A business decision

Although few readers know it, writing books is often as much about business as it is about literature. Today I made a business deal that was important, to me at least. I bought back my rights from Nodin Press   for WHERE'S BILLIE? and WHOSE HAND?

Nothing will change on the surface. My books will still be housed and shipped by Itasca Books to Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and all the independant book stores in the United States. In fact, the few remaining copies of WHERE'S BILLIE? and WHOSE HAND? will stay on the same shelves in the Itasca Books warehouse in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where they were kept when Nodin Press owned the rights.

The difference, for me, however, is significant. As an author it's important to me to own my work.

I will always be grateful to Norton Stillman, who owns Nodin Press, for publishing my first two books. I've written a lot for magazines and newspapers,  but Norton's name, which is gold in independent publishing, gave me the push I needed to get my first book into book stores.

In 1962 Norton and his cousin, Ned Waldman, co-founded the Bookman, a Minneapolis book distribution business. Publishers Weekly called Waldman and Stillman the "first family of the book publishing business." Norton founded Nodin Press five years later. He's still vigorously running the company. He recently moved his operation from the North Loop in Minneapolis to bigger quarters in the building that also houses  Itasca Books and the Bookmobile in St. Louis Park. Last spring I was delighted to be among a couple hundred people invited to Norton's 80th birthday party at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Norton is a dear, kind gentle man I'm delighted to call my friend.