Name: Lesley Taylor
Business Name: Western Winds Publishing
Website URL: http://www.thedynamicintrovert.com
Book Title: The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly with Passion and Purpose
NFAA Chapter Location: Metro Vancouver
NFAA Meetup Group Link: Vancouver Meetup page
Tell us a bit about you. What kinds of writing do you do and what do you do for work?
In addition to my book I write non-fiction articles and blog posts. I have been published in the Canadian Journal of Family Law, Your Workplace Magazine, The Scrivener and I have two blogs. As a consultant my work included writing policies, manuals, handbooks and website content. I am currently working as a freelance writer and coaching/mentoring other writers who want to self-publish their books.
What are your publishing-related goals?
I am interested in freelance writing projects related to leadership development, human resources, wellness and personality types.
What motivated you to want to run a local chapter for NFAA and what do you hope to accomplish with your chapter?
There seems to be more support for fiction writers in the area in which I live. In addition I have a passion for helping other writers publish and market their books.
What advice would you offer to fellow writers?
Write about something that you are passionate about. Writing is a challenge but if you write about something you love you will find it easy. This was the advice I was given while working on my Masters in Education and it worked.
Please list any favorite books, tools, or resources you would recommend for fellow writers.
I really like http://www.ebookit.com For a small set up fee I am able to sell my e-book on all platforms (e g Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sony, iTunes, Google etc.). Each month I receive a sales report letting me know where my books have sold and for how much. I also sell my book Print on Demand (POD) through Lightening Source. This is tracked through ebookit as well. AND the company has a platform that enables me to create online courses based on my book. The website is user friendly and the staff is extremely accessible.
What do you do for fun?
There is a lot to do in the Vancouver area and I enjoy going to plays, listening to music, watching movies, walking, cycling, and trying out new restaurants. Last year I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time and loved it! And of course, I am a voracious reader of both fiction and non-fiction books.