Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Tilton.
Kate, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
One year during high school, I was in the car on my way home for Christmas and browsing Twitter. One of my all-time favorite authors posted that she was looking for an assistant. I’d never had a job before but it sounded like the best one ever (and it was) so I responded, asking if the assistant could be virtual. I got the job and I’m blessed to still be working for authors today.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Gosh, no. I don’t believe anyone who has lived long enough can say their road hasn’t had bumps. But those bumps are what make things interesting, what makes us grow.
When I first started out I was working for one client. I’d started with this client in high school and had been working with her for almost a year. Then one morning I woke up to an email from her saying she’d have to end our working relationship.
It was a huge bump for me. At the time I was devastated, but now looking back on it all these years later I can see how it helped shaped me. Back then I had put a lot of my identity into who I was working for, which was problematic. I’m not who I work for, I am my own person with my own abilities and faults. So in losing that client and identity, I was able to grow as a person and learn an important life lesson.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Kate Tilton’s Author Services – what should we know?
I love helping others succeed. My work at Kate Tilton’s Author Services, LLC allows me to connect authors with readers and help authors reach their goals. I like to call this upscaling, which to me means taking a business from its current stage to the next level.
I work with authors of all publication paths, from New York Times and USA Today bestsellers, award winners, and six-figure authors, to pre-publication authors, to authors somewhere in the middle. By coming alongside authors as a partner, I turn scary and overwhelming things like marketing, upscaling, and finding an audience into tools we use to make an author’s dream a reality. I achieve this mission with one-on-one partnerships with authors, one-on-one consultations, online training courses for authors at every level, and free resources on my site and many others.
I’ve been featured in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, RT Book Reviews, Kobo Writing Life, and The Book Designer. I’ve also shared my knowledge of the industry by contributing to The Self-Publisher’s Ultimate Resource Guide and by presenting at Book Expo America, as well as other venues.
I’m proud each time I hear an author say “I couldn’t do this without you” or when one of my clients publishes their latest book. It is an amazing feeling to be a part of the career of an author and I feel blessed I get to do this as my job.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are so many people who have helped me and who still do to this day!
Marie Lu produced the book trailer for my first client. Because I followed her artwork I discovered my client and started reading her books. Without Marie sharing her artistic talent I may not have made that discovery and landed that first client.
Joel Friedlander of The Book Designer had a huge impact on my business. In October of 2013, a few years after I had started working with clients, Joel featured a blog post written by me about what I offer authors. That post helped me land more clients and move into working full-time. Joel is also a current client of mine and a huge support to me all these years later.
Melissa Robles is a new addition to my team. Although her joining as an official part of the team happened this year, Melissa has been helping me for years in many other ways. She helped with my (now closed) Twitter chat, my website, and as a dear friend. I’m so glad to be able to have her now as an official part of the team.
These are only a few of the many people who have impacted me and my company. I’m blessed to have many amazing clients, friends on and offline, and a wonderful family in my corner. I would not be where I am today without these wonderful folks.
- Kate Tilton’s Book Bloggers Reach-out, I will reach out to my list of bloggers (the Kate Tilton’s Book Blogger Group) with your book or request for reviews/interviews/guest posts/giveaway hosts. This service is not available for steamy romance or erotica titles. Cost: $105
- Personalized Review Query, review coordinator Melissa Robles will reach out for four hours to book reviewers (targeted for your book) to request reviews. Cost: $105
- Consulting, want to pick my brain over the phone, email, or Skype? This is for you! Cost: $105 per session of up to one hour.
- Social Media Training for Authors, want to learn how to master social media so it doesn’t master you? This one-on-one training is for you! Cost: $105 per one-hour session.
- Basic Website Set-Up for Authors, I’ll set up a basic author website for you and do up to two revisions. Cost: $550
- Website: www.katetilton.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/k8tilton
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/K8Tilton
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/k8tilton