Spotlight: Jenn Grace

I live with: My 10-year old son, his other mom, and our tiger cat Leena.

Tell us about the work you do. How did you wind up here?
I have the incredible privilege of helping people publish their book(s) for a living. I began as a consultant and published four books to increase my visibility and thought leadership in my respective space. After having been asked “how did you do it?” about my book writing process over and over again, I began teaching others how to write and publish theirs. Now, years later, I am the proud founder of Publish Your Purpose Press. I never imagined I would be doing what I am doing, but there is no greater feeling than seeing an author’s success and watching them impact the communities they serve for generations to come.

What did you want to be when you were a little kid? How does that play into the work you do now?
For as long as I could remember I wanted to be a meteorologist, however, math has never been a strength. In high school when I learned how math heavy being a weather person was, I looked at alternatives. Having always been a good writer to that point, I dreamed of one day being the next “Dear Abby.” I feel really lucky that many days I am acting in my own Dear Abby type of role.

What problems do you solve for your clients?
The book publishing process is quite involved and can be really scary for a first time author (or even a second or third time author for that matter). Additionally, the book publishing industry tends to be a bit predatory. I wear many hats when working with our authors. I take on the protector role quite often. First-time authors need to be protected from the many companies and services that are looking to take advantage of their lack of understanding of the marketplace and publishing process. My personal mission is to make sure every author we work with walks away with an understanding of the industry, how to successfully publish within it and ultimately saving them money from going down the wrong path in the first place.

Tell us the best part of what you do.
I really love the business strategy side of Publish Your Purpose Press. I explain to our authors that publishing a book is similar to starting another business, so we want to make sure that their book is a part of absolutely everything that they do. The best parts of my day are when I am big picture brainstorming with an author about how the book is going to yield a positive ROI and how it will impact as many people possible. I love everything about business and brainstorming—it’s a harmonious and fortunate task I am able to do near daily.

What’s your personal motto or mantra?
Change happens in business. I firmly believe that any societal change we are looking to make first happens in business. Whether it is a top down effort, or a bottom up grassroots effort, businesses are the driving force behind so much good in the world. We work with authors and business owners who are specifically looking to make change and have an impact on this world because they also know that change happens in business.

Who’s your role model?
I don’t have one particular role model, but I have a type of person who I would define as a role model. Imagine you are driving along a paved road and you feel that you are leading the pack—you are at the forefront of what you do. Now, imagine parallel to that paved road there is a tunnel just beneath the surface. The people down here are forging ahead with lanterns, determination, grit and perseverance. These people just below your visible line of sight are the pioneers who are quietly and swiftly plowing ahead to move a movement along. The magic happens when these two groups of individuals converge, then collaborate, and truly create long lasting change and impact. The people who see the opportunity to bring these two groups together are role models—they are visionaries and pioneers—and change many lives in what they do.

Where’s your favorite place to relax?
I have a hammock in my backyard that is nestled under two large gorgeous oak trees. It’s a great spot to relax and watch the many backyard birds my 16 feeders attract.

Tell us a favorite accomplishment.
Often I am more excited by the little wins in life than I am the big wins. A recent personal accomplishment that I was beside myself with excitement was that I replaced a carburetor on a motorcycle by watching YouTube videos. This is not something I am skilled at in any way, but I was so excited that I did and that the motorcycle worked when I was done.

How can clients work with you?
There are a variety of ways we work with authors. We have an Author’s Academy program that walks a first time author through the publishing process from start to finish. We also have a publishing arm of our business. The best thing one can do is, if you have a question about the writing or publishing process—no matter how big or small—send me an email and we can chat. My personal goal is to help more people get their thought leadership in the world, so if I can be a stepping stone on that path for someone—then that is a success to me. Learn more at http://publishyourpurposepress.com/