Mary Kathryn Johnson
I wrote my first poem as a 3rd grade assignment. It was called, "This Tree Stands on a Hill," and my mother had tears in her eyes when she read it. That taught me that words have emotional power. I have not stopped writing since. I never even considered publishing anything I had written...until 2001.
That year, when my first son was a toddler, and I was 8 months pregnant with my second, I fell down my neighbor's steps, and broke both my legs. If I could give birth to a baby, care for a newborn, toddler, husband and home while I had casts on both legs up to the knee, I could do ANYTHING!
The first thing I did was start my first business, MommyLoves, in 2003. Learning a new industry and starting everything from nothing was time consuming, difficult and exciting all at the same time. Keeping MommyLoves successful every year since has given me the tools and confidence to learn another new industry all over again, and self publish my first book, "Say Bump and Take a Left."
I was so lucky to have my wonderful friend, Andrea help me shape my book (my new baby, if you will) and edit it to be ready to go out into the world saying exactly what I wanted it to say. Having that warm, yet constructive help made the self publishing experience much easier. What's next? More books, of course, because not much phases me if I can deliver a baby while having a pink cast on one leg, and a blue cast on the other!
I can even help you publish your own book . . . and you don't even have to break both your legs to do it!
My love of reading began at age 9 with the discovery of the Judy Blume series. At that time, I realized how a real connection can be made between reader and writer as I felt bonded by the characters she had written.
While obtaining my BA degree in Radio, TV & Film from Cal State, Northridge, I found my knack for marketing and advertising. My first editing experiences were during these college days as I worked for a national catalog company proofreading each stage of development, along with being mentored as a copywriter.
After finishing college, my then newlywed husband and I, moved to the Sacramento area where I went on to work for high tech start ups, helping to develop their marketing plans. When my daughter was born in 2001, I left my career to become an at-home mom, which is when my real education began.
In 2005, while working part-time selling advertising for a local parenting magazine, two other co-workers (also moms) and I decided to publish a magazine of our own: "total 180!" which became the first publication for corporate women turned at-home moms. As an integral part of creating the magazine's style and voice, I also oversaw all editorial functions, and developed the marketing strategy. Unfortunately, our funding only lasted through two issues, but we did make it to "Good Morning America," and learned a lifetime of skills, most of which, I still use, today.
Then I met Mary. We became instant friends (as did our kids) and shared in common both an entrepreneurial spirit and a love for reading and writing. I was honored when Mary asked me to edit her first book, "Say Bump and Take a Left." Although it began as a favor for a friend, editing Mary's book and helping her story be presented in the best possible light, opened up a passion in me that had been asleep for many years.
I'm excited that through Help Me Self Publish, I can now help other writers create stories and characters that reasonate with readers, fulfilling a love of storytelling that I first discovered as a child.
Whether it's through editoral services, marketing tips, website design, or guidance and advice, I look forward to helping you create a successful book.
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