My Call is a little different that all of yours. It wasn’t even a call really, but a face to face meeting—I was called into Dominique Raccah’s office (the CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks), and she told me I was going to be working on our Sourcebooks Casablanca Fiction imprint.
What?! At that point, being called into Dom’s office was a rare occurrence, and I didn’t know her that well and I was very green to Sourcebooks and quite nervous.
You see, when I was hired, I didn’t work on fiction—our department was set up a little differently back then, and I worked on securing radio and internet hits for a variety of books and authors. Sourcebooks Casablanca had only been around for one season as that point—where we had 3 books: Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake by Laurie Brown, No Regrets by Michele Ann Young and Cotillion, a Georgette Heyer reissue. I knew we were gearing up for the next season’s books, but I had no idea what exactly that would mean… but I think I do now!
First of all—it means that every day I get to work on books that are sexy (and not just in the passionate sense), well-written and highly readable! I get so excited when I have a few minutes to read for my job!
I’ve met some fabulous women who take their writing so seriously, and yet have so much fun creating stories they want to share with readers everywhere.
I work with an incredibly diverse and proactive team—the Sourcebooks publicity department is relentless in working on the best plans for all of our books across the board. And 2011 has been a particularly awesome year (so far)!
I’ve learned to adapt—between planning for conferences, working on blogger contests, speaking on panels and manning a Twitter handle, flexibility is key in this job—particularly with 30+ authors to work with over the course of the year.
3 and a half years later, I’m now the lead publicist for Sourcebooks Casablanca—my main focus is completely on romance novels and authors and how to continue to move our books forward. We’ve gone from 3 books a season to 5-8 titles a month of quality romance fiction that appeals to so many different readers.
We’ve been hearing about authors getting “the call” that signified an important change in their lives… what are some other calls you’ve received that you’ll never forget? I’ll giveaway two sets of those first Sourcebooks Casablanca Fiction titles: Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake by Laurie Brown, No Regrets by Michele Ann Young and Cotillion by Georgette Heyer to two lucky commenters! (Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re chosen. US and Canadian addresses only)
Check out this week’s fabulous eBook deals—including a great Men in Kilts themed discount: http://www.sourcebooks.com/readers/browse-our-lists/ebook-specials.htm. Enjoy!