Janeen Ippolito writes steampunk fantasy, urban fantasy, 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 books written, polished, published, and enjoyed 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

What Makes You Different Makes You Incredible

Hey there! I’m Janeen. And I’m a crazy 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. Something’s missing.

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 whatever else is driving you.

But what does that even look like? Isn’t chasing dreams what crazy people do? 

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. Guess what? I have number processing issues that make higher math beyond torture. Considering I spent my free time writing hundreds of pages of stories and creating marketing plans, wise people in my life steered me towards humanities and language arts.

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. Areas that really matched my passions for cross-cultural communication, teaching, and writing. 

I had to chart my own path. 

With the support of more wise people, I worked my butt off self-designing and submitting my own independent major that equipped me with the tools I needed to succeed. No regrets!

Once I was busy teaching English as a Second Language and job skills, my heart tugged me back towards fiction writing. My first book was contemporary romance that hit all the tropes and fit the mold. But my passion was the far less sensible genres of science fiction and fantasy, which had always shown me new ways of thinking, awakened my joy in creating, and encouraged me to dream.

I remember trying to edit my romance manuscript for a publishing company that wanted it and working hard to build an effective platform for the series. I felt like a fraud the whole time. 

This wasn’t my path–and yes, wise people again reminded me of my 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 with my entrepreneurial skills and co-founded a small science fiction and fantasy publishing house, Uncommon Universes Press, that delights in unique story worlds.

As the press grew, I stepped down from my full-time teaching career. Now I’m a successful publisher, freelance editor, conference teacher, and author. And I’m passionate about working with people like you every day to reach your readers with your unique message.

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 innate skills, life experiences, and passions that shape you. 

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 write in a way that fits into your plans and goals.

Your unique words are the key to unlocking your marketing magic.

So what are you waiting for? The world needs your book!

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