Featured Fig: Kisa Whipkey

Kisa Whipkey is the Editor & Acquisitions Scout for REUTS PublicationsWhat makes Figment Figment? Well, there are forums and blog posts and writing groups and featured books. But what really makes this place special are all of you Figs. So you should get some love.

Kisa Whipkey is the Editor & Acquisitions Scout for REUTS Publications, a complete TV junkie, and believes there is an audience for every author . . . even YOU!

Which literary character are you most like and why?

This is the hardest question on the list! I don’t tend to compare myself to literary characters. But I suppose, since I have to choose, I’d go with Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. She’s obviously a lot cooler than I am, but I think we share a lot of the same attitudes toward life; even the same flaws. She’s fiercely loyal to her family, distrusting of people’s motives, blunt to the point of insult and kind of oblivious to those around her. All of which also describes me. I’m useless at archery, though. 😉

 What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received? Given? 

The best advice I’ve ever seen came from a bumper sticker on the back of a random BMW: “Life is like photography; we use the negatives to develop.” –Unknown

It’s not technically about writing, but it could be. The writing business is a tough one, full of rejection and failure. The best writers learn how to turn those negatives into something positive, turning criticism into success and rejection into motivation. I can’t think of any better advice than that.

Tell us about REUTS, the publishing company you work with. 

REUTS Publications is an independent publishing agency created by authors, for authors. We believe that publishing should be more author-friendly and less about the publisher’s profit. When we accept a manuscript, we work closely with the author to edit, print, and market their work. We value their input and put their success first, offering bigger royalties than more traditional publishers.

I came onboard shortly after REUTS was created, answering a call for editors on the Deviantart forums. I’d worked with creative director Ashley Ruggirello before, interviewing her on my blog for the release of her novel, Morningside, so I was excited at the opportunity to work with her again. I come from a background in video game art and design, with an emphasis on visual storytelling. But my passion has always been books. Until REUTS, I was working as a freelance editor, but I’m much happier being part of such an awesome team, helping to change the face of publishing one book at a time.

Each of us lives in a different city, so we do everything online with the aid of group emails and Google Docs. Currently, my days are spent juggling incoming submissions that need review, working with authors to edit and smooth the books we’ve accepted for publication, and anything else Ashley throws my way. It’s busy, but I love it. 🙂

You can learn more about REUTS’ submission guidelines, staff, or mission here: www.reuts.com.

What’s your favorite part of being an editor?

My favorite part would be discovering the potential in a piece. I love finding work that’s new and original and helping to polish it into a gem the rest of the world can love too. Plus, I get paid to read. Who wouldn’t want a job like that?

What advice would you give to Figment users who want to be published someday?

Never give up. The publishing industry is brutal, and intensely competitive. But it’s also ever-changing, with more paths to success than ever before. Do your research and keep an open mind. There’s an audience for every author, you just have to find them.

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