Writer’s Digest and Abbott Press Award First Mark of Quality

WRITERS. Now that everyone can become a published author, readers must discern for themselves which books match the type of quality standards they have come to expect through traditionally published books.

One helpful mark of distinction is the Writer’s Digest “Mark of Quality.” The designation is reserved for books published through Abbott Press that come highly recommended for style and literary merit by the Writer’s Digest editorial staff.

Earlier this month, the first Writer’s Digest “Mark of Quality” was awarded to the memoir “Prague: My Long Journey Home” by Charles Ota Heller.

The “Mark of Quality” provides many benefits within the writing community. First, the book will be recognized in “Writer’s Digest” magazine. It will also be listed in Writer’s Digest’s F&W Media Catalog, which is distributed to over 200,000 subscribers.

Additionally, authors receive a free pass to the annual Writer’s Digest conference and reception, where they will have the opportunity to network with other authors, agents and industry professionals.

“As a long time subscriber to ‘Writer’s Digest,’ I was blown away to learn my memoir will be the first ever to receive its Mark of Quality distinction,” said Heller. “My whole experience with Writer’s Digest’s Abbott Press division has been very rewarding. As someone who has published previously with a traditional publisher, I have been very pleased with the comparable level of service and professionalism they offer.”

In the book “Prague: My Long Journey Home,” Heller chronicles how his idyllic early childhood in Czechoslovakia took a drastic turn when Germany invaded the nation in the early stages of World War II. He recounts some of the measures he took to survive after the war tore his family apart and forced him into a life on the run. Ultimately, Heller fled post-war Eastern-Europe to escape the grasp of communism and emigrated to America, where he achieved success as a businessman and educator. His story culminates with an emotional journey home to embrace his heritage and face the demons of his past.

“The Mark of Quality is the highest literary achievement an Abbott Press author can receive,” said Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing at Author Solutions, Inc., the publishing partner of Abbott Press. “Charles Ota Heller’s memoir is an incredibly powerful piece of literature and a very deserving recipient of the distinction.”


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