ARDEN HEIGHTS — A book of business secrets from members of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is the first to be produced by a publishing firm that's branching into books.
Bob Williams, owner of Showtime Publications, will publish a collection of anecdotes from 22 members of the Business Guild II of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce about the keys to their success.
"It's never been done like this on Staten Island before," Williams said. "This is the first time something like this has come out in the business community."
The book will be called "Success."
Williams said customers had been asking him for years about publishing books. He finally launched the business to provide that service.
"The whole publishing field has changed drastically," Williams said. "There are a number of people we deal with that have always been frustrated because under the old system, it was impossible to publish a book."
Williams, who previously published programs for local theaters, said his company will handle everything from printing to distribution and cover design.
While the venture is similar to a vanity press — where people pay to have their book published — Williams was wary to call it one because he'll edit the manuscripts instead of just publishing them as is.
"Vanity press, or self publishing, you just submit something and it's like a reproduction service," he said.
"That's not here. Material that comes into us is edited. That's the biggest cost today of publishing a book."