Linda F. Radke, president and founder of Five Star Publications, Inc., has been ahead of her game since 1985, producing and marketing award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children worldwide. Self-publishing before it was commonplace, Radke has established Five Star Publications, Inc. as an industry leader in creativity, innovation and customer service.
Linda F. Radke
Along with providing book production and promotion services, publishing/ marketing workshops and author consultations, Radke also leads the Five Star team in supporting individuals and organizations with website design, logo design, event coordination and corporate/product branding.
Customer service comes first at Five Star Publications, Inc. and Radke is committed to helping both established and aspiring authors of all ages reach new heights. Many Five Star titles have been recognized on local, national and international levels, and their authors enjoy promotional opportunities in schools, organizations and media venues across America, as well as through www.AuthorsandExperts.com, Five Star’s professional networking website.Recent accolades include: National Book Festival Kids & Teachers Resources “52 Great Reads” selection for two consecutive years; ONEBOOKAZ for Kids; Southwest Books of the Year selection for two books; One Book, One Community designation in two states; Los Angeles Reel Film Festival awards; and numerous Glyph, London Book Festival and Paris Book Festival honors. Five Star Publications has also been featured at exclusive local, regional and national events, including the State of Arizona's Official Centennial Celebration, Book Expo America, the Arizona Public Schools Back to School Resource Fair and Arizona’s annual Governor's Easter Egg Roll and Festival. As part of the Five Star family, its authors benefit greatly from Radke’s personal charisma and professional expertise.
The Official Centennial team of award-winning authors, puppets and mascot
An acclaimed writer herself, Radke is the author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing, 2nd Edition, a Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the "How-To" category and a Writer's Digest Book Club selection. She also authored Linda F. Radke's Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show, a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection. A founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, Radke was named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California and has received numerous public relations and marketing awards.
Tireless in her efforts to help deserving authors achieve visibility, Radke is proud to sponsor the Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards program, a prestigious national contest recognizing exceptional authors for excellence in writing and publishing. Featuring awards and cash prizes for winners in multiple judging categories, Five Star's Purple Dragonfly Book Awards showcases children's literature and the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards highlights both children's and adult literature of all genres.
In addition, Radke is excited to have developed and established the Story Monster Approved! program to help children, parents and educators choose "books worth devouring." To earn this special designation, a book must inspire, inform, teach or entertain, and adhere to rigorous standards of excellence. Story Monster approval is earned only if a book excels on two levels of judging: first by an experienced literary judge and then by a panel of student judges.
A former elementary school teacher, Radke is likewise dedicated to improving children's literacy skills and helping them develop a love for reading and writing. To this end, she co-founded Kids Can Publish University, which publishes the works of children online. Additionally, she launched Five Star Literacy Foundation (FSLF), an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Arizona children's literacy skills-as well as their enthusiasm for reading and writing-by providing consulting services and funds to Arizona schools for in-school writing and publishing projects, author visits, library and classroom books, student and teacher workshops, curriculum development and other related activities. Radke serves as the executive director of FSLF, providing hands-on leadership and vision.
Linda F. Radke established and continues to guide Five Star Publications, Inc. with a deep-rooted foundation of integrity and gratitude. Always one to model and encourage philanthropic giving, Radke developed the Mark Foster Youth Fund, which makes financial contributions specifically devoted to assisting young people in times of need. This fund was created to pay tribute to Radke's brother, Mark Foster, who died in 1984 of complications of bronchitis. Radke's ongoing example of giving has been instrumental in creating a Five Star legacy of generosity, inspiring Five Star authors to donate to charities of their choice.
Radke's personal hobbies include camping, photography and enjoying time with her family. Based in Chandler, Arizona, Linda F. Radke is passionate about her work and is invested in serving her community.
Founded by company president Linda Radke, Five Star Publications has its own interesting history. "My mother grew up in a family of nine brothers and sisters," Ms. Radke explains. "Five of the family, including my mother served in World War II. During the war, parents who had sons or daughters in the service displayed stars in their window - one for each child. It was a patriotic gesture and also expressed the deep hope that each would return home safely. One of my mother's brothers was captured and held as a prisoner of war. Fortunately, all five eventually returned home," she adds. "My Uncle Art used the name 'Five Star' when he opened his first grocery store in Indiana. Five stars became the symbol of my mom's (Anna Weiss Foster) family and is carried on in my company."
Five Star Publications, Inc.'s journey to becoming one of the nation's leading book production, marketing, publicity and distribution firms began in 1985, with Linda Radke's desire to print a how-to book to complement the household employment agency she owned. For Radke, who on more than one occasion has been teased about having "printer's ink in her veins," the experience of publishing the books was exhilarating, prompting her to change careers without looking back. With the successful launch of Five Star Publications, Inc., Radke went on to add marketing and publicity services, networking opportunities and special event coordination. Value-added services include the design, development and production of curriculum guides and materials, book trailers, companion marketing products (bookmarks, trinkets, puppets, DVDs, etc.), audiobooks and more.
With the introduction of e-books and electronic media, Five Star Publications opened an ePublishing division in 2010, serving as an eDistributor and creating opportunities for authors to digitize their existing work. With the birth of eStarPublish.com, participating authors can convert PDF, InDesign and word processing files into electronic media that is compatible with Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo, iPod, iPad and iPhone and downloadable through Amazon.com, iTunes and other electronic distributors. Select books are also offered on eStarPublish, Five Star Publication's expanding eBookstore.
To further expand client opportunities for multimedia exposure, Five Star Publications, Inc. entered another new arena, also in 2010, with the launch of a new division, Five Star Scripts. Comprised of an award-winning team of film/television producers and screenwriters, the organization uses insiders' expertise and ingenuity to transform books into screenplays, which are then marketed to producers, directors and studios across the globe for potential film, television and/or stage production. Five Star Scripts also transitions existing scripts and screenplays into books, including writing and editing, graphic design, layout, packaging and promotion.
Other notable divisions of Five Star Publications, Inc. include:
- AuthorsAndExperts.com-A networking site where media professionals, meeting planners and others find experts, authors and spokespeople. Since 1999, this mutually beneficial service has simplified searches and shaped careers.
- Kids Can Publish University-Where the authors, journalists, poets, photographers and cartoonists of tomorrow can get published today!
- SchoolBookings.com-Providing a bridge between authors and school-based opportunities, including a searchable directory.
- Five Star Express Press-Where self-starters can "publish for pennies."
- Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards-Honoring exceptional books for excellence in writing and publishing.
Wherever Five Star Publications, Inc. shines, Linda F. Radke and her dedicated team of professionals work tirelessly to insure that authors play an integral role in the publication and marketing of their books, eBooks, curriculum materials and/or screenplays. A Resource for Every Author and Publisher Since 1985, we invite you to join us today!
Five Star Publications, Inc. is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau (A+ rating), Children's Book Council, National Federation of Press Women and IBPA:
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