Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune columnist, describes the circumstances of fate that drove one such person to take the plunge in this tumultuous publishing environment:
Newhouse: A Rose blooming in publishing
A ROSE IS A ROSE is Naomi Rose (pictured in her tiny one room writing-publishing office), a courageous woman who’s seeking to blossom as a neophyte independent book publisher in the age of the Internet.
With book sales dropping and book stores closing, this Rose of Oakland is one brave 65-year-old, who hopes for a book that will pay her office overhead.
Her first release by Rose Press is “Healing Civilization” by Claudio Naranjo, which blends perfectly with her plan to publish books that deal with healing.
“Do I think of myself as courageous?” she said. “I don’t feel that way very often. Periodically, I say, ‘What have I got myself into?’ It seems so difficult and expensive. Some people were wonderful, some people were not wonderful.
“There are so many pieces to it. But it’s the inspirational part of publishing that keeps me going. I keep reinspiring myself.”
Naomi Rose is her business name. She was born Naomi Rose Berton in New York City, and now is married to Ralph Dranow, 71, a former journalist and poet who works with potential biographers and memoirists.
Rose’s parents were writers, so she majored in English literature at City College of New York before earning a masters in her major at the University of Connecticut. But it all seemed so preordained.
“I was sort of in a drifting stage,” she said last week in her tiny one-room writing-publishing office in Oakland near the Emeryville border. “I was feeling like I had one foot in the real world.”