Amber Skye Forbes graciously took me on as a literary intern (I came up with the job title. Snazzy, no?) to help out with things like organizing a book blast, scheduling interviews, and getting her book into libraries. As you all know, writing a book is tough, but what comes after is a different kind of tough. Getting the book off the shelves and into hands of readers doesn’t happen all on its own. That’s where I come in. *cue badass soundtrack*
Amber pretty much had it all under control, but I’ve always wanted to work in publishing as an agent of some kind, so she agreed to let me work for her and gain some hands-on experience. I wouldn’t recommend this type of work to someone who doesn’t enjoy networking, shooting out emails and being a control freak. And there are other skills which come in handy, of course. When I’m not trolling blogs, trying to suss out whether they’re taking interview/guest post requests, I spend a good part of my day prettifying commercially available images and turning them into graphics with Pixlr.
In addition, I contribute to Amber’s Facebook page (1400 likes and counting!), organize giveaways, promote the newsletter, and much more. I still have my own creative writing, of course. I want to get published one day, too, but it seems the best I can do (for now) is surround myself with writer folk who share the same aspirations. I’m still in high school, too, so there’s homework and stuff, but the less said about that, the better. *shudder*
Luckily for this intern, Amber isn’t the type of author to laze around and let her press team do all the work. No, she’s just as eager as I am to get the word out there about the awesomeness that is When Stars Die. Whenever I shoot her an interview that needs answering, or a guest post that needs writing, she has it done and dusted in no time at all. Naturally, Amber is human too, which means she gets sick and does homework and goes to work (Yes, work. Writing doesn’t pay all the bills, no matter how much we wish it would) like any other person. All that just makes her devotion to her writing even more incredible, and makes my job more important.
Right now, we’re working on the anniversary book blast of When Stars Die. It’s on October 22, so if any of you strange internet people want a slice of the action, shoot me a message at sebstarcevic (at) gmail (dot) com. I put together a media kit to package off to any interested parties, so you’ll be getting a bunch of cool graphics, plus an exclusive interview with Amelia, MC of When Stars Die.
Now, this literary intern has other things to do. Sayonara!
About the Author: At age 10, Seb Starcevic wrote his first novel and convinced himself it was going to be a bestseller. Spoiler: It wasn’t. Since then, he’s dreamed of being a great many things, such as: historian, writer, editor, and palaeontologist. While he is none of those things, he still retains a childish fascination with dinosaurs, and can be found agonizing over correct comma usage. Nowadays, he lives out his editor fantasies through the Corner Club Press, and dreams of the day he finally finishes a novel. In addition, he writes articles for the highest bidder, and plays the role of desperate intern for author Amber Skye Forbes. Oh, and he’s still in high school.