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Kent Gustavson
Works at Blooming Twig Books
Attended Stony Brook University
Lives in New York, New York
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“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” - R Muller
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"Are there intelligent civilizations out there other than ours, and if so why haven't they contacted us?"

Singer/ song writer Peter Mulvey taps the world of astrophysics and asks Astrophysicist Vlad about the universe.

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"Are there intelligent civilizations in this universe other than ours?" One day I had a conversation with Vlad, and this is our story.
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“To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” - R Muller
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Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. ― Dr. Seuss
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“Each friend represents a world in us, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” Anais Nin
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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. ― George R.R. Martin
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“Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots.” Frank A. Clark
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“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” E Roosevelt
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If you judge people, you have no time to love them.― Mother Teresa
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Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ― Lao Tzu
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“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” - Ovid
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My first glasses: Karate Kid. My first BMX bike. Awesome helmet. Life was good! #ThrowbackThursday #TBT
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Indie publisher, TEDx speaker, musician & award-winning author.
Introduction
Kent Gustavson, PhD is a thought leader in the world of independent publishing. As an award-winning author, owner of an acclaimed indie publishing house, and founder of a successful author mentorship program, he has the rare distinction of having a 360-degree perspective of the indie publishing world. Through the wide scope of his accomplished career he’s developed boldly innovative approaches to indie publishing that yield real results.

Kent is highly regarded for writing the definitive biography of music icon Doc Watson, 'Blind But Now I See'. The book won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and has circulated around 50,000 copies. His publishing company, Blooming Twig, has published more than 300 books—many of which have become bestsellers and garnered major indie awards. With his esteemed mentorship program, 'Walk out with a book', he has codified his successes as an author and a publisher into a method that yields bestselling results for first-time / early-career authors. 

His progressive, and pragmatic, approach to publishing stems from the empowering ethos of the D.I.Y. music scene. Here, artists took business matters into their own hands and created lucrative opportunities away from ivory tower major labels. “Traditional publishers are dying. With more accessible methods to print via the internet, like e-books, the power is given back to individual authors and small, hardworking publishers,” Kent explains. “A whole new era is blossoming; it’s like the French Revolution for books.”

From systematic principles that make that monumental step of starting a book less daunting to revelatory publishing advice, Kent offers guidance for authors every step of the way. "I'm all about conversation, connection, and truth," he says. "It's an amazing new time. It's possible for everyone to find success as an author."
Bragging rights
Have rescued and fostered countless animals.
Education
  • Stony Brook University
    PhD in Composition, 2004 - 2007
  • Stony Brook University
    MA in Composition, 2002 - 2004
  • Middlebury College
    Music & German, 1996 - 2000
  • Erich Fried Gesamtschule Ronsdorf
    1995 - 1996
  • Caddo Magnet High School
    1994 - 1995
  • St. Paul Academy and Summit School
    1992 - 1994
  • Stillwater Junior High School
    1990 - 1992
  • Lily Lake Elementary School
    1989 - 1990
  • Marine Elementary School
    1985 - 1989
  • South Highlands Elementary Magnet School
    1983 - 1985
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Birthday
November 24
Work
Occupation
Indie Publisher, Speaker, Author & Musician
Skills
Publishing, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Books, Public Speaking, Music, Teaching, Blogging, Social Media, Higher Education, Innovation, Guitar, Composition, Motivational Speaking, Speech Writing, Writing, Ghostwriting, Editing, Graphic Design, Executive Coaching, Business Coaching, Copywriting, Folklore, American Studies, Folk Music, History, Music Industry, Musicians, Small Business, Start-ups, Interviews, Literature, Social Networking, Proofreading, Web Design, Publicity, Content Development, Ebooks, Non-fiction, Lecturing
Employment
  • Blooming Twig Books
    CEO, 2005 - present
    Award-winning indie publisher in Tulsa and New York.
  • Stony Brook University
    Faculty Director, 2010 - 2011
  • Stony Brook University
    Adjunct Professor, 2003 - 2011
    Music Department European Languages Department Writing & Rhetoric Department Leadership and Service Program
Places
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Currently
New York, New York
Previously
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania - Milton, Pennsylvania - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Wagoner, Oklahoma - Sound Beach, New York - Shreveport, Louisiana - Holden Village, Chelan, Washington - Middlebury, Vermont - Stony Brook, New York - Jerusalem, Israel - Wuppertal Ronsdorf, Germany - Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota - Saint Paul, Minnesota - Stillwater, Minnesota - Taylor Ferry, Oklahoma -
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Phone
1-866-389-1482,704
Email
Address
320 S. Boston, Suite 1026 Tulsa, OK 74103