July 21, 2015
Park City, UT—Lucky Penny Publishing, the innovative publisher of eBooks for children (under the Lucky Penny Press imprint), and of biographies, memoirs, and family histories under Silver Dollar Press, proudly announces the launch of an Amazon print division. Five of the publisher’s first hardcopy titles are by Santa Barbara-area authors: 14-year-old Nashat Zaman’s The Scorch of a Skilten, a middle-grade adventure novel; peace activist Jolene DeLisa’s memoir, Under the Gingko Tree: A Passionate Woman's Story of Life, Love, Loss, and Joy; Ojai Valley News columnist Mel Bloom’s Letters to Bridgie, about a young girl’s correspondence with two voluble birds; and Melissa Marsted’s Emily and the Shackleford Horses, about a girl’s infatuation with the wild horses of Shackleford Island; and Pablito and the Speckled Bear, a “hero’s journey” set in Peru, which was the first book published by Lucky Penny Publishing
Marsted, who was a long-time Santa Barbara resident until her house burned down in the Santa Barbara Tea Fire and she ultimately relocated to Park City, Utah, is the founder and CEO of the innovative eBook—and now conventional—publisher.
“We’re very excited to be able to offer these titles for our readers,” Marsted says. “Despite the growing popularity and convenience of eBooks for many situations—when you’re traveling, for example, and can take your entire library with you on a single device—a lot of readers still enjoy the familiarity and comfort of a conventional book. Now we can give them that option.”
Amazon technology solves some of the challenges of conventional hardcopy publishing for small start-ups like Marsted’s. Quantities can be smaller than traditional print runs, for example, and Amazon handles distribution. (To purchase, visit Amazon.com and enter the title you are seeking in the Search bar.) Lucky Penny also plans to offer all of its paperback titles at Chaucer’s Books, Marsted says, “so people can buy them on sight, without waiting.”
Like all Lucky Penny titles, a portion of Amazon book sales will benefit the partner nonprofit associated with each title. Under the Gingko Tree, for example, benefits La Casa de Maria, while Letters to Bridgie benefits the Ventura County Humane Society. For more information, visit Lucky Penny Publishing at http://www.luckypennypress.com/about-us and follow Lucky Penny Press on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
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Lucky Penny Press is a children’s eBook publisher founded by Melissa C. Marsted, author of Pablito and the Speckled Bear. Lucky Penny Press, whose motto is “Nurturing the creative spirit,” publishes books written by both adults and children. Each book has a professionally recorded audio version. As part of LPP’s cultural fabric, each book is connected to a non-profit organization, which receives a portion of book sale proceeds.
LPP sells eBooks in numerous eReader formats including those for iPads, iPhones, Kindles, Nooks, MP3 players, and any computer. Every eBook can be downloaded in either eReader or audio format, or both.