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At the helm:
Since 1985, veteran publisher Linda F. Radke, owner of Five Star Publications, has been ahead of her game –– self-publishing before it was commonplace, partnership publishing before the rest of the world even knew what it was, and producing award-winning traditionally and nontraditionally published fiction and nonfiction manuscripts for adults and children.
Among her many accolades, Radke is author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing (a 2010 Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the "How-To" category and a Writer's Digest Book Club selection, now into its second edition) and Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show (a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection). She is also a founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, was named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California, and received numerous public relations and marketing awards from Arizona Press Women.
In addition to the honors Radke garnered for her own publications, she is responsible for producing premium quality books for clients and authors. Just since 2005, more than 35 received recognition for excellence on local, national and international levels, with a plethora of others receiving the same prior to 2005. Using her award-winning marketing and public relations skills, she also promotes her authors' books and those of others, increasing their visibility and recognition exponentially.
Five Star Publications' journey to becoming one of the nation's leading consulting firms in the areas of book production, marketing, publicity, and distribution began simply enough with Radke's desire to print a few books to complement the household employment agency she owned. For Radke, who on more than one occasion has been teased about having "printer's ink in her veins," the experience of publishing the books was exhilarating, prompting her to change careers and launch Five Star Publications without looking back. Eventually, Radke added services and acted as a publishing eDistributor for other self-publishers, ventured into traditional publishing, and pioneered partnership publishing to allow her to publish more authors and make them a more integral part of the creative process of publishing.
In 2010, Five Star Scripts was launched. The spin-off company is comprised of a team of film/television producers and screenwriters who use their insiders' expertise to morph books into screenplays and pilots, and then market them to television, film, and stage producers, directors, and studios across the globe. On the flipside, Five Star Scripts also transitions scripts and screenplays into books, including writing and editing, graphic design, layout, packaging, and promotion.
The electronic book market was entered in the summer of 2010 with the birth of eStarPublish.com, which transforms a PDF, InDesign, Word or other type file into electronic files that are compatible with Amazon's Kindle, Sony, Kobo and Apple's iPod, iPad, and iPhone, and downloadable through Amazon.com, iTunes' iBookstore and others. Select books are also offered on eBookery.com, the eStarPublish's eBookstore.
Committed to providing the highest level of publishing services to authors and other publishers, Five Star Publications, Inc., has for 25 years taken pride in each and every printed page. We strive for excellence in publishing as well as in our business relationships. By regarding our clients as partners, Five Star has set the standard for professionalism and excellence, earning a reputation as one of the preeminent small press publishers. We dedicate a percentage of profits to The Mark Foster Youth Fund and other charities chosen by our authors. For more on Five Star Publications, the Mark Foster Youth Fund, or charities supported by other Five Star authors, visit www.FiveStarPublications.com .
"Arizona has a special place in my heart, and while I could have gone to New York in search of a publisher, I found what I was looking for - and more - right in my back yard. I needed a company I could trust who would do my story justice and complete the job in a timely manner. Five Star Publications more than fit the bill with top notch professionalism and personal service. In fact, the entire process was enjoyable as we bonded a lasting friendship.
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