2018 marks fifteen years since I co-founded Mascot Books. It started with 5,000 copies of a children’s picture book about Virginia Tech’s mascot on my doorstep and has since become a full-service hybrid publishing company with 23 experienced professionals on staff. Although we started with children’s books, we now publish titles across all genres and provide insight on every facet of publishing. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we’re not done yet.
We’ve spent the last fifteen years growing, and 2018 has been no exception. In fact, this year has seen some of our biggest changes yet: a new office, a new website, and new additions to the staff. We’ve also ramped up work with our affiliate company—BeastSellers—that specializes in author platform development. This fall we’ll launch our first imprint, Amplify Publishing, which will specialize in business, politics, and current events.
Not only are we growing—our authors are, too. They’re appearing on national talk shows, radio programs, in local publications, and even on Netflix. We work with teachers, entrepreneurs, chefs, grandparents, and artists to bring their stories to life and share their work with the world. I can’t wait to see how we’ll grow in the next fifteen years and what we’ll learn from each other in Mascot’s next chapter.
CEO & Publisher