A few days ago, Karen Syed's post was called WALL OF GRATITUDE and it recognized people important and valuable to her life, her business. This got me to thinking about my own list, my de facto Board of Directors.
In no particular order, here are some of the members of my Board:
Sunny Frazier, author of numerous short fictions, articles and her e-zine The Murder Circle plus her upcoming OTP novel WHERE ANGELS FEAR. Sunny is also the creator of Guerilla Marketing, a take-no-prisoners, shake-up-the-joint approach to getting attention for authors and their work. Trust me, we are going to be hearing a lot more from Sunny!
Patricia Sheehy author of two novels and a beautiful gift book, has a third novel in progress. Patricia is our in-house expert on all things Amazon, a frequent muse for me as well as "first reader" on many blurbs and pieces I write. Patricia's marketing skills are top-notch also and she is a sought-after speaker, especially in her home territory of Connecticut.
Deb Collett , a whirlwind of skills and talents, most notably her poetry. OTP published her second volume last fall SPANGLED STAR BANTER and Deb proved that publishing poetry CAN be done profitably, if you just put yourself behind it. Deb is an amazing planner, promoter and performer, plus she is located near Peoria, a scant two hour drive from me and a mere pittance of a ride when I am desperate to hang out with a fellow "bookie."
Monti Sikes, another multi-talented lady, and a storehouse of romance genre knowledge. She and her husband Olen founded the VA chapter of RWA. Monti is also an accomplished artist and photographer and her work has been used on numerous OTP covers, not just her own titles.
Marilyn Meredith has an impressive list of writing credits, and currently authors two series, one with OTP. Her characters are well-fleshed-out, which is most likely the reason why her workshop on character development is so sought after. Marilyn's never hesitates to share her wisdom, sage advice and inspiration. Plus, I know that no matter how much ground I cover, she's covered at least an acre more.
In addition, there are a couple of people outside OTP who definitely have seats at my Board Room table.
One is Karen Syed, of Echelon Press, mentioned earlier. I don't really know Karen, except for the blogs. I did track her down at Chicago's Printer's Row book fair a couple of years ago, and introduced myself. Beyond being a savvy publisher, Karen is also a writer and a superior blogger, a fulsome blogger. Her posts, though always with the subtext of promoting her titles, are, by turns, rich with atmosphere, thought-provoking, funny, soulful and always spot on. It's a rare day that I miss reading her blog.
The last lady in today's mention is Sara Davidson, author of LOOSE CHANGE Three Women of the Sixties, one of my all time favorite books. Sara has a loooong writer's pedigree including TV scripts (Dr. Quinn) and other books, most recently LEAP! which is a kind of guide book for life changes. She too can touch a heart-chord with her writing. I am convinced her grocery list could prompt emotion. Years ago, when both I and Book Expo were in Los Angeles, Sara was on a panel I attended. At the end, I pushed my way through the crowd to meet her, taking my one trek into that land of slobbering fan-dom. It was great! I stay on her e-zine list and a new issue is always a boost.
So, give it some thought. Who might be on your Board of Directors?