PA Annie Miller #interview

Please give a warm welcome to Annie Miller PA

Tell us a bit about yourself…

Hi! My name is Annie. I am obsessed with the 90s, tea, travel, and animals. I can be rendered completely useless by a cute baby animal. I am a stay-at-home mom, with two hilarious kids. 

 How long have you been a PA? 

I started back in January of this year. It’s been a really fun four months.

How did you get started as a pa? 

Accidentally? I was chatting with one of my favorite authors and she offered me the position. 

What do you do as a PA? 

I manage their schedules, do promo, transcription, alpha/beta reading,  help with their social media, I put together series bibles, and I’m learning graphics now. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

I have to have music playing. That isn’t exclusive to working though. Music is almost always playing in my house.

What are your hopes for the future? 

To be lucky enough to keep doing what I am doing now, and to learn new and useful skills to further help my awesome authors.

Do you have any advice for new PA’s? 

Winging it is exhausting. Find a good mentor to help point you in the right direction. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help. The more experienced PAs are wonderful and will help you, when you do ask for help.

Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I do have availability.

Hanna Wenna PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Hanna Wenna

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Hannah ←←← not actually my real name 😂 I love love love to read! I’m married and have 2 demonspawn. I really love to stalk authors when, you know, I’m not reading books or talking about books… I totally don’t have a problem. 

How long have you been a PA? 

I’ve been a PA for about a year and a half probably closer to two years.

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How did you get started as a PA? 

I became really interested in the PA side of things when I started beta reading. I really wanted to give it a try to see if it would be something I would like to do. I was at home on maternity leave so figured, why not? I reached out to another PA and asked her so many questions and she helped me get started. But stalking was a definite key aspect to starting out.

What do you do as a PA? 

I do so many things, it’s crazy! I’m an office worker and a babysitter←←←← authors are so needy!! But for real, I manage a lot of reader groups and I read a lot. I find ARC readers and bloggers for releases. Some days I live in photoshop and canva. I manage ARC & Street Teams. I format books. I do a ton of promo. I also organise anthologies and shared worlds with my partner in crime, Sarah Klinger. I live for google docs. I really don’t know what I would do without it. There’s so many other things I do, but basically I’ll do anything, even sell my soul….

Do you have any quirks while working? 

Not really, I work from home so I try to work around my 2 & 4 year olds, also known as the devil spawn. When they aren’t home though, I have to have my music on to jam to while I’m working. I get really distracted while I’m reading so I’m always switching to puzzle games every other chapter. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

I just want to keep doing what I’m doing. I would love to set up a publishing company. Do more formatting because it relaxes me. But this job, it’s not really a job, it’s more than that. I love helping authors and so many of them have other jobs so being able to help them achieve their dream is just the best feeling ever.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Immerse yourself in the indie community. Join reader groups, find out as much as you can. Stalk authors, read as much as you can. Talk to PAs and find out from them how they got started and what they do. And seriously if you think it’s something you want to do, talk to an author you love and have a relationship with and ask them if they need help. Go from there. I’ll never regret taking that leap. It’s the best non-job ever and it’s changed my life.  

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Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I do have some availability depending on the author’s needs. I’m always happy to help out an author who has questions – I’m on all the social medias and you can find the full list of what I offer on my website. 

Jenny Bodle PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Jenny Bodle

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Jenny and I live in Central Minnesota with my Husband, one of my kids, a cat and a dog.

How long have you been a PA? 

I have been a PA for about a year and a half now.  

Have you always wanted to be a PA? 

Actually, I didn’t even know what it was till Carissa Andrews found me.  I was working at a deli and she was one of my customers.  We became friends but I had no idea she was a writer till I was shopping at the local consignment shop when I picked up a book and found her picture in the back of it.  A while later she asked me to be her PA because she could not find one that was a good fit for her.  

What do you do as a PA? 

I do anything that the author does not want to do except write or edit the book. I help them as they write with ideas and things like that though. I do images, scheduling, market research, ads, uploading books to different platforms, newsletters.  I really can keep going but I think you get the drift. 

Do you have any quirks while working? 

When I do graphics I like to listen to the book I am working with on audio.  It gets me in the frame of mind so that the images match the book better. 

What are your hopes for the future? 

When I started I wanted to be an all inclusive service.  I would have graphic designers on hand and all that jazz.  I have since found that I like chatting with the authors so my goal is to get very effective for the authors so that I can charge more and take less clients.  I love the relationship I have with them and do not want to have to give that up to take on more clients. 

Do you have any advice for new PA’s? 

Charge what you are worth, ask questions, and take criticism. Not everyone’s the same and will want different things. Be flexible.  Join a PA group chat and do not hesitate to ask them questions. We are all here to work together.   

Are you available for new work or booked solid. 

For the right client I would take them on but I have become a little more picky.  I do not mind helping out anyone if they need it and I can answer questions for anyone. 

Allie Green PA #interview

Please give a warm welcome to PA Allie Green

Tell us a bit about yourself

Hi, Everyone! I live in Monroe, Washington which is about a 45-minute drive North-East of Seattle. I work full time as a diesel mechanic although I don’t know how much longer I’ll be doing that if things go the way I want! I also pet sit in addition to being a PA to a bunch of wonderful writers. I love reading, writing, hiking, and camping.

How long have you been a PA?

I have been a PA for about a year now! And I’ve loved every second of it!

Have you always wanted to be a PA?

It isn’t even something that had crossed my mind until I stumbled across the Indie community on FB. I fell in love with the whole community and wanted to help out and the best way for me to do that seemed to be to offer up PA services!

What do you do as a PA?

Let’s see…. I help all my authors by promoting their work in various ways. I run their facebook groups to keep up interaction and ensure their names are staying out there! I am basically an emotional support animal in that I help keep their confidence up and help them work through any issues they may be having. While I might be an employee I am very much friends with all my authors and I enjoy being there to help them. I help them plan fun events and find fun events that they can participate in. I also help them find new opportunities for writing; if I find fun box sets or collaborations I think they would enjoy I make sure they get the information for them. Besides those things, I just help them with whatever they may need!

Do you have any quirks while working?

Not that I know of. Sometimes I spazz out and have to get a cup of tea to chill out when FB is being annoying but other than none that I can think of. You’d have to ask my authors lol! 😂

What are your hopes for the future?

I am hoping to help my authors reach their dreams of being full time writers or reach a bestsellers list. My personal goals are to finish writing MY first book that I have up for Pre-Order on Amazon right now. Starting off as a PA has really helped me make my dream of being a writer a little easier.

Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

I think the best advice I have for someone just starting as a PA would be to connect with PA’s that have been out there for awhile. I found a fabulous group that made my job a whole heck of a lot easier. They are able to answer questions, send you good opportunities, and offer you support. Besides that, you just need to be BOLD! If you see a job and think you’d be a good fit you need to jump at it even if it seems daunting!

Are you available for new work or booked solid.

At the moment I could only take on 1 or 2 more clients depending on what they might require.

PA Sara Gonzalez #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

Well, my name is Sara. I’m a Mom of three grown children, I’m and Author and a PA. My first published work was almost fourteen years ago. With more to come.
I’ve been a PA for almost a year.

Have you always wanted to be a PA?

Never even considered it until I had been hanging in a group of an Author i had come to respect. I had always had fun and then the opportunity came about and here I am.

What do you do as a PA?

These things vary, but schedules, editing, events, brainstorming, all aspects of admin. But also can’t leave out that we have an amazing admin team that helps as well and couldn’t imagine this job with out them.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I’m sure I do but nothing that stands out. Mostly certain things being done certain way. But again as a team we do this together.

What are your hopes for the future?

To see that my Author successfully succeeds as my Author will do the same for me. We all write and we all support each other. Its amazing!

Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Insist on an open communication with your Authors. No lies no hold backs. A PA can not truly do their job well if their Author is not forthcoming with information needed and promptly. Create a bond, a good friendship even.

Are you available for new work or booked solid.

No, I’m committed to my work where I am. Totally booked. Two many hands in the pot creates a chaos not needed.

PA Julia Murray #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself?

Hi, the name is Julia. I like to call myself the professional Serena Akeroyd stalker, it’s ok she loves me and welcomes my stalking. She now even employs me to do it, win for me! I have two young boys who like to keep me busy and a mischievous dog called Loki. If I’m not reading or surfing Facebook I love to bake for my family and friends.

How long have you been a PA?

I’m a relative newbie! Coming up for 2 months now.

Have you always wanted to be a PA?

The job was a complete surprise! I have been a very vocal supporter for Serena’s books and helped however I could to get the word out on her work, either by recommendations or posting promo. I might’ve shed a few tears when she offered me the job. I feel truly blessed to have her in my life.

What do you do as a PA?

I help with whatever Serena needs, from doing promo, helping out in her group on facebook. Organising Newsletter swaps and finding takeovers. Research for books. Helping with the Arc and Street teams. And I will have the privilege of helping out at a few conventions this year too.

Do you have any quirks while working?

I haven’t noticed any, other than ignoring my husband Haha. He even confirmed this 🙈

What are your hopes for the future?

For my job? That I get to keep working for Serena for many years to come and watch her reach the accolades she deserves.

Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. There are lots of amazing PA’s out there who are willing to help answer any questions you might have!

Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I am Serena Akeroyd exclusive PA. She keeps me busy enough!! We might also be rather possessive of each other 😂❤

PA Izzy Hix #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I am currently studying toward (hopefully) my PhD in Experimental Psychology. Now you may ask why the heck am I am PA. I love the author community. I also love numbers and love organization.  I kinda have a thing for spreadsheets. Like a REAL thing.  *fans self* I absolutely love to travel. I recently went to Amsterdam and I keep realizing how much I miss it there. I’m also kinda a yoga junky.  Basically, I’m a mixed up ball of random.

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How long have you been a PA?

I have been working as a PA for a long time now.  I normally work with small business owners but expanded into working with authors in the RH community last April. It has been amazing!!

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Have you always wanted to be a PA?

I’ve always loved helping people and I developed a skillset that helps me do that for my authors. PAing was an obvious fit for me.

What do you do as a PA?

Nearly everything. I think my favorite things are helping manage ARC teams and bookkeeping…yeah I know, crazy, right? Who likes numbers?? Me. I also help with promotion, managing readers groups, other social media, and more than I could list. Basically, I’ve worked in over 10 different industries so I have a lot of skills. Just ask and I can probably do it.

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Do you have any quirks while working?

I listen to books while I work. I also drink water like it’s going out of style. I don’t even realize how much I drink. It’s nearly a compulsion.

What are your hopes for the future?

Obviously with my pursuit for my PhD, working in research is my endgame but I don’t see that stopping my PA work. I love what I do and I love my authors as well as all the amazing readers out there.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Be organized…like overly so. Communicate. Don’t ghost people. Ask for advice. There are tons of us that do this so just shoot a PM to me and I’d be happy to give you some direction. In fact, I actually have interns to help those who want to explore the world of PAing in the reading community and I help show them the ropes. I’m a nut for helping people!

Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I am available. I love to help authors so just reach out!

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Graphic Designer – Artist SephineeDraws #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a graduating student currently finishing up my internship. When I’m not drawing, I play Monster Hunter World and take care of my plants and aquariums.

Have you always wanted to become a artist/designer?

I guess I always did? I started drawing at a very young age like most kids. Though I did dream of becoming a veterinarian back then.

Where do you find inspiration for your work?

Most of my inspiration comes from the video games I play. Final Fantasy 9 and Nier: Automata to name a few. I have a handful of great artists that I follow too. Zeronis, WLOP, and Loish are probably my top 3 inspirations.

What are you working on now?

Mostly client work and internship stuff. A few animations and some illustrations for a game that I can’t really share yet. 😅

What are your hopes for the future?

My goal after graduating is to work freelance full time. It’s doable for me now and I hope that as I improve, more people will be interested in commissioning me.

Do you have anything to say to your followers?

I think like most artists, I’m really thankful for my followers especially the ones that have stuck around to support me. It’s especially heartwarming. A big thank you to all of them.

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PA Dom Whit #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

A bit about myself, hmmm, this seems to always be the hardest of questions. Lets just start with the norm, I am mom of two daughters, who I homeschool. Yes, that means I am a stay at home mom! I married my best friend; we have been together going on 16 years. I am a pet lover and have loads (the hubs is not thrilled with this little quirk). I have for as long as can remember been an avid book lover, which lead to the best job ever. A few things people might not know is, I have a Master of Science in Psychology, I enjoy sewing or cross-stitching and I am a coffee addict…love the nectar of the gods!

How long have you been a PA?

I have had the absolute privilege of being called a PA for about 15 months! It is such a blast working with these wonderful ladies and assisting them in their careers.

Have you always wanted to be a PA?

Honestly, even as an avid reader for the last 30 years, it never dawned on me that one could be a PA for their favorite authors. I was still thinking of the old school or classic process of going through a publishing house. Yes, the thought is laughable, but I was more of a reader and less activate on social media. Once I gained social media, I realized that the indie author movement was huge, and got a glimpse of the process authors take to get their books to the masses!

What do you do as a PA?

As a PA I support my authors in any way that I can! An idea of what I assist with is helping create graphics, supporting during a takeover, recommending others to love their work as much as I do! I do my best to ensuring the author reader groups are fun and engaging. I also get the pleasure of reading their books and listening to audiobooks too! I will attend a few signings to support them through that process, BABE is going to be so exciting!

Do you have any quirks while working?

I do not have any unusual quirks while working, unless having a toddler in my lap while I create games or graphics a quirk!

What are your hopes for the future?

My hope for the future is to continue supporting my authors, they truly are amazing ladies with hearts of gold! My goal is to have a front row seat watching their career grow and prosper and I am thankful to be a part of it!

Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

My advice to new PAs or people who want to start PAing, is to be diligent and work hard for your author, because they become your author and not just an author. Be honest with them, let them know what you are or are not capable of creating or accomplishing. Do not hesitate to ask questions of them and other PAs, they have been here a bit longer! Be friendly and understanding of the readers, who are anticipating the next book, or signing or a plethora of other things from your author! My last bit of advice is simply to have fun and be loyal to who you are supporting!

Are you available for new work or booked solid.

I would love to say yes, I am available to take on more of the incredible authors out there, but at this time I am fully book with my fabulous authors!

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PA Josie Cross #interview

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Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Josie, I’m 28 and I live in Western Pennsylvania with my husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats. When I’m not working my day job as a Certified Veterinary Technician or doing my PA duties, I enjoy reading (of course), video games, camping and kayaking.

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How long have you been a PA?

Only for a few months.

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Have you always wanted to be a PA?

Actually, no. I am new to this whole author/PA world only really getting immersed in it within the last year. I actually started as an ARC reader but got to talking to Ira Myriam one day and she told me that I should think about becoming a PA. She got me in contact with the right people and I haven’t looked back since. She has been amazing and a true blessing in my life.

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What do you do as a PA?

Currently I am working with 2 bloggers and an author. I help with running their group pages; engagement, new posts, accepting members, welcoming members, closing and choosing winners for giveaways. I make various types of forms; takeover sign ups, ARC sign ups, prize claim forms, etc. I also promote books on various platforms. I also am slowly teaching myself to make graphics for various things (it’s a work in progress).

Do you have any quirks while working?

Does listening to 2000s emo music while working count? If so, that’s my only one.

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What are your hopes for the future?

I am hoping to continue working with the awesome bloggers and authors I have, as well as possibly adding others. I also hope to get better at making graphics as I’m new to all of that.

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Do you have any advice for new PA’s?

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge. I was terrified to become a PA at first and now I can’t imagine being one. Find a few friends in the PA community. There are so many amazing people who are willing to talk to you and help you out.

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Are you available for new work or booked solid?

I am available.

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