Sunday, April 15, 2012

Call Me Tigger, by Musa Intern Kendra Drylie

When I was a child I was on a special organic diet. It was supposed to help control my “over activeness”. Back when I was a kid they did not automatically put you on drugs to control you.  However I also always had bad allergies and my Mom used to give me Benadryl to help me breathe. Problem was it also made me very sleepy. So I looked like I was not paying attention when I was. 

While everyone thought I was daydreaming, I was usually thinking of a story to write, or about being able to get back to whatever book I was reading at the time.  I have been reading since I was three and just devour books. Years later, this love of books would take me in the right direction.

After years of writing poems, short stories, and stories for children I finally have the perfect job.  I get to wake up in the morning, get my family off to work and school and then sit down and READ. I get to read for a living--well, okay I’m an intern but someday when Musa Publishing is famous world-wide I get to say I was there from day one. Nothing more exciting than getting in on the ground floor and watching what happens when you work with great writers, editors, other interns and directors. 

I am learning so much about promoting. You learn a lot about how to promote yourself by promoting others. For me it is much easier to say “Hey, check this author out.  The story is great….etc. etc.” than it is to say “look at me I’m great at whatever.” But I am learning that when I promote others’ works I have to do it in such a way that people will come to MY site and listen to what I have to say.
So, as an intern I am learning way more than just how e-publishing works. I am learning how to promote and market our books. I am learning how to reach the masses through social websites. I am learning how to write and maintain a blog. In short, I am learning how any successful publishing company works. 

I love my job. I get to wake up and read. I get to eat lunch and read. I get to read before going to bed. I also get to tell thousands (I hope) of people about the wonderful novels, novellas and short stories we have to offer at Musa.

So now my being able to bounce from one subject to another, from one book to another, from one storyline to another quickly and still able to remember and keep straight the details comes in handy. Just call me Tigger.

Editor's note:  Musa Publishing is getting ready to say farewell to our first batch of amazing interns. Over the next few weeks, we'll be spotlighting blog posts from these amazing publishing talents. At Musa, we don't send our interns for virtual coffee. There's too much to do.

Kendra has served as a promotions and marketing intern under Dominique Eastwick, our promotions director.  Not only is Kendra unfailingly helpful and cheerful, but she's become an adept at keeping up with Dom--something only a few rare humans have proven capable of.  Kendra's work has been amazing, she always has something pithy yet fun to say in livening up our staff meetings, she's cheerfully shouldered tasks that other people would run from, and she's such an integral part of our marketing department that just to witness what she accomplishes is kind of mind-boggling. Kendra is the epitome of what a great intern should be.  Thanks, Kendra--


Derek said...

It's great that you've found the thing you love to do. Wishing you every success at the end of your internship.

Rhea Rhodan said...

Keeping up with Dom? You must be something. Maybe your body produced some super stimulant to cope with all that Benadryl when you were a kid :>)

Unknown said...

The truly successful person is the one who not only gets to do a job that they are good at, but also one that they truly enjoy. That way their job is no longer work, but simply an expression of their passion. I'm glad you've found the expression of your passion for literature. I've always known you could do it...