New Production Manager Position


As of January 1, 2017, I have accepted the position of Production Manager for my publisher, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press. Please see the announcement excerpt below.

Subject: Update and announcement

Good morning,

As most of you know, many startup companies fail within the first five years. There’s a reason for this, but often people are unaware of the number one reason that these enterprises fail. The number one reason: 1) The business was started first and foremost to make money!

However, on the other hand, the companies that survive were started based on passion, love of what the owners or person(s) starting them do, vision, and desire to succeed beyond dollars. With that, comes the success of producing the dollars/revenue, things necessary to sustain the organization later on after the hard work, sacrifices have been made. That is about where we are getting, almost there.

As we expand as a company, professionally, it is imperative that we continue to move forward and bring in experts and professionals that will streamline our processes. Adding industry experts to our inner circle increases value to our organization and the products that we produce that represent PRPP. It is, for this reason, I am very proud to announce that we have a Production Manager who will take over production duties including working with the authors and contractors once the files and information are in our hands. This is another example of how PRPP is surrounding ourselves with experienced industry professionals and that we are ensuring the best possible product will hit the market which reflects on our label and you. Progressive Rising Phoenix Press’s Production Manager is William Speir.


William Speir, Bill, has been one of my inner circle people for the past couple of years. His industry expertise is extensive, and obviously, you have all seen examples of his incredible design work. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1984, has over 25 years in corporate America serving as a management consultant, consulting practice leader, IT executive, and HR/Payroll executive for top-tier consulting firms and Fortune 100 companies. His specialty was helping people and organizations change (new systems, new processes, new regulatory compliance, new products and services, new markets). He has worked for companies and with clients across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom.

Bill has also helped start and manage a number of non-profit corporations, holding officer and director positions in several cultural and historic organizations. He is a Civil War Artillery expert and is involved with battlefield and historic site preservation. During his corporate career, he published several articles on leadership and the human impact to change.

His first experience with book publishing was a series of ten textbooks he authored about the types, nomenclature, capabilities and deployment of field artillery in the 19th century. These books became the source material for his “Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors” (PRPP 2015).

In 2009, after William retired from the corporate world, he began writing fiction. His first works, “The Order of the Saltire Trilogy,” were published in 2010 and 2011. A second trilogy soon followed (“The Sentinels of the Saltire Trilogy”).

Bill was approached by his first publishing company to use his business experience to improve the company’s internal processes and help develop new business opportunities that could benefit authors and organizations that needed publishing services. During his tenure, he took over the sharing of author success stories on Social Media. He created a pilot program to help professional organizations archive large amounts of information and created an online marketplace for selling and distributing the contents of their files, and publishing new data (newsletters, journals, bound volumes of past articles). In addition, he developed a new service to help authors market their books and develop their personal brand by writing and publishing articles.

He is an asset on every level! He understands book production, cover design, text layout, marketing, branding, and the financial side of the business.

As of January 1st, 2017 William will be our Production Manager. In this role, William will manage the process of preparing new books for publication and updating existing books for new pricing, new bindings, and new editions.

I am excited not only to have Bill in this role but what it represents. We have a solid team behind our company. This label is designed to work as a team.

Take a minute to congratulate Bill on his new position.

Amanda M. Thrasher
Chief Executive Officer
Progressive Rising Phoenix Press

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at
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