I often joke that the only way I could step foot into the publishing industry is by creating my own publishing house.
After receiving an English MA, winning an entrepreneurship award via Enterprise Inc., and officially incorporating Inspired Quill as a not-for-profit social enterprise at the University of Leicester in 2011, I moved to Oxford. My eyes were opened to the fast-paced world of digital marketing, and the opportunities presented by SEO, CRO and community engagement.
After moving to Madrid in 2016, I worked as a Focus Mentor and Editorial Consultant before landing a job at one of Europe’s largest wealth management firms, where I earned an Investment Management accreditation. From there I moved on to be a Project Management Ninja, working fully remotely for 5 years (even before Covid-19).
Through all of this, Inspired Quill – along with the people involved – has been a huge part of my life. In the last decade, I have given numerous talks at conventions, festivals and online tele-summits about non-tokenistic diversity in fiction publishing and how writers can break into the publishing industry in general.
I’ve also created an online course: ‘Casual Readers to Committed Fans’ which has received such good reviews that more online courses are on the cards as future projects.
When not working at my current Day Job of being an SEO for investing.com (UK), developing the new Chronic Perspectives website or keeping things ticking along here at Inspired Quill, I can usually be found hoarding stationery, eating tapas and (trying) to learn Spanish.