industry. The best candidate is a fast learner who can represent a variety of services with confidence and integrity.

You will be supported by a close-knit team of young professionals. Our office is located in a historic building in downtown Zanesville. Upon completion of training, the salesperson will have the freedom to set their own hours. You will likely end up working some late afternoons, evenings, and weekends, as leads are available to meet.

The salesperson will receive a base salary, plus commission. We are seeking a reliable candidate who loves to interact with a variety of people. The ideal candidate is a fast learner and an effective communicator who loves to enthusiastically follow a lead from generation to sale.

Job duties include:

  • Meeting potential publishing clients in the Central Ohio area to sell book publishing and book marketing services
  • Assist with in-house marketing and lead generation
  • Social media marketing
  • Some administrative duties

Candidate must have their own transportation to meet potential clients around the Central Ohio area.

You won’t be chained to a desk, dialing numbers from an endless list. Rather, you’ll have a ton of freedom to be your own boss and make connections with interesting people who are excited to talk to you. To that end, the ideal candidate is a self-starter who consistently gets results.

REQUIREMENTS:

An interest in books is an asset. Potential clients want to work with people who love books as much as they do! Through an initial training period and ongoing education, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the publishing industry and book production process. 

Impeccable communication skills. The ideal candidate understands email and phone etiquette is responsive and pleasant, and can clearly and simply explain processes in layman’s terms. Written communication should be grammatically correct and typo-free.     

Self-awareness. After an initial training period, this position will be mostly self-led. You’ll have all the tools, support, and feedback you need to make sales, and the freedom and flexibility to meet goals in a way that works with your personality and work style. With great power comes great responsibility, and it’s important that you are self-motivated and able to manage time effectively. 

Self-taught and unconventional candidates are encouraged to apply. Sales experience is required, but we care more about what you can do than your credentials. It’s OK if your previous experience isn’t related to books or book publishing.

Basic administrative skills and knowledge of social media. Applicants should have useable knowledge of Facebook and Twitter, as well as email and basic office software (Microsoft Word, etc.). Must be self-motivated to expand marketing skills/strategies as needed. 

ABOUT US: 

Office environment. Our office is located in a historical building in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. Zanesville offers big-city amenities with a low cost of living. The environment is casual and flexible.  There is potential for this position to include work-from-home opportunities.

COMPENSATION & COMMITMENT: Base salary plus commission. Expected $30,000-$50,000 per year.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION: Interested candidates should include contact information, an introductory letter and resume. Please send this information to emily@columbuspublishinglab.com.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Columbus Publishing Lab publishes books for authors and small presses across most genres. We work hard for our clients because we respect the trust they place in us, and because work is more fulfilling when you like your job, your work environment, and you have the freedom and flexibility to create work you can be proud of.  The company was founded in Columbus, Ohio, and now operates its primary office out of Zanesville, Ohio under the direction of CEO Emily Hitchcock.

The Great Novel Contest 2019 is Open for Submissions!

The Great Novel Contest is now open for submissions!

Submitting is quick and easy.  Enter your manuscript in the contest here.

The winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $3,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as a publishing contract from Bellwether, an imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association. The contest runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab. This contest is a fantastic opportunity for writers across the country, and we’re proud to be sponsoring prizes for this year’s winner and runner-up.

Examples of services that can be purchased with credit include:

  • Website design
  • Social media marketing
  • Platform building
  • Consultation
  • Editing and more!

Read one author’s social media success story here.  

Hurry! This contest closes on May 31. Don’t flirt with deadlines and miss your shot.

You can find more information about The Great Novel Contest 2019 here.

Or contact Ohio Writers’ Association with specific questions at info@ohiowriters.org, or call 614-805-3982.

May the best novel win!

Proud Sponsor of The Great Novel Contest 2019

We’re proud to partner with the Ohio Writers’ Association for The Great Novel Contest 2019, sponsoring prizes for both the grand-prize winner and the contest runner-up.

The Great Novel Contest opens on May 1, 2019 and runs through May 31, 2019. Find all of the contest details here. 

The winner of The Great Novel Contest will receive $3,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab, as well as a publishing contract from Bellwether, an imprint of the Ohio Writers’ Association. The contest runner-up will receive $1,000 in credit for author development services through Columbus Publishing Lab. Examples of services that can be purchased with this credit include:

  • Website design
  • Social media marketing
  • Platform building
  • Consultation
  • Editing and more!

We work with authors, small presses, and midsize publishers every single day, producing professional books and then marketing them to the masses. The winner and runner-up of The Great Novel Contest will each receive a boost to their marketing  budgets, as well as access to our team of experts.

Read one author’s social media success story here.  

What is The Great Novel Contest? 

The Great Novel Contest is hosted and managed by the Ohio Writers’ Association, an organization that publishes books, hosts workshops and classes, and provides myriad resources to writers in Ohio (and beyond). OWA held its first novel contest in 2013, with the intent to produce a contest in a format that respects authors, is fair and equitable, and provides a legitimate opportunity.

This year’s contest is open to original novels or nonfiction manuscripts, such as a memoirs or creative non-fiction. No children’s books or erotica will be accepted. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished.

The Ohio Writers’ Association will begin accepting submissions beginning May 1, 2019.  Submissions will be accepted until May 31, 2019.  Every manuscript submitted will be reviewed by at least one judge, without exception. All manuscripts will be judged “blind” (the judge will not be provided with the author’s name).

This contest is a fantastic opportunity for authors both new and established. We’re thrilled to be a sponsor, and we wish all of the entrants luck as we head into the submission period. May the best novel win!

Questions? Contact us here. 

Welcome to the Army — Now Available!

Congratulations to Dennis Schulze on the release of his book Welcome to the Army!  Columbus Publishing Lab was excited to assist Dennis with the production of this military memoir about his time serving as a military attorney in Vietnam.

The Schulze family believed that Dennis had a story to tell, so they gifted him the Columbus Publishing Lab Complete Package.  We edited, designed, and distributed Dennis’ book so that he could bring his story to a worldwide audience.

Our graphic designer made the author’s personal accomplishment into a beautiful book cover.  Dennis submitted a picture of an award he received.  Our graphic designer took that picture, cleaned it up, and turned it into a meaningful cover that Dennis can be proud to call his.

This book used extensive military jargon, which our editor expertly edited and conformed to style guidelines.

“My publisher has been so patient and professional in guiding a
novice author to the completion of his goal. I couldn’t have done it
without you!”  — Dennis Schulze

Check out Welcome to the Army by Dennis Schulze!

Bode Gets a Job — Proving Press

Dr. Bobby Moore returned to Proving Press to produce the sequel to his work The Book of Bode. In the new release, Bode Gets a Job, Bode tries out many different jobs, including work as a rescue dog, a show dog, and a guide dog.

Dr. Bobby Moore brought his own illustrations to the project.  Columbus Publishing Lab took those illustrations and created a flawlessly formatted interior layout and cover.  

With a keen eye for detail, the Columbus Publishing Lab team copyedited, proofed and created an e-book version of Bode Gets a Job. Once the final product was executed to perfection, we distributed the book as a paperback, hardback and e-book, so that children can get excited about reading, and of course, dogs.

Find Bode Gets a Job at these retailers or ask for the book at your local bookstore.

 

Dream of a Lifetime: Ten Years in the Upper Amazon — Proving Press

Norman Walters brought a wealth of life experiences to Columbus Publishing Lab in Dream of a Lifetime: Ten Years in the Upper Amazon.  Musician, songwriter, artist, and the owner of a tourist destination along the Amazon river in the heart of the Peruvian jungle, Norman Walters had adventures to share, and he trusted Columbus Publishing Lab to produce his memoir.

The Columbus Publishing Lab team edited the manuscript, designed the interior and the cover, proofread it, and distributed Dream of a Lifetime: Ten Years in the Upper Amazon to all major retailers in paperback and e-book editions.  The end result?  Norman’s escapades can now be read by a worldwide audience in an attractive, professionally published book.

“Interspersed with tales of his gloriously misspent youth, one of the hardest-working hippies of his generation recounts the genesis of his remarkable achievement–the creation of an eco-sensitive tourist lodge in Peru’s Amazon jungle.”  — Amazon reviewer

Find Dream of a Lifetime: Ten Years in the Upper Amazon at these retailers or ask for the book at your local bookstore.

Now Hiring — Graphic Designer

We are seeking a full-time graphic designer for book design and publishing projects. Apply now for a creative position with a growing company in the publishing industry.

You will work on a wide variety of projects from inception to print, with a large amount of creative control and self-direction from day one. You’ll be supported by an experienced industry veteran who will kick your work to the next level.

The graphic designer will be responsible for book cover design, interior book design, and marketing-related design work for print and digital platforms.

We’re a close-knit team. We believe that a dedication to exceptional work isn’t synonymous with a stuffy corporate atmosphere, and we know our employees do their best work when they have the freedom and flexibility to be creative.

You will not be chained to a desk cranking out one type of project over and over. Book publishing is a creative industry and you’ll gain experience with a wide variety of projects.

REQUIREMENTS:

An interest in books is important. You don’t need to be a bookworm, but we expect you to have an eye for what works on a cover, and get excited about book-ish stuff like typography.

Firm grasp of the English language. You should be able to catch typos and spelling and grammar mistakes in your own work.

Self-awareness. We’ll hand a project over to you, give you all the tools, support and feedback you need to do the job, and let your creative control reign. With great power comes great responsibility, and it’s important that our designer is self-motivated and is able to manage time effectively.

Self-taught and unconventional candidates are encouraged to apply. we care more about what you can do than your credentials.  Applicants should have some experience using design skills in a real-world setting. It’s OK if your previous design experience isn’t related to book publishing.

Strong technical skills. Applicants should have useable knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator as well as Microsoft Word. Must be self-motivated to expand technical skills as needed. Illustration and fine arts skills are a plus but not required.

ABOUT US: 

Office environment. Our office is located in a historical building in downtown Zanesville, Ohio. Zanesville offers big-city amenities with a low cost of living. The environment is casual and flexible.  There is potential for this position to include work-from-home opportunities.

COMPENSATION & COMMITMENT: Negotiable, up to $32,000 yr., salary.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION: Interested candidates should include contact information, an introductory letter, resume, and samples of your work or a portfolio link. Please send this information to emily@columbuspublishinglab.com.

ABOUT THE COMPANY: Columbus Publishing Lab publishes books for authors and small presses across most genres. We work hard for our clients because we respect the trust they place in us, and because work is more fulfilling when you like your job, your work environment, and you have the freedom and flexibility to create work you can be proud of.  The company was founded in Columbus, Ohio, and now operates its primary office out of Zanesville, Ohio under the direction of CEO Emily Hitchcock.