Ejay, tell us about your role at Tellwell.
My role in a nutshell is to introduce authors to the world of self-publishing. I help with the process of identifying an approach to move forward, selecting processes and services that would fit their needs, and setting the foundation for their expectations about the process. I see myself as a pilot helping authors navigate their way to the destination they have selected.
What do you enjoy most about working with authors?
As a bookworm, hearing about an author’s writing process is always fascinating. It amazes me how much work goes into each book an author writes. Hearing stories from authors who wrote their book over several decades, and others that have been completed over a couple of weeks is a manifestation that there is no “standard” process for writing a book. These conversations are always the best part of the job.
What advice do you have for authors who are considering self-publishing a book?
I understand just how much work and love is poured on to every page an author writes and I think, ultimately, authors would expect the same amount of dedication from the team in charge of developing their books.
I assume it’s a relief for authors to know that they can get all the professional help they need while still keeping a level of creative control over their book, and keeping their full copyright ownership is just the cherry on top.
If you decide to take the route of assisted self-publishing, where you partner with a self-publishing company, ask about their company culture. It’s essential. You’ll be working with the team for a significant period of time and it’s important to consider the dynamics of the team you’re working with. This helps ensure that you’ll feel comfortable throughout the process which makes completing your book a lot more fulfilling in the end.
How would you describe your personality?
I have a warm personality. I value the relationships I build and make sure to build meaningful connections with everyone I meet. I can be shy at first but once I get to know a person, it’s hard to shut me up, haha! I enjoy talking and I like to make jokes too, though I’m not so sure if I’m any good at the latter.
What books do you enjoy reading?
YA Fiction will always hold a special place in my heart. It was through this genre that I discovered my love for reading. I also really enjoy magical realism books and, occasionally, good historical fiction.
Have you read, watched, or listened to anything recently that you would recommend?
Schitt’s Creek!! I’ve been enjoying a lot of comedy series lately and I cannot recommend this series enough. I think it takes a lot of skill to develop a series that’s both funny and so full of heart. Schitt’s Creek does that and the actors’ performances are unbelievable. I will definitely visit Goodwood, Ontario when I get the chance.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I really enjoy cooking. Growing up with my grandmother, my earliest memories of her are those of cooking large meals for the whole family and in some way, cooking provides me comfort and it makes me feel connected to her even when it’s been 10 years since she passed.
What have you enjoyed most about 2021 so far?
The road trip I took during a recent long weekend was so much fun. We didn’t have any destination in mind and just driving through mountains and coastal roads was so therapeutic. It sucks how COVID-19 still limits our mobility and interactions and I am ready for all of this to be over. Soon, I hope.
Can you share one of your bucket list items with us?
One thing I want to do is take my siblings to Disneyland. Just us, without our parents. Having seven younger siblings, you will not believe just how many times I’ve seen Disney movies like Frozen, Moana, and Coco (hint: I can probably narrate these movies frame by frame by now). It’ll be fun to take them to meet some of their favorite characters, and okay, I also just really want go back one more time.
If you were to publish a book, what would it be about?
Being really close to my younger siblings and kids in general, I’d probably write a kids book. I’d write a story with them as main characters and I think it would be cool, it’s definitely something they’d remember for a really long time.
What puts a smile on your face?
Food. There is nothing good food can’t fix. Feeling sick? Having a bad day? Recovering from a heartbreak? Or for no particular reason at all, good food always helps. 10/10 would definitely recommend *chef’s kiss*.
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