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The Inner Workings of Ag Book Publishing

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A few years back, a publisher specializing in agriculture books contacted me about distributing my b
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Publisher, Editor and Author

Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Chip Hines says:

    Well explained, Kathy.

  2. Thanks for affirming my understanding of the problems of working with publishers. It is not just the ag book world where this is true, and the publishing industry is in a similar bind to that of print journalism. In this age of constant internet blahblah, quality writing is being undervalued and good writers end up needing day jobs (or a partner who can support their habit).

    The promotion piece can be a big time suck too, and if a publisher is able to set up book events and do publicity, as well as getting the book in front of reviewers, it is a huge plus for someone who is not able to offer practical workshops. I’ve hired an editor, indexer, and book designer/social media maven, and am working on my own promotion – besides all the stuff involved in making a living. It’s exhausting!

    If you’re interested, check out http://www.organic-revolutionary.com.

    P.S. I sometimes use your columns for my on-line class for Green Mt. College, Theory &Practice of Sustainable Agriculture. Great stuff!

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