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Meet Tiffany Vakilian of A Word With You Press

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Vakilian.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tiffany. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I went to a writer’s group run by A Word With You Press in 2013. Before the summer was over, I was an intern. Now, I freelance edit while keeping light tabs on the back office operations. When our fearless leader and CEO, Thornton Sully, decided to relocate from Oceanside, he left a reliable team of loveable misfits, artists, and industry folk (publishing industry, that is) to carry on the virtual fun and frolick that culminates in the A Word With You Press website.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
By no means has it been easy. From break-ins to breakdowns, and the passing of some of our most beloved writer friends, it’s been a rough road, but as writers and creatives, we have taken life in stride. The mission of AWWYP has always been “putting gravitas on a low-carb diet,” so we keep laughing at the ludicrous and dealing the serious as it comes.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the A Word With You Press story. Tell us more about the business.
A Word With You Press is the brainchild of Thornton Sully, and we’re a collective of writers, editors, book cover designers, etc. with a passion to share our stories and improve our craft. We help each other publish, we promote each other, push each other–the list is pretty extensive. Personally, as an editor and publishing analyst, I’ve edited and formatted books, managed logistics for book fairs, worked with celebrities on audiobook recordings–many different hats for different clients!

But the number one specialty about AWWYP is the website. “We run a de-facto writers’ workshop by sponsoring online contests for our international writing community to give them an opportunity to see their works published as well as to get both peer and professional feedback.” Pulitzer Prize winners, San Diego Book Awards winners, and all manner of international writing professionals submit work and give amazing feedback to others. If it weren’t for this site, I know of at least one book (other than my own) that would not be here today. These contests are friggin’ prolific.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I’d like to think the hand of God blocked a lot of mishaps. But we’ve definitely been dealt some heavy blows. Too many to list, actually. But that is life, and the rain falls where it falls.

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