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 their 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.
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.
George “Clay” Mitchell
George “Clay” Mitchell is a 20-year veteran of the newspaper industry. He worked for a daily for the first three years and as the sports editor for a small weekly in Western Arkansas.He has won 24-plus awards (writing, photography and page design) from the Arkansas Press Association. He has uncredited assists in the development of worlds and characters for role-playing games during the d20 boom in just about every genre. Oghma founder Casey Cowan brought Clay (only Casey calls him “George”) aboard to help with story development and he has worked with a number of authors. Clay is penning his first series and is developing his craft as a screenwriter. He married his high school sweetheart back in 1994 and has two daughters. He’s working towards his second-degree black belt at the Kuk Sool Won of the River Valley, where he also assists in teaching youth classes.
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.
As a child, Joy earned the nickname “Mouth of the South” from her mom, author K.D. McCrite. Her witty, precocious ways inspired K.D.’s beloved character, April Grace Reilly. Joy has since quietened down. A little.
She likes to spend her spare time reading, hiking, watching guilty-pleasure television, and going to flea markets. A collector of antiques, oddities, and all things eclectic, Joy never met a Pyrex bowl she didn’t like.
Joy is a native of the Ozarks, but lived in New England for nearly a decade, so she considers herself an Arkansan Mainer. She is back in the Ozarks now, where she lives with her husband and English Bulldog, Daisy.
Chief Marketing Officer
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.
When most authors tell you about why they decided to become a writer, their tales usually involve a love of reading growing-up and a desire to tell stories at a young age. But that was never the case for Richard. He would have rather been outside playing basketball than opening a book, and writing was something akin to punishment.
His taste for reading was acquired by a job that allowed him to listen to audio books while he worked. It was then that he discovered the novels of Stuart Woods. His captivating mysteries started a spark for great writing which still burns today.
Richard lives in Bentonville, Arkansas, nestled deep in the heart of the majestic Ozark Mountains. When he is not writing, he is either working on his YouTube channel or out singing karaoke.
Deputy Creative Director
From a grade-school age, I’ve known I wanted to be an artist and writer. Life has a way of getting in the way of dreams but eventually your day comes. Mine just happened to be while in my sixties. My dream is to show children there is something more than cities of cement and drive by shootings. My art I desire to be healing and showing love. To help others is ingrained in me, giving my best at any given time. Whether it is with art or writing or a pat on the back and words, “all will be well”. We all go through horrible things in life. It’s how we react to these things, which shows the world our inner soul.