YEARS AGO, I was forming up a team that would fluctuate between one and twenty-five writers, an editor, a graphic artist, and a project manager, all to complete the many book projects that needed ghostwriting and creating for clients at the time. Together we helped create over 200 books, from the collaborations with authors, management and training of writers and editors, file formatting for e-books and layout and creation of print books, cover design, and production and marketing of published works.
But as exciting and challenging as the ghosting was for all involved, most writers still held a dream of publishing their own work, so I created Bimini Books, a small publishing house of lifestyle titles. It became an aggressive project of learning the writing and publishing business, with great excitement. “Each day we learn a month’s worth,” it seemed, as we read, observed, tested, and consulted with friends and colleagues who were experts in the business. The result was Bimini Books, my first publishing endeavor.
I wanted a name that reflected lighter fare—music, holidays, short fiction, happiness, and so on, It became a matter of “which island in the Caribbean to name the business after,” and which held some relevance or meaning. Bimini is a tiny getaway for fisherman, boaters, and lovers of flip flops, reachable by small craft off the east coast of Florida. It’s where I proposed to Dawn, my wife, over twenty-five years ago. She said yes. We are still married today.
A Short Biography of “Weird Al” Yankovic by Douglas James
We all know the parodies, now know the man! There’s a human story behind all celebrities and “Weird Al” is no exception. Through his birth, upbringing, humble start, big break, through marriage and embracing the digital age, “WEIRD” takes you . . .