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About IdeaHouse

Established in 2018, IdeaHouse is a Minnesota-based business offering freelance services to book publishers and independent writers. 

My professional interests run in two distinct directions: I specialize in theology and spirituality (with an interest in other humanities-related projects, such as culture, literature, and history), and I love genre fiction (especially horror and thriller).


Barry Hudock


Before opening the doors of IdeaHouse in 2018, I worked for seven years at Liturgical Press, a notable Catholic publishing house established by the Benedictine monks of Collegeville, Minnesota. There I conceived of, commissioned, acquired, shepherded to publication, and/or marketed hundreds of books and other resources. Before that I served as Director at an inspiring social services agency in central Appalachia.

I have translated books of theology and spirituality from Italian, Spanish, and French into English. I have a BA in Communications from Gannon University, an STB in Theology from the Gregorian University, and an STL in Sacramental Theology from The Catholic University of America. I have also studied in the MA program in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.

My wife Toni and I live in rural central Minnesota. To my shock, five of our seven kids are now grown and out of the house.

I'm a reader, a writer, a walker, a pray-er, a sinner, a husband, and a dad. Not in that order. I love spaghetti carbonara, crepes with Nutella, a great story, cosmology, and Bruce Springsteen. I'm inspired by Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and Philip Neri.

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