Brooklyn Park Author Helps Foster Vibrant Indie Publishing Scene

By Hannah Covington
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Laura Vosika counts herself among a rapidly growing number of authors looking for an alternative to traditional publishing. Vosika helps run an independent publishing house out of her home, which has published nearly 40 books from more than a dozen authors.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

From the high-top chair at her kitchen counter, Laura Vosika reigns as queen of two kingdoms.

It’s hard to say which world packs more thrills — the one she inhabits here in Brooklyn Park, where she has raised nine children and now sits surrounded by the six still at home, where her household menagerie includes 40 musical instruments, three cats and one 95-pound Irish Wolfhound.

Or there’s the one Vosika creates in her time-traveling Scottish adventure novels in “The Blue Bells Chronicles” series.

Since she first began self-publishing in 2009, Vosika has sold about 60,000 copies and also helped foster a vibrant north metro indie publishing scene.

She counts herself among a rapidly growing number of authors looking for an alternative to traditional publishing. She helps run an independent publishing house, Gabriel’s Horn Press, out of her home, which has published nearly 40 books from more than a dozen authors.

As she perches on her kitchen chair, the morning begins with the predawn whistle of a teakettle and a formidable to-do list.

The scene around her is a blur of bookbags and goodbyes as four school-aged children make grabs for breakfast while cats paw at kibble belonging to the wolfhound who, at this moment, is skittering toward the sliding glass door.

But by 7 a.m., Vosika has shifted her laptop open and is chipping away at a blog post. Coincidentally, her writing prompt today reads: “Why I didn’t get my work done.”

“The bus is here!” yells her 14-year-old son, Connor, at 7:15 a.m.

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