The Glass Spider Publishing Story
by Vince Font
Once upon a time, all the way back in free and easy 2013, I wrote a book with a famous person. Even before the book was finished, word got out and the press came calling. There were CNN appearances. Two of them. In fact, we got so many inquiries from the media that we wound up turning down people like Geraldo Rivera and Art Bell.
When the book was finished, we landed a high-profile agent from one of the most prestigious literary agencies in New York City. Buoyed by the media interest, she pitched the book to every major publisher in North America. And then she pitched it to every small publisher.
Nobody wanted it.
The reason? "Great book," they all said, "but it's not what we're looking for." So we decided to go our own way and self-publish. It was the best decision we could have possibly made.
American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman went on to receive international press coverage, win awards, and garner overwhelmingly positive praise from readers. In 2018, Tantor Media acquired the rights to produce the audiobook, and we've even fielded offers to turn the book into a movie. None of that would have ever happened if we had waited around for a traditional publisher to show interest.
As a direct result of the experience, I amassed so much knowledge about the mechanics of independent publishing that I decided to put everything I'd learned to work helping other authors. Authors who, like myself, had great stories to tell but were getting nowhere through traditional channels.
That's how Glass Spider Publishing came to be. At first, it was just me and my wife running the show. Today, we're a small company run by a tight-knit group of professional writers, editors, and designers with a passion for storytelling and the desire to share the secrets of our success with others.
If you're interested in getting your book published but don't know where to start, you've come to the right place. Just click here to send us a message or give us a call. No questions are too simple, and no aspirations are too big—and if we can't help you, we can at least point you in the direction of someone who can.
Vince Font is a professional freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience developing highly readable, dynamic content for clients throughout the world. A frequent contributor to such high-profile publications as Renewable Energy World and TechnologyGuide, he is also the author and publisher of the book American Sons: The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman. He founded Glass Spider Publishing to share his knowledge about independent publishing with inexperienced and aspiring writers.
Jane Font is the former owner of Pandemonium Art Gallery and the creator of the adult coloring book of the same name. In addition to her work as an advocate for the arts, she is a skilled artist and graphic designer with numerous book cover credits to her name. Jane specializes in interior book design, ensuring every book we publish has a sleek, professional appearance. When she's not busy arting, she can usually be found geeking out over Excel spreadsheets and running her successful YouTube channel, Painting with Jane.
Stephanie Simonson has an English and creative writing degree from Weber State University, and eight years of editing experience. She's loved creative writing since before she knew how to spell "creative," writing her first story at age five and finishing her first novel at 15. Equal to her passion for her writing is her love of reading others' works, and helping authors put their best feet forward. When she's not working on her long-gestating novel, she also edits for the tech website Top Ten Reviews.
Bryan Denson is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Spy's Son (Grove Atlantic/2015). A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bryan spent 33 years as an investigative reporter with five daily newspapers, including The Oregonian. He has won scores of national and regional journalism awards, including the George Polk Award for national reporting, and the Michael E. DeBakey Award. Bryan helps authors and aspiring authors plot narrative arcs and find the souls of their stories. He offers intensive and in-depth developmental manuscript review for both fiction and nonfiction manuscripts.
Cindy Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years and turning reality into works of fiction since she can remember. She specializes in web content, press releases, and marketing campaigns. Several of her news releases have been picked up by major publications like the San Francisco Chronicle, Yahoo News, and CBS News. As a creative soul herself, she understands the innate difficulty writers face in promoting themselves, and uses her business degree and marketing experience to help fellow writers bring their works into light.
Jessica Beifuss has been helping writers polish their work for 10 years in a variety of roles. She’s passionate about collaborating alongside writers, not simply marking changes. She has edited novels, newspapers, SEO, and technical manuals. Jessica can provide a basic copy edit with a light touch or a deeper review for story continuity and flow. She has a bachelor’s in linguistics from the University of Utah and can’t decline a game of Boggle. She’s currently based in the Sacramento area.
Chelsea Maki is a freelance graphic designer with over five years of experience. She specializes in print-based promotional materials and particularly enjoys working on projects associated with the arts, humanities, and education. Chelsea has designed print media for theatre productions, book covers, improv comedy troupes, and others. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Art from Weber State University. She currently resides in Ogden, Utah. View her portfolio here: chelseamakicreative.com
Don Wilmshurst entered the publishing world through his author alter ego, DW Adler. The author of a number of novellas and short stories, Don is also a budding graphic artist and video editor, creating covers and book trailers for indie authors. He is the caretaker of the website Castle of Spirits and serves as the narrator/editor of the associated ghost story podcast, which is available through iTunes, Podbean, and YouTube.
Judith San Nicolas
Book Cover Design
Judith San Nicolas is a Barcelona-based graphic designer with over ten years' experience. In addition to her work designing compelling book covers, logos, and eye-catching graphics for book websites and social media, Judith also performs album cover and movie poster design. For a look at her impressive portfolio, visit www.judithsdesign.com.