Meet My Publisher, Buy Her Book

8:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 45 Comments

Me and Karen @
The Novel Writing Experience
Years ago, when I was first on the hunt for an agent, an editor...hell, anyone in the publishing world that would give me or my manuscript a second thought...I ran across Karen's profile. 

I hadn't really considered small pub, but as I read an interview with Karen, she said she liked beer and NASCAR.



I was intrigued, so, I sent her my manuscript. She sent me a contract and my dream became reality.
She's patient. She's understanding. She listens. Karen understands writers, because she is a writer herself and she knows how our books become our babies and how we sometimes need a hand to hold or a foot in the bum to keep ourselves working.
She's a special lady and I wanted you all to meet her, so I invited her over for an interview!

World Castle and becoming a publisher was a dream you risked your 401k on making happen, any regrets?

No, not at all. I felt driven to start the publishing company and have worked very hard to make it a success. I always say if you don’t chase your dreams you’ll never catch them. I’m a firm believer in that.

What do you see for the future of World Castle?
The company as a whole is doing very well. I see us growing and sticking around for a very long time. Look out world, here we come! LOL

What are you looking for in a WC writer besides gorgeous, amazingly talented writers like myself?

LOL Elizabeth! I’m looking for those talented individuals that can spin a tale and are personable enough to sell themselves to the marketplace. We do what we can to market authors, but they have to be willing to take the extra steps and the initiative to promote themselves as well.

Writer and publisher. How do you find the time and balance?

Unfortunately I don’t. LOL Many times my writing falls by the wayside. I’m so busy doing for others that I have a hard time finding time to write for myself. I’ve recently set a goal for myself to set aside an hour or two a day to focus on me. I’ll let you know how that works out.

Wearing both hats, is that an advantage or disadvantage?

Both. LOL I have the final say, but at times I have to take the flack.

Authors sometimes have a tendency to think of me as the untouchable ogre, for lack of a better term coming to mind. LOL They’re sometimes afraid to talk to me. Although I don’t have time to talk much I’m not unapproachable.

As for my own work, sometimes it is a disadvantage. I feel that someone might not tell me what they really think of my work. In this respect, I’m an author too, and I am not above making mistakes. I’ve had to point this out to my editors before. LOL

Overall, I love what I do and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Now...let's hear a little about the latest book, which I assure you is a hot, hot, sizzling hot read!

Click here to buy!
World Castle Website
Amanda Archer is on the fast track to success. At twenty-five she has just about everything she’s ever wanted. She has complete control of her life…until she meets Marco.
Marco De Lucia is a very influential man. Handsome, rich, and very powerful. Marco has a secret that few know about and live to tell it. He’s a wolf.
From the moment Marco steps into Amanda’s life everything spins out of her control. Marco tells her about fate, destiny and her obligations. She was born to be his...
Marco has waited three hundred years to finally find Amanda and fulfill their destiny. He knows who she is...he just has to convince her of that.
There are others that aren’t too excited that Marco’s found his mate. Others that will stop at nothing to make sure the prophecy isn’t fulfilled...
  

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I love a good book.
I love a good sale.
Make it a good book on sale? 
Well, just call me a happy girl!




Get Cat and the Dreamer for .99!

Annalisa Crawford's story of troubled teens goes well beyond the typical tale of teen angst. It's a story that takes the reader on a twisted tale that blends reality and imagination as the reader gets to look inside young Julia's mind.

This story reminds me of The Bell Jar. It's smart fiction that will leave an impact on your soul. 

45 comments:

  1. I visited. Just wanted you to know *wink*

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  2. Your publisher sounds very personable. So nice when you get into any relationship, including a working one, that is a good fit! Congrats to you both on finding each other:)

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  3. Have to chase your dreams indeed, hopefully she never had to give you that foot lol

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  4. Great to meet Karen and learn more about the company. It's inspiring to see people take a risk that pays off!

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    1. I agree! Writers are all about working to make dreams come true.

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  5. Hi, Elizabeth, Hi, Karen...

    Wow, Karen, your book sounds very intriguing. And I am super impressed that you are managing to run a publishing house and write too!

    Congrats and all the best!

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    1. I can barely run a house and write, so I know I'm impressed Michael :)

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  6. Congratulations, Karen! Must be a lot of work to manage both. Big believer in the small press, so here's wishing you years of success.

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  7. Great idea to interview Karen, Elizabeth. Not only do you have a publisher, but one who likes NASCAR and beer? Very cool. You're lucky to have found each other.

    Karen, where can I find a wolf who looks like Marco? Best wishes with your steamy hot book.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Thanks Robyn!

      Have you checked the pound for a wolf like Marco?

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  8. I love people who go for it and take a shot at their dreams! Good for her. And it must be tough wearing both hats...Glad you two found each other Elizabeth, you can tell you have a great relationship, which is huge.

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    1. I agree, you have to have a good relationship. And be able to trust the people you are working with. Not all things in this world are measured in dollar and cents.

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  9. Your publisher sounds like a fun gal! I totally agree with her about chasing dreams! So true!

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    1. We have to believe in the dream, right Rena?

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  10. Nice interview! Your publisher seems pretty awesome!

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  11. I love it when the people I work with become good friends who support each other. The best kind of relationship!

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    1. One of the best parts of venturing into this writing world is the friends I have made. Writers (and editors!) are some of the best people.

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  12. Wonderful interview. Chasing dreams is so important! I love hearing people's stories.

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    1. If we can't dream, life is a little dull and sad.

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  13. Interesting interview - it's good to hear from the other side!

    Thank you for the shout-out, and for The Bell Jar comparison :-)

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  14. Karen sounds lovely, Elizabeth! I can't imagine writing my own AND having to deal with other people and theirs too. My idea of a nightmare LOL ;)

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    1. I know! Heck Suzy, I'm amazed by you self-publishing peeps. I don't know if I could even manage that much responsibility!

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  15. Elizabeth, this post has reminded me, yet again, that I should be doing something worthwhile like finding an agent/publisher instead of A-Zing!
    In about 8 wees, sorry - weeks' time I'll be doing the $ 0.99 promotion like Annalisa. It's worth a try.
    Karen seems such a wonderful lady, I hope she does well with her book.

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    1. You're almost to the end Fanny!!! You've run the gauntlet and believe it or not...you are working on your writing career. You're networking! I did the challenge last year and made all sorts of wonderful connections.

      (And you need to take better advantage of the network you've already made...why didn't you email me to give your book a shout out? Bad Fanny! Hit my inbox when you need help, you know I owe you and would love to help!)

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  16. Oh my. As long as my hubby never sees the cover for this one, I've got myself another for the TBR pile. =)

    True Heroes from A to Z

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    1. LOL. Wrap it in a Ladie's Home Journal and he'll never figure it out.

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  17. Congratulations Karen! You book sounds intriguing.

    All the best!

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  18. Hey, congratulations, Karen, and it's great to meet you! Your book DOES sounds sizzly ;) I really liked reading this interview, and I hope you do get more time to work on your writing!

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    1. I hope she gets more check writing time in...get carpal tunnel from all the extra zeros. That's what I want ;)

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  19. How nice that the two of you have such a great relationship!!

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    1. It is good to have trust. Especially after reading some people's horror stories. Egads. It can be ugly out there!

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  20. Grats Karen! You sound like my friend and business partner, always busy, always in high demand, and extremely talented.

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  21. That does look like a hot book. Your publisher sounds awesome.

    I already have Annalisa's book. :)

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  22. How great that you are helping your agent with her book! That's perfect.

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    1. She never, ever even asks...how humble is that? I'd be making people add it to their contracts. Just joking.

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  23. Congratulations, Karen! Balancing both worlds must be a lot of work and take even more talent.
    Elizabeth - looks like you found the perfect publisher :)

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