‘Cosmopolitan’ Interview with Kristin Bartzokis

One thing we at KiCam cherish about our authors is their ability to be open and authentic in sharing their stories. No matter how painful their pasts, our authors tell the unvarnished truth, showing their strength, determination, and often a great sense of humor!

All of those characteristics are on display in Diary of a Beautiful Disaster author Kristin Bartzokis’s interview with Cosmopolitan

Kristin, who has Treacher Collins syndrome, has never looked like everyone else. She’s had numerous surgeries to reconstruct her face, and she wears a hearing aid.

In her interview, she addresses what it’s like to look and feel different and to deal with others’ reactions, which range from simple questions to gawking and pointing.

“I know everyone has those up and down moments,” Kristin says, “but there are times where I’m like, ‘I’m so over this. I just want to look like everybody else. I don’t want to stand out, I just want to be able to walk through the mall or do my grocery shopping and just kind of blend in.’ ”

Nevertheless, Kristin has embraced her role as an advocate for people with physical differences, and she’s embracing herself, as well, by celebrating the strength, courage, and drive that have made her a successful gymnast, marathon runner, and creative professional.

Read the full interview here.

‘Beautiful Scars’ Wins Ben Franklin Award

Beautiful Scars, the first book published by KiCam Projects, won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Inspirational Book, presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association on April 7 in Portland, Oregon.

Beautiful Scars is the story of burn survivor Kilee Brookbank, told together by Kilee and her mom, Lori Highlander, founder of KiCam Projects. The desire to share Kilee’s story of determination, hope, and healing inspired Highlander’s decision to start KiCam as a way to give voice to other authors with remarkable stories of survival and recovery.

“We are thrilled to receive this award, and we thank the IBPA for honoring us and for supporting indie publishers every day,” Highlander says. “We have an exceptional team at KiCam, and we’re telling exceptional stories. Our family’s story is only the beginning. There is so much more in store!”

Kilee and Lori will be signing Beautiful Scars June 1 at Book Expo America in New York City.


KiCam Welcomes New Author: John Thorngren

KiCam Projects is delighted to welcome our newest author, John Thorngren, whose book will release in January 2018.

John, of Lake Dallas, Texas, is telling the story of Pamela Perillo, who has been imprisoned in Texas since 1980. Convicted of capital murder, Pamela initially was sentenced to death before she was resentenced to life in prison, plus thirty years, in 2000.

Pamela’s story is one of healing and conversion. Addicted to drugs from a young age, Pamela got clean and sober in prison and developed a true Christian faith. Her spiritual salvation has been the focus of her life behind bars, where she has shared her faith with her fellow inmates and has found meaning in training dogs for the disabled.

John’s book bears witness to the tragedies of abuse and addiction, the horrors of Death Row, and the potential for change within each person. Proceeds from the book will benefit Patriot PAWS service dogs—a testament to the fact that each person’s life, each person’s story, can make a powerful, positive impact on the world.

Welcome to the KiCam family, John! 


‘Beautiful Scars’ Finalist for Benjamin Franklin Award

Beautiful Scars, the debut by authors Kilee Brookbank and Lori Highlander, has been named a finalist for an Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Award, to be presented April 7.

Beautiful Scars, the story of Kilee’s recovery from being severely burned in a house fire in 2014, is a finalist in the Inspirational category. The Benjamin Franklin Awards are among the most prestigious honors for independent presses like KiCam.

A portion of the proceeds of the sales of Beautiful Scars will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati, where Kilee spent 38 days healing after the fire. Beautiful Scars was the first book published by KiCam, and Lori and Kilee will be signing copies of the book at Book Expo America on June 1 in New York City.

See the complete list of Benjamin Franklin Award finalists here.


Spring Ahead with KiCam’s Books!

As much as we’ll enjoy saying farewell to winter, losing an hour of sleep this weekend is never something to look forward to.

So, to make “springing ahead” a bit more bearable, we’re having a sale!

Our entire spring line will be 20% off from March 13-March 26 when you purchase at KiCamProjects.com!

And to sweeten the deal even more, you can catch up on our fall 2016 books at an awesome 50% discount during that same time period.

You can take advantage of the spring sale both for released and pre-sale books, allowing you to stay up to date with the works from all of our incredible authors.

Head over to our shop page and fill your cart. No discount codes needed!

Enjoy! And thank you for supporting KiCam Projects and our authors.


KiCam Teams with Bookmasters for Nationwide Distribution, Sales

KiCam Projects has signed an agreement with Bookmasters, Inc., for nationwide sales and distribution of its trade books.

The partnership will provide greater exposure and reach for KiCam’s authors, helping to spread their messages to more retailers and consumers.

“This is an exciting step for us as we continue to grow and try to change the world, one great story at a time,” says Lori Highlander, president and founder of KiCam. “Our goal is to provide a larger platform for our authors to touch more lives with their powerful stories.”

KiCam focuses on publishing true stories of survival and recovery, whether from illness, addiction, tragedy, or other challenges. KiCam also offers its authors and collaborators the opportunity to designate a portion of the proceeds from their projects to be donated to a nonprofit organization.

Founded in 2015, KiCam published three books in 2016 and released the illustrated children’s book A Corner of Heaven on Jan. 17. Eight more books are slated for 2017 publication.

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the United States. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as book manufacturing, print sales and distribution, warehousing and fulfillment, eBook sales and distribution, and editorial and design services.

Bookmasters is owned by Follett Corporation and is a strategic partner with Baker & Taylor, premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products. Bookmasters’ sales team works directly with large wholesalers, retailers, and online sellers and has deep reach into the Christian and specialty markets, as well.

“Greater exposure is key to the success of any book, and working with Bookmasters will enable our authors to reach more readers,” Highlander says. “The mark of KiCam’s success is how well we serve our authors, so we’re delighted to be making this leap forward.”

Teacher, Student Team to Support Grieving Families

What started as a simple first-grade assignment in small-town Ripley transformed into a loving bond and a powerful book designed to make a lasting impact all around the world.

When the children’s book A Corner of Heaven releases Tuesday, author Laura Dewire and illustrator Kailen Offutt will offer their gift to grieving families here on earth and pay tribute to those families’ angel babies.

“When Kailen was my student, she drew a family portrait that included her baby brother, Kulen, in the upper right-hand corner. She explained to me that he lives in Heaven,” says Dewire, a teacher at St. Michael School. “Kulen had been born sleeping, and his family still celebrated his life.”

Dewire became close with the Offutt family and soon developed the idea for a book that could help the older siblings of babies lost through miscarriage or infant death. Passionate and inspired, Dewire wrote the text in only 20 minutes and paired her words with the illustrations created by Kailen, now 9.

A Corner of Heaven will benefit Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a nonprofit organization that provides remembrance photography for bereaved families like the Offutts.

“The book has been such a source of healing and joy for both the Offutt family and for me,” says Dewire, a Miami University graduate. “It still astounds me that out of something so painful and tragic, something beautiful and lovely was created.”

Dewire and the Offutt family will celebrate the launch of A Corner of Heaven with a reception at 11 a.m. Sunday at the St. Michael Parish Hall. They also will hold signing events at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Union Township Library in Ripley and at 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Adams County Library in Peebles.

“My prayer for this book is that it can be for other families what it has been for the Offutt family,” Dewire says. “I hope it can be a shining light of peace for families. I hope it can serve as a reminder that God can make something beautiful out of something broken. I hope it heals. I hope it protects. I hope it serves.”

A Corner of Heaven can be purchased in hardback for $16.95.

A Corner of Heaven (Maysville Ledger Independent)