138: What You Need to Know if You’re Thinking About Publishing Your Book, with Hannah Kates


Let’s talk about publishing. 

For any book, there is so much that goes on behind the scenes to put those books in the hands of the readers. I got a firsthand look at it while I was working on publishing my book, Take the Lead

Today on Leading Lady, I sat down with Hannah Kates, the CEO and chief editor at Lofthouse Publishing. She is my editor and dear friend and the whole reason that my book, Take The Lead, even made it out into the world. 

Hannah is passionate about empowering others with publishing in an ethical way. There’s a huge need for better publishing and she is doing what she can to improve it as much as possible. 

There’s an impact that needs to be made with publishing. We need to stop looking at books as the product. The product is so much more than that. At Lofthouse Publishing, they strive to publish books that you don’t just read and then put down. They publish books that take you on a journey and change you forever.

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: 

  • The need for ethical publishing
  • Why your book isn’t the product
  • The types of books we work with
  • Finding the right publishing method for you
  • The difference between vision and strategy
  • Finding your purpose for writing your book
  • What to know if you want to publish a book

I hope you found this episode inspiring! Everyone has a story, and your story is valid. If you are thinking about writing your book and you are ready to make an impact, this is your sign to get started. 

There are so many paths that you can take to get your book published, and if you think Lofthouse Publishing is right for you, book a discovery call with Hannah to learn more about how to get started. 

Hannah Kates is an author, editor, ghostwriter, and literary consultant with over a decade of experience in both the indie and traditional publishing fields. While her commercial work includes everything from military grand strategy to children’s literature, her passion for helping authors share their stories has led her to mentoring and editing positions at renowned international programs like #WriteMentor and WriteHive.

First and foremost, Hannah believes in the power of story. Every author’s journey is individualistic, and their publishing experience should be tailored to their personal goals—not a corporate agenda. No publishing route is a one-size fits-all option, and she works fastidiously with her authors to find the best route from blank page to commercial shelves.

Hannah serves as the CEO of LoftHouse Publishing in Annapolis, Maryland. Her commercial fiction is represented by Lynnette Novak of the Seymour Agency.

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