Today we’d like to introduce you to Ray Thompson.
Hi Ray, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I spent 21 years in the Army and retired as a Major. In 2008 I returned to Florida with my son at his request, so he could finish his final years of High School near the beach. I transitioned into the corporate world while my son pursued his Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Central Florida. Also, I decided to go back to school and started an MBA program. I always had a great interest in literature and began to get serious about writing my own books. At this time I started researching the publishing industry and considered a career change. My son just started his senior year of college when my world turned upside down.
A tragic motorcycle accident took my son’s life and sent me down a path I never bargained for. Everything in my life changed: beliefs, ambitions, values, and purpose. When the dust settled, I found myself in The Woodlands, Texas where I became the Phoenix rising from the ashes. I started Your Divine Birthright Publishers to give others a chance to tell their story to the world.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’m not sure who to give credit for this quote but a long time ago I was told—“The road to success is always under construction”. I don’t think the road I’ve been traveling has ever been smooth and therefore, I’ve had to learn how to change a tire or two. I believe everyone has struggles along their journey, and I also believe it’s the struggles that help build a person’s character. I have had to learn about the publishing industry from the ground up and through the school of hard knocks.
Unfortunately, I lost a lot of money, time, and effort dealing with some pretty unethical publishing companies out there. But in time, I developed an affordable, effective, and efficient process for publishing books. I learned in the military that the best way to get through a minefield is to follow the footsteps of someone that had safely made it through. I’ve successfully laid a path of footsteps in book publishing for others to follow.
As you know, we’re big fans of YDB Publishers. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Everyone has a story to tell, and everyone has a right to tell that story. YDB Publishers can help publish that story to the World. A lot of people wonder if their story is good enough to tell the world or if the big bad wolf publishers will give them a chance to tell it. Most people don’t know how to do it or even where to begin. The days of traditional publishing are over and now anyone can publish a book. YDB Publishers has made it easy and affordable for everyone.
We can help you experience the wonders of being an author without the hassle of trying to figure it all out yourself.
We’ve gone through the minefield safely and successfully—all you must do is follow in our footsteps. We will show you the way! YDB Publishers provides quality, affordable, and professional services for authors and potential authors alike. The packages that we offer are unique, cost-effective, and specific to different phases of an author’s needs. Our packages identify a combination of individual-specific services for the publishing requirements of an author’s desired campaign. These packages provide significant savings compared to the a la carte services provided by most of our competitors. Our packages allow our authors to be the stars they deserve to be.
Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
Integrity is the most important quality in this business or any business.
I guarantee transparency in all that we do for our clients. I have dealt with several companies and individuals in this industry that have taken people’s hard-earned money and made false promises. They shattered the dreams of potential authors and prevented stories from reaching potential readers. My goal is to ensure that YDB Publishers gives authors a great experience while achieving the goal of expressing their story for all to hear.