To develop and promote quality authors who are overlooked by the traditional business models and currently lost among the unfiltered mass media distribution channels.
Whenever we meet people, we get two questions. One is: What the heck is an Oghma? The other, and more important one, is: What exactly do you do?
First, what is it we do? Graphic design? Web design? Social media marketing? Editing? Advertising? Event planning? The answer for all of these is no, but also yes. An overly simplified answer would be we publish, design, and market authors and thier books, but the actual answer is much more complex.
Above all other things, Oghma is about creativity. We are purveyors of imagination and inspiration and culture. We are writers, musicians, photographers, designers, painters, poets — the small portion of the population that turns our collective human experience into things that can be perceived by all the senses. First and foremost, we are artists.
Throughout history artists have struggled to stand and live on the product of their craft alone. Many have had to turn to a sponsor or benefactor, turning over ownership of the creative process and the art itself. This can be a blessing, where both parties exist symbiotically, but other times it isn’t and the artist ends up being exploited and discarded. The ratio between the two is far from balanced.
In this day, potential patrons are a dime a dozen. Some are legit, truly desiring to foster art and take care of those who make it. Many others are not, and seek only to exploit the artists for their own profit. Right or wrong, these people and companies shape the cultural marketplace. They decide who gets a chance, who becomes famous, and who does not. This is where we come in. Why? Because we’re artists. We’ve been there.
Oghma is here to level the playing field, using our talents and skills, our network and platform, to give every artist a fair shot at living the dream. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous and well-established or unknown and seeking your first opportunity to gain notice in the wider world. We’re ready to roll up our sleeves and help out. Whether you are seeking a contract or prefer to blaze your own path, we’re here to assist you in reaching your artistic goals.
As for what the heck an Oghma is? That’s easy. Oghma is the Celtic god of communication, writing, and eloquence.
Still have questions? Feel free to hop on over to our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to some of the most common ones.
Casey W. Cowan
Chief Executive Officer, Creative Director
Casey has worked in and around the journalism, artistic, and literary fields for twenty-one years as a reporter, photographer and graphic designer. Tired of working for inflexible companies intent on doing business the same old way, in 2013 he helped co-found Oghma Creative Media, a publishing company built around the idea of authors and artists banding together as a team to take control of and market their work effectively. As Creative Director, he’s responsible for the professional appearance and feel of the lion’s share of Oghma’s publications, from layouts to covers to promotional materials. In the twelve minutes a day he’s not usually working, Casey is also the father of six rowdy teenagers. He enjoys reading, swimming, and target shooting, and he shares his crazy life with his always-supportive wife, Amy. He is also in the midst of writing his debut novel, Fangs Out, first book of the epic Tarleton’s Quarter series of military thrillers following the trials and tribulations of three military families in a near-future World War III.
Chief Operating Officer
Venessa has had a varied career as an artist, administrator, retail analyst, and police officer. Today, she has turned her considerable talents to her writing and art, and serves as Business Manager for Oghma Creative Media, the publisher that owns Saddlebag Dispatches. A mother of three and grandmother of two, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and anything to do with rocks, trees, water, and the outdoors, and is hard at work on her first novel.
Director of Finance
Amy has been involved in financial support for the past 17 years, including payroll, accounts payable, and tax. She has an A.S. in Business, a BSBA in Accounting, and a Master’s degree in Information Systems, which gives her the unique perspective of both financial business processing as well as financial program support. Amy enjoys spending time with her children and hard-working husband, Casey. Her idea of relaxation is a nice glass of wine, some stinky cheese, and a good book.
Deputy Marketing Director
Vivian always heard you should write about what you know, so she decided to write a book called Stupid Humans, drawing on her previous experience working in retail and her subsequent desire to get away from planet Earth. She has also worked in marketing, advertising, and public relations, where she found even more material for Stupid Humans. Now self-employed, she enjoys the contact sport of shopping at clearance sales, slamming on the brakes for yard sale signs, and wasting time on social media, where she finds inspiration for a sequel to Stupid Humans every day. She continues to write science fiction stories, some of which appear on her blog, Stellar Sarcasm.
Publishing Director, Imprint Coordinator (Paranormal, Sci-fi & Fantasy)
Gordon Bonnet has been writing fiction for decades. Encouraged when his story Crazy Bird Bends His Beak won critical acclaim in Mrs. Moore’s 1st grade class at Central Elementary School in St. Albans, West Virginia, he embarked on a long love affair with the written word. His interest in the paranormal goes back almost that far, although it has always been tempered by Gordon’s scientific training. This has led to a strange duality; his work as a skeptic and debunker on the popular blog Skeptophilia, while simultaneously writing paranormal and speculative novels, novellas, and short stories. He blogs daily, but is never without a piece of fiction in progress—driven to continue, as he puts it, “because I want to find out how the story ends.”
Deputy Publishing Director, Imprint Coordinator (Graphic Novels, Poetry, Academic, Classics, Humor, Literary, and Saddlebag Dispatches)
Michael Frizell is an educator, writer, public speaker, and performer. He holds a BA in Theatre from College of the Ozarks, an MA in Theatre from Southwest Missouri State University, an MA in Creative Writing from Missouri State University, and an MFA in Creative Writing – Nonfiction from the University of Arkansas – Monticello. He was the writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: A Reader’s Theatre Parody (with A Class Act Productions), for two seasons. For Harvest Moon Productions, he is the writer of Star Trek: Live in Springfield and Star Trek: The Next Generation Live in Springfield.
Gil is an author and member of both the Northwest Arkansas Writers’ Workshop and the Old Wire Pen & Poison Writers’ Group, and makes his home just outside Fayetteville, where he is at work on the first of his Rural Empires novels. He had a normal upbringing, which means his parents aren’t to blame for him going into crime (fiction). Instead, he blames a steady diet of movies, shows, and books, from Miami Vice and Scarface in the ’80s to Breaking Bad and Justified (a good example of a modern western) in the ’00s. Some of his greatest influences include authors such as Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Don Winslow, and the late, great Elmore Leonard. His novels to date in include Spree, A Temporary Thing, Startup, and Franchise.
David A. Frizell
Deputy Creative Director
Degreed in both graphics (Bachelor of Science in Technology in Commercial Graphics) and fine arts (Bachelor of Fine Art in Art ), Frizell has practiced professionally since graduation. He became Smithsonian certified in 2007 as a judge for the Sedona Arts Festival and has participated as a mentor to many art field aspirants. His partnerships with production firm TwentyFourCore, Devco Entertainment and Bluewater Productions has fueled a recent onslaught of new and creative material.
Frizell has had art shows in a variety of states nationally and is internationally known for his work with producer TwentyFourCore for Avenged Sevenfold, Sevendust and Disturbed and also Devco Entertainment’s Wednesday 13.
Few artists can demonstrate the biomechanical combination of fantasy and reality that DA Frizell represents in his wide range of work. Adept in media ranging from clay and multimedia sculpture to digital and graphite illustrations, he has developed his craft to an esteemed level of skill and proficiency. Frizell’s illustrative methods stretch the imagination to a nearly abhorrent level without crossing the line to tastelessness, yet he attributes his work to childhood imagery and reflection. Fortunately, the associated memories are from monster movies like Frankenstein, Wolfman and the Creature from the Black Lagoon that he enjoyed with his family. His father, an artist himself, would often bring home books like Conan or novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs that stimulated Frizell’s imagination. Aside from the most influential person in his life, his father, Michael Frizell, his biggest Art inspirations are: Frank Frazetta, H.R.Giger, Berni Wrightson, Basil Gogos, Al Williamson, Boris Vallejo, Luis Royo, Hajime Sorayama and Olivia.
Frizell’s art emulates the styles that He grew up with. He utilizes an extensive media base to ensure the development of the illustration fits the project at hand. “When I see my planning, research and imagination transform into a well-defined piece of work, the pride and satisfaction I feel from putting my imagination on paper accelerates my convictions to become a more recognizable fixture in the illustrative community.”
Velda Brotherton writes from her home perched on the side of a mountain against the Ozark National Forest. Branded as Sexy, Dark and Gritty, her work embraces the lives of gutsy women and heroes who are strong enough to deserve them. After a stint writing for a New York publisher, she’s settled comfortably in with small publishers to produce novels in several genres.
While known for her successful series work—the Twist of Poe romantic mysteries, as well as her signature Western Historical Romance Victorians and Montana series—her publishing resume also includes numerous standalone novels like Remembrance, Once There Were Sad Songs, A Savage Grace, Wolf Song, Stoneheart’s Woman, and her magnum opus, Beyond the Moon.
Technology Director, Imprint Coordinator (Children’s & Young Adult)
Andrew is a 40-something married father of two living in Cambridge, Ontario. He will tell you that his first published work was Losing Vern as part of the Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior anthology but in reality, it was a 500-word anecdote about how he accidentally lit himself on fire that made it into the third installment of the Darwin Awards books.
Fire is not the only foe for Andrew as he has received four severe concussions and four “minor” ones, the last coming in the summer of 2011. It goes without saying that he is totally on board with head protection and brain health.
Not all his distinctions are as dubious as appearing in a Darwin Awards book. He has also been on stage with Penn and Teller, on TV with Super Dave Osborne, scored a game winning goal at Maple Leaf Gardens, “sold” music to filmmaker Kevin Smith, was given 3 seconds of non-speaking airtime in a TV commercial, and appeared as a fighting vagrant in a rap video.
He currently blogs, writes novels, is a huge fan of golf, hockey, science, equality, and the Oxford comma.
Andrew sometimes lets his love of attention override common sense. Evidence of this can be found pretty much anywhere you can find Andrew.
Imprint Coordinator (Nonfiction & True Crime)
Jeremy grew up with his father, a journalist and tech writer who often used him as a beta reader, simultaneously teaching him a love of writing and editing.
After Jeremy left the Marine Corps, he returned to writing at a tech PR agency in the Silicon Valley, leveraging his history of writing and understanding technology. After a time trying other careers, he returned to his real love, freelance writing & editing, and in 2015 was asked to ghostwrite a novel. He explained he hadn’t done it before, but was given the contract anyway, and in writing that, he discovered a deep and abiding love of the craft.
He has since ghostwritten 14 novels, as well as self-publishing four short stories and two how-to books on ghostwriting. He plans to release an Urban Fantasy trilogy in early 2018, with a Military Sci-fi series launched by the end of 2018. He hopes eventually to be able to become a full-time fiction author, focusing on those two series.