For almost three decades, I did. I’d come home from working in a major chain bookstore and be told, “You smell like books and coffee.” Sometimes that was followed with, “I love it.” Other times, “Take a shower.”
But I did love it and will continue to love books and coffee. My new venture is 3 Llama Press, which is a publishing, content distribution, and media company. That we don’t actually have a printing press or, well, llamas, is beside the point. The company rocks and has a philanthropic arm to it, with a percentage of the sales donated to pre-kindergarten education services and Title 1 initiatives. Another portion is earmarked for community relief, available for when the community needs it most.
Retired Admiral William McRaven’s commentary that the state of our education system in the United States is the most significant threat to our national security inspires me and moves me to action. A friend of mine, Sharon E. Reed, who spends much time writing and talking about politics and development, says that impact begins at the local level. My high school teachers, Mary Fosher and Christopher George, significantly influenced me and how I view the world, thus setting the stage for our company's commitment to making an impact.
The point is, 3 Llama Press is more than just a book publisher and brokerage company; we strive to serve the communities of which we are a part. We want to grow so that we can give more. And, I want to do so while drinking coffee and reading books.
Heck, we may even develop a perfume or cologne!
Thomas P. Hayes
Thom Hayes has spent three decades writing, editing, publishing, distributing and selling the written word. He has published over 1500 articles nationally and internationally, both as a civilian freelance writer and a Public Affairs Chief in the US ARMY and US ARMY National Guard, where he earned the Keith L. Ware Award for his reporting in Kosovo in 2003.