Lake Drive Books began with a vision to do book publishing for authors and readers who want to ask honest questions about religion, spirituality, and personal growth. We also want to be honest that the digital revolution transferred a lot of power to authors, and yet publishing is slow to adapt. We are experiencing both a shift in culture and publishing, and Lake Drive is ready to lead the way.
Spirituality Books about Values and Strategies, Not Ideologies
The past certainties we’ve used to construct our identities are going through a reckoning. We’re opening up more to story, authenticity, beauty, body and movement, and new equality in community. We can strengthen values and create new social structure around these rich components, not harsher ideologies to grasp an imagined past. Let’s be entrepreneurs for hope, inclusion, and empowerment.
Authors That Are Real
No gimmicks, no faux spirituality, and no fear. We work with authors that are grassroots and independent-minded. They are spiritually rich, contextually intelligent, focused on human flourishing, and eager to solve today’s problems. They ask questions, tell real-life, gritty stories, and aren’t afraid of the margins.
Helping Readers Feel Seen
We live in a more transparent world, and no one should have to hide. We can own who we are in relationship with others, but with greater compassion and relatability. We can shift our focus and our frame of mind in a world of multiple narratives yet still find community across them.
Author Marketing and Platforming
As a publisher, we take the collaborative marketing relationship to a higher level, and offer authors a fresh approach to partnership in the new publishing landscape. Instead of focusing solely on a launch-based strategy, authors can count on Lake Drive Books to help advise them on an overall platform discipline—whether through consistent publishing, speaking, a rich website, email list development, or social media.
The first thing authors will notice is that the publisher’s online platform itself will provide value-rich content and personality. In addition to social support, there will be an emailed blog adapted from author’s books, original submissions, and notes from the publisher. We’ll create a seamless link between a topically-driven website and lasting, long-form book content that is relevant to our time.
We are a young publishing company focusing on new and established voices looking for a more entrepreneurial, customized option. Our financial model, where authors share in the upfront costs, can offer a larger share of revenue, which means significantly better royalty rates. Authors have more power than ever, but it can also be more work, so they should be rewarded.
True Author Collaboration
Authors can expect a more relational, customized publishing experience compared to most publishers. Larger publishers can miss the nuances, and it’s assumed that they have better sales and distribution than smaller houses. But that difference has collapsed, not just shrunk. Also, a larger publisher seemingly has more marketing muscle, but that difference has paled as well. Smaller houses, when better connected to their authors, can more meaningfully build and grow with authors with more hands-on collaboration.