TROY, OHIO - From 5:30-8 p.m. Friday (June 22), The Art
Vault Gallery in downtown Troy will host four local authors
for a book signing party, which will most likely be the
first of many such events at the new gallery.
"The Art Vault Gallery is all about the arts and we include
writers as artists," said Patty Rose, owner of The Art Vault
Gallery, located at 2 E. Main St. on the Square in downtown
Troy. "We invite local writers to share their projects with
our patrons. The gallery has artists that are also the
illustrators of the very books that are being newly
published. We are all working together in our promoting of
the arts through the Vault."
"Patty has been so supportive of everything we've done in
the past, and The Art Vault Gallery will be the perfect
place to continue this relationship," said Meaghan Fisher,
owner of Gypsy Publications, which is the publisher that
represents each of the four authors that will be at Friday's
event, which are: Greg Enslen, author of "Tipp Talk," Laura
Lamascola and Adria Ruff, author and illustrator of the
children's book "Aidey Comet: I Like to Write," John
Sheppard, author of the novel "Ten Days" and Jeremy Wenning,
author of the novel "Moonlight Curse."
Fisher said one of the best things about attending the
Friday party is that aspiring writers and illustrators can
talk directly to the authors and artists and find out what
it takes to get published, including working with the Miami
County-based Gypsy Publications.
"We consider ourselves one big family and we all know how
hard it is to get published," Fisher said.
Gypsy Publications started as a publishing source for Fisher
to complete her line of children's books, including her most
recent and third book "I Love Ladybugs."
Fisher said she went through the regular avenues of trying
to get published and hit many brick walls and also ran into
a lot of people who simply wanted to take her money and run.
"Our goal is to try and get as much for people as we can for
as little money as possible," she said.
Fisher said the cost to get a book published at Gypsy
Publications averages between $300-600 dollars, depending on
the type of book. Variables that change the cost for example
are: page count, editor fees, illustrator fees, as well as
if it is a picture book with color, such as a children’s
Along with help in preparing the book for publication and
using a printer with the best prices Fisher can find, Gypsy
Publications also helps with marketing, hosting events (such
as Friday's book signing) using the Internet ,Kindles, and
Nooks to get publications to the largest audience possible.
"We also allow the writers to keep 100 percent of their
rights," she said. "This is something that often scares
writers that are trying to get published; they want to keep
creative and financial control of the book, and we allow
that to happen."
Fisher said currently, Gypsy Publications is looking for
children's books, local based books, romantic novels, and
humorous novels, but that she is open to ideas.
Potential authors or illustrators interested in working with
Gypsy Publications should either have a complete manuscript
prepared, or four to six sample chapters, as well as a
marketing plan, and a resume of their writing experience
sent via email to:
Gypsypublications@yahoo.com for consideration. "This
will help me take (the writer) step-by-step through the
process," she said.
As of 2012, Fisher said she is reading dozens of manuscripts
each month and has nine books published and 15 more in the
"Things are going very well," she said. "And the four
authors that will be at the gallery on Friday have wonderful
stories to share about their experience with us."
For more information on Gypsy Publications, visit
www.gypsypublications.com or e-mail
Along with the book signing and Q&A with the four authors on
Friday, guests to The Art Vault Gallery can explore the
beautiful selection of artwork and enjoy complimentary food
and drinks. To preview the art at The Art Vault Gallery,