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THIS WEEK TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES MELISSA KIRK AS SHE DROPS IN TO CHAT ABOUT HER SERVICES TO CREATIVES AND AN INTERESTING CHOICE OF DINNER GUESTS…

 

Today I’m with Melissa Kirk, a publishing professional who provides invaluable support services to creatives…

Kirk_0713ncHi Melissa and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Sure! I’ve lived in the east bay of the San Francisco bay area for most of my life, grew up in Berkeley, and now live in Richmond. My first jobs were all about publishing and words…a bookstore, a newspaper, a small publishing house. I worked in publishing houses for 17 years, and have been freelancing as an editor and book coach for 2 years.

I just got the wonderful opportunity to serve on the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, which I’m excited about.

In my spare time, I hang out with my cats, laugh with my friends, and grow vegetables.

What prompted you to start CreateBuzz Writing and Words to Honey Editing and Publishing services?

Well, about two years ago, I lost my 13-year job at a publishing company.
I knew this was a sign that I needed to really choose carefully what I wanted to do next. I ended up hiring a coach to help me figure it out, and we explored how much I love the arts and the creative world, and collaborating with creative people. It’s something I would do for free if I could!

So both my businesses are ways for me to help creative people in different ways, to get their voices and their work strongly out to the people who will love what they’re saying.

What kind of services do you offer to writers and creatives?

I started CreateBuzz as a way to help creative people get the clients and customers that would help them be able to make an income from their creativity. I help clients with marketing and community-building, which is all marketing really is. Whether its social media, writing web copy, doing video, holding art shows and events, submitting work to galleries, pitching services to potential clients, or brainstorming “out of the box” ways to get your creative work seen, I can help with that, and I can do the marketing work that many creative people don’t want to do, because they’d rather be doing their creative work.

Words to Honey is my editing and book coaching business, where I provide the same services to writers as I did at my old job and then some: editing, writing coaching, help with proposals and pitches, market research, pitching to publishing houses, book representation, ghostwriting, and marketing. But it’s better than my old job, because I can truly collaborate with the authors instead of being the gatekeeper, as I was at the publishing company. I focus on nonfiction.

Beach or city girl? Where are your favourite holiday destinations and why?

Oh, I’m not a city person at all. I’d much rather be in nature, whether the beach, the forest, mountains, or desert. I really love the desert, actually.

If I could pick any “holiday” travel (not that freelancers get holidays!) I’d go on a road trip across the states. I’ve always wanted to do that. I love exploring this country. There are so many cultures, landscapes, and types of people. One thing I like about having two freelance businesses is that I get to do so many different kinds of things. I get bored easily. On a road trip, there’s a potential adventure around every corner!

Have you ever been tempted to write fiction? If you have, what genre would you choose and why?

I used to try to write fiction. I have two half-novels I wrote during NaNoWriMo, but I could never finish them. One of them is about a bunch of freaks living in New Orleans, one of whom turns out to be a vampire. LOL. The other was about a woman who leaves an abusive relationship and drives across the country on a motorcycle.

If I were to try again and if I could finish something, I’d probably do something in the magical realism/dark future realm. I love that stuff.

And lastly, you are planning a dinner party. If you were able to invite four famous guests (living or dead) who would you choose and why?

I’d probably invite Nikola Tesla, Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace, and Grace Hopper. I’m fascinated by the history of tech – how we got these crazy tech devices we have now. I’d just sit back and listen.

ABOUT MELISSA

Melissa Kirk is an editor, writer, book coach, businesswoman, and marketer living in the SF bay area.

WEBSITES AND SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Www.wordstohoney.com

http://www.createbuzz.biz

https://www.facebook.com/wordstohoney/

Twitter: @words_to_honey

www.wordstohoney.com

 

 

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AT THE END OF SUMMER COVER REVEAL by JUNE MOONBRIDGE THURSDAY 1ST MARCH 2018

TODAY IS NOT ONLY WORLD BOOK DAY, THERE’S A COVER REVEAL FOR JUNE MOONBRIDGE’S LATEST NOVEL…….

At the End of the Summer-Amazon

At the End of the Summer
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 1st May 2018

Joshua’s life as a rock guitarist seems like a dream come true. Sold out concerts, red carpet events and wild nights portray him as a confident young man with the world at his feet. Only few friends know the scars he carries.
When freelance photographer Caroline meets the rock band Burning Ruins at the after party, an irresistible chemistry of attraction between her and the sexy rock guitarist is clearly seen to everybody. However, after a forced conversation from Joshua’s side, Caroline’s convinced the attraction is not mutual.
Waking up the next morning, Caroline has no idea what happened. She flees out of the hotel room mortified, convinced she’d become another of the band’s trophies. Determined never to meet anyone from Burning Ruins ever again, she has no clue people around her have different ideas.
In a summer that takes them from London to Wales and to the sultry heat of Rome, they’re desperately fighting their demons from the past, while trying to protect their broken hearts. Will they ever let each other mend their broken hearts or will they try to heal them alone?

ABOUT JUNE MOONBRIDGE

June Moonbridge _ aka _ Petra RovereJune was born in June and she always loved the moon. She comes from Slovenia, a country in the middle of Europe.

She studied economics, and quickly realised she hated it. Afterwards, she found herself working in mainly male-dominated businesses; at first in automotive and later steel products. She can choose the best steel for your project, but don’t, please don’t, ask her which lipstick brand you should use.

She started to write in high school and was criticised by her teacher. Stubborn as she is, that didn’t stop her. Under different pen names, she had stories published in magazines, and then went on to publish three books.

After having two children, and learning that her second child has autism, she married their father and carried on working. Work and family life left her with little free time. But the desire to write didn’t die.

When life somehow sorted itself out, she challenged herself to write a novel in English and her first submissions were rejected…

For what happened then, re-read the third paragraph, second sentence above…

Since then she has published two novels: All that the Heart Desires and Caught Between Two Worlds are both stand alone and can be found on Amazon Worldwide, currently on discount or you can read them for free on KU.

You can find and follow June:
June’s blog ~ Dreams under the Moonbridge can be found on: http://www.junemoonbridge.com

FB Author’s page: http://www.facebook.com/JMoonbridge

You can follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMoonbridge

Perhaps look for her on: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/june-moonbridge

Links to buy other two June’s books:

http://myBook.to/AllTtHeartDesires

http://myBook.to/CaughtBetweenTwoWorlds

Goodreads. She’d love to see you read her novels: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13887820.June_Moonbridge

Or follow her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jmoonbridge/