About Feet Wet Writing

Feet Wet Writing is a Midwest micropublisher where community and natural resources are not only themes in our award-winning titles, they are at the heart of all we do.

Feet Wet Writing sells directly to readers and distributes to booksellers, libraries, and other retailers. Contact us to learn more. 

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Our Story

Jeff Nania and Victoria Rydberg-Nania standing outdoors next to a stone chimney with a northern lake in the background during autumn.

We believe the best writing comes from life experiences—those in which we get our “feet wet”—thus, Feet Wet Writing was formed. Jeff draws upon careers in law enforcement and conservation to weave together thrilling mysteries set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Victoria, his partner-in-crime fiction, supports independent authors and writes non-fiction. In 2016 we began Feet Wet Writing with the idea that we would both write. Victoria had published a book eight years earlier and was ready to do another. Jeff had just finished his first manuscript, and we were figuring out his publishing road. 

In 2019 when the first book in Jeff’s Northern Lakes Mystery series was published we were working with his publisher’s Ingram-approved distributor. After six months in this system, the distributor was not really paying attention, and Jeff’s books kept going out of stock. We realized as an indie author, after printing costs, shipping to us, shipping to the distributor, shipping to stores, we needed to find a different, more efficient, more sustainable way.

So, with a degree in graphic design and a background in printing in Victoria's back pocket, the micropublishing, sales, distribution, and marketing aspects of Feet Wet Writing were developed.

We are committed to reducing our footprint and working with booksellers and local vendors to keep community and sustainability at the heart of our operations.