What does your business do?
Helps fiction and nonfiction writers develop, create and improve their books then take those books to the market.
Why did you start your business?
I quit my corporate job as a technical editor in order to pursue my own career as a novelist. In doing so, I have been able to give back to the writing community by providing behind-the-scenes information and advice on the best pathway that fits their individual needs.
What's the toughest part of operating your business?
The American publishing industry’s bottom-line focus. Books of all kinds, fiction and nonfiction, are there to help people in some way. When publishers think only of blockbusters and bestsellers, they do readers…and authors…a disservice. It’s a constant battle to find the best way for individuals to achieve their publication and readership goals.
What's the most fun part of operating your business?
Helping other people! I work with some of the most dedicated, passionate individuals in the world: authors. Their ideas and motivation keep me motivated and passionate about what I do.
What advice do you have for others just starting their business?
Know what you’re providing and why it’s of benefit to your clients. Know who you can help…and turn away anyone that your background and abilities can’t help.
It sounds counterintuitive to turn away customers but you must be honest with yourself and others. If you truly can’t help someone, refer them to an associate who can. The payoff comes in return referrals…and in goodwill.
What person has influenced your business the most and why?
The person who has the most influence is always the individual with whom I am working on any given day. I am inspired by their ideas and respect the hard work and dedication they put into their books before coming to me.
It’s truly a joy to work with people from all walks of life who share this dream of being published.