Kay: As writers, we understand what it takes to forge ahead with following a dream, an idea, planting our bodies in our chairs to write, query, wait and start all over again. We have read what goes on behind the scenes of an agent and an editor, from their slush piles to what's involved with publishing an author's book. From the newbies to old hats in the publishing/marketing world, we are always looking for ways to network, look behind the scenes, advocate for other authors and take time to know each other. I have been lucky in finding a home for 'Sweet Revenge', my romantic suspense, recently released in July, and during this process of before and after, Jessica Ames, Editorial Assistant to our Editor, Jennifer Lawler, at Crimson Romance, is always nearby. I thought it would be great to see what happens at Jessica's 'desk'…It's all yours, Jessica!
Jessica: First off, let me just say thank you for interviewing me!
My job as an Editorial Assistant deals specifically with social media and promoting Crimson Romance novels through the main networks of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I work with the Crimson Romance authors and the editor to figure out how to best promote their novels through social media. This means that I post reviews, book covers, blogs, interviews, etc. These things generally generate discussion and interest in new Crimson novels. In addition, a lot of the time my job is researching fun things that would be of interest to our fans. It is challenging, yet rewarding to try and find ways to connect with our fans.
Kay: Jessica, as the editorial assistant at Crimson Romance, what drew you to the editorial side of books?
Jessica: To successfully do a job like this, you have to really love social networking. It certainly helps that I am an avid social media user in my personal life; if you name the social network, I probably have a personal account for it. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations where I was continually taught the importance of networking and how social media can immensely help a cause if done correctly. As for book sales and promotions I think social media can have a hugely positive impact. With the ability to share blogs, promotions, book reviews and recommendations to hundreds of people in a single click, the possibilities are endless.
Kay: What do you love most about your job?
Jessica: This is such a difficult question because honestly there is not a lot I don’t love about this job! If I had to pick one aspect though it would probably be the opportunity to network and meet the Crimson Romance authors (as well as the editor, Jennifer). Since I just graduated from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania this past May, it is extremely rewarding to meet such passionate minded people who inspire me to follow my dreams, as cliché as that does sound. I can honestly say I enjoy assisting them in promoting their novels, which is a dream come true in the eyes of many Crimson Romance authors. I am constantly surprised at their appreciation and gratitude for my services since I am but a very small part in their road to publication. I also have to admit I love the fact that I get paid to do something I actually enjoy doing—not many recent graduates can say that about their part time job!
Kay: Have you ever thought of writing romance or any other genre? If not, what compels you to read a book for enjoyment and why?
Jessica: Although it is rather difficult for me to find time to write these days, writing will always be a passion of mine. I took several creative writing and poetry classes in high school as well as college. Some of my poetry was even published in a local literary arts magazine. Have I ever thought about writing a romance of my own? I like to believe that the sky is the limit! Aside from the fact that I am dreadful at spelling publishing a novel would be amazing. I am only twenty-two years old and I can only hope that such epic adventures are in store for my future. As for reading books for enjoyment, there seems to be no greater pleasure to me. Books are an escape for me and I imagine they always will be.
Kay: What do you like to do for fun?
Jessica: I grew up in a small town in northern New Jersey where unfortunately, there is not a lot to do. Luckily, I am blessed with the most amazing group of friends and family that are there to entertain me! I enjoy the company of others so I constantly surround myself with people who are going to lift me higher in my life. As I mentioned before, I always love a good novel. In my spare time I also enjoy going to the movies, listening to music and spending time on the computer. While I do enjoy an active lifestyle with plenty of excitement and adventure my favorite thing to do is kick back and enjoy a nap with my black lab, Jake.
Thank you so much for this opportunity to share a little about myself and what I do for Crimson Romance. If you would like to know more about me and what I do please feel free to visit my personal website at: jessicamames.weebly.com
Kay: It was great getting to know more about you and what you do for authors, Jessica! We appreciate what you do for us —