Guest Post- Stephanie McKibben of Troll River Publications

Wendy and I share a common LinkedIn group and that’s how I got to know her. As I read more of her posts I found she was a person I wanted in my blogosphere life and subscribed. Every day I get to watch as Wendy goes searching for the happiness. Then I found out she wanted advice about publishing and I knew I could repay her and those I vicariously live through blogs!
I am a new publisher and have been putting my five years of research into practice, but not because I set out to be a publisher. I wasn’t thinking about ISBN’s, digital formatting software, or even cover design. I was thinking about getting my little books on Amazon and merrily writing stories that came to me. On the flip side of this nonchalant attitude came a professional obsession of studying craft, knowing everything I could about writing and not just style and voice, but how books got published. What was the process?
My publishing aspirations started with a critique partner who wanted to lay her beautiful manuscript in a drawer. She didn’t want to “deal” with self-publishing and she was still trying to get her story published through traditional means. It was my friend, knowledge and the burning desire to see her work published that I began Troll River Publications.
Along the way my knowledge combined with experience has given me some of the greatest moments of my life. I get to publish writers! It’s something amazing to me that I can do this. I continue my research and what I found out confirmed all the reasons why I wanted to self-publish.
I find so many writers without the confidence but the will to publish. I want writer’s to have the confidence in their craft. Too many people are afraid of learning because criticism hurts. I wish I could give each and every writer the confidence to improve from feedback, even what might be considered harsh feedback, and come out with understanding and a sense of achieving their goal.
Just as I wanted my critique partner’s novel out in the world, I want others to feel like they are not alone in this adventure, which is why I started the TRP Blog.
To my glee, my friend accepted my offer of publishing and now I have other authors under the TRP line, several books and experience to go with the knowledge and I want to give back. Ask me anything about writing or publishing. I even know a little about agenting. I can give you what I know in hopes that you find your adventure in and out of your stories.

~ Stephy

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Wendy McCance

Wendy McCance is a Michigan based freelance writer and social media consultant. Wendy has gained attention as the founder of the popular blog Searching for the Happiness which can be viewed in 9 local papers online, including the Oakland Press. The combination of writing skills and social media knowledge is what makes Wendy such a powerhouse to work with. Stay tuned for opportunities to advertise, guest post and as always, have your questions answered.

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11 thoughts on “Guest Post- Stephanie McKibben of Troll River Publications

  1. Every day I am more and more humbled by the generosity and community that exists in the blogging world. Our desire to avoid reinventing the wheel and SHARE what we’ve learned is amazing. In a world of “me” and “mine” your willingness to shae what you know and help others is truly inspiring. I am definitely going to visit your site! (Even if i don’t have the confidence, skills or thick enough skin to publish;)
    vicky
    http://www.thepursuitofnormal.blogspot.com

  2. This is cool. I have more questions then you have space. I will reach out to you when I can to maybe talk about my own thoughts about what my needs may be. I too am a story teller and I am in the process of editing my past stories to publish in a book. 🙂

  3. Wendy I’m glad you’ve given Stephy a platform opportunity on a guest post on your site. I know her by way of LinkedIn and all the support she has given me when I needed votes.

    I see her spreading the love everywhere on the internet sharing her knowledge and expertise. I’m happy I’m connected with her and want her in my blogosphere life too.

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