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Rising Stars: Meet Amanda Lamkin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Lamkin.

Hi Amanda, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My publishing house began when the second publisher in a row folded while representing me. I decided that the book world needed a publisher who was completely dedicated to the authors. So, I started Line By Lion Publications. Six months in, I made the decision to move out of my home and live on the road.

I spent the next two years traveling the country and living in a tent in order to grow my publishing house, and I did it with four kids and a dog in tow. That gave me the opportunity to grow my bookshelf and my fan base. It also gave me the confidence and financial means to leave my abusive marriage. I chose to settle in Louisville where we continue to grow and represent my authors to the best of my ability. I currently represent 41 authors from nine countries.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has absolutely not been a smooth road. My editor-in-chief was actively trying to sabotage my publishing house and once. I fired her, I had to rebuild from the ground up my daughter had to have a series of surgeries which resulted in us being unable to attend events, and as soon as she was well again, COVID hit.

Add to that, being a woman in a male-dominated field is always a struggle. Still, I built this on the premise that I would never give up, and I won’t.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I own a publishing house, and we specialize in unique, underrepresented voices. One of our books is a middle-grade fiction piece in which the main character is Muslim, and the antagonist is Djinni. Another is a first-person stream-of-consciousness piece of fiction. written by a woman born and raised in Mumbai. We have a dystopian piece in which the main characters are ducks that is actually fantastic.

Most recently, we were able to partner with KY Bragdon, a well-known TikTok creator who is an active member of the LGBTQIA+ community. Currently, I am most proud of our book “Nork and the End.” We were approached by a woman whose son wrote the book just before he died. We were able to publish it. Bringing his dream to life and helping retain his legacy makes me very proud.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I never depended much on social media, because I traveled to so many events in person.

COVID taught me the importance of building a strong online community. Additionally, I think for all of us it reinforced the need for art in our lives. When times were darkest, that’s where we turned for respite.

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