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Our Story

Soulstice Publishing brings to life “books with soul” that inspire readers with stories of human potential realized and celebrate our unique position in the Southwest.

Soulstice took root in our mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona, which sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. We honor their past, present, and future generations, as well as their original and ongoing care for the lands we also hold dear.

Surrounded by ponderosa pines, enriched by diverse cultures, and inspired by the optimistic Western spirit, Flagstaff abounds with scientists, artists, athletes, and many other people who love the outdoors. It is quite an inspiring place to live. Considering the dearth of oxygen at our 7,000-foot elevation, you might say it leaves us breathless.

If you think we can help you turn your dream of publication into reality, contact us! We’d love to talk with you.

Myles Schrag is the idea guy, the one who makes connections and sees possibilities. He digs talking with people about their book dreams. Whatever the genre—memoirs, sports, business, novels, children’s books, cookbooks, you name it—he wants to see worthwhile stories told . . . and told well. Before going freelance, Myles earned a master’s degree in kinesiology and exercise science and spent 16 years as an acquisitions editor for books in the sport and exercise sciences at Human Kinetics Publishers. He authored or edited six books on subjects ranging from baseball and sport business to a children’s book before founding Soulstice. At Soulstice, he was the ghostwriter for Abdi’s World and the lead editor on Chasing Excellence, co-editor on Massasauga, and the idea generator and co-editor of To Imogene, a Flagstaff Love Letter. He has helped more than 200 books reach publication as either an acquisitions editor, developmental editor, publisher, or manuscript broker. As a freelance writer, his credits include Sports Illustrated, Runner’s World Online, Running Times, TrailRunner, and Adventure Cyclist.

Julie Hammonds is the detail and process person, the one who keeps track of how Soulstice turns dreams and possibilities into reality. Like Myles, she loves working with writers to make their stories sing. The editor of numerous books on natural history and a writer and editor of memoir, Julie has a bachelor’s degree in conservation and spent 12 years as managing editor for Arizona Wildlife Views magazine before going freelance. At Soulstice, she was the lead editor on Abdi’s World, Barbed, Just a Teacher, and Walking Flagstaff, and co-editor on To Imogene, a Flagstaff Love Letter and Massasauga. Her favorite topics are science, nature, travel, the arts, history, and sports (especially running). In her spare time, she’s the coordinating editor of the “High Country Running” column in the Arizona Daily Sun.

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