The Hallard Press Partners
Nancy Hellekson, Managing Director
Nancy’s mother wanted her to be a librarian. Of course, Nancy rebelled and said “I’m not going to be one of those women with a bun and glasses!”
So, her first real job was a women’s reporter at a local newspaper. At that time, women were not allowed to work on “real” news in the City Room. She then moved on to a PBS station where she had her own weekly arts show.
Fast forward 15 years and she succumbed to her mother’s wishes and was a library director; she loved it! But no glasses—contact lenses.
After retiring, she combined her technology skills and library background and began publishing books for local authors — memoirs, thrillers, poetry and even a how to play a friendly poker game.
She and John have now combined their expertise and formed Hallard Press — a professional publishing company for Indie authors.
John W. Prince, Creative Director
Much against his mother’s wishes, John Prince became a writer, graphic artist and photographer. “My Mom wanted me to be a doctor. Maybe a lawyer. She wanted me to provide her with security in her older years.”
Writing in three English languages (American, Canadian and British) he has used up millions of words. His award-winning designs have helped sell countless useful (and useless) products, and he has many thousands of images waiting to escape from their electronic prisons.
John helps authors design and publish their books to inform, amuse, motivate and captivate their readers.
The Hallard Press "Story"
Everybody should have a good story, so we made up this one…
In the Spring of 1953, Bob Hallard, a struggling journalist, and his brother Dave, a struggling printer, joined forces to create Hallard Press. The objective was to publish Bob’s latest book, 475 Ways to Use Old Newspapers, an illustrated how-to guide on everything from designing paper mâché snowmen to layered window boxes employing flowers crafted from headlines.
As we all know, 475 Ways was a resounding success, selling more than 47 million copies in 12 languages including Kaixana, and is still in print in its 652nd edition.
Bob and Dave went on to global success with many other titles and, in 2013, Hallard Press celebrated its 60th anniversary, opening a new 112,000 square foot U.S. printing and distribution facility in Okahumpka, Florida.
Bob passed away in 2014 and Dave a year later. Their sons, cousins Al and Bert, now operate the business with over 300 authors and 3,500 titles in 18 languages currently in print around the world.
Oh, how we wish the above were true. But, it isn’t. Nope, it’s completely made up. Fiction… just a story. Sorry.
But we’ll be more than happy to give you the complete and completely true story of Hallard Press, and how we will help you write, publish and promote your book…perhaps, over a cup of coffee?
What We Are
When we started Hallard Press we agreed on three goals:
- Help authors.
- Be profitable.
- Have fun.
Not in any particular order.
We help authors. Not only with the “book.” We counsel and recommend and become friends amid all sorts of life events. We stay in touch and help them promote and talk about next projects. Publishing the book is just the first step in a long relationship.
Profitability ensures that we have the funding for events and initiatives to help authors. We take courses and buy software and belong to professional groups. We are fully (and financially) invested in the process.
Publishers just want to have fun! Doesn’t everyone? Much of our fun comes from helping authors take the ideas from their imagination or research and produce a print or e-book that allows them to share with the world. Editing for clarity and style, creating an interior that is well designed and easy to read, and designing a cover that communicates with prospective buyers—that is all part of the fun for us.
Give us a call. Let’s have some fun together.