COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, August 14, 2012 — Veteran epublishing innovator and digital publisher Patton Dodd has been named Executive Editor of Bondfire Books, where he will oversee title acquisitions and shepherd select authors from idea conception all the way through online distribution and sales, announced company Founder and President Rick Christian today.
“We worked quietly toward the soft launch in May of our first ebooks, including original titles from #1 New York Times and USA Today bestseller Karen Kingsbury and The Message Bible translator Eugene H. Peterson,” said Christian, noting that burgeoning sales and opportunity enabled him to make this critical hire.
“We’re thankfully past the quiet stage and can now blow our trumpet boldly from atop Pikes Peak,” he said of his Colorado Springs-based firm, a sister company to Alive Communications, the nation’s largest literary agency for faith-based and inspirational authors, internationally known for its stable of New York Times bestselling authors.
“Bondfire Books’ distinctive of paying a 50% net royalty for ebooks instead of the industry norm 25%, while offering a grant of five-year renewable terms rather than for life of copyright, proved to be huge magnets for authors, and it’s a great coup to now have such a respected digital innovator at our editorial helm to guide and nurture them as we grow,” he added.
In his new post, Dodd said he plans to build “a diverse library of fiction and non-fiction ebooks that elevate authors and sell well in the digital space,” and also “to experiment with the future of reading through hyper-local niche books, serialized stories, socially-sourced books, multi-media enhancements, and news-driven content.”
“The exciting thing about epublishing today is that it’s a wet lump of clay. We’re going to try to shape it in a way that’s fruitful for everyone, attractive for authors, and exciting for readers,” Dodd said.
Dodd has been an integral part of the faith-based electronic media for years. His writing on faith and culture has appeared in a broad range of publications, from The Wall Street Journal and CNN.com to Christianity Today, Books & Culture, and The Shambhala Sun. Most recently, he served as Executive Editor at Patheos.com, the world’s largest independent website on religion, where he launched the Patheos Press ebook initiative. He earned a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Boston University, was also a senior editor at Beliefnet.com and an English instructor at the United States Air Force Academy.
Dodd is the author of My Faith So Far: A Story of Confusion and Conversion (Jossey-Bass, 2004) and last fall he wrote his first ebook, The Tebow Mystique: The Faith and Fans of Football’s Most Polarizing Player (Patheos Press, 2011). He and his ebook were featured on FOX News, ESPN Radio, and The Laura Ingraham Show, and he also covered the Tebow story for a number of national media outlets.
“I know from firsthand experience how powerful ebooks can be for writers and audiences,” he said. — RC