Recently I was asked, "Why do you work with self-published authors?"
At first I paused, because I really never thought about it. But when I did, I realized it was because in my heart I am one.
Writing stories was something I started doing at an early age. I always enjoyed a good story - whether in books, plays or movies - and I will dissect it for its meaning and merit. You would hate to watch a movie with me, because if it doesn't make me believe it, I ain't buying it!
In adulthood I wrote my first book for my oldest daughter. It was so simple and is still unfinished in its "dummy" state. But that story is what sparked my interest in producing books. I had a story to tell.
As I learned that about myself, people also started telling me they had a story to tell. I decided that my gift to see the images in the words is how I could help them bring their personal stories to the marketplace.
But I am also a control freak. I think many serious, business-minded authors who decide to produce their own work want to do it on their own terms. They want to build an experienced and professional mastermind team to support them in editing, illustration, design and marketing. They want to be in control of how the product is produced and promoted. They love their project so much that they want to reap more of the benefit. They also realize that that benefit comes with a lot of work and they are ok with that.
Most of all they love the work they do. They love to write good stories.
So here I am today! I love children's books, graphic novels and sequential art and I enjoy helping other authors create their stories. Many people are inspired by their own lives or that of a family member. There are stories everywhere and in everyone. We all have one.....what is yours?