Master of My Domain?
In my consulting firm, I’ve been Master of My Domain, Mistress of My Own PR. And one of the biggest things about PR is knowing when you can do it yourself, and admitting when you need help.
For a book launch, I knew I needed a freaking LOT of help.
When Kathie Bennett at Magic Time Literary Agency introduced me to Rowe Copeland at The Book Concierge, I knew I found salvation. Rowe works tirelessly behind the scenes, organizing all manner of things that would take me days and days and days. From convincing people to take a look at To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis to fielding my ranting, tearful e-mails in the middle of the night, Rowe is a real PR star.
Because you may see her around the blog during my walk, I wanted you to get to know her first hand. So, without further yap from me, I’m honored for you to meet Rowe.
Thanks, Andra, for the chance to introduce myself to your readers. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this project with you and can’t wait to see what happens next.
So, here’s a little about myself. I’m a Southern girl through and through. I was born in North Carolina and have lived all over the Southeast. I’m proud to be an alum of Salem College (the first women’s college in the nation, founded in 1772 for all you history buffs) and am glad to be back home in Winston-Salem, NC.
How did I get into books and writing? Well, my very first memory was of my father reading C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to me before bed. Ever since then books have been my passion. I am an avid reader of all genres and as well as a published poet. My happiest days are rainy and dreary so I can curl up in the reading chair in my loft with my cat, Sylvia, a cup of green tea, and lose my self in a story.
When I’m not reading for fun, I’m reading for work. I’m a book concierge with a client list that ranges from award winning mystery/thriller writers to those looking to find a place in the publishing world. I arrange book tours, media exposure, press releases, manage social media, etc. for authors from small or independent presses that don’t have a media or PR budget. Because I work for myself, I get to be selective about who I take on as a client. I don’t have to be a fan of the genre, but I do have to believe in the writing and the writer. I’m blessed to have my own business with an eclectic and incredible clientele.
Thanks to Rowe for agreeing to meet a bunch of my readers. You may not realize it, but you’re a really special group to a person who comes upon you from the outside. Please make her feel welcome.