Linda F. Radke, president and founder of Five Star Publications, Inc., has been ahead of her game since 1985, producing and marketing award-winning fiction and nonfiction books for adults and children worldwide. Self-publishing before it was commonplace, setting the bar for partnership publishing and professionally fulfilling traditional publishing contracts, Radke has established Five Star Publications, Inc. as an industry leader in creativity, innovation and customer service.

Along with providing book production and promotion services, publishing/ marketing workshops and author consultations, Radke also leads the Five Star team in supporting individuals and organizations with website design, logo design, event coordination and corporate/product branding.

Customer service comes first at Five Star Publications, Inc. and Radke is committed to helping both established and aspiring authors of all ages reach new heights. Many Five Star titles have been recognized on local, national and international levels, and their authors enjoy promotional opportunities in schools, organizations and media venues across America, as well as through www.AuthorsandExperts.com, Five Star's professional networking website.
The Official Centennial team of award-winning authors, puppets and mascot
The Official Centennial team of award-winning authors, puppets and mascot
Recent accolades include: National Book Festival Kids & Teachers Resources "52 Great Reads" selection for two consecutive years; ONEBOOKAZ for Kids; Southwest Books of the Year selection for two books; One Book, One Community designation in two states; Los Angeles Reel Film Festival awards; and numerous Glyph, London Book Festival and Paris Book Festival honors. Five Star Publications has also been featured at exclusive local, regional and national events, including the State of Arizona's Official Centennial Celebration, Book Expo America, the Arizona Public Schools Back to School Resource Fair and Arizona's annual Governor's Easter Egg Roll and Festival. As part of the Five Star family, its authors benefit greatly from Radke's personal charisma and professional expertise.

Linda F. Radke Publications
An acclaimed writer herself, Radke is the author of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing, 2nd Edition, a Paris Book Festival first-place winner in the "How-To" category and a Writer's Digest Book Club selection. She also authored Linda F. Radke's Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show, a Doubleday Executive Program Book Club selection. A founding member of the Arizona Book Publishing Association, Radke was named "Book Marketer of the Year" by Book Publicists of Southern California and has received numerous public relations and marketing awards.

Royal Dragonfly Book Awards
Tireless in her efforts to help deserving authors achieve visibility, Radke is proud to sponsor the Five Star Dragonfly Book Awards program, a prestigious national contest recognizing exceptional authors for excellence in writing and publishing. Featuring awards and cash prizes for winners in multiple judging categories, Five Star's Purple Dragonfly Book Awards showcases children's literature and the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards highlights both children's and adult literature of all genres.

Story Monster Approved!
In addition, Radke is excited to have developed and established the Story Monster Approved! program to help children, parents and educators choose "books worth devouring." To earn this special designation, a book must inspire, inform, teach or entertain, and adhere to rigorous standards of excellence. Story Monster approval is earned only if a book excels on two levels of judging: first by an experienced literary judge and then by a panel of student judges.

Five Star Literacy Foundation
A former elementary school teacher, Radke is likewise dedicated to improving children's literacy skills and helping them develop a love for reading and writing. To this end, she co-founded Kids Can Publish University, which publishes the works of children online. Additionally, she launched Five Star Literacy Foundation (FSLF), an Arizona-based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving Arizona children's literacy skills-as well as their enthusiasm for reading and writing-by providing consulting services and funds to Arizona schools for in-school writing and publishing projects, author visits, library and classroom books, student and teacher workshops, curriculum development and other related activities. Radke serves as the executive director of FSLF, providing hands-on leadership and vision.