Today we're doing a different type of interview, and it should be enlightening to both writers and readers following the blog.
My guest today is Kate Collins. Hello! Welcome back to Writing in the Modern Age! It’s always such a pleasure to have you here.
Hello! Thank you for letting me visit.
Can you tell us a little bit about your publishing company, and how Writing in the Modern Age readers can benefit from it?
Well, Solstice is a traditional publisher. We don't charge our authors anything. We take care of the cover art, editing, et cetera. We were also voted the Top Indie Publisher for 2016 by Predators & Editors reader's poll!
Beyond that, we've been around for eight years and are growing. Everyone on staff is also an author. We've been there, waiting for that first contract offer. Gone through everything our authors have with polishing, editing, promoting, et cetera. As such, we've got a unique view on both sides of publishing. We can see the author's viewpoint as well as the business one.
I am! I write under the pen name of KateMarie Collins. I write fantasy. Mostly high/dark, but I recently branched off into a more urban/paranormal fantasy. The new book, Guarding Charon, was a lot of fun to write and is garnering some good reviews.
Solstice began eight years ago by our founder and CEO, Melissa Miller. She started it originally as 'Hearts on Fire', but changed the name when she branched out beyond romance.
What sets us apart, really, is the sense of family we have with our authors. We haven't met most of them, not by a long shot. But we genuinely care about each other. We celebrate milestones with our authors, as well as sympathize with them when things aren't going as well. My husband had some medical issues last year, for example, which took me out of the office more than normal. Everyone was really good about giving me the time I needed and not expecting me to answer questions when he was in surgery.
I love the work environment, for one. We do a virtual office, so I can be in here working in my bunny slippers and no one cares. LOL. Seriously, though, it's the people around me: Melissa Miller, our EIC Kathi Sprayberry, our authors. I've been working with Melissa in one capacity or another for three years now and I still wake up excited to go to work. To be an author and immersed in the business side of things is an amazing experience, one that I hope to continue with for years to come.