Our June Independent Publisher of the month comes from all the way from the west coast! Read along with our interview with Kim Mazyck with Montezuma Publishing, a well-known leader in custom publishing, as we dive into some questions and learn a thing or two about this partner of ours!
1. Tell us about your background and how it led to the creation of content:
Montezuma Publishing has been a recognized leader in the custom publishing marketing for over 30 years. We are a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the undergraduate and graduate students of San Diego State University. In addition to SDSU, we work with dozens of other colleges and universities.
Our comprehensive copyright management services, coupled with our proven quality and dependability, provide colleges and students with an affordable, legal alternative to the traditional textbook.
Montezuma Publishing also supports graduate students at SDSU and Joint Universities with thesis and dissertation services. We provide SDSU's official thesis and dissertation review, and also offer formatting and publishing to students.
We take great pride in the personal attention we give to faculty, students, and bookstores.
2. What were your motivations to pursue publishing?
For the last decade, Montezuma Publishing has been transformed by Kim Mazyck in her role as the Publishing Manager. She has worked in the publishing industry since 1989 in many different capacities. From Art, to Magazines, to Books; she loved all aspects. Taking something in its raw state and turning it into a sell-able product excites her. She can use her creative instincts to help the artist, or author achieve their goal. She is fascinated by copyright law and how it is changing constantly with technology.
3. When evaluating different resources or platforms to publish on, what criteria was important to you?
Ease of use and the use of current technology. I also want to know that the platform is constantly being updated -- even ahead of the curve.
4. What helped you make a decision on a platform?
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to RedShelf very early on. It allowed me to see it grow and mature into the amazing platform it is today.
5. What were some of the biggest challenges you faced when publishing your content?
Finding the right mix of original material, copyrighted materials and images/artwork.
6 Has it been challenging in terms of promoting or marketing your book to the masses?
We are lucky to have a long term customer base of colleges and universities who want and need or titles. We also have a partnership with Ingram Book Content that gives us worldwide distribution on any title we chose. This is a new option but very promising.
7. Anything else to add?
With the help of RedShelf, we have built a solid Digital and Print-on-Demand business. We are able to create white labels for our customers while still having complete control over all of our titles. We can deliver to bookstores or directly to students.
I really feel like we have a true partnership with RedShelf. They are always willing to sit down and help come up with solutions in this ever-changing bookstore industry.
We've been fortunate to have the opportunity to publish some of our most meaningful and critically received books through RedShelf. One of our bestselling books has been "Teaching Men of Color in the Community College." This guidebook is a training resource for instructional faculty in community colleges on how to teach undeserved men of color.
Want to learn more about Montezuma Publishing or how to get in touch? Head over to their website!