Hello, I’m John Fioravanti, and welcome to the fifth blog post of my “Spotlight Blog Tour” sponsored by my family at Rave Reviews Book Club. I’m very excited to be a guest with Kristy Gillespie. In case you’re wondering about my use of the word “family” above, it is because that’s how I think of the many, many wonderful people at Rave Reviews Book Club. Like a family they are warm and caring folks who decided to help me launch my very first novel, Passion & Struggle. That makes me a very lucky guy!
In my last post, I regaled everyone with the story of how I managed the trick of creating a new series of novels by writing inside a series written by another author. I had pull… you see, I was Kenneth Tam’s high school history teacher! No, I did NOT threaten him with a detention. I just verbally beat him into submission… ha! I’m sure Kenneth has a few stories about those years we spent together at St. David Catholic Secondary School in Waterloo, Ontario. But I digress – today, I’d like to share the story of how our publishing company, Fiora Books, came into being…
The Advent of Fiora Books
I had been an author with Iceberg Publishing since 2006 when Iceberg partner and author, Kenneth Tam, invited me to write an inspirational book about my years in the classroom. The book, A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching, was released by Iceberg in May of 2007, and then captured a bronze medal in the international IPPY Awards for excellence in May of 2008. I retired from teaching in June that same year.
My retirement plan was to turn my hand to the writing of science fiction novels. After six years of drafting, editing, and rewrites the new series that I call The Genesis Saga gradually took shape in the form of shorter stories called novellas. Though initial plans had called for Iceberg Publishing to launch the series, it was decided last December, 2013, that a new company, Fiora Books, will launch the Saga later this year.
The decision to form a new company on our own came after discussions with Iceberg partners and good friends, Jacqui, Peter, and Kenneth Tam last December. They are very supportive of our decision to strike out on our own.
Iceberg author and partner Kenneth Tam agrees, “We were caught with a good problem: too many stories, and not enough time. With an award-winning writer and an anticipated series, we realized the best solution was divide and conquer. We’re very fortunate indeed to have our dear friend John launching an allied publishing house.
More than three months of administrative planning and execution led to the launch of the Fiora Books website in March, 2014. The company has also began development of its social media presence, while it continued to establish ebook and print book distribution agreements, with the assistance of the Iceberg team.
I recall thinking my head is going to explode with all the new learning I’ve had to do. I would have been totally lost without the hours of effort contributed by Kenneth. It’s funny; once I was Kenneth’s teacher, but now our roles have reversed. I hope I’m as good a student for him as he was for me!
My primary roles within the company are as CEO and author. Anne is the CFO and half of the editing team, which also includes long-time friend, Judy Kroetsch.
“I’m very glad John is handling the IT and organizational side of things like our website and posting on social websites! Not my cup of tea,” Anne says with a wink. “I’m far more comfortable working with the finances and the editing. I love John’s stories and I get to be the first one to read them.”
Our company is energized by the fact that we cherish the written word. We hope our readers will cherish our written words now, and in the days and years to come.
John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008. His teaching career was split between two schools: St. Benedict CSS in Cambridge, Ontario and St. David CSS in Waterloo, Ontario.
Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class (Data Based Directions, 2002), along with an international version of the same title. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching Iceberg Publishing, 2007, 2008, 2010) (Fiora Books 2014) is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.
John’s first work of fiction is Passion & Struggle and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life!
At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books. After four decades of marriage, they decided to become business partners as well.
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O7X5SXK
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUqwuCcAEyU
Twitter: @FioraBooks + @jfinwat (I have 2 accounts)
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