Publisher Interview: Köehler Books
Last week we launched a book tour for B. Lynn Goodwin’s memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62. Lynn is a longtime friend of WOW, owner of Writer Advice, and a manuscript coach. So when I found out her book—which is gorgeous, by the way—was published by Köehler Books, I was intrigued and wanted to learn all about them. Lynn introduced us to president and owner John Koehler, and I asked him for an interview, which you’ll read below. We asked some tough questions (including how many books they traditionally publish, how many pages they read, and even if self-publishing with a publisher was actually vanity publishing!)—some questions were from me and some from our audience of writers—and I found his answers to be candid, pragmatic, and highly informative.
WOW: John, thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. I’m always interested in business “creation stories.” What inspired you to create Köehler Books Publishing?
John: Essentially it was based on my own personal needs. I had written my first (of seven) book, Bipolar by Koehler, back in 2004 and needed to get it published.