Meet the Team

Meet publishing consultant Philip Grey and hear the most common misconception he encounters in the self-publishing industry

1.    Tell us about your role at Tellwell. 

As the first point of contact, I am building a strong working relationship with new and existing authors in order to understand, manage and successfully deliver their publishing objectives.

2.    What do you enjoy most about working with authors?

My absolute favourite part of the job is when somebody tells me I’ve helped them fulfill their dreams of becoming a published author. I love the idea of bringing a smile to someone’s face.

3.  What is your work experience outside of Tellwell? 

Before joining Tellwell, I worked with a couple of self-publishing, client service and technical support companies. In total, I have around 10 years of sales experience in multiple publishing companies, two years in technical support and about five years in client service.

4.    How would you describe your personality?

I am a problem-solver by nature and my immediate goal when I speak to my authors is to resolve their questions and concerns as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

5.    What is the biggest misconception authors interested in self-publishing have about the industry? 

Self-publishing is still shrouded in misconception despite being an established industry. One of the biggest misconceptions is that “a self-published book is harder to market.” The challenges of marketing any book, self-published or traditionally published, are mostly limited to the author’s time and budgetary constraints as well as their marketing savviness. Social media and reader-focused platforms such as Goodreads make it easier to get the word out directly to your niche market. Tellwell’s marketing team will work with authors to fill in their knowledge gaps, and empower them with an understanding of the best marketing practises for their book. We execute a number of elements in their marketing plan to help generate new readers, reviews, publicity, and a social media presence. 

6.    Do you have any content recommendations?

With all the negative thoughts and feelings circulating due to COVID-19, staying positive is really important to me. Since the pandemic began, I’ve been watching RuPaul’s Drag Race on YouTube and on TikTok to keep a positive mindset and the good vibes flowing. This is one the best reality shows that I’ve ever seen where members of the LGBTQ community are competing with each other. RuPaul’s Drag Race is a series where drag performers compete for a title, money and commercial opportunities. The series has helped popularize drag culture and brought many LGBTQ performers into the spotlight, often promoting acceptance and compassion for communities that were once heavily marginalized. 

7.    What is your favourite food? 

Filipinos are known to have a great passion for food, to the point of considering eating as a hobby. One of my favourite foods is Kalderata. Kaldereta is popular in the Luzon area of the Philippines. Its common ingredients are cuts of pork, beef, chicken or goat with tomato paste or tomato sauce. Plus, a liver spread is added to it. It is originally a goat stew made with tomatoes, potatoes, spices, liver, olives, bell peppers and hot peppers.

8.  What is your favourite place you have travelled to? Where do you want to go next? 

When I visited Macau (my first experience travelling abroad), I really didn’t have any idea what to expect, but Macau is so incredibly unique and amazing. One of the most unforgettable experiences was when I visited one of the most treasured spots in Macau: the Ruins of Saint Paul.

Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia are next on my list.

 9.  What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

I enjoy staying at home with my family and friends, eating our favourite foods while watching movies or local TV shows. 

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