It was 2015 when my department closed and I was subsequently let go from a small publishing house here in Nashville. Throughout my time in publishing, things had been rocky at best. Amazon's rise to the top, the introduction of e-readers, changes in hiring practices, and the use of social media followers as markers of an author's worth are all things that impacted my time in the in-house sector of the publishing industry.
Despite all the turmoil, I loved my job—going to work every day made me genuinely happy. My favorite part was watching the dreams of young, hopeful authors come true. I loved the rush that came with watching them sign contracts, the tears that welled up behind my eyes as they slid it across the table, and the butterflies in my stomach that fluttered as I realized their project was now in my hands.
But the more time I spent at the publishing house, and the more changes took place as we were purchased by a much larger company, the more I started to see the dark side of the publishing industry. One where once excited authors called me crying because the book they worked so hard on was receiving little or no attention from our marketing team. And I listened compassionately, offered kind words, all while knowing that I had attended a meeting where their title was announced as low priority. The worst part? We had been drilled on using a series of codes for each priority level, so even if an author accidentally saw an internal memo, he or she would never know their book wasn't being given much (or any) marketing attention at all. I mean, if you hear your book is "ruby level" you're pretty convinced you're being given the royal treatment, right?
As all this unfolded, I just began to feel yucky. So when I eventually met the end of my time at the publishing house, I decided to make up for (what I felt was) the ugly stuff I participated in. I would work with authors as an advocate, whether as an editor, ghostwriter, or branding expert, and I would be the person who treated their labor of love as gold.
Real, actual gold.
Most recently, I co-owned a marketing and content development company with marketing guru, Jennifer Keller. Together, we served NYT best-selling authors, multi-million dollar companies, and iconic Nashville businesses. In this time, I still took on a single editing project per month, making sure that I was continuing to flex my editorial muscles. Jennifer and I have recently decided to close our doors to focus more energy on our families and to pursue our passions. And building relationships with authors that lead to their well-deserved success is mine.
So, whether you're a seasoned author, an avid writer, or someone with a story to tell, don't be a stranger. Watch this space for monthly blog posts and check out my services page to see if there is any way we can partner. Don't see an offering that suits you? Reach out anyway! You could be the catalyst for a new offering I haven't yet thought of.
I can't wait to see what we can do together!