Today I have some bittersweet news to share with the Book Country community: I’m leaving my role as Book Country Director and moving to a new position inside Penguin Random House, as Assistant Director of Publicity at Random House.
As you might know, my first couple of jobs right out of college were in publicity. My favorite projects were when I got to work on literary fiction debuts by emerging writers. Working with these types of books is exciting because the publicist’s job is to get readers excited about up-and-coming writers, and also gets the chance to work with writers at the beginning of their careers. This is actually quite similar to what I’ve been doing here at Book Country in many ways, and I can’t thank the community enough for what I have learned from you as you have explored the new frontiers of writing, publishing, and marketing your books online. I’m firmly of the mindset that no writer can find an audience without getting involved in a writing community at the start, and I’m planning on using a very community-minded approach to publicizing books in my new job at Random House.
Random House publishes some of my all-time favorite writers, so I feel very lucky to become a part of their world-class publishing team. However, there are a lot of things about working at Book Country that I know I’ll really miss. Working with this community was a unique opportunity to learn an enormous amount about diverse genres, different styles of publishing, social media and video, web development, and, of course, gave me the chance to connect to over 20,000 writers from all over the world. With Book Country I hung out with romance writers in New Orleans and Atlanta, mystery and thriller writers on the beach at Bouchercon, and dug into the craft of writing and business of publishing at writing conferences and meetups in Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, and here in New York. I’ve read and reviewed books that have been in progress for years, as well as new novels you’re just starting to write. We’ve also set–and achieved–some incredible goals together, from NaNoWriMo to feedback challenges to the Book Country Buddy Program.
Now that I won’t be the Book Country Director, I won’t be able to answer community questions about how to use the site and I won’t be able to help if issues come up with your account. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions so that my Book Country colleagues can help you.
I also want to let you know that because of this staffing change, Book Country will not be at the San Francisco Writers Conference as we had announced we would be. However, Book Country member Andrea Dunlop will be there with Girl Friday Productions. If you will be at SFWC, be sure to connect with Andrea at the conference!
My last day as Book Country Director will be January 29, 2016. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions, and of course, I want to keep in touch with you as we continue on this writing journey. I’ll keep using the site to workshop my own WIPs, to connect with like-minded writers, and to stay informed of trends in the industry. My profile is here. You can also find me on Twitter.
THANK YOU for your good humor, your community spirit, your creativity, your thoughtful reviews and discussion posts, for your innovative approaches to publishing in the digital era, and for inspiring and encouraging me as a writer and reader.