My Next Adventure begins, now!
When I set upon my writing journey, I thought about two things: Writing a good story and then marketing it (and myself). Some of you know that when I set my mind to do something, I dive right into the deep end. It's sink or swim for me.
So after I wrote Book 1, I really had no clue about what was next. Thankfully, I had a wonderful cousin who told me about getting into a Writer's Group. I couldn't do just one group, nope. I had to join three of them. Then eventually I created my own group for YA Writers only. I took a six-week long course at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where I became friends with many who attended. Now we meet monthly to share our work. Eventually I sized down to 2 groups, another one I found online and the Loft Group.
As I contined to write more stories that revolved around Book 1, the second part of my journey started taking shape: Marketing. I created a business Facebook page, Twitter account, Google+, and created a website. Oh and now I guess I'm a blogger, too. Of course, then I set up a business name. That's where Kasian Publishing came from. I ordered business cards, post-it notes, mailing labels, pens and anything else I thought I would need to be a legit business.
Of course all the while, I submitted my query (a letter to agents and publishers asking them to read my story and take me on as a client). Evenutally I was offered a contract, then two days later, another contract came in. I signed with Distinguished Press. But for many reasons 5 months later we have parted ways. I knew that self publishing was always an option for me.
Of course being really super organized at my day job helped, so I carried that philosophy into my writing career, too. An 7-Tab .XLS was born: My Marketing Plan.
I started researching people to reveiw my book, host me as an author on their blog, potential places to submit my book for advertisement in major writing magazines, and so on. I won't bore you with all the details of that.
So what does all this background story have to do with my next adventure? Well, I was approached by an editor who also recently left a publishing company. She started her own publishing company (Fantasy Works Publishing) and she offered me a job as her Chief Marketing Officer!!! I never thought of myself in a role like this. I mean, I knew I was going to have to market the crap out of myself and my book because no one else was going to do it for me. For two days I thought about it, talked it over with my hubby ... chatted more about the finer details of the company, the owner's vision, and the position itself.
I'm thrilled to announce that I have accepted the CMO postion with Fantasy Works Publishing!!! Of course I still have my day job, too, and I still write. But I think this is going to be the start of something great!
So why Fantasy Works Publishing? We are a full service publisher who specializes in Fantasy stories either written for a series or a stand alone book. I think it's this niche that will make our publishing company stand out in the crowd. And I know I'm a hard worker and want to see everything I'm involved in succeed. So going forward, yes, I'll be very busy, but in the end I know that I'm apart of something great!!!