Beyond the Scoreboard…Published by Mill City Press

Mill City Press, a self-publishing company out of Minneapolis, MN, is publishing my first book, Beyond the Scoreboard: Examining Teamwork, Tension, and Triumph in High School Athletics.  I am excited about this opportunity and Mill City Press has been nothing short of helpful and professional in this whole process.

After trying to sell my manuscript to several (over 100) traditional publishing houses, I finally made the decision late in 2009 to self-publish my book.   There are hundreds of self-publishers vying to publish books.  The overwhelming amount of choices led me to The Fine Print of Self-Publishing by Mark Levine.  This book begins by giving great advice on how to find a great self-publisher.  Levine then outlines 45 different self-publishing, even categorizing them from best to worst.  The information he provides includes contracts, features, and services of each of these self-publishing companies.  A special bonus to buying Levine’s book is his free 30 minute personal consultation.  Through the research and reading of this extremely helpful book, I zeroed in on five features I was looking for in a great self-publishing company.

  1. Communication: Danielle Adelman, Michelle Brown, and Jenni Wheeler of Mill City Press have provided timely feedback and have answered every question I have thrown at them.
  2. Professional Look: Michelle Brown was gracious enough to send me a free copy of a book MCP published for me to peruse.  The professional look of their cover and their internal formatting made this an easy choice.
  3. Book Availability: I need this book available to people who are interested in reading it.  In this conceptual age that we are living in as consumers I needed to think outside of the box.  While I dream about having my book on the shelves at Barnes and Noble, I believe the book will sell and be the most available from online retailers like  The Print On Demand feature is extremely important for consumers to make purchases from the comfort of their  living room.  I am working on creating space on this blog for people interested in purchasing the book to make pre-orders.  That will be coming soon!!!
  4. Cost: We are always looking for a deal, right?  Self-publishing, for the author, costs money.  I needed to be sure that the money I would be willing to invest in this project would be worthwhile.  The aforementioned features needed to be available to me at a good price.  After all, I can’t make this hobby drain our bank account and chances are I won’t make megabucks on my first book.  MCP provides quality service at a fair price.  While this endeavor is not cheap, and I am not in it to make money yet…maybe just to break even, the cost is fair and worthwhile.
  5. A Reputable Company:  I have researched long and hard several companies.   Mill City Press has had GREAT reviews and have answered, quite well I might add, the criticisms.

Right now Beyond the Scoreboard is in the formatting stage.  A release date has not yet been finalized.  When that date becomes available you can be sure I will let you know via this blog.


About jpsteltz

Proud husband and father of four; Literacy Specialist; Reading Teacher; Literacy Coach; HS ELA Teacher; Published Author
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15 Responses to Beyond the Scoreboard…Published by Mill City Press

  1. Mary Kay says:

    I will be watching…I want a copy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Stacie Kaminski says:

    Congrats on nearing the finish line. It is a very good read!


  3. Kelly Zuleger says:

    Yeah..congrats..I am so getting copy and your John Hancock! 🙂


  4. Elizabeth says:

    Ooh, that feels good to be so close to your goal. Please let me know when it is published so that we can purchase a copy for the library.


  5. Cathy clarksen says:

    John you have so much to be proud about.way to stay with you passion! Count me in for an autographed copy!


  6. The Drephal's says:

    Can’t wait to get our signed copy…I’m sure it will be a great read! God Bless!


  7. Braun Family says:

    Put us down for an autograph copy and let us know when the book party is!!


  8. Tim Peerson says:

    Please update the progress on your book.


    • jsteltz says:

      Thanks for the inquiry. Currently, I am working on the production of the back cover copy and my marketing scheme. The book is ‘inches’ away from being released. As soon as I have those details I will create a new page here for anyone interested in purchasing the book. Mill City Press will also have author web pages for me and I will share that here as well.

      The time is nearly upon us….


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  10. Angela says:

    Please do let us know because I have read many bad reviews about their timeliness and so I will bookmark this blog in anticipation as I have been considering using them too, but unwilling to spend my money if reviews are right.


    • jsteltz says:

      I have had NO problem at all with their timeliness. I used their ‘Basic Package’ for my first manuscript, Beyond the Scoreboard. The publishing was well done and I have found most people delightful to work with.

      I am strongly considering using Mill City for my second manuscript. I am considering using their ‘Premium Package’ because this particular manuscript will attract a larger audience. Furthermore, my latest manuscript has garnered interest from traditional publishers but I like having ‘full say’ or control over the entire publishing process which MCP allows with both packages.

      If you have more questions, please let me know.


  11. doug puryear says:

    are you still happy with them?
    doug puryear


    • jsteltz says:

      I have been happy with them…so far, so good. There are have been a few glitches along the way, but they have always responded in a timely fashion and have answered all of my questions and concerns.


  12. Mike Noblet says:

    John, I am considering using Mill City Press to publish a non fiction book. Can you share with me how MCP has worked for you since 2011? Thanks in advance, Mike Noblet


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