Linda F. Radke, president and founder of Five Star Publications, Inc., has been ahead of her game since 1985, producing and marketing award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children worldwide. Self-publishing before it was commonplace, Radke has established Five Star Publications as an industry leader in creativity, innovation, and customer service.
Linda F. Radke
Along with providing book production and promotion services, publishing and marketing workshops and author consulting sessions, Radke also leads the Five Star team in supporting individuals and organizations with book website design, logo design, and event coordination. Customer service comes first at Five Star Publications and Radke is committed to helping both established and aspiring authors of all ages reach new heights.
Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind by Nicolas Bazan, M.D.
Many Five Star titles have been recognized on local, national and international levels, and their authors enjoy promotional opportunities in schools, organizations, and media venues across America, as well as through www.AuthorsandExperts.com, Five Star's professional networking website.
Five Star is particularly proud to be associated with the award-winning Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind by Nicolas Bazan, M.D., which was made into a major motion picture and has won numerous film festival awards. Recent accolades for other Five Star titles include: National Book Festival Kids & Teachers Resources "52 Great Reads" selection for two consecutive years; ONEBOOKAZ for Kids; Southwest Books of the Year; One Book, One Community designation in two states; Los Angeles Reel Film Festival awards; and numerous Glyph, London Book Festival and Paris Book Festival honors.
Five Star Publications also has been featured at exclusive local, regional and national events, including the State of Arizona's Official Centennial Celebration, Book Expo America, the Arizona Public Schools Back to School Resource Fair, and Arizona's annual Governor's Easter Egg Roll and Festival. As part of the Five Star family, its authors benefit greatly from Radke's personal charisma and professional expertise.
The Official Centennial team of award-winning authors, puppets and mascot
An acclaimed writer herself, Radke is the author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing, 2nd Edition, a Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the "How-To" category and a Writer's Digest Book Club selection. She also authored Linda F. Radke's Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show, a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection. A founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, Radke was named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California and has received numerous public relations and marketing awards.
Tireless in her efforts to help deserving authors achieve visibility, Radke is proud to sponsor the Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards program, a prestigious national book contest recognizing exceptional authors for excellence in writing and publishing. In addition, Radke developed and established the Story Monster Approved! program to help children, parents, and educators choose "books worth devouring." A Story Monster Approved! book must inspire, inform, teach or entertain, and adhere to rigorous standards of excellence. Story Monster approval is earned only if a book excels on two levels of judging: first by an experienced literary judge and then by a panel of student judges.
A former elementary school teacher, Radke is dedicated to improving children's literacy skills and helping them develop a love for reading and writing. To this end, she co-founded Kids Can Publish University, which publishes the works of children in StoryMonsters Ink magazine, a free, monthly, digital digest that offers parents and educators the latest news about authors, books, and related products.
Furthermore, she launched Five Star Literacy Foundation
(FSLF), an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Arizona children's literacy skills-as well as their enthusiasm for
reading and writing-by providing consulting services and funds to Arizona schools for in-school writing and publishing projects, author visits, library and classroom books, student and teacher workshops, curriculum development and other related activities. Radke serves as the executive director of FSLF, providing hands-on leadership and vision.
Linda F. Radke established and continues to guide Five Star Publications, Inc. with a deep-rooted foundation of integrity and gratitude. Always one to model and encourage philanthropic giving, Radke developed the Mark Foster Youth Fund, which makes financial contributions specifically devoted to assisting young people in times of need. This fund was created to pay tribute to Radke's brother, Mark Foster, who died in 1984 of complications of bronchitis. Radke's ongoing example of giving has been instrumental in creating a Five Star legacy of generosity, inspiring Five Star authors to donate to charities of their choice.
Radke's personal hobbies include camping, photography and enjoying time with her family. Based in Chandler, Arizona, she is passionate about her work and is invested in serving her community.
Five Star Publications, Inc. has its own interesting history.
"My mother grew up in a family of nine brothers and sisters," Radke explains. "Five of the family, including my mother served in World War II. During the war, parents who had sons or daughters in the service displayed stars in their window—one for each child. It was a patriotic gesture and also expressed the deep hope that each would return home safely. One of my mother's brothers was captured and held as a prisoner of war. Fortunately, all five eventually returned home," she adds. "My Uncle Art used the name 'Five Star' when he opened his first grocery store in Indiana. Five stars became the symbol of my mom's (Anna Weiss Foster) family and is carried on in my company."
The journey for Five Star Publications, Inc. to become one of the nation's leading book production, marketing, publicity, and distribution firms began in 1985, with Radke's desire to print a how-to book to complement the household employment agency she owned. For Radke, who on more than one occasion has been teased about having "printer's ink in her veins," the experience of publishing the book was exhilarating, prompting her to change careers without looking back. With the successful launch of Five Star Publications, Inc., she went on to add marketing and publicity services, networking opportunities and special event coordination. Value-added services include the design, development and production of curriculum guides, book trailers, audiobooks, and companion marketing products such as media kits, social media promotion, bookmarks, posters, performance puppets, t-shirts, and more.