Janeen Ippolito writes unique words that change our world. She writes steampunk fantasy with shifters, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out and the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories.
She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, marketer, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. Whether brainstorming a plot twist, developing a course, or analyzing marketing angles, she’s happiest when creating solutions that get unique words written, polished, published, and noticed in the ever-changing publishing industry.
In her spare time, Janeen enjoys sword-fighting, reading, pyrography, and eating brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica.
This extroverted writer loves getting connected, so find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and at her website: janeenippolito.com
A Note From Janeen . . .
Hey there! I’m Janeen. And I’m a crazy, mixed-up dreamer and doer who imagines impossible things and writes unique words. For a long time, I tried to hide that. But it never worked. Something always gave me away.
Do you feel this? You’re going about your business, trying to follow the same path as everyone else, but it just doesn’t work. Something in your intuition, your heart, your unique abilities says “no.”
Something isn’t right. This situation isn’t right. Something’s missing.
You have to do something about it. You have to take a different path. You have to step out and speak out. To encourage. To motivate. To open people’s eyes to beauty and truth and change their lives.
But what does that even look like? Isn’t chasing dreams what crazy people do? You’re trying to be sensible here!
I get you. You’re not alone. And you can do this—because I’ve spent my life making crazy and unique work.
Growing up, I tried to toss aside my gifts and go into science or medicine. Make that sensible choice to serve others in a practical way. Guess what? I have number processing issues that make higher math beyond torture, no matter how I fought to learn. And considering I spent my free time writing hundreds of pages of stories, maybe I didn’t fight all that hard—but I felt like I was, dangit!
Wise people in my life steered me towards humanities and language arts.
Then, in college I tried to fit in as an English or Writing major. But I kept getting drawn back to politics, anthropology, psychology, and communication. that really matched my passions for cross-cultural communication, teaching, and writing. Still, I tried to fit into the system for a year.
And then, with more interventions from others, I worked my butt off for a semester and successfully submitted my own independent major that equipped me with the tools I needed to succeed.
Once I graduated and was busy teaching English as a Second Language and job skills, I decided I wanted to pick up writing as a side career. My first book was contemporary romance that hit all the tropes and fit the mold. I was smart. I did my research. I studied! But my heart kept getting drawn to the far less sensible areas of science fiction and fantasy. The genres that spoke to me growing up, that showed me new ways of thinking and encouraged me to dream. That pushed me into studying languages and cultures of our world, to appreciate the viewpoints of others.
I remember trying to edit my romance manuscript for a publishing company that wanted it, and feeling like a fraud the whole time. Something was missing.
Yes, there was another intervention. We need the support of a community to remind of us of our true passions!
I finally had the courage to step back from the publishing company and dive into science fiction and fantasy. A few years later, after a month of foot-dragging, I made another leap and co-founded a small science fiction and fantasy publishing house that’s focused on unique story worlds.
Over a year ago, I stepped down from my full-time teaching career. Now I’m a successful freelancer running a growing publishing house and an author services business. Both dedicated to encouraging, strengthening, and uplifting people through unique words. And I’m passionate about working with people like you every day to reach your readers with your unique message that they need to hear.
Words matter. Stories matter. Your unique angle matters.
You don’t have to fit someone else’s mold. You don’t have to hide or ignore those unique skills, life experiences, and passions that shape you. Your words, whether fiction or nonfiction, can and should change our world. You can chart your own course. You can get your words out to readers on your schedule, whether you want to write a series of books or get one novel or guide book out to the world. You can do it in a way that fits into your plans and goals.
Your unique words aren’t a waste of time. They are the key to your success.
So what are you waiting for? Let’s change the world together.
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