Meet the Staff: Patrick Maloney

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Each week get to know one of our amazing staff members as they talk about their writing heroes, advice to writers, and what book is currently sitting on their nightstand.

This week, meet Patrick Maloney!

Wise Ink: Describe your role at Wise Ink in two sentences or less.

Patrick Maloney: I handle the production of our books—copyediting, design, and printing. I am also the office DJ.

WI: What is your day at Wise Ink normally look like?

PM: My favorite part of my job is that each day can be so radically different. Last week I was tweaking the colors in a children’s book, and this week I’m proofreading a memoir for a radio personality.  

WI: What types of books are your favorites to publish, and why?

PM: I love working on books with our nonprofits partners, who help promote literacy and community awareness.

WI: Who are some of your writing heroes?

PM: I’m particularly fond of Malcolm Gladwell because he can write about pretty much anything. I just read a riveting essay of his on the ketchup industry.

WI: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would you say?

PM: To quote the late George Michael: “If you’re gonna do it, do it right.”

WI: What are you currently reading?

PM: I’m always reading two or three books at a time—right now it’s The Art of Cruelty by Maggie Nelson, an art criticism text; The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jameson, an essay collection; and The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird, a craft book for writing fiction.

Whoa, Nelly!

Most of our books are in stores. Many are also in libraries. Some have made it to the desks of elected officials. But, until now, no Wise Ink book had ever been on the Facebook page of the R&B singer Nelly.

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Donn Sorensen wrote Big-Hearted Leadership about the most important quality a leader can have—compassion. Nelly wrote "Hot in Herre" about a room so warm that it only made sense to remove all of your clothing. Although the two come from two very different industries, they are apparently, to our surprise and delight here at the office, friends. Congrats, Donn!

Meet the Staff: Laura Zats

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Get to know one of our amazing staff members as they talk about their writing heroes, advice to writers, and what book is currently sitting on their nightstand.

This week, meet Laura Zats!

Wise Ink: Describe your role at Wise Ink in two sentences or less.

Laura Zats: I meet with prospective authors and then move new authors through the process of turning a manuscript or idea into a physical book.

WI: What is your day at Wise Ink normally look like?

LZ: Oh boy! There’s no such thing. The bulk of it is balanced between monitoring my email to push books along the publication process (sending a book to editing, checking on a cover from a designer, etc.) and meetings. My two favorite types of meetings are the first one, where we lay the groundwork for the entire process, and the final meeting there we choose paper and other print options for a book.

WI: What types of books are your favorites to publish, and why?

LZ: All books! But I have a really special place in my heart for YA. There’s something about the teenager that makes them the perfect reader. YA books, more so than any other type, have the ability to change the lives of their audience. I love seeing these books shape future generations.

WI: Who are some of your writing heroes?

LZ: Honestly, I’m constantly in awe of James Patterson. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The views expressed here are those of Ms. Zats and do not represent or reflect the views of Wise Ink Creative Publishing or its other employees.) He’s figured out a way to build what is essentially a self-publishing empire within the traditional system, and he is a constant idea-generator he makes his own rules, which is why he’s been so successful.

WI: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would you say?

LZ: Always keep writing. There are a lot of parts to being and author and publishing a book that take you out of the creative process, and it’s easy to lose sight of why you’re doing what you’re doing. But if you’re always writing, you can always feel like you’re moving ahead in your career.

WI: What are you currently reading?

LZ: The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Danni Starr Featured in Essence Magazine!

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Danni Starr is no stranger to the spotlight. She's been a radio host, a reality-TV star, and now a published author. But we're still especially excited to see Danni land in Essence this month.

"There is a difference between the youthful, outspoken, somewhat-outlandish woman you met on reality TV six years ago and the woman we hear on the radio today, dropping pearls of wisdom in between celebrity gossip sound bites," writes Ashley Stoney. "She is still bubbly, bright and warm, but she is wiser."

Check out the whole interview here!

Meet the Staff: Dara Beevas

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Get to know one of our amazing staff members as they talk about their writing heroes, advice to writers, and what book is currently sitting on their nightstand.

This week, meet Dara Beevas!

Wise Ink: Describe your role at Wise Ink in two sentences or less.

Dara Beevas: I manage authors and guide our marketing team. I’m also in charge of our events, product development, and author impact initiative.

WI: What is your day at Wise Ink normally look like?

DB: I’m coaching my authors through the writing, editing, revising, and design processes. I’m also working on initiatives to make our authors and their books more visible. I love networking, meeting writers at events, and working on project that share what we’ve learned with the publishing community at-large.

WI: What types of books are your favorites to publish, and why?

DB: I love almost every genre, but authors who publish inspirational and self-help titles tend to be my favorites. Those authors are usually motivated to bring light, healing, and new perspective to the world. There’s nothing quite like a transformational book that you can read again and again and have it change your life each time.

WI: Who are some of your writing heroes?

DB: Beautiful question! Books saved my life. My earliest memories are with books in my hands. As a middle-grade reader, my writing heroes were Peggy Parrish (author of the Amelia Bedelia books) and Mildred Taylor, whose book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry forever changed my relationship with books. I also count Alice Walker, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and J. California Cooper as my other writing heroes. P.S. I share a birthday with Sonia Sanchez, one of the most incredible poets of our time.

WI: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would you say?

DB: Embrace every pitfall. Believe in your work, especially when you face pitfalls. Write for the voice whose transformation depends on the story you have to tell.

WI: What are you currently reading?

DB: Untethered Soul by Michael Singer (reading this life-changing book for the third time) and I just finished reading my first graphic novel, Kindred by Octavia Butler.