I never knew just how big and varied the world of books is until I wrote one. And even then, it still took a while to completely sink in. It takes so many people to bring a book into the world- editors, designers, proofreaders, artists, photographers, typographers, pr and marketing…. Well, you get the idea. A book is a huge undertaking, and I knew from an early age I wanted in, even if I had no idea I’d someday be behind the scenes, too.
I’ve been lucky enough to have worn a lot of different hats in this industry, in what feels like the brief time I’ve been in it. I’ve been both a writer and an editor, and I’ve worked on both the production and marketing ends of things. I can honestly say I find these behind the scenes things very rewarding- just as rewarding as reading and writing. I mean, we’re making books, and that’s a very cool thing.
I have to trace my writing career back to my love of reading. To me, reading is the cornerstone of writing. If we don’t read, we cease to grow as writers. When I was little, and a grown-up asked the eternal question of, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I’d always answer. “Professional reader!” as if it was a documented profession. I also think writers are just frustrated readers at heart. I think every writer gets to this point where they want a new book, but there’s nothing that quite meets our expectations. That’s when the writerly imagination steps in, filling the gap with original worlds and stories.
In 2011, I published my first novel, a YA paranormal called Gifts of the Blood. It was a great time to be Indie. The community was thriving and very supportive of new authors. I made a ton of friends that are with me to this day, and learned a lot about how, and how not, to self-promote. In 2012, I signed with Curiosity Quills Press to publish The Chronicles of Nowhere. I fell in love with this small press, and its author-centered approach to the publishing industry. They later acquired my entire Angel’s Edge series, and I am no longer Indie published, as of 2013. For now, anyway! Who knows, maybe I’ll dip my toes in those waters some day in the future. That’s the beauty of the publishing world today- you have so many choices that weren’t there five years ago.
In 2014, I really began seeing the publisher’s side of the writing industry. I began working as an acquisitions editor, which realized my dream of being a professional reader. An AE, as I came to be known, is responsible for reading and critiquing the manuscripts that come in, through the slush pile, and from agents. I read and critique the manuscripts, and hopefully even manage to help get a few published. I also began helping out on the marketing side, and learned that it can be just as much fun as reading, and working on a novel. There’s something thrilling about reaching out to book bloggers about a new novel I’m really in love with, or knowing I helped an author organize her first book signing.
I don’t get to spend as much time dreaming up worlds as I did a few years ago. Part of that is work related, but the biggest factor was the birth of my daughter in 2013. I simply have less time, now that there’s a toddler in the picture. And I’m totally okay with that. One day, she’ll be a lot less demanding of my time, and I’ll be able to once again shut the office door and bliss out to music while I type away. But she needs me now, and I’m privileged to be there for her, all the while getting to still have an active role in the book world I love so much.
Vicki Keire grew up in a 19th Century haunted house in the Deep South full of books, abandoned coal chutes, and plenty of places to get into trouble with her siblings. She spent the last decade teaching writing and literature at a large, football-obsessed university while slipping paranormal fiction in between the pages of her textbooks.
Published works include the bestselling Angel’s Edge series, which includes Gifts of the Blood, Darkness in the Blood, and Blood Redemption, The Chronicles of Nowhere series, and the stand-alone novel Daughter of Glass. She is included in the Dark Tomorrows anthology with J.L. Bryan and Amanda Hocking, and the Primetime anthology with J.R. Rain and Anita Exley.
When not reading and writing about all things paranormal, she enjoys other people’s cooking and keeps vampire hours. She’d rather burn the laundry than fold it, and believes that when an author wins the Newberry, he or she gets a secret lifetime pass to Neverland. She is fond of lost causes and loud music. She currently resides in Central Florida on a lake-front farm full of many furry friends. She loves hearing from readers and can be reached on most social media sites or through her blog (link: http://www.vickikeire.blogspot.com/), of which she is awfully fond.