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Reading, surfing, playing piano, and traveling are my favorite hobbies; so, a few years ago, I quit my job, started a book publishing company, moved my piano and surfboard to Portugal, and have been traveling and running my company from various cities in Iberia ever since. I love bringing groups of intellectually curious people together, creating safe spaces for important and inspiring dialogue. My goal is to start a writers' retreat, open a small community bookstore, and continue to find ways to support literature.

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Amy

Book Publisher and Marketer

Industry

Art & Culture

Located

Portugal, United States

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HOW DO YOU EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND/OR UNCONVENTIONALITY?

I started my publishing company because I was so disheartened by the lack of diversity among authors and publishers. When you walk into a bookstore and want to buy a book, you're looking to find some common ground with the protagonist or author. If you're not a white man or woman who fits into heteronormative conventions, that task is harder than it should be. I give voice to authors who would likely be overlooked by traditional publishers, giving debut writers a chance to break out into the publishing industry and begin their writing career.

HOW DO YOU EXPRESS YOURSELF CREATIVELY?

Creativity keeps me sane, and I find solace in book editing, book design, book production, creative writing, playing and composing music, and I occasionally paint. I used to be a dancer and am looking for ways to get back into dance. I also want to join or start a smaller creative community that's focused on writing.

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY? WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU ARE AN EXPERT IN AND COULD GIVE ADVICE TO THE COMMUNITY ON?

I believe I can contribute and help aspiring writers, I can help motivate people who are looking to make a big change in their lives, and I can help organize events or other gatherings. I'd love to mentor women who are trying to navigate the publishing industry!

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