We Publish Books

Touchwood Press uses a hybrid business model to publish books in partnership with first-time or established authors, businesses, and organizations. This new way of doing publishing is made possible by technology and a new publishing culture developing worldwide.

Published by Touchwood Press

Abella’s Diplomat (fiction)

It’s the mid-1990s in Algiers. American military attaché Mitch Ross joins forces with the mysterious Abella to bring down the bad guys and rescue a kidnapped Air Force pilot.
— Author T.R. Kissel (Colonel, USAF Ret) followed up the Publish-It-Yourself Workshop by partnering with Touchwood Press to produce his spy-novel thriller based on his own experience as a decorated combat-veteran jet pilot and diplomat.

Canal Chronicles (nonfiction)

Stories and yarns from the early days of Illinois statehood and the building of the Illinois & Michigan Canal (1837-1848), which was designed to connect the East with New Orleans and the Caribbean. Books by William McCandless — First-time author Bill McCandless (1930-2021) retired from business and exercised dormant artistic impulses through writing, oil painting, wood carving, and historical re-enacting at the I&M Canal National Heritage Area in LaSalle, Illinois.

The Divine Storyteller (creative nonfiction)

As a lifelong reader of the novels of Nevil Shute (A Town Like Alice, On the Beach, and many other best-sellers), first-time author William McCandless wrote The Divine Storyteller as a collection of imagined conversations between Shute and his real-life friends and acquaintances Spanning the years from Shute’s World War II service through to his post-war emigration to Australia, The Divine Storyteller provides a new layer of information and perspective for Nevil Shute fans worldwide.


LaCost: The Evolution of Jason (science fiction)

What is the potential of the human mind? Join Dr. Jason Patrick LaCost and his team as they apply their extrasensory gifts and humanist passion to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.
— A Publish-It-Yourself Workshop alum, Pat Rizio partnered with Touchwood Press to create his original sci-fi novel.


MountainVision: Lessons Beyond the Summit (memoir)

The original memoir of adventurer, mountain climber, and humanitarian, Jeff B. Evans. Jeff relates the story of his formative years and how he proceeded from one adventure to the next, eventually climbing the tallest peaks on five continents, leading mountaineering expeditions, providing emergency medical care and leadership in Tibet and Afghanistan, and starring in television’s The Great Race program. Jeff is one today’s greatest examples of true heroism arising from conventional American beginnings.

Self-Published Books by students of the 
Publish-It-Yourself Workshop

Publish-It-Yourself student Walter McDonald published a commercially successful six-book Achieving Excellence series, based on his original training program presented across the world over the past 30 years. Walt’s goal was to leverage a lifetime of intellectual property into a new, sustainable revenue stream. And he did it!

Creative Type (2020) and other books of poetry by Charles B. Snoad were developed from his existing blog. The Intimacy of Communication (2016) and his other titles have been a form of creative therapy where he finds hope in writing about small victories and big ideas.

Robert Urman

Bob is a retired electrical engineer and inventor who wrote the memoir Till Death Do Us Part (2016) over a nine-month period as his wife of 40 years fought lung cancer.


Publishing Partnerships

Touchwood partners with companies and nonprofits to transform their intellectual property assets into publications and new revenue streams.

Micro Focus Publishing

Silicon Valley enterprise software pioneer Micro Focus developed software/book bundles for computer science students and technical how-to guides for IT professionals. These have been used in more than 300 universities in eight countries to help train the next generation of enterprise application engineers.

  • Personal COBOL for DOS and Windows
  • Source Code Management
  • Object Orientation for COBOL Programmers
Military Ministry Press

The military outreach arm of international nonprofit Cru published books and training materials for service members and their families as well as counselors and chaplains.When War Comes Home

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