LightSpeed Publishing was originally founded in 1995 to produce and publish material to help everyday readers better understand and use their computers. Our company has served as a valuable resource for the publishing and technical industries for over twenty-five years. Early on, we self-published a few of our own titles including The Coin and Stamp Collectors' Electronic Handbook and The Digital Crystal Ball, which were distributed by Publishers Group West.
These days, we specialize in editing fiction and general non-fiction titles—please see the Publications page for the books we've been involved with. Our clients include or have included BenBella Books, Girl Friday Productions, Ulysses Press, becker&mayer, Amazon Publishing (through two aforementioned packagers), Sterling Publishing, Microsoft Press, International Masters Publishing, Peachpit Press, The Coriolis Group, Sybex, Ventana Communications, Waite Group Press, DeAvila-Duncan (McGraw-Hill), and New World Library.
Founder/president Scott Calamar has close to forty-five years of professional experience in project, personnel, and company management. His skills include writing, editing, development, and publishing books, newspapers, magazines, software, subscription cards, and websites. While Scott personally handles the development, editing, and management, LightSpeed sometimes works with longtime subcontractors to handle all facets of your projects. These include writers, editors, designers, desktop publishers, illustrators, photographers, indexers, proofreaders, and technical consultants. With hundreds of books produced or contributed to, and two long-running, successful “continuity (subscription) card” series (a total of over 1500 gatefold full-color pieces) delivered, we have truly never disappointed a client.
Scott's career began in weekly newspapers in Southeastern Connecticut and Northern California. He was a pioneer in the technical writing industry, contributing light-hearted tutorial articles to computer magazines in the early 1980s. Scott has worked for a developer of ESL tests, and served as editor-in-chief of Waite Group Press, a ground-breaking computer book company. After helping to build that packager from three people into a multimillion dollar publisher with over thirty employees and numerous titles on the computer bestseller list, he left to start LSP in 1995.
Scott is also a songwriter / musician, with an ASCAP-registered song publishing company, Calasongs, for his own tunes. His band, Wine Without Reason, has performed his original compositions at venues and wineries in Southern Oregon. Scott founded and ran the popular music listing web site, AshlandLiveMusic.com (2007–2014) in Ashland, Oregon, where he has resided since 2001. He also has occasionally written for local newspapers. You can visit Earthshine.com for more info about his music.
As of August 1, 2018, LightSpeed Publishing is a trade name of Earthshine Productions, LLC, an Oregon corporation.