02860013I am Flora Brown,the publisher at Sonata Press. I have loved school and books for as far back as I can remember. I loved the smell of the books, the vibrant colors of the crayons lined up in the little black box we were each assigned, the smooth finish of my desk with a black inkwell in the upper right corner. (My kids think that’s downright weird.)  I especially loved my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bordeaux. In my mind she was the smartest person in the world, and I counted on her to teach me all the things I needed to know to become educated. I also thought she was the most beautiful person in world, resembling popular actress of the day, Loretta Young, and dressing as elegantly.

Moving to the other side of the desk

Because I loved sch02870024ool so much it’s not surprising that I became a teacher, first in junior high English, then university teacher training, and finally teaching critical thinking in a community college.

And I loved writing. I still have some of the earliest poems I wrote, thanks to my mother. Throughout school I wrote many types of writing and after college moved into coauthoring textbooks and instructional materials for my children and my students.

But I always had a creative and entrepreneurial side too. I blame this on watching my mother run her home-based beauty shop. Around age 10, I began selling handmade potholders to the patrons of the beauty shop while they sat under the dryer or waited their turns. From then on I was hooked on earning money from my creative endeavors.

Mixing it up
02870030So throughout my life I’ve mixed my academic career with creative pursuits. While teaching junior high through university levels I was always drawn to have a side business that involved using my right brain.
You could have predicted my destiny from my high school yearbook. I willed to the underclassmen, “The ability to mix boys and books and come out with a perfect recipe every time.” (I can’t believe I still remember that.)
Later as a wife and mom of four I wove creative activities throughout our lives. In addition to the typical tasks of motherhood, I also wrote lyrics to Bach’s Minuets to make it easier for my budding violinists to learn their pieces, wrote articles for education and consumer publications, and completed my Ph.D. at the University of Southern California with a new baby in the mix.

(Looks like I ended up mixing boys, books AND babies.) I couldn’t focus on just one interest, so I did whatever I loved.

From blog to book

When I retired from full-time teaching I had plans to travel and write my life story. About the time I was giving the book some thought I discovered blogging. I attended the first BlogWorld Conference, thanks to my friend Shirley who was a speaker.

When I returned home I was set on starting a blog. After all, I had plenty of experiences and stories to share. Besides, I couldn’t resist having my own platform from whichI could pontificate, commiserate, and rant.
My first blog, ColorYourLifeHappy.com/blog evolved into my first self-help book, ColorYour Life Happy: Create the Success, Abundance, and Inner Joy You Deserve. I’ve published two books through traditional publishers and self-published five, with two in the oven. Visit my author page at www.amazon.com/author/florabrown
When friends and others began to ask for help in writing their books, the next phase of my life began.

From author to publishing coach to publisher

4-28-11nonfictionworkshop--NewHopeThe publishing industry has changed tremendously in your favor. It’s easier to get your book in the hands of your readers if you’re willing to spend the energy and time doing so.
At the same time that publishing has gotten easier, it has also gotten treacherous.
The publishing industry has changed tremendously in your favor. It’s easier to get your book in the hands of your readers if you’re willing to spend the energy and time doing so.
At the same time that publishing has gotten easier, it has also gotten treacherous.
It’s like the wild wild west! Unscrupulous vanity printers are hurriedly forming what they call “self-publishing companies.” They lurk in the shadows eager to part you from your money based on false promises. Some of them are nothing more than expensive printers with no intention to help you with proper editing, formatting, and marketing your book.

My goal as a publishing coach is offer you guidance in choosing the best self-publishing options for your needs, budget, and writing goals. If you want your book published with a traditional publisher, I can point you to the starting gate for that process as well.

As a publisher, you will discover that I love writing across several genres, ranging from creating happiness to a series of recipe books.  Thank you for stopping by.

Welcome,
Flora Brown