As an author and former illustrator for ACE Books in New York, I have always had a deep love of books and a profound respect for writers.
I found a love for words and writing before I was old enough to go to school. I have two older sisters who loved to play teachers and made out lessons and reading assignments for me regularly. I was reading stories in the Reader’s Digest before I could tie my own shoes – even if some of the bigger words were hard to comprehend. I loved books and I loved to write – I was hooked. That’s where my passion for this industry developed. This is my happy place!
I soon started writing my own stories! I won my first author’s award when I was in grade school, but I had written my first book by the age of four, The Swan. Although the title was lacking, being fully illustrated made up for it. I bound the book in cardboard laced with bright orange yarn and offered – what I saw as a treasure – to my mother. I have it now, tucked away somewhere. Mom brought it out of hiding and gave it back to me as a keepsake when I got my first paid commission as an illustrator over 20 years ago.
I wrote an epic fantasy at 13, it was hand-written, it was my baby. I wrote a tearjerker too, but never finished it. As I grew older my main focus turned to art and instead of facing rejection letters I took a contract position as an illustrator with one of the largest publishing houses of the time – I was stunned when they accepted me.
All of my writing took a back seat except for some random written pages of inspiration that I couldn’t keep from the page, and then stuff in a box, of course. I ended up publishing some poetry finally, but not until I was 31, and thought with my busy career, I might not get back to writing until after I retired.
My career fell apart when the economy tanked in 2009, I found myself putting all of my efforts into Mundus Media Ink and my graphic design. Even then I had no idea I’d be where I am today. I am so glad that fate stepped in my way and brought me back to the creative endeavors that I love.
I opened Mundus Media Ink (MMI) in 2005 and worked mainly with small businesses designing brands. MMI now offers me the opportunity to do the work I love, working with writers.
I’ve had wonderful support from friends and family as I’ve grown my business over the years. My oldest sister is a writer and like I said, was a source of inspiration from the get-go. My best friends, my middle sister, my parents, and my daughter have all been supportive and wonderful as I’ve built-up my design business and broke back into writing.
My daughter, in fact, is a constant source of inspiration. Now in her 20’s she’s just graduating from college and pursuing a career in art. She has grown up to become a beautiful and talented woman that goes after her dreams with all she’s got. I believe we all should.
I became a book cover designer in 2012, and actually came back into the industry as an illustrator – here’s the first illustration I did for a talented independent author – Stuart Harper
You can see my portfolio here 🙂
But, with my design skills, I could offer more, and that’s been so rewarding. I design and illustrate and keep my pricing affordable – I don’t think it should cost a fortune to cover your books. When I realized I could expand my business into the self-publishing industry – it was like Disney Land, so awesome! I am so happy to be working in the industry again.
I am now creating book trailers for clients. It’s so fun! I never thought I’d branch into video creation… but I’m surprisingly good at it, and I love it too.
Over the years, I’ve soaked up everything I can find about self-publishing – I have found it helpful to my clients who have tons of questions most of the time, all having to do with the process their facing. Self-publishing is work, and if you don’t have a well-structured plan for your launch, your book may get lost before it’s ever discovered. I try to help as much as I can.
I design book covers for several mid-size publishing agencies now, and independent authors. I also volunteer my time to give back to the writing community often, check this out …
And yes, finally, I returned to my love of writing! Having an online business and blog, I found I had to create content to grow my business. I love writing about what I’ve learned and having been able to help others with their talent and passion.
I now write non-fiction as The Indie Author Advocate™, and I’m also in the process of writing some contemporary fiction.
Just this year, I became a self-publishing consultant and writing coach. I provide writing guidance and coach others through the process from conception to post-launch.
I help writers develop their platform and brand – the theme and style that encompasses who they are in the publishing world. Platform development is a way of packaging the writer and their work into a marketable product – and brand design is the process of making the entire package visually appealing. I help writers develop brands that entice viewers into discovering everything they have to offer.
I’ve helped writers develop their book outlines, and provided writing guidance as well as content editing. I outline video presentations for social media, assist with podcasting, marketing, and even website design. I’ve basically offered assistance with all things publishing to help the writer’s I work with achieve their writing goals and find success.
I love being a consultant – I’m working on putting many of the steps from conception to post-launch into a series of writer’s guides so I can help more writers than I do now. My first guide should publish late July of this year. And I have several more already in the works.
If you have stopped by my corner of the web, I am honored. I’d love to get to know you better and hear more about your journey as a writer. I love to meet new people and make new friends. so you’re always welcome!
Contact me anytime – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
Through my design, illustrating, and consulting services, my hope is to make your experience a writer the best it can be.
This is your passion and I admire that. I offer my skills and experience to help you along your journey toward success as a writer.
Introduce yourself in the comments and leave me a link to your blog 🙂
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if there’s any way I might be of service.