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Oldham book publisher goes full-time using La Venture Space

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By Tracy Harris

When Prospect’s Lynn Calvert wrote her first book, “Afterthoughts,” she had a terrible time finding a publisher. 

Such a hard time, in fact, that she decided to do something about it — she launched her own publishing company. Otherworld Publications began in 2009, and as of next week, Calvert will be at the job full-time.

“I can’t do just nights and weekends anymore,” she said. She signed on for space at the new La Venture Station, where she can not only work, but bring clients in, too.

“We’re obviously still small,” Calvert said. “But with each book we’re getting better and we’re continuing to grow.”

Otherworld Publications has released over a dozen books, beginning with “Transubstantiate” by Richard Thomas, published in July 2010. Calvert said three more books are scheduled for release this year.

Calvert focuses on genres like paranormal, science-fiction and fantasy. “There’s such a mass of talent out there,” she said. “I want to give authors another venue (to be published).”

Dedicating her time to Otherworld Publications also means she’ll have more time to work on publicity for her authors.

Linda Goin, La Venture Station owner and Discover Downtown La Grange director, is glad Calvert has the opportunity to grow Otherworld.

“I feel really excited about it and I feel really proud about it,” Goin said.

Giving up the steady income from her day job has been the scariest thing for Calvert, she said, but she’s looking forward to having the space back in her house that’s been used for Otherworld Publications.

Calvert, a lifetime Oldham County resident, also continues to write, although she remains with Blackwyrm Publishing, who published her first two books. She just finished the first draft of her third novel which she plans to publish soon.

“I wanted to do something that my kids could be proud of,” she said of publishing her first book. 

The jump to full-time publisher comes a year after Calvert was diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, a rare and potentially fatal genetic heart condition. Calvert had surgery to install a defibrillator, and has used Otherworld Publications as a way to raise awareness about the condition. Earlier this year, 10 percent of book sales were donated to the American Heart Association to support the cause.

Along with La Venture Station, Otherworld Publications will be hosting a “Pitch the Publisher” event in November, where Calvert hopes to find more authors to publish. 

The event encourages writers to “swallow those nerves and dust off the manuscript” and gives them a chance to meet with Calvert and at least two other publishing companies.

Authors will have 10 minutes to pitch, then 15 minutes of feedback and advice from the publisher. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at La Venture Station, where Calvert’s office is located.