It’s so exciting to have Maris Kreizman visit the blog this morning! Maris is the author of the new book SLAUGHTERHOUSE 90210, a visual mashup of great literature and pop culture. Those of you who came to our “Uncoventional Paths to Publishing” panel at the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference 2015 will recognize Maris from our lineup of speakers: She’s a maven of books, publishing trends, and an incredibly active member of writing and reading communities online and off.
Lucy Silag: You began your career as an editor. What was your favorite part of working in publishing?
Maris Kreizman: I loved being an editor because it allowed me to guide a book in every stage of the process from its earliest drafts to its final incarnation. I loved being able to connect with writers and to be the biggest advocate for my authors, both in-house and otherwise.
LS: Now you are the publishing-outreach lead at Kickstarter. Tell us more about how you help writers in this role.
MK: There are so many different ways for writers to use Kickstarter. Writers are using Kickstarter to plan literary events and book tours, and funding book and magazine-related works from apps to zines. And I’m helping writers and publishers to set up great Kickstarter projects to help them make the most of the platform.
LS: Congratulations on the release of your book SLAUGHTERHOUSE 90210! Tell us about the genesis of this book.
MK: Thank you! I was bored at work, which is how many genesis stories about creative projects start, I think. It was 2009. My friend told me that I should start a Tumblr where I could post quotes from literature–I had a stockpile. And I thought, a blog featuring book quotes on their own sounds boring! But I was scrolling through my dashboard and saw a photo of Joan from Mad Men and thought, “Hmm, adding a photo from a TV show to the top of that quote would be way more interesting, and would make the post more about how the image and the text intersect and speak to each other.”
LS: Of all the social media platforms, why was Tumblr the right fit for SLAUGHTERHOUSE 90210?
MK: Tumblr is so easy to use! And more importantly, Tumblr is all about community. There’s a very strong group of people who love books on Tumblr, and I was able to find them and interact with them. The fact that Tumblr allows users to follow the blogs they love and also to reblog and add comments was integral to the success of Slaughterhouse 90210. I knew it was catching on when I saw that Tumblr users were having their own conversations about it.
LS: What advice do you have for writers and bloggers looking to get involved on Tumblr?
MK: Don’t overthink, just do it. Put your ideas out there! Be brave! But also, Tumblr works best when you’re part of the community. That means following a bunch of blogs you like, being part of the conversation.
LS: What about tips for writers unfamiliar with Kickstarter? In what ways are other writers using it to reach their publishing goals?
MK: Kickstarter is a place where people find the resources and support to bring creative projects to life. It’s wonderful for writers. If you’re unfamiliar with Kickstarter, I’d suggest you start here, and then take a look at the Creator Handbook. And back a few projects that interest you! The best way to become a part of a community–online or off–is to interact with and offer to support to other members.
About Maris Kreizman