Blue Handle helps authors tackle the barriers that exist within the current psychology of the publishing industry to help you get your work out into the world. These barriers include overpriced editing services, access to printing, connections to bookstores and e-book/audiobook conversion and distribution.
An alternative to self-publishing and traditional publishing, Blue Handle is a small press that will help you print, market and distribute your work to bookstores and digital platforms while retaining majority ownership. Our contracts show empowerment to the author, giving you a majority stake in royalties as high as 75%.
Although we can pay homage to tradition and embrace the industry that has brought us amazing works over the centuries, Blue Handle likes to push the envelope. Blue Handle aims to be that untapped sweet spot, with a strong investment on branding authors, with not just a name but a logo, in effort to stimulate engagement with readers and booksellers alike.
Blue Handle began when founder, writer and CEO Charles D’Amico ran into multiple issues trying to get his Neil Baggio Suspense Series published, and realized how much the game was stacked against the writer. He knew there were self-publishing options, but instead wanted to learn about the industry, grow and help repeat it for other individuals. Blue Handle officially launched in June 2020, and since then has signed with a handful of authors located in the West Texas area.
Whether it’s our author-centric approach to royalty and investment, our focus on branding or our Book Puma editorial services, Blue Handle is about reinventing how authors get the support and tools needed to get their work published.
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Charles was born and raised in Metro Detroit, MI with one sibling, and is the CEO and founder of Blue Handle Publishing. He went to an all boys Catholic Prep high school where his mother taught, before she passed away, and he eventually graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors in 2004 where he studied Psychology and Criminology.
He Currently Resides in Amarillo, TX where his company Blue Rock owns and operates a chain of restaurants in three cities. He is married to his Wife Colleen with his two kids. Charles has been known to say Amarillo has treated him like home since the day he has arrived.
Charles has always had a gift to write, and when he had an injury after college he decided to start writing full time. Though he quickly took on a job and sidelined it he continued to write until the day would come he felt ready. Now with more experience, knowledge and time Charles is dedicated to bring his life experience and tone to the literary world through his Neil Baggio Suspense series and his other novels such as One Golden Day.
Madison David, Vice President of Blue Handle Publishing, was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. She attended The University of Texas at Austin graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Radio-Television-Film: Media Studies and also completed the Red McCombs Business Foundations Program in 2010. After living and working in Austin for a few years after graduation, Madison made the move to New York City where she assisted the Vice President and Business Development Manager at a private equity firm for two years. Wanting a career that tapped into her love for reading and her creative potential, Madison attended the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University, completing the program in the Fall of 2016. Shortly after, Madison landed a job at Workman Publishing, one of the largest independent publishing companies in the world, focusing on marketing and sales for the Independent Bookstore Market. After three years in the Indies, she moved to work with Amazon and Amazon Kindle (still at Workman) working closely with the digital team and helping to manage over 40 different e-book accounts as well as assist the editorial and publicity teams with marketing of e-books. Wanting to be closer to home, Madison moved back to Amarillo, TX to focus on writing and also started working for Blue Handle Publishing. In her spare time Madison enjoys playing the piano, spending time at her family’s cabin in the rocky mountains and exploring film. Madison is excited to be a part of the Blue Handle team and watch it grow.
Rick Treon is an award-winning editor and writer who’s worked with several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors across various genres.
After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s in journalism, Treon spent more than a decade in newspapers. He served as managing editor for two organizations, one of which was named Newspaper of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
Since leaving daily journalism for book publishing, Treon has edited work by Romance Writers of America Hall of Famer Jodi Thomas and acclaimed thriller writer Taylor Moore, among other bestselling authors. As a novelist, Treon’s debut won the 2019 PenCraft Award for Literary Excellence in Suspense.