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Who is Curiosa Publishing?

What is Curiosa Publishing, and why have you created it?

I’ve been in the process of writing my memoir for the last five years. As I neared its completion, I began looking at all of my options. Like most first-time authors, I was quickly disillusioned by the long, laborious, and, especially for a non-famous person, highly unlikely process of success through traditional publishing. I then explored all the hybrid options out there for writers these days, but couldn’t find one that allowed for both my own entrepreneurial spirit and my hands-on, detail-oriented work style.

These reasons are why I finally decided to go with not only self-publishing but to open my own publishing company. This means I remain in control of everything from the title to the publishing date to the text font. Meanwhile, I can outsource where and when needed—for editing, proofreading, pre & post-pub book reviews, product development, etc.—which I am and will continue to do. I love and appreciate having expert guidance; I just like to have the final say!

What is the significance of the word “Curiosa” in Curiosa Publishing?

Well, to answer that, let me back up a bit.
My upcoming memoir—Embodying Soul: Choosing to Live with Courage, Creativity and Endless Curiosity—has a fun, imaginative element to it which helps bring my inner spiritual journey to life in a way I never could’ve without it.

So, my emotions are embodied in snake-form (think an adult version of Inside Out!). My soul has her own look and name (Serene Voyager), as well as a journey and memory unique to her.

And the hero of the story is my soul animal, a powerful wild wolf named Endless Curiosity, who plays a large role in bringing together my soul and me.

But Endless Curiosity was a bit long to type over and over again, as well as a bit of a mouthful! I needed a nickname. I explored the etymology for the word “Curious,” and learned that it is “curios”. I then added the suffix -a for the feminine and voila—I had her nickname!

PS – EVERYONE has a “soul animal”, which is the most essential part of ourselves without which we wouldn’t be who we are. For some, it is Compassion. For others, perhaps Discipline. My soul animal is Endless Curiosity, without which, I simply am not myself.

Now, on to the question!

Because Endless Curiosity is such an important part of who I am, it made sense to have her be the representative of my publishing company. Because in the future, any book I publish—whether it be mine or someone else’s, and whether it is fiction, non-fiction, spiritually-oriented or completely enfolded in the material world—it must stimulate and celebrate endless curiosity in all who come upon the work!

What is your book called, and when you do anticipate it being published?

My book is called Embodying Soul: Choosing to Live with Courage, Creativity and Endless Curiosity.

I’ve also been working on my “elevator speech,” or “concept statement” for the book. Coming up with ~25 words to describe the book was in some ways harder than writing the book itself!

But here it is…

A determined truth-seeker craving success and belonging instead finds her feminine soul, leading to greater self-acceptance and a deeper understanding of the mysteries of life and death.

I’m anticipating publishing my book sometime in the Fall/Winter of 2019, but I don’t have an exact date yet.

Currently, I’m looking for people 👀who might be interested in reading & blurbing/writing a review for the book (Reach out if you are!!) and undergoing the finer editing process with my editor. There are many balls to juggle, but I enjoy learning and growing!

Once your book is published, what comes after that?

The rule is there are no rules!

Allow me to get philosophical.

In the high-pressure, results-oriented times we live in, curiosity, exploration and detours are often sidelined—in some circles even frowned upon or mocked.

We are taught to set aside our “whatabouts” and “butwhys” early in childhood, at great cost to our ability to continue to grow individually or contribute more to society than simply holding the walls up.

As I say in my book, my soul came into this body and this lifetime to upend hierarchies, not uphold them! Without curiosity we stagnate. We grow old. We grow cynical and hard and narrow-eyed. Endless curiosity is the only hope for us to continue to grow as a society.
So,my wish is for Curiosa Publishing to take on works that awaken endless curiosity in myself and others. This could be fiction or non-fiction, poetry, short stories or full-length novels. But if it makes the reader think about their life and what matters, then I would be honored to bring it into the world.