About Marty Gerber, Editor
Marty Gerber is an absolutely ordinary, base-level, bottom-line, totally “establishment” kind of guy—except when he isn’t. Helpful, dependable, responsible, a mind that can hit a target like a laser—except when he lunges full-force into the joys of feeling and experiencing the sensate beauty of the world.
So maybe he’s a bit of a contradiction.
But that just makes him human, he believes. That’s really what we all are, even though some people (most people?) crazily think one aspect is “better” than the other and thus expend great amounts of energy using it to pummel and beat down the other.
If he were adopting this false dichotomy, he’d call himself basically an editor, having started that way on his college newspaper, doing a mostly kindred job these days with Terra Nova Books, and functioning similarly with an unthinkable number of publications in between.
But all that has been because he’s conditioned to do things he loves. And he’s fortunate that some of them have paid off.
Among the alternatives that don’t pay (but are no less valuable), he hikes, he dances, he listens to birds, he writes, he teaches, he climbs, he watches clouds, he reads, he skis, he travels, he bangs at tennis balls—who can count? And why count?
But for now, the big focus—besides his family and staying physically functional—is Terra Nova, the book publishing company he started with his son, Scott, early in 2012. Terra Nova has what feels like a great mission to him: identifying works across a range of genres that deserve to find an audience and then connecting them with this wide world of readers.
It’s a world that’s new to Marty in a sizable slew of ways after his many years in journalism: the scope of subjects he’s dealing with now; the range of style and tone his authors hurl at him; the wonderful climbers struggling so mightily up the Everest of writing a book; the hunt for a path to profit through a publishing terrain whose earthquake won’t stop shaking.
What a challenge!
But the manuscripts keep coming, and he and Scott keep applying their full measure of blood, sweat, toil, and tears until--mirabile dictu!—a book appears.
Along the way in all this, as you might expect, he’s developed an opinion or two, maybe even a point of view. And as writers tend to do, he’s mixed them in with some real-life events and oddities. That’s what makes a blog. Sometimes he might seem to have a pretty sharp idea; other times, you can wonder how he escaped the fourth grade.
As noted before, he has contradictions. But the hope is that, one way or the other, you’ll find what he has to say worth reading about.
About terra nova books
Terra Nova Books is an independent publishing company based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since our founding in early 2012, we have tapped into a wellspring of creative talent, fascinating information, and moving personal stories.
Terra Nova’s growing catalog includes page-turning novels, unique modern poetry, keys to self-empowerment, and guides to mouth-watering cuisine, as well as memoir, essay, and reflection.
Click on our Browse Books link to find out lots more, or go to the Browse Authors section to meet the talented men and women responsible. You can hear them discuss and read from their work by using the handy Multimedia link.
At this exciting time of change in the publishing world, it is particularly gratifying for Terra Nova Books to be able to offer such strong and varied work over a broad range of genres, from both seasoned and new-on-the-scene authors.
All Terra Nova books are available as paperbacks and ebooks, accessible on ereaders, tablets, and computers. And if you’re a book club member, check out our Book Clubs link for a special discount for reading groups just like yours.
Marty Gerber is a writer's best friend—a wise, honest, and market-savvy editor.
—Sarah Lovett, writing coach and author of more than thirty crime thriller novels and children’s books
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Terra Nova is a creative, professional publisher. The editors had comprehensive ideas that covered areas I had not considered, and they did that as a matter of course—hard copy, ebook, media coverage, press release, to name the important ones. We had a real working relationship. The work was real value for money. My book is launched in the best possible way.
—Earl Kessler, Author of Letters from Alfonso : Learning to Listen
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Recent Books Published by Terra Nova Books
The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder
by Michael French
by Claudette E. Sutton