New job: Author Events Lead for Grassroots Books!
I had my first interview in about thirty years today... and I got the job!
I'm now the author events manager for Grassroots Books, a thriving independent bookstore in Reno, Nevada.
This is all thanks to my friend and mentor, NY Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, who was sent a link to the Craig's List advert in case she knew anyone who might fit their needs. Ellen forwarded the email to me, I applied, and, after a three-and-a-half hour interview, I got the job!
To say that I'm thrilled, and a bit terrified, would in both cases be an understatement of mammoth proportions. While I know I can do this job standing on my head, it's still been a long time since I worked for someone else.
I got a chance to get to know my new boss, Zoe Miller, during the Ventana Sierra Writing Workshop, and I was impressed by her hardworking, no-nonsense attitude then. I also quickly figured out that behind that business-like exterior there's a kind, brilliant, fun-loving human being I can connect with. I can trust Zoe to be straight with me, and that's a quality I value highly.
So, here's to the latest episode in The Crazy Adventures of Lia! I hope to learn a lot about selling books, which will be of huge benefit to me, as someone who aspires to write them for a living.
Zoe asked me to go full-time right away, but I requested a chance to finish and submit my manuscript first, while working part-time, and she kindly agreed.
Getting to work is going to be a challenge as I don't have a car, but a job is the first step.
There you have it. If you're an author considering an event in Reno, I hope you'll get in touch with me via firstname.lastname@example.org . I'd love to help you make it a smooth, fun, stress-free experience!