About IdeaHouse

IdeaHouse is a Minnesota-based business offering freelance services to book publishers, other media organizations, and writers. I have particular interest in projects related to theology, spirituality, and pastoral ministry, as well other humanities-related subjects like biography, history, and literature.

Barry Hudock


Before opening the doors of IdeaHouse in 2018, I worked for seven years at one of the premiere Catholic publishing houses in the United States, first as Associate Publisher and then as Publisher. There I conceived of, commissioned, acquired, shepherded to publication, and/or marketed hundreds of books and other resources. Before that I served as Executive Director at an inspiring social services agency in central Appalachia.

I am an award-winning author and translator. Over the past twenty years, I have written seven published books and nearly two hundred articles, and translated fourteen published books. 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.

My wife Toni and I live in rural central Minnesota. To my shock, four 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, theology, cosmology, Stephen King, and Bruce Springsteen. I'm inspired by Dorothy Day, Oscar Romero, and Philip Neri.