Fresno’s Linden Publishing breaks into fiction with new imprint, debut novel

Stephen Provost knows enough about the publishing business to know you have to be targeted with manuscript submissions.

It’s what he did with his first book, “Fresno Growing Up,” which is in its second printing and still selling well.

So, when it came time to shop around his latest work – a fictional paranormal thriller called “Memortality” – he first sent it to publishers he knew worked in the genre.

“And got a couple of rejections,” says the Fresno native, now living in Arroyo Grande.

It was a shock when “Memortality” was picked up by Fresno’s Linden Publishing as the first book on its new fiction imprint, Pace Press.

The publishing company started in 1980, printing woodworking books for hobbyists. Over the years it has carved a niche doing historical nonfiction, with a heavy focus on California. That includes a series of books by local water colorist Pat Hunter and historian Janice Stevens. And also Provost’s “Fresno Growing Up.”

The idea of expanding into fiction had been percolating around the office for awhile, says Linden’s Publishing’s chief editor Kent Sorsky.

Provost’s book was the catalyst to make it happen.

“It was sort of a no brainer,” Sorsky says. The company has all of the infrastructure in place. It is set up for the editing, design and promotion work and has a distribution deal with Ingram Content Group that puts its books in stores across the state.

With “Memortality,” it has a fun, cross-genre mystery thriller that sticks in your head, Sorsky says.

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