Interviewing the Publisher



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Please welcome to the Embattled Spirit studio, Tracy Ruckman, Publisher of Write Integrity Press.


Who is she?  Tracy wears many hats – publisher, freelance editor, mentor, writer, wife, mom, full-time college student, friend, prayer warrior. She owns Write Integrity Press and Pix-N-Pens Publishing, and in her spare time dreams of having spare time – something her authors have come to fear, because she loves coming up with new ideas for marketing and promotional purposes. She’ll earn her bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies in May 2014, and then plans to seek an MFA in Screenwriting.


J.A. – Good morning, Tracy, and thanks for stopping by the Embattled Spirit studio. Please share with us the mission/vision of Write Integrity. 

TRACY – With the first spark of an idea for opening publishing companies, I saw a need for clean, wholesome books that readers could share with anyone at any time. We opened Pix-N-Pens Publishing for the evangelical books – each manuscript must carry a strong Gospel message. With Write Integrity Press, our mission is more general – the stories don’t necessarily have to have a Christian message (although some do), but they must be clean, wholesome, entertaining. We want to publish stories that stick with readers long after the reach THE END.

J.A. – What’s your favorite and least favorite part about working with authors?

TRACY –  Least favorite part is having to say no. I really want to help authors achieve their goals, but if their manuscripts are not ready, I must turn them down. Some authors take rejection graciously and will eventually return, ready for publication because they took the opportunity to learn from it. Other authors shoot themselves in the foot with a negative response – that’s one of my least favorite parts too. I sometimes wish I could just write back to those authors and say, “Dude, it’s not personal. It was a business decision, and you’ve just ruined your chances of publication with us in the future.” But of course, I don’t.

Favorite parts (yes, more than one) – watching writers grow through the process; reaching various milestones in the publishing world; brainstorming with authors to think outside the box for new marketing opportunities. And of course, offering contracts makes me happy too! I love working with our authors on a daily basis – they make me smile most of the time, although some of them, ahem, have been known to bring out the waterworks with their words of wisdom and biblical insight. I love my work and the people He has brought into my world and thank God for it – and them – daily.

J. A. – (Certainly that “ahem” was not aimed at yours truly. LOL). The publishing industry is constantly changing, especially with e-books and self-publication becoming so popular. What motivates you to keep doing you do what you do?

TRACY – I LOVE my job. Seriously love it. All those years of working at various, seemingly unrelated jobs, all combined now into doing what I truly feel called to do. All of the changes are challenging – it’s very difficult to keep up to speed, so it takes much effort – and lots of incredibly helpful people – to stay on top of all the changes.

J.A. – Everybody and their brother’s cousin wants to publish a book. Why did you select Destiny Defied? (I’m plugging my ears, so go ahead and be honest.)

TRACY – You can unplug – just don’t get a big head. Your writer’s voice is strong, and your story is unique and fresh, challenging, serious yet balanced perfectly with humor. Destiny Defied deals powerfully with the spiritual warfare element of our faith, and I had been keeping an eye out for something like it. It actually exceeded my expectations beyond measure. I love how God works.

J.A. – (Blushes) To what other book(s) would you compare Destiny Defied?

TRACY – Of course, the first book that comes to mind is Frank Peretti’s novel, This Present Darkness, but yet Destiny Defied is still very fresh, very unique, and dare I say even better? (Mr. Peretti, if you happen to read this, please know I love your books! But J.A.’s giving you a run for the money.) Her characters come alive in such a way that they stay with you, long after the book is closed.

            I don’t want to give away the story line, but The Destiny Series also deals with some powerful and relevant topics in today’s headlines. I can’t wait to get them into readers’ hands.

J.A. – I LOVE working with you, Tracy. You are amazingly helpful and encouraging. If one of my readers has a book they want to publish, what’s the best way for then to contact you?

TRACY – J.A., you’re truly, honestly a dream to work with. I appreciate so much your humor, your passion, your intelligence. Thanks for inviting me to the Embattled Spirit studio.

For submissions, writers should check our guidelines and follow our submission process detailed on our blog. The best way to contact me is by e-mail: editor(at)writeintegrity(dot)com

J.A. — Thanks Tracy for the “sneak peek” into Destiny Defied, the kind words, and sharing your passion for the publishing industry. READERS, we’d love to hear your comments. Post one below.

Tune in again next week for more surprises.


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6 Responses to “Interviewing the Publisher”

  1. Marji Laine says:

    Great interview, Julie! Tracy I’m loving getting little glimpses into your personality and the passion you have about what you do! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Marissa Shrock says:

    I enjoyed the interview!

  3. Tracy says:

    Thanks so much for the great interview, J.A.! I love spending time with you.

  4. J.A.Marx says:

    Hey Marissa. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. J.A.Marx says:

    The feeling’s mutual, Tracy. 🙂

  6. J.A.Marx says:

    Someday, Marji, we both shall meet this fine editor. 🙂

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