Pursuing your passions

A Fork in the Road

Mark and baby2

In 2005 Mark Pogodzinski had several published short stories under his belt, so he was able to land an agent who helped him find a book publisher. But when they sent the copy of his book back, he found they had changed the ending, and he did not like it. He chose not to sign the contract.

A few years later, after researching the technologies and other aspects of the publishing business, he opened his own company, No Frills Buffalo/Amelia Press. That was in 2011 and since then, he has published thirty books. They have moved well over 10,000 copies.

Not Just a Business, A Way of Life

For Mark, this business grew out of principles and beliefs in what matters. He believes in Community over Corporations. “Everyone should have a chance to be published,” he says, “we’re going to work with you to produce the best book possible.”

To that end, he works with independent contractors to develop the design, cover, publicity, book trailers and everything your book needs to find its market. If you have a book written, he will produce proofs for you to see how your book would look in print, and if you like it you can buy it, if not, it costs you nothing.

He brought his son, who is five months old, with him to our meeting.

Mark and baby

His wife is an amateur photographer who can produce photos if you need them for your book, but essentially, Mark runs the business himself. As far as the books’ production, they are an on-demand press, so everything is on a thumb drive and you produce only as many, and pay for only as many, books as you need. This is far different than the “vanity presses” of the old days, where you had to buy 3500 to 5000 books and then hope you could sell them.

They sell through local independent book stores, as well as larger chains and online retailers, such as Amazon. They work with authors from anywhere and sell all over the world.

If you were to write a book, what would it be about? Post your comments below!


Comments on: "A Fork in the Road" (5)

  1. Great post! Thanks for the like 🙂 i don’t know if i will have the chance (& time) to write a book, but if it was to happen, i would write about my online business journey 😀

    • Oh, I think that would make a great book, and I would love to read it! I hope you can “make time” to write it! If I can help in any way, let me know!

      • thanks Suzy. that’s nice. i will think about it and let you know! Keep up the great work and talk soon 🙂

  2. Thanks for visiting my Blog! I loved reading about pursuing your passion, definitely words that I am living and though its not always easy, wouldn’t have it any other way. Love your story.

    • Thank you! I spent 4 years freelance writing and it was the happiest 4 years of my working life. Then a series of unfortunate events caused me to pursue other avenues for “making a living” but none of it fed my soul. So I have returned to this path, although I am still figuring it out, I am much happier than I have been in years!

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