WHO WE ARE
The Principals of 3rd Coast Books LLC. have a combined 65 years of experience in the book publishing industry and have observed this business from every conceivable angle. We have witnessed many radical changes in the publishing industry, some for the better and some for the worse. We felt that the royalty structure was upside down with the author getting the “short end of the stick.” At 3rd Coast Books LLC., we aim to rectify that imbalance.
As the Publisher, I am the author advocate of our company. I have self-published, been published by small Indie presses, and spent a ton of money on well-wishing agents, website designers, and book marketers. No More! Every publishing company should have an author with decision-making capacity on its staff. I have written several books in different genres: Christian Non-Fiction, Fantasy (a trilogy), and an Action-Thriller. I want to see my books, and every 3rd Coast author’s books, marketed so both authors and the publisher receive the royalties and recognition they deserve.
I was a Journalism major at the University of North Texas, then worked for several newspapers and magazines, and was later a Combat Correspondent/Combat Photographer in the U.S. Army where I received two Bronze Stars. Writing is in my blood.
3rd Coast’s hybrid publishing charges are the lowest available on the market. Every penny we receive goes to pay our Editorial Review Board, Beta Readers, Cover Artists, Editors, Text Flow Technicians, ePub technicians, and our professional marketing platforms, which engage readers in over 50 countries.
I personally call each author before signing their publishing contract to get ideas of their cover design and answer any and all questions that they may have. Send your submissions to us, they will be reviewed and you will have an answer in a short time. We like Amazon Create Space and KDP who own 83% of the book market. Self-Publishing on Amazon, which I have done, just leaves your book among 2.2 million other books. Without mass marketing, there are little or no book sales.
Associate Publisher/Editor for UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
I am proud to be 3rd Coast Books’ Associate Publisher focusing on the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Born in the UK and graduating with a B.Sc. in Science from the University of Glasgow, I emigrated to the USA in 1989 and earned an MBA at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Soon after graduating, I relocated to Houston, Texas.
I first met Ron Mumford, Publisher of 3rd Coast Books LLC, nearly 20 years ago at a Public Relations firm in Houston, Texas. I was Chief Editor over the Writers and Media Placement teams as well as company CFO. My editorial duties included the production of press releases and by-line articles.
My career then moved into the grant writing and management field first as an Institute Financial Director at Texas Southern University and later as County Grant Coordinator at Harris County (Houston, Texas). During this period, I became involved in editing academic papers and presentations for the Institute Director, often rewriting documents for use with various target audiences. After 23 wonderful years in the USA, I moved back to the UK to assist my family following the untimely death of my father.
My goal is to increase both the number and scope of clients and projects handled at 3rd Coast Books LLC, thereby expanding our global presence. I enjoy Military History, Science Fiction, and Fantasy genres along with Autobiographical works. Also, I enjoy working with Film/TV Producers and Directors marketing our authors’ creations.
I moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of 7 from Matamaros, Mexico. I earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design with honors from ITT where he was a member of the Honor Society. After that, I launched a successful career in Information Technology where he spent 20 years in positions of management, consulting, and risk management. I also participated in a variety of entrepreneurial ventures for companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 organizations. Was a member of the Systems Architecture Team for the Internet backbone and telecommunications provider Splitrock Services, later purchased by McLeod, USA. I’ve consulted with Shell Services on various efforts as an infrastructure project manager. I was partner at Gen X PCS until I purchased the business to become its Owner and President in 2006 and have since launched Gen X Media Solutions and current business of Tech Life Balance.
I have worked with Internet technologies professionally since 1992. As a consultant, my team has been instrumental in the design and launch of community websites like Kingwood.com which receives close to 4 million views a month, and TheWoodlandstx.com which has close to a half-million views monthly. I also advised organizations of all sizes in ways to create similar revenue-generating community sites around their industry or area of interest. My work with Tech Life Balance also involves helping professionals focus their social media efforts to reach their target market as efficiently and effectively as possible.
I have been an active community leader in Montgomery County with a passion for Hispanic outreach and leadership empowerment. I was also a co-founder and a current officer of the Texas Latino Leadership Roundtable, past Chair of the Deerwood Project Familia Advisory Committee, and past Chair and officer of the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber. I have served as Co-Chair of the Fiesta Universal Cinco de Mayo Festival and Chair of the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber Scholarship Committee. I was a Montgomery County United Way Board Member, Hispanic Outreach, and served as past Chair of their Marketing Committee consulting them on Social Media Strategic Planning and the design of their organizational website.
Marketing / P.R. Director
Pamela Ott was born and raised in Texas where she still currently lives. She has a B.S. degree in Crisis Counseling from Liberty University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her time at Liberty, she was inducted into Psi Chi (International Honors Society for Psychology), and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has plans to return to school in the near future to get her master’s degree in the same field.
She is the mother to one grown daughter, has interests in photography and crafting, and volunteers her free time as a crisis counselor.
Faye Walker PhD
Faye Walker, PhD (Rice University, Houston, TX), Editorial Director, has been a booklover since she could hold a book in her hands. She has edited and coached writers for the past 16 years, written two novels herself, and teaches composition at various local colleges.
Children's Book Editor
Kathleen J. Shields is a prolific writer of multiple genres and has won numerous awards and recognition for her work. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, an only child, Shields’ developed a very active imagination in order to keep herself entertained. This imagination has helped her in every aspect of her adult life. Flash forward a few decades, and you will find a tenacious woman with a can-do attitude, determined to keep her mind open to learn new things, think out of the box, and accomplish set goals. Having attended the ‘School of Hard Knox’ Shields’ studied and trained herself in graphic design, website creation, being an author, editor and publisher. Kathleen’s motto is: If I don’t know it, I will learn it and/or figure it out. With more than 30 published books, Shields’ is using that imagination, creativity, hard work, decades of learned experience, and a desire within, to help your book become a child’s next favorite.