ABINGDON, Va. — Victoria Fletcher does more than simply write books at her office in Abingdon.
Yes, she has authored stories about both the men and women of the Bible. Her latest project is “Walking with God,” a devotional book. “I chose 20 men that I felt like walked with God,” she said.
Yet Fletcher can also take your book — yes, yours — from a typed manuscript to a product that’s sold online and one that you can hold in your hand.
“I’m on my 72nd project,” said Fletcher, 62.
“I still do two or three projects at the same time.”
This quite-polite lady served 30 years in Washington County Public Schools; she spent her last few years serving as the IT director for Holston High School, Damascus Middle School and Rhea Valley Elementary School.
Today, Fletcher is the owner of Hoot Books Publishing in Abingdon. And she calls herself a bridge — or “branch” — between getting your book from manuscript to final product.
She stays busy.
“I keep getting new clients,” she said with a smile.
Fletcher moved into the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator building last year.
And her office?
Well, it’s cute — with all kinds of owls everywhere.
It also smells a lot like cookies.
All this makes sense from a woman who writes children’s books.
Her latest? “Cocoa the Bassett Hound,” which is actually published by Jan-Carol Publishing Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee.
With a gushing grin, Fletcher tells me how her real-life doggie, Cocoa, lived for 24 years — virtually the entire time that she served in the school system of Washington County.
That dog suffered from diabetes, yet Cocoa always knew when it was time to take his insulin shot, Fletcher said.
Now, Fletcher has immortalized “Cocoa” in that new book, which she plans to sign at the upcoming Highlands Writers Fair at the Washington County Public Library on April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., in Abingdon.
While in Abingdon on that Saturday, Fletcher also plans to speak about her publishing company (hootbookspublishing.biz).
“I’m not a traditional publisher in any way,” she said. “I feel like I’m more a bridge that gets the author and their manuscript through all the processes ... all the things that it takes to get their book to the publishing point.”