Cypress Cove Publishing opened its doors in 2001 with a vision to publish books that would fill a niche in the regional market in and around Lafayette, Louisiana. It wants to expand its reach nationwide.
Prior to starting CCP, Neal Bertrand, its president, has a long history of selling information through mail order ads and in regional stores. A few of these titles include “How to Run Faster,” “How to Get a Post Office Job,” and “How to Become an Air Traffic Controller.” He learned to run a printing press while working for the City of Lafayette and subsequently had his own printing company and printed postcards and flyers.
He was officially mentored into the traditional publishing world in 1994 when he landed a job with a local publishing company, Acadian House Publishing. There he learned how to manage a sales route of over 100 accounts in supermarkets and other retail outlets. Over the years he helped the publisher produce 16 books and 40 magazine issues. He eventually attained the position of office manager.
When an unsolicited 40-page manuscript landed on his desk, he brought it to his supervisor for consideration, but it was turned down. With permission, Neal decided to publish it himself. Cajun Country Fun Coloring & Activity Book became Cypress Cove Publishing’s first project. The artist wrote captions for each image, which were also translated into Cajun French, making it a bilingual coloring book. To date it has sold over ten thousand copies.
Three cookbooks with a Cajun flair followed in succession. Down-Home Cajun Cooking Favorites came out in 2005 and has 140 authentic Cajun recipes. In 2010 a Revised Second Edition was published. Then in 2007, Rice Cooker Meals: Fast Home Cooking for Busy People arrived and became a big hit locally and online. His last cookbook was Slow Cooker Meals: Easy Home Cooking for Busy People, with 127 recipes that can be made in a slow cooker, otherwise known as a crockpot. It also has 17 dessert recipes, such as Chocolate Peanut Clusters and Peach Cobbler. All totaled, these cookbooks have sold over 100,000 copies.
Then a former publishing company co-worker from Lafayette submitted a manuscript titled A House for Eliza: The Real Story of the Cajuns, which was published in 2012. Next came From Cradle to Grave: Journey of the Louisiana Orphan Train Riders, from the Louisiana Orphan Train Society, published in 2014.
Just released by Cypress Cove is Neal’s labor of love, Dad’s War Photos: Adventures in the South Pacific, a compilation of 420 of his father’s war photographs with accompanying text, including portions of the battalion’s official daily journal.
Cypress Cove Publishing is eager to continue publishing titles that entertain, educate, and inspire readers. It is our goal to create high quality books covering different genres and to nurture a lifelong love for reading in our patrons.
We will continue to offer a full suite of publishing, editing, design, and marketing services that provide transparent, professional and innovative support for indie authors. Our honest approach and passion for what we do builds trust with our writers and leads to their success.
Do you have a book inside of you? If so, and you are interested in being published by CCP, please see our submission guidelines.