1. How would you describe your role at Tellwell?
As a Book Marketing Consultant my job is to inform you, the author, on what sort of marketing strategies and avenues are available for your book.
2. What does a typical day on the job look like for you?
Each day is a mixed-bag! Some days I’m on the phone doing marketing consultations, other days I am deep into designing websites, or coming up with a plan for marketing outreach. The only consistency is coffee. Lots of coffee.
3. What’s your favourite part of the job?
Talking to authors over the phone and hearing their passion for their book is what I enjoy most. It’s amazing to hear all the diverse stories of how authors came up with their book and how it all started. It’s very inspiring!
4. What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Time management. It’s easy to get sucked into designing a website and then wonder where all the time went. I set notifications throughout the day to keep me moving through tasks.
5. What is your favourite marketing service and why?
The book marketing consultation. I like to openly talk with authors about their book and come up with a personalized strategy for each author.
6. What is your number one marketing tip for authors?
All book marketing in the assisted self-publishing world starts with you, the author! You really need to be your own publicist, voice, and advocate for your book. Tellwell’s here to help construct a map for your journey, but you’re the one who gets to experience it all.
7. If you were to publish a book, what would it be about?
It would be non-fiction and it would probably have something to do with history. I like exploring stories that take you to certain period in time.
8. What did you do before joining the Tellwell team?
I worked as a journalist in both print and for a community TV station.
9. What books do you love to read?
95% of what I read is non-fiction. Erik Larson is my go to for historical narrative non-fiction. You really can’t go wrong with anything written by John Vaillant, Joby Warrick, Sebastien Junger, or Truman Capote.
10. Other than reading, what do you do in your spare time?
I am getting pretty hooked on trail running at the moment. Getting out into the outdoors is important to me. I also like to write long-form pieces. It’s good to stay busy and have goals.