Five Reasons Why J.A. Kazimer is Better Than Me

By Aaron Ritchey

Many of you know J.A. Kazimer’s normal persona, but this blog post isn’t about J.A. Kazimer the person, it’s about J.A. Kazimer the RMFW scion, the writerly icon, the literary messiah! This is about the Platonic ideal of J.A. Kazimer.

I first met her in Colorado Springs many years ago and right away I was immensely impressed by her quiet awesomeness.  So yes, I didn't come to bury J.A. Kazimer, only to praise her.  Here are five ways J.A. Kazimer is intrinsically better than me:

  1. NETWORKING EMPRESS – When I hit the doors of a conference, I am loud, outlandish, an explosion of personality. Yeah, I somehow make that work, but Kazimer’s way is far less showy, but also effective. She talks to people and listens to them, which is the key to networking. Asking questions, listening to the answers, and making connections with people. Kazimer does this so effectively you suddenly just love her. She is proof you don’t have to be an extrovert in a loud suit to network well.
  2. MARKETING MAGICIAN – When her first book, CURSES! came out, she started up a series on her blog called “The New Never News - Your #1 Source of Fairytale News,” and you could tell she had a great time writing about current events in Fairytale land. At the same time, I went to her release party where she had killer swag and a grand guest list, but she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be in the spotlight. This proves she can do the stuff she likes and she can do the stuff she might not be comfortable with, but that’s the marketing game. A little sweet. A little sour.
  3. QUERYING GODDESS – The real reason why I adore J.A. Kazimer is that she encouraged me to query agents and editors. I would write all the time, but I was too afraid to send stuff out. Not her. She actually posted on Facebook she missed the querying process. She is a warrior! And why not? Querying is all about the possibility of wonder and success. It should be an exciting process, and Kazimer embraced it so much she actually misses the process. Yes, ladies and gentleman, she is agented, which is quite the feat nowadays.
  4. INSPIRATION GURU – So Kazimer writes books for Kensington, she writes Indie stuff, but she is out there, working, struggling, playing the game. I find that amazingly inspiring, so when I get frustrated, I just ask myself, what would J.A. Kazimer do? The answer is write books and get them published by any means necessary.
  5. ACCOMPLISHED AUTHOR – So not only can she do the marketing and work it takes to be an author in the 21st century, she can also deliver goods. Her book, The Assassin’s Heart, is a Gold Top Pick by RT Book Reviews! Just to brag about her a little, the reviewer says, “Not only is this novel sassy and fun, but the author’s research into the CIA and the life of an assassin is reflected in her work, making it not just a fabulous romantic suspense tale, but a fantastic work of fiction, period.”

At the end of the day, I hope this blog post embarrasses the hell out of J.A. Kazimer, but too many times in this long road to writerly success, we have to toot our own horns, talk about our stuff like it’s God’s gift to the English language, and shake our moneymakers. I wanted to shine a light on a soldier in the field because she truly is a wonderful human being and one of the best folks I’ve met on this utterly strange, literary journey I’m on.

 

 

Aaron Ritchey
at
Aaron Michael Ritchey is the author of The Never Prayer and Long Live the Suicide King, both finalists in various contests. His third novel, Elizabeth’s Midnight, was called “a transformative tale for those who believe in magic and in a young girl’s heart” by Kirkus Reviews. In shorter fiction, his G.I. Joe inspired novella was an Amazon bestseller in Kindle Worlds and his steampunk story, “The Dirges of Percival Lewand” was part of The Best of Penny Dread Tales anthology published through Kevin J. Anderson’s WordFire Press. The first two books of his young adult sci-fi/western epic series, The Juniper Wars, are available now also from WordFire Press. He lives in Colorado with his wife and two ancient goddesses of chaos posing as his daughters. Learn more about Aaron on his website.

7 thoughts on “Five Reasons Why J.A. Kazimer is Better Than Me

  1. Great post, Aaron! Thanks for bringing to light all the things a good writer does, and by using Julie as the example you helped me get to know her a little too. BTW: I LIKE your loud, outlandish, explosion of personality–conference or not. There’s room for everyone in this arc called writing, and I think you and Julie are wonderful traveling companions. Best to you both.

  2. I’ve yet to experience the pleasure of meeting J.A. in person, but I agree with all you’ve said. She’s been an inspiration, coach, supporter and great friend to a newbie in the writer world. I love her work and know I would be missing out if we hadn’t crossed electronic paths on this internet highway. Thanks, J.A. for picking up a straggler and giving him a lift.

  3. Wonderful blog, Aaron. Julie has been kind and approachable from the day I first “met” her on Facebook…and funny, which is a big plus! Also, Aaron- you’re not so bad yourself 😉 I remember first meeting you at a Pikes Peak conference and it was fun seeing you again this fall at RMFW.

    I agree that traveling companions are essential on this wacky journey, especially those who make us laugh and lift us up.

  4. Thanks Aaron for the kind words. My bribe money is on the way. But we all know, Aaron is far cooler than me. He is my idol in so many ways, and it’s nice to be noticed by your peers. Thanks again!

  5. I can’t think of a better choice to feature on the blog, Aaron. Kudos to you for excellent support of a fellow writer, and kudos to Julie for being all that Aaron says plus an awesome co-editor on the RMFW Blog.

  6. What a fabulous post, Aaron! I’m just catching up from vacation, and this post makes me so proud of you, of Julie, of RMFW. 🙂

Leave a Reply