I was able to achieve one of my lifelong goals in 2016 by becoming a published author with Tirgearr Publishing, an indie publisher located in Ireland. It took me the better part of six months to write my first novel and complete initial edits before submitting it to publishers around the world with baited breath. My debut novel, Dust, was released in eBook format in March of 2016 under my pseudonym, Beaux Cooper, and has since been released back into my care to shop future, physical copy publishers in the future.
Publishing a book brought new experiences to my life, most notably, professional speaking. I traveled to different locations in Wyoming to present on Dust and offer “Meet the Author” sessions for those within the community who were curious about Wyoming’s latest writer. Although I had led large classes through yoga sessions and even trained prospective foster parents in their foster licensing, professional speaking was something else entirely. I was a little unnerved at first, but the entire mini-book tour helped grow my confidence in a field I was already learning to love – public speaking.
Since my publisher was an indie house, I was in charge of my own advertising and graphic design. This allowed me to develop my skill set even further by creating posters, digital and traditional advertisements, and postcards as well as participate in podcasts, blog partnerships, and develop and maintain my own website.
I started my website and blog for Beaux Cooper prior to the publication of Dust and maintained it daily for two years before taking a sabbatical from writing and publishing due to health reasons. Stepping away from writing was a challenge, but mustering the mental dedication to writing was turning out to be equally difficult at the time. Between 2017-2019, I rested my creative side and focused on my education and career all the while knowing I would return to writing soon. It has been a long few years, but I am happy to say that I found my inspiration again this summer and have begun work on my next novel.
All of the graphics and images on my website are original creations and designs unless otherwise sourced. I used this website to not only share my own writing and life experiences, but to also showcase other writers and help spread the word for their writing within the reader community. My social media accounts are linked to the website and continue to be my main source of interaction with readers, particularly Instagram.
Near the end of 2019, our office was tasked with the hefty project of migrating and redesigning our website that was over decade old. We had a two month deadline and about 250 pages to migrate, consolidate, review for accuracy, create new content, and freshen up to SEO standards. As project manager for our unit and with the help of my amazing, amateur team, we were able to finish the project a week ahead of schedule. You can learn more about the Website Redesign project on it’s page within my portfolio.
Established in 2015, Beaux Cooper Media (BC) has grown beyond its simple blog origins into a shared creative space and online publication. We strive to disseminate literature, research, news, inspiration, tips and tools of the trade, and entertainment across all modalities that best fit the information presented as well as build upon already existing literature loving communities across the globe.
We actively seek out collaborative projects with other artists and aim to create a space where writers can share their work, advice, and feedback. As a result, BC has had the privilege of featuring short stories from writers across the United States, the Arapaho Nation, England, Ireland, Norway, and South Africa.
As of 2020, we started accepting all genre submissions for flash fiction, short and serial stories, and poetry. I currently serve as Director and one of the contributing authors for the budding online publisher.
One of my more recent digital projects was a website I designed to display two of my history research papers in a format that was more pleasing to experience than a power point presentation. I organized the website in blog format titled A Historic Lens so that I could provide bite sized pieces of the research paper to my classmates while also including related images.
I have been fortunate to be able to pursue an education in a field I am passionate about – Anthropology. I am fascinated with the story of us and love learning about the different ways humanity has grown since the beginning of our existence. My education is a passion project that has allowed me to work full time while also attending courses full time, or, in Spring 2019 semester’s case, almost double full time at 19 credits. I am sure there will be many formal publications in my future under, but for now I will stick to school projects.
You can find other samples of my academic writing on the Beaux Cooper Media website.