Local, award-winning publishing house shares its secret to success.

After the West Virginia flood of 1985, Cathy Teets and her husband moved from newspaper publishing to book publishing, and in 1988 they started Headline Books in Terra Alta.

The first book they published was A. James Manchin: A Biography of Controversy. Because it was published amid scandal over Manchin’s investments as state treasurer—which led to his impeachment—the book was a success and gave their new company a boost. The company published regional nonfiction books exclusively until 2006, when it added fiction and children’s books to its catalog.

Headline Books has now published award-winning books by authors from all over the country. The company was named the 2017 Independent Publisher of the Year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and its titles have won more than 400 national awards. Teets travels widely, meeting authors and publishers, and enjoys every bit of it. “The longer I have done this, the more varied the authors have become, and it’s really a lot of fun and definitely interesting,” she says.


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