I have lived and worked in the publishing industry since 1991 when I decided to take a short break from my music career to work in a bookstore for Christmas cash. If anyone had told me that I would still be paying for holiday presents with a career in books all these years later, I would have laughed.
Over time, I became the book buyer for the entire chain of bookstores in NY, CT and PA. In 1996 I “hopped the desk” to become a sales rep and spent over 20 years selling books to Barnes & Noble, Target, Costco, Books-A-Million, Wal-Mart as well as independent stores and libraries.
Uniquely positioned to help authors because of my decades of marketing experience, I would love to work with authors who have a passion for business and the promotional side of this industry as well as the writing side.
Besides being a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author and on the national advisory board for IngramSpark, I am a featured columnist for THEBOOKDESIGNER, WRITERS DIGEST MAGAZINE, IBPA, and a sought-after teacher at conferences world-wide. I teach and speak at many of the publishing industry’s top festivals and conferences including Publisher’s Weekly’s BookCon, Oklahoma Writer’s Conference, Author U, AAPS, Dublin Writers Conference, BAIPA, PALA, St. Louis Writer’s Conference, Writers Digest indieLAB, Henderson Writers Conference, and many others.
I am currently looking for manuscripts and authors in the following genres:
- Historical Memoir
- Historical Fiction
When not in the office, my focus is on the working poor and poverty elimination, and I spend a great deal of time personally and professionally working with and training women from disadvantaged backgrounds.
(I am also a singer in a Celtic blues band on the weekends and am currently saving for a faster motorcycle.)
As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable event, you’ll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel or non-fiction book. You’ll learn what keeps an agent reading, what are the most common mistakes that make them stop, and the steps you need to take to correct them.
Next Bootcamp Dec 3-6!