A Look Back At Ten Great Years in Publishing!
In 2013 we celebrated ten years in publishing. Check out the timeline below for highlighted moments.
The Birth of Medallion Press
Like many of you who are published authors, one of the happiest days of my life was the day I sold my first book. The elation lasted a long time. Then reality set in. Unlike the commercial for a certain drugstore chain, life is simply not perfect. Being a published author is not all it’s cracked up to be either. After my second book I found myself commiserating with fellow authors about the ups and downs of the publishing world.
As a reader I had complaints as well. Why, for instance, couldn’t a great story have a great cover? Why did that beautiful book I bought, with the exciting back blurb, turn out to be such a stinker?
A book, to me, is a treasure. Each one I buy should be a separate gem, something to read, reread, and keep on my shelf forever. In the real world, of course, this simply isn’t possible, but it didn’t stop my complaints.
After listening to myself whine and moan for a time, I decided to put my money where my mouth is. And in June of 2003 Medallion Press, Inc. was born.
I love books. I looooooove them. I love to not only read them but gaze at them, touch them, smell them. Books contain magic. They transport. They are light, easy to carry, generally inexpensive; in short, simply the greatest form of entertainment. My love of books is at the very heart of Medallion.
Every book Medallion produces is considered a mini work of art. From concept to cover, it is nurtured each step of the way. Authors, myself included, tend to think of their books as children. Medallion has had the honor of welcoming many “children” to the world. Our goal is to have you, the reader, find the treasure you expect in every one of our books. Our mission is to have every title you buy end up on your “keeper” shelf. Our greatest joy, and ultimate expectation, is not to have readers say, “When is the next so-and-so author coming out?” but “When is the next Medallion book going to be on the shelves?”
This dedication to quality is what drives Medallion Press. It is what drives its enthusiastic and talented staff. And it is, I hope, what will keep you all coming back for more.
~ Helen A Rich
To provide dynamic multimedia entertainment in collaboration with innovative writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and technologists. With a creative approach to book, music, and film production, we seek to synergize the arts and cultivate developing technologies to carve a path on the leading edge of content delivery.
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Medallion Media Group
Medallion is my baby, figuratively speaking. And it is not my only one. There are my literal children—three of them—and four grandchildren. And pets too numerous to mention. Twenty house pets alone, a pig included. Hey, it’s a big house, OK? Then there are all the critters on my 130-acre rescue farm: pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits, dogs, cats, horses, cattle, exotics. You can pretty much just name it, and I’ve probably got it. In my spare time (not much), I’m an author, of course, and an obsessed devourer of the written word. Oh, and did I mention I show horses around the country with my daughter? No, actually, I DON’T sleep.
I was made in Thailand with American parts, which means it’s hard for me to grow a full beard. A renaissance man by trade, I pride myself on being a professional artist, speaker, and certified leadership coaching specialist. I love the creative process and seeing others succeed in making their ideas come to life. I also love seeing people and animals get a leg up in life which is why I serve on the board of directors for TripleThreat Mentoring and On The Wings of Angels Rescue. If you want to follow a bunch of random musings that may have nothing to do with publishing, feel free to follow me:
BTW, I’m also an award-winning co-author of two coffee table books. If you ever want a great conversation piece or want to know a little more about me, you can check out my Amazon bio-page: http://www.amazon.com/Adam-Mock/e/B006ZZKAXG
President, Medallion Media Group
I believe that my interpretive dance at the local grocery store improves the lives of the strangers there. I also believe that Michael Myers and Dr. Loomis have never died, and will never die. When people question my irrational behavior, they are satisfied with the explanation, “Oh, I’m an artist.” Being vice president of Medallion Media has allowed me an avenue to boost other people’s goals while remaining unashamed of how weird I really am.
“All you need is faith and trust . . . and a little pixie dust!”
To say that I am a Disney nut is an understatement! As a child I was brought up on the idea that any dream, any wish can come true if only you believe, and I still believe that into my adulthood! Most of my spare time is devoted to my four-legged fur ball, a Pomeranian rat terrier, named Disney, of course!
I love negative space.
As long as the design is solid, the rule of thirds is used as a guide, there’s movement, balance, unity, and good use of perspective, I’m a happy art director. Some of the artists who truly inspire me include my father, N.C. Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Don Seegmiller, Peter Mohrbacher, Stanley Lau, Pat Reilly, and Maxfield Parish to name but a few.
I’m a formally trained artist and a graduate of the American Academy of Art with majors in electronic design and illustration and minors in watercolor and life drawing. Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to work at several ad agencies, do some traditional cel animation for commercials, color comic books, and create many freelance illustrations for a variety of companies.
Many people say I’m an elusive wise guy, a harlequin who likes to dress up in costumes all year round. They also say my greatest asset is my body. No argument there.
Hi. I’m Michal. (That’s ME-how if you can pronounce it, or just plain Michael if you can’t.)
Here is a list of my top five favorite things. First is a tie between my dogs, Olive and Coco. Second is Lost. (Faraday and Desmond are the best.) Third are eight-hour naps followed by watching Sin City or Planet Terror just because I have nothing else to do. Fourth consists of anything that relates to The Joker. And finally, fifth is supreme deep-dish pizza (which I could eat for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon snack time, and dinner).
I’ve been working in publishing for over fifteen years and have collaborated with hundreds of writers, including first-time, seasoned, and internationally best-selling authors. When I’ve set down the manuscripts for work, you’ll find me with a book in my hands or an audiobook on my headphones. I’m grateful for the authors all over the world who’ve allowed me to glimpse life through their eyes and through their imaginations, and I’m deeply honored to work with Medallion’s authors each day to bring their stories to you. Happy reading!
Accounting and HR Director
I’m a hugger; I hug everyone. Why? Because a hug says it all. I believe everyday life is like a Seinfeld episode, and when I have a hard time making a decision, I just go to the old reliable Magic 8 Ball.
Here’s my favorite quote: “If you see someone without a smile, give him one of yours.”
Director of Sales and Marketing
I knew my calling was to be in marketing communication since I was young and reading the back of shampoo bottles for the tag lines. I also loved books and acted like a librarian, making my brother check out his books from my bedroom. I know he loved it!
I earned my bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in British literature from SIU, where I worked in the library, of course, and from Roosevelt University. I have worked in marketing for a decade now and have had the pleasure of interning on 101.9 The Mix, working on visitor guide content for convention and visitors bureaus, consumer marketing for travel magazines, and I even spent some time marketing a castle (every girl’s dream, right?).
(Read with an Irish accent)
In me free time during the summer, I enjoy attending cruise nights and carriage shows with me hubby. Our current restored collection includes a 1651 Fjord Coupe and a 1756 Fjord Victoria. Me hubby is currently restoring a 1551 Fjord Ratatouille Rod Pickup and a 1638 Fjord Business Coupe.
This winter me hope is to finish decorating our Tudor bedroom addition, which includes a secret fireplace escape route leading down to an underground labyrinth guarded by David Bowie, that me intends to curl up next to and begin reading some great Medallion books.
I’ve been havin’ the opportunity to volunteer fer Triple Threat, a nonprofit mentoring organization that helps kids in the village learn morally appropriate artistics, mathematics, science, and Quidditch. To interact with such polite, talented, and energetic children has been an overwhelmingly positive experience fer meself.