|S.A. "Sam" Jernigan
Director of Business Development
Whether you’re already a published author
....OR just hoping to be
Having spent well over 15 years in the publishing trenches,
I can speak firsthand to the sea changes which have occurred in this
venerable industry…and which are leaving so many authors and would-be
authors feeling adrift (or downright shipwrecked!). It’s all become
quite bewildering indeed.
Which is why utilizing a publishing consultant can be invaluable in
setting your course and enjoying smoooooth sailing given today's vast
ocean of publishing possibilities – think of me as your compass for
finding True North. Not sure where this nautical inspiration came
from...but you get the idea.
excited I was when opening the cardboard cartons and FINALLY seeing and
holding those first editions of books and audiobooks we worked for
monnnths to produce at the publishing company where I was employed in
the mid-90's -- what a joy, and it literally felt like a long awaited "birth."
So I understand well the beginning-to-end process of CREATION and want YOU
to experience this same sense of pride and satisfaction, even if your
"firstborn" arrives via a download to your Kindle! And, by the way, that
publishing company, Hambleton Hill Publishing, also owned Associated
Publishers Group, the fourth largest book distribution company in the
U.S. -- so my introduction to this industry was a very comprehensive one
And just as each written
work is unique, so too is each client’s need for assistance -- so a
CUSTOM map needs to be charted accordingly.
Perhaps you’re a newbie to
the publishing arena and have NO idea how to get started (a perfectly
reasonable response given the now staggering variety of choices, by the
way!). And given the very complex maze of decision-making involved at a
variety of upcoming junctures in the process, you're feeling like you
don't want to go it alone.
Or are you an established author interested in having your titles promoted?
Maybe you're intrigued by the possibility of reaping the financial rewards of higher royalties via today's game-changing self-publishing route but don't know how to get underway or how to best leverage this sizable marketing opportunity.
any of these scenarios -- or whatever YOUR specific needs -- I’m here
to help plus also collaborate with an array of similarly seasoned pros
to provide a truly comprehensive scope of services.
|Here’s an overview
of ways I can be of help to you -- consider this a menu
and select ONLY the ones your project needs (e.g. NO one-size-fits-all philosophy here!):
Pre-publication: Strategic, creative & technical assistance
on which route to take: traditional publishing or self-publishing
(including overview of the complexities of trade book distribution, e.g.
physically getting a book onto a shelf at a brick-and-mortar store,
Competitive market research and development of book proposals including innovative strategies for maximum exposure on Amazon
Writing assistance, ghostwriting, manuscript development, novelization projects (e.g. film scripts-into-books)
| Proofing, editing, interior layout, cover artwork/marketing copy
| Acquiring endorsements, reviews
and advisory services for whatever publication route is selected
including overseeing all aspects of digital self-publishing projects
Post-publication: Launch & aggressive promotion -- after all, no one can buy a book if they don't know it exists!
Special use ebooks:
To facilitate various types of commercial objectives, ebooks are often
created which are privately distributed or sold -- so these are outside
the mainstream “book world" (e.g. not sold via Amazon, et al.). As
entrepreneurial zeal resonates with me, these projects are especially of
interest and I can assist in creating these on your behalf as well as
assisting in strategic planning to leverage the value this customized
communication tool will provide for your project, business, nonprofit,
DID YOU KNOW even large publishing houses only promote a new title for a short while (if at all)
-- so if you're [going to be] an author, you WILL need to oversee your
title's promotion, period. This is yet another example of a little-known
albeit key reality in the publishing industry.
Here are some examples of bookings obtained for my clients, many of whom were first-time authors:
CALL 530.362.1339 (PST)
Or...send email NOW!
Cheers & I'm looking forward to hearing from YOU ~
S.A. "Sam" Jernigan
Director of Business Development
From a few author clients:
From a longtime publisher:
And from a new publisher for their first multi-award winning title:
Some of the titles I've represented:
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Comprehensive book development services: From inception through manuscript development, editing/proofing, interior layout + book jacket creation, garnering pre-publication reviews & endorsements, publishing (including for the U.S. library market), in-store + online retail distribution & customized publicity and promotion...e.g. "comprehensive" indeed!
October 10, 2018
Developed in its entirety for a client based in Texas: One Maestro's Journey -- A Celebrated Life of Music & Ingenuity. This is a complex book consisting of 50+ historic B/W photos and images which are housed in "sidebars," creating a uniquely immersive reader experience in introducing this bygone era in classical music via the firsthand tales of Maestro Heinrich Hammer (1862-1954).
Learn more about this step-back-in-time memoir and read vintage newspaper articles featuring the author from the Washington Post, Washington Times, and Los Angeles Times and more: www.StillLifeEnterprises.com
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(NOTE: his new title debuted at #11 in its main genre on Amazon during its initial launch period -- quite an accomplishment given the tough competition inside this category which includes biographies on venerable composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, and the host of other long-established classical music giants -- screenshot will open in new window ).
August 21, 2018
Developed in its entirety for a client based in Sonoma County (where so many of my referrals still originate): Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil -- A Wildcatter's Memories of Hunting for "Black Gold". This was the second from-scratch title created for this client, author Thomas E. Cochrane (see Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast below).
It debuted as the
on Amazon in its main genre during its launch (screenshot will open in new window).
Along with other stellar pre-publication reviews this new title's obtained (including the one featured on the book's back jacket by the Oklahoma Historical Society), here's this review from a longstanding entity relied upon for decades by booksellers and librarians, the Midwest Book Review:
Critique: Exceptionally well written, exceptionally candid, impressively informative, and a simply riveting read from cover to cover, "Tornados, Rattlesnakes & Oil: A Wildcatter's Memories of Hunting for Black Gold" is unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library Contemporary American Biography collections. -- Midwest Book Review, published in Small Press Bookwatch magazine, October 2018 (link will open in new browser window)
This title is available via all major bookstore chains and independent bookstores nationwide, read details of its in-process launch on www.RiverBeachPress.com (link will open in new browser window).
February 14, 2017
Shaping the Sonoma-Mendocino Coast -- Exploring the Coastal Geology of Northern California by Thomas E. Cochrane, Geologist. This book is a complex nonfiction title which also includes nearly 50 diagrams, maps, and color photos.
Obtained pre-publication endorsements ideal for this title which is now being retailed in 45+ regional retail locations including all 8 locations of the top indie bookstore chain, Copperfield's Books, as well as a CA Welcome Center, numerous regional Visitors Centers, and two CA State parks thus far, plus it's also available on Amazon -- on the day it was published, the book had already received a sizable feature article in a local newspaper and my author was a guest on a (PBS) news/talk radio show for an hour-long interview. The first week the title was in distribution, over 60 people attended a standing-room-only event for the author at a local bookstore.
Read about this title's comprehensive launch including major regional publicity during its launch and roll out. As a result, first, it made it into the TOP 25 on Amazon's bestseller list in one of its genres -- and then, in conjunction with back-to-back author events, it hit #5 in Coastal and made it into the top 100 Geology books (competing with titles nationally even though it's solely a regional book for two N. CA counties).
NOTE: all marketing efforts have been designed to drive sales solely to the nearly 4 dozen local retailers carrying this book -- so this significant Amazon bump was just an add-on benefit vs. "the goal."
Also see the growing roster of public speaking opportunities I secured for this author plus learn more about this ideal primer for those interested in the often mysterious interplay of water, wind, earthquakes, and other geologic events, processes, and stressors at work in the natural world…(on this website I also built):
Retail edition: September 2016, direct-to-consumer edition (Amazon) June 2016:
"Tractors, Trains & Shipwrecks -- Yesteryear Recollections of Sonoma County":
developed this entire book from scratch on my
client's behalf (ms. development, copyediting, title,
cover artwork/back jacket text, interior layout, all graphics + publication) as she initially just brought me this collection of her
late father's handwritten stories -- he was an accomplished community
leader (incl. County Supervisor) and they're members of one of Sonoma
County's founding ranching families.
LEARN more about these vintage tales set in the 1920s, 30s & beyond: www.DRRpress.com
Have setup all specialty retail distribution (30+ stores) for this gift book in the Sonoma County region (including three museums, one in Sacramento). Also secured
pre-publication high profile endorsements and acquired extensive
publicity/promo, plus created the book's website, etc.
NOTE: this client's goal was exclusively a focus on local retail distribution vs. driving online sales.
Other entire-book projects are also currently in production for clients -- will YOURS be next?
Renaissance representation policy:
Non-fiction genres including business, memoirs, and personal growth/self-help
books are my forte. Of keen interest are unique themes created for
niche specialty audiences.
also represent another vibrant option for reaching key audiences,
especially younger (e.g. 20-something) demographics who frequently
prefer to listen vs. read.
of the medium(s) selected, projects will be assessed for commercial
viability if desired -- non-commercial memoirs or family stories meant
for limited personal distribution are also welcome.
representation is dependent upon a variety of factors and an offer of
representation will be made following an evaluation process to determine publicity viability.
One of my very first client testimonials in 1999
(I originally focused solely
on traditional book PR):
A brief note of explanation:
After acquiring a booking for Dr. Papillon on The Oprah Winfrey Show, the show's staff later sourced a feature article I'd similarly acquired for her in
as part of their routine background check. Alas, as a result of the
notoriety Dr. Papillon had gained as a key witness in what was known as
Texas's "trial of the century" -- a fact I had been unaware of when
commencing work on her book's behalf -- her invitation to appear on the
show was subsequently withdrawn. Thus Lucy's reference to a "tough media tour" as it was her decision to return to Texas and engage in extensive media interviews. But you can well imagine how disappointed we both were!
A booking was secured for the Homes of Hope project on The Today Show and we worked closely with their producers in compiling a time-sensitive video of HOH's mega volunteer build event for the poor of 25-homes-in-one-weekend in Mexico. However, even though everything was on-track for a Memorial Day airing the next day (including numerous back/forths in supplying them the footage the night before), as the event was being held out of the country, the segment was bumped at the last minute in preference of stories which related more closely to honoring veterans.
Because of these two unique instances, this is why you'll see the reference to "bookings" acquired on the rotating roster of publicicity on this page whereas all the
other media cited resulted in actual media exposure for Renaissance's clients.