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Posts Tagged ‘John Marshall’

The Corporate Side of Booksigning

When Kim Ricketts launched her Book Events company more than three years ago in Seattle, no one else was connecting authors with corporations like Starbucks, Microsoft and Real Networks in a formal way. Now these things are much more commonplace, but that isn’t keeping Ricketts from a hectic schedule that ends “by 11 PM or midnight,” as she tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s John Marshall in a brief Q&A.

Her biggest success? “When those inside companies write to me and say things like ‘I used to think of myself as a reader and went to author events, but then I got too busy with my career or having kids, but now with authors at my workplace, it reminds me how much I love to read,” she says. “I like that conversionary experience. I am evangelistic on this point. That’s when I feel like I have won.” And as for what’s next, expanding what we do to other companies in other regions,” namely in Minneapolis, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston. In other words, expect a lot more author/corporation matchups to come…

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The Slow-Building Success of Debbie Macomber

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer talks to the “least-known bestselling author” Debbie Macomber, whose latest foray into women’s fiction started its publishing life in the No. 8 slot on last week’s New York Times best-seller list. She tells John Marshall about starting out in paperback and how a jump to hardcover meant “rebuilding her audience” for her more traditionally-minded books. And as for the bestseller thing? “It’s a prestige thing, so it’s important,” said Macomber, “and I certainly would not want to discount it since that is what every writer strives to accomplish. But really what is most important to me as a writer is to touch my readers’ lives. My work may not change their lives but it does brighten their weekends.”