For this writer, it was necessary to become jack-of-all publishing trades
Jaimie Engle, who will appear at Space Coast Comic Con this month, became a jack-of-all publishing trades to help herself and other authors.
photo by Hal White
Jaimie Engle is practically a cottage industry of publishing all on her own, across the Suntree/Viera area.
The Suntree-area writer just wrote her own fiction book for young adults, “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon.” An author she promotes just wrote the book she edited, “American: A Conflicted Nation.” She also coaches that author, Don Gilleland of Viera, through her consulting firm, A Writer for Life. And lastly, she now has her own publishing label, JME Books, and client D. Ryan Gish just wrote a book under that label, a thriller called “Enthralled.”
Engle and Gish will appear at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 on the authors panel Crafting Magical Worlds at the Space Coast Comic Con, which runs Sept. 9 through 11 at the Space Coast Convention Center, 301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa. Engle will be interviewed on Lite Rock 99.3 FM from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8 and listeners can call in for a chance to win a copy of “Dreadlands.”
For Engle, the changing times in the publishing industry called her to be a bookseller as well as a book writer, and a jack-of-all publishing trades in between, from the writing to the publishing through the selling processes.
“I was once sucked into a storybook and I decided I wanted to become a writer myself,” said Engle, whose award-winning book “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light” has practically become a textbook in elementary schools in Suntree and Viera, followed by more awards for “The Dredge.” Engle also volunteers as a writing coach for local gifted writing programs.
“I discovered through my own experience that it is challenging to get a book out of me, so I help others do this. I then discovered that there are many pitfalls along the publishing process at this time of great change in the industry, and there are plenty of folks out there only too happy to take advantage of authors. So I saw the need to become a publisher myself.”
Her how-to book, “Writing Your Novel, Using the Bible as Your Guide” is the text for the class she teaches at Eastern Florida State College. The eight-month course is open to anyone for free through April 2017 with morning and evening slots, meeting on the Melbourne campus at 3865 N. Wickham Road.
For Gilleland, working with Engle is a matter of discovering you really do have something to contribute, well enough to fill a book. “Conflicted Nation” is Gilleland’s fourth book. In the political commentary he writes, “Being conflicted is about feeling positive and negative about something at the same time, and being unable to shake off the uncomfortable feeling it produces.”
Gilleland will discuss, sell and sign his books at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Suntree/Viera Library, 902 Jordan Blass Drive.
“Jaimie is a conscientious and considerate coach who takes the time to familiarize herself with the writer's style and unique approach to the books in question, and offers constructive criticisms to help the author,” Gilleland said.
For more information on Engle’s books, events or classes or assistance with publishing, go to jaimiengle.com or jmebooks.com. For a schedule or more information on Space Coast Comic Con, go to spacecoastcomiccon.com. For information on Gilleland’s books, go to donaldgilleland.com.