“Richer than I you cannot be, I had a mother who read to me.” –Stricklan Gillilan
George and Carmela Cunningham have launched a new business – and a new website – in honor of two women. The mothers who read to them.
Reader Publishing Group is a unique new venture that will publish books both printed and digital. Reader Publishing brings together a diverse group of authors who have two things in common. They’re readers, and they’re storytellers.
Beyond that, our authors lead varied and interesting lives. They write about baseball and trade, about kids and nature, about history and politics. They write fiction and nonfiction. They write for you.
Books would not exist without readers and neither would authors. Our challenge, and our hope, is to entertain, to enlighten, and maybe – in our own small way – to educate through our words.
At Reader Publishing, we are committed to books – both large and small – and to the people who read books, whether they are printed in ink on paper, downloaded to a digital device, or recorded on a disc to be listened to on the way to work or on vacation. Our first titles will be out later this year. Check out our “Titles” page for a peek at what we’re working on.
In the meantime, please come back and visit us often. Each week will bring new offerings—essays, opinion pieces, photographs, book serializations and other writings of our favorite authors for the enjoyment of our favorite people – readers. This website is dedicated to those readers and, of course, the mothers who read to them.
George and Carmela Cunningham
Book lovers and writers George and Carmela Cunningham, founded Reader Publishing Group in 2011 to sell books and celebrate reading. Owning a publishing house was a long-time dream for the husband-and-wife team who previously had published an online business newsletter that focused on West Coast ports and the movement of international cargo. That publication, The Cunningham Report, ceased operation in December 2010 after 15 years.
George Cunningham spent more than 40 years in the newspaper business, working as a reporter and editor. His resume includes jobs at the Gainesville Sun in Gainesville, Fla.m The South Bay Daily Breeze in Torrance, City News Service in Los Angeles, the Orange County Register in Santa Ana, and the Press-Telegram in Long Beach. Previous to being in the newspaper business, George held a variety of blue-collar jobs, including survey chief, construction inspector, hod carrier, painter, short-order cook, gardener, and bottle washer. He spent three years as an Army infantryman and is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Carmela Cunningham grew up in Southern California. She started in the newspaper business as an ad sales person at the Orange County Register, later became an office manager and writer at the Long Beach Reporter, a communications executive at Rockwell International’s B-1 Bomber Division, a writer and publicist for a non-profit agency dedicated to technology accessibility for people with disabilities, a publicist for a literacy foundation, an author of the premier text on providing technical services to disabled people, and is now chief operations officer at UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education. She is a graduate of UCLA, where she focused on relations between Venice and Rome between 1000 and 1204 A.D.
George and Carmela’s current venture allows them to turn their attention to a wide subject matter and a wide audience. It also allows them to create an additional outlet for themselves and a small group of fellow writers. Reader Publishing Group will offer both fiction and non-fiction works aimed at people who love books and who love to read.
For the Cunninghams, the payoff of the Reader Publishing Group is being able to work with interesting, talented, and creative people and to share their work with people – who like themselves – are lovers of the printed and spoken word.
Reader Publishing Group operations manager and book publicist Bailey Roth brings a deep commitment to reading and publishing. A California girl born and raised in Orange County, Bailey was able to jump rope in high heels when she was 4, shop until she dropped by 12, and maneuver a Hummer through freeway traffic at rush hour by the time she turned 17. She loves books, movies, fashion, makeup, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, motorized vehicles of all types and sizes, travel, and mango daiquiris.
Bailey’s experience includes web site content development, database management, event planning, and budgeting and finance.
As operations manager and publicist, Bailey is in charge of day-to-day operations, including web site management, liaison with printers and wholesale distributors, advertising and marketing opportunities, and promotional events.