REMOTE: Rick Kaempfer and David Stern-The Mysterious World of Hybrid Publishing

  • April 07, 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • remote


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Eckhartz Press co-publishers Rick Kaempfer and Dave Stern will take potential authors through the maze of the publishing world. They are hybrid-publishers, something that didn’t exist just fifteen years ago. Rick and Dave will…

*Define the three different types of publishing (Self-publishing, hybrid publishing, traditional publishing)

*Explore the pros and cons of each

*Tell the story of Rick’s background and Dave’s background, and how that led them to forge this professional partnership.

*Discuss the evolution of Eckhartz Press and what they have learned along the way.

*Fully explain the hybrid press model they have adopted.

Rick Kaempfer is the co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press in addition to being the author or co-author of Eckhartz Press releases, “Everycubever”, “Father Knows Nothing”, “Records Truly Is My Middle Name” (with John Records Landecker) and “The Living Wills” (with Brendan Sullivan). Rick had been published several times before founding the company (including a novel “$everance” and a how-to-book about radio called “The Radio Producer’s Handbook”). In addition, he was also a member of the media for more than twenty years as the producer of two Hall of Fame radio shows (Steve Dahl & Garry Meier and John Records Landecker), and still covers the industry as the media critic for the Illinois Entertainer. He has watched the media landscape change over the past thirty years from a front row seat, and is excited to use that experience as the publisher of Eckhartz Press.

David Stern is the co-founder and publisher of Eckhartz Press, and the author of “The Balding Handbook”. After a 20+ year sales and marketing career, and a ten year stint as a principal in a Chicago advertising agency, Stern comes to Eckhartz Press uniquely qualified to tackle the realities of an ever-changing publishing landscape. He and Kaempfer have been collaborating in one form or another since they met at the University of Illinois in the early 1980s (when both must have been mere children). Stern is also one of the officers of Eckhartz Press’ parent company Just One Bad Century, Inc, and proud to call himself a life long (“City Boy”) Chicagoan.

Rick and David will accept 1 page single spaced query letters for critique for $15 and the first ten pages of a book at $3 per page,  fiction or nonfiction. Please see manuscript section on our website, for details

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9-9:30 Socializing 

9:30-12 Program 

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