After working as Operations and Sales Manager for Ingalls Publishing Group aka High Country Publishers for five years, Wendy Dingwall partnered with Parkway Publishers, Inc. in early 2009 to publish 3 books: The Foster Girls by Lin Stepp; The Soldier’s Ride by Edie Hand and Jeffrey Addison; and A Christmas Ride: The Miracle of Lights also by Edie Hand and Jeffrey Addison.
In July of 2009, she transitioned to launch Canterbury House Publishing, Ltd., retaining the rights to the above mentioned books. Her clear vision for her publishing company is stated below:
Our mission is to publish wholesome quality fiction and memoir including romantic suspense and mystery genres, with an emphasis on colorful Southern U.S. regional settings. We will seek authors who are passionate about their stories, their craft, and the marketing of their books.
We will utilize the best editing, cover design, print services, and distribution available, and are dedicated to helping the authors and their books become successful in their respective markets.
We will build friendly and respectful cooperative relationships with our vendors and subcontractors.
We will plan ahead for each book produced. We will keep accurate up-to-date accounting records to insure future profits, and will pay bills and taxes on time.
We will take the time to appreciate all that we have accomplished with the help of our authors, coworkers, subcontractors, and vendors.
In May 2013 Dingwall relocated her publishing house from Boone, North Carolina to Sarasota, Florida.
Since starting Canterbury House its books have garnered several literary awards, such as North Carolina Historical Society’s Clark Cox Award for Fiction, to a Communication Arts Award for Excellence in Cover Design, to the prestigious John Esten Cooke Award for Historical Fiction given by the Military Stars and Bars, and numerous High Country Writers’ Awards.
Since starting in the publishing business, Dingwall has created an Author's Handbook for Marketing, has been a guest speaker on Marketing Authors and Their Books at High Country Writers, was a guest on two publishing panels at Cape Fear Crime Festival in 2006, gave a dialogue workshop at the May We Write Conference in 2007, moderated the Murder Goes South Mystery Panel at High Country Festival of the Book in 2013 featuring such authors as Cathy Pickens, Glenn A. Bruce and Jane Tesh, was a guest on a publishing panel at Florida Gulf Coast Sisters in Crime, moderated an author mystery panel at a Barnes & Noble event, and participated in young adult writers panel at a second Barnes & Noble event in 2016.
Dingwall is currently a member of Independent Book Publishers Association, Florida Authors and Publishers, Florida Writers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and High Country Publishers. In December 2015, Dingwall helped to found the Florida Gulf Coast chapter of Sisters in Crime. She is proud to announce that she was elected as their first President and reelected for the 2017 term.
Working with Dingwall and her authors to produce quality books are:
Linda L. Sack, Editor
Donna Akers, Editor
Tracy Arendt, Graphic Designer
Greg Kilgore, Chief Technology Officer