If you follow me on Twitter, or you’ve been exercising your keen sense of observation by looking on the left side of the blog at my Twitter feed, you’ve noticed some recent announcements about upcoming interviews. I’m now booked into November and the spots keep filling up. I spent a goodly portion of my day yesterday talking with authors, reading press releases, and coordinating book reviews with publishers.
I love my job.
It’s not a job where there are health benefits, or financial security, or even finances. I’m not opposed to finances, however. There just aren’t any at the moment. When you get up every morning and do something because you love it, you know you’re in the right field. I got into this by accident. I wrote a book and the book got published. (Hooray for publishing!) If I had a better idea of what I needed to be doing at the time, I would have created my online presence well before I ever sent the manuscript out for consideration. I had no clue what I was doing, and in some things I still don’t, but I am constantly learning. (Hooray for learning!)
Once the book was accepted and work got underway for that, I started trying to create a platform for myself. It wasn’t until the book had been out for three months or so that I repurposed an old blog. We’ve come a long way since then. The blog was for my multimedia writing class, and an author platform was perfect for it, so Erindipity was born. One of the things my blog needed to have for the class was a weekly feature. Recommend It Monday seemed a perfect way for me to get recommendations from people and explore new authors. I’d read a recommended author/title, and then do a review. Then, I started reviewing titles I wanted to read for my own interests. Now, I’m working with authors and publishers to formally review their works. *squee* Sorry. I’m better now.
My first few interviews as an author were for the blogs of other authors I know. I enjoyed being interviewed and decided to try my hand at interviewing other authors and helping spread the word about their current releases. It was a blast. It seems I know more horror writers than can possibly be healthy for any single individual. One day I woke up and there was a corpse oozing on my furniture. He had a note pinned to his chest that said his name was Charlie and admonished me to take good care of him. Of course, the note failed to mention that he’s also a bit of a perv and likes to eat the middles out of my pies. Just the middles, mind you.
Before I knew it, I had a new interview lined up every week. They are great writers and great human beings. Some of them I am privileged to call friends. There are others I am just now meeting, and still more that I am waiting to meet in the future. They make me laugh and cry. They inspire me to work at my own craft. They teach me things I didn’t know. I hope they have as great a time as I always do having them over. I’d like to think I’m becoming a stronger writer for having met them.
So, here we are. I have interviews booked until almost the end of the year. I have books waiting in queue to be read and reviewed. I’m helping to spread the word of these talented people and I’m having an absolute blast doing it. I don’t get paid for this, but I will get up tomorrow morning and check my email. I’ll respond to inquiries and schedule dates. I’ll write up interviews and pull books out of my mailbox. Because I love what I do and you can’t buy that.