Interview with Nicole Langan, Tribute Books Publisher

About being a publisher:
I've spent roughly the last 12 years in the publishing world. I have a B.A. summa cum laude in English and Communications. From 1999-2004, I went from being an intern to an editorial assistant to an associate editor of a regional magazine. In 2004, I started Tribute Books. Since that time, I've worked with dozens of authors, illustrators, photographers and editors in publishing over 30 books. Some of our books have gone on to win awards such as the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year and the Mom's Choice Award while others were endorsed by PBS and The Thoreau Society. We've published a wide variety of genres from children's picture books to history to sports under both traditional and subsidy contracts.

In 2012, we'll embark on a new transition becoming solely an e-publisher of young adult titles. There will be no charge for the young adult authors we select to work with, and they will receive 50% of the net profits of their ebook sales in quarterly royalty payments.

What we are looking for:
We're primarily looking to work with authors who have been published before by a royalty-paying press and have already had their manuscript professionally edited before submission. Having a well-followed blog, Facebook page or Twitter account is a must.

1. Why did you decide to only publish young adult titles?
Our transition is based on three factors. On a business level, the young adult genre sells especially if it is well written and has a paranormal romance theme. On a marketing level, the devotion of the young adult fan base is unparalleled. On a personal level, I thoroughly enjoy a good young adult novel and review many on my blog at I'm a believer in doing what you love and working with like-minded people, when it's at all possible.

2. Why are you focusing on the e-book market?

Currently, our ebook sales are currently outpacing our print sales by 2 to 1. The book industry is in a state of transition, and the shift in momentum is palpable. It is similar to the movement of when iTunes music downloads outstripped CD sales. All indications point to the ebook trend continuing to expand with the explosion of popularity of e-readers like the Kindle, Nook and iPad. As the prices of the e-readers continue to come down and with bookstores continuing to close, readers will be looking for the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to obtain their reading material.

3. There is a huge range in YA novels, do you have any specific genres you’re looking for?

Our preference is for damn good writing, the particular topic is secondary in importance. However, books written with a series in mind or those that delve into the paranormal will have a slight edge.

4. How will you promote these books?

We try to keep an active online presence with our web site (, Facebook (, Twitter (  and blog ( What sets us apart is our one-on-one interaction with our authors. We go the extra mile in doing everything we can to promote our titles on a daily basis even years after a book's initial release.

5. Anything else you’d like to tell my readers and perhaps potential clients?

My hope is that we are able to recruit some talented writers of well-written, well-crafted stories in order to develop an eager fan base for the titles we publish. We want readers to be excited about the ebooks we produce. Young adult authors have the most devoted fan followings out there, and we'd like to introduce that audience to a whole new host of talent.
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Thanks you so much for this interview, Nicole, I'm sure there are many authors out there who will be delighted to hear this news.
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J.W. Nicklaus said…
If I knew any YA authors I would not hesitate in the least to let them know about Tribute and Nicole. While I have not worked directly with her I have had the distinct pleasure of occasional interaction and have worked with one of her clients in the past as well.

She's dedicated, professional, and an absolute ace in the hole for any aspiring YA writer.
Tribute Books said…
Marilyn, I cannot thank you enough for helping me to spread the word to all of the interested Young Adult writers and fans out there. I appreciate your support, and I wish you nothing but continued success in your own writing career.

J.W., thank you so much for your kind words. Your endorsement, as a writer, means a lot. You are a class act yourself!
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