Equipping people to tell their story.
Rae Publishing is a story studio, soon to be a publisher, and a platform for building a community of like-minded writers, entrepreneurs, free thinkers, and others. Our mission statement is to, Equip people to tell their story. This may change over the years, but the focus will always be the same. We put people first. We believe a great story is valuable no matter the genre or focus.
We are content creators
We hope to publish awesome books –both fiction and non– and offer editing services to make sure that even if you’re not publishing with us, that your book is still stellar. We are content creators. Every day, there will be new articles written on the blog with fresh insight and information to help you excel your writing career and storytelling arsenal.
Rae Publishing has a lot in store and as awareness and funds allow. We’ll be putting out more diverse content on more platforms including novels, podcasts, videos, and offering more services such as book formatting, cover designs, and audiobook recordings. Stay tuned, things will be rolled out as systems are put in place. There will be a lot happening. If you blink, you’ll miss it. In the meantime, check out our blog.
Meet Our Founder and Your Editor
Hey, I’m Ryan A. Ross. Here’s a little about me and why I started Rae Publishing.
I’m a Creative
I’ve been a creator since a very young age. Artistic endeavors have always intrigued me, from writing to storytelling to sketching to graphic design. In middle school, I would draw classic cartoon characters: Bugs Bunny, Taz, or Elmer Fud by looking at a coloring book and reproducing the pictures. Not tracing either, I would sketch them. Soon after, I moved to writing short stories and drew the characters in those stories. Later, I wrote half of what would have been my first novel, a mash-up of Star Wars and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Unfortunately, the computer I was writing on died.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in English Creative Writing: Fiction some years later, I set out to be a writer. I soon meet a local Cincinnati author. The publishing company he was working with offered me a 90-day internship to do book reviews and blogging. I was hooked. On the side, I started several free wordpress.com blogs that later led to paid freelance writing jobs at a couple of different high traffic websites. Nightly, I wrote content for an outdoor sports website as well as copywriting 80-word sales posts for a travel website. None of those ventures worked out in the end and I put writing on hold to pursue technology, where I currently work by day.
National Novel Writing Month 2016 gave me the motivation to stop making excuses and finish a fiction project.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) 2016 was the first full first draft of a fiction novel I ever completed. I wrote a 50,033-word novel during my first NaNoWriMo. I had to write over 9,000 words on November 31st to make the deadline; however, the story was not finished and I continued to write into December. The book sits in first draft manuscript format around 72,000-words. I wrote it to help flesh out a larger story universe that I plan on making a whole science fiction series of at least six books and counting. I’m a plotter.
Currently, I’m working on several different writing projects with the blog that has three different threads of content and the above-mentioned science fiction series. The book series will be published end of this year or early next, including the NaNoWriMo book. The first thread on the blog is the Daily Download, where I write 600-words or less about leadership, writing, starting a business, and more. The next is Wednesday Writer’s Workshop, a weekly post of less than 2,000-words on the art and science of storytelling. This is a “How-To” column. Finally, there’s Friday Fiction Breakdown, where I’ll discuss a movie or book in popular culture and analyze one element in storytelling so that you can improve your craft. There’s something for everyone from entrepreneurs to writers. I’ll have new content coming out nine times a week. Make sure you follow it. My fingers are about to catch fire and I’m just getting started.
I’m a Communicator
Writing and creating are not enough to be a good editor. Many writers think that since they can write a book then they can edit. However, editing is not simply making comments on a .pdf or Scrivener project file; it’s about being able to communicate to the writer what changes are being made and why. The Chicago Manual of Style says, “An experienced editor knows when to make an editorial change and when simply to suggest it” (2.48). I could not agree more. I know the difference between when to suggest an edit and when it is required. It’s my goal to bring out the best in you as an author as well as the best in your novel. If you come back with a second book to edit, then we will work on different issues the second time than we did the first. Each time, you will not only get a professional edit of your book, but you also grow as an author during the experience.
I’m your Editor
Being a writer from an early age and my experience of teaching various types of people is the key to my winning combination. I’ll read your manuscripts and be able to give honest, helpful, insightful, and positive feedback. Don’t settle for someone who marks up your proof and leaves you without a learning opportunity. Each edit I do will come with an accompanying stylesheet, detailing phrases that you overuse, common grammar mistakes that keep occurring, and more. You will also get an included video conference call, if desired, to ask questions about the feedback. Finally, unlimited email communication with me for up to a month after the final video call while you work on your revisions.