March 29, 2017

Testimonials

 “I can’t imagine my writing career without the help of Krista Soukup’s Blue Cottage Agency.  Krista has taken all the pain out of publicizing and marketing my books.  She works tirelessly to attract my widest readership possible by sending postcards, contacting bookstores and museum shops, helping me with all my social media, providing a liaison with my publisher, and so much more.  Krista truly loves the writers and the books she represents, and she has the kind of cheerful, can-do attitude that never fails to brighten my day.  She is a writer’s best friend.”-Nancy Plain, 2013 Nebraska Book Award Winner, Light on the Prairie 

“I had played with the idea of writing a mystery for years but had no idea of how to pursue this.  It was suggested to me that I consider some of the training Krista Rolfzen Soukup has offered through her agency.  Consulting with Krista changed an idea into a reality.  Krista guided me to educational workshops and challenged me to define my work so I could make it marketable.  Krista was able to explain what I needed next, when I didn’t know myself.  Krista is a guiding light that removes walls in the hazy maze of confusion that surrounds writing and publishing.  I can’t thank her enough for her assistance.” –Frank Weber, Writer, M.S./L.P.       

“It takes a lot to impress me, but they did. Their report was thorough, critical, embarrassing, constructive, thoughtful, encouraging, instructive, and motivating. Although I have to admit I was initially somewhat skeptical of publicists, after talking with Blue Cottage Agency and reading their strategic analysis report, I now see their work as a career doctor and their analysis as the prescription to heal my ailing writing career. Their detailed suggestions have helped me to know exactly what I must do to sell my books. The more I consider their suggestions, I am actually feeling some optimism for the first time in many months that the prescription–and the changes I make because of it–might be just the medicine I need to achieve my goals in this beloved and often-crazy profession. This may well be the best money I’ve spent on my career. Thank you very much, Krista! ~R.G. Yoho, Author Death Comes to Redhawk

“As a book designer and publisher for over 30 years, I know that a true passion for the written word, a solid understanding of the book publishing labyrinth, and a fullness of positive energy are the building blocks of an effective and successful book marketer. Very shortly after meeting Krista for the first time, it was made clear to me that she has these talents and abilities – in spades. Krista is the kind of person you wish you could clone, because she is exactly what authors and publishers need to thrive well. I am extremely proud of our relationship with Krista and Blue Cottage Agency. Her remarkable spirit of making things happen is not only refreshing for our firm, but insightful and effective for her writers.” -Chip Borkenhagen, Book Publisher, Owner, RiverPlace Press

Krista Soukup has consistently created excellent workshops for burgeoning and seasoned authors.  Workshop topics from memoir and fiction to meeting publishers have been invaluable to me. More recently she organized a series of workshops on how to navigate the intricate steps of getting published, how to find an agent, self-publishing, and how to effectively use social media to promote one’s book. Krista is dedicated to helping writers achieve their goals of becoming a great author and to publish. I look forward to future workshops.  -Arlys Krim, Author and Workshop Attendee

“Although successfully published with Five Star/Cengage, six times over in historical western romance, when I attended my first Western Writers of America conference earlier this year, I’d been away from writing for three years.  (I’d put down my writing pen and picked up my Grandma knitting needles, so to speak.) This time lost shouldn’t make much difference, I told myself.  My previous works have garnered national reviews and enjoyed comfortable sales, so no worries, right?  Wrong!  At the WWA conference, the membership couldn’t have been more welcoming but my heart sank at the task now ahead for me—to promote ARCTIC STORM, Watch Eyes Trilogy, Book One, to fans I no longer have, and to fans I will never have unless I master social media, on an internet I don’t understand, either!  Sigh.  My old bones just got older and my 68-year-old brain went blank. Close to packing it in and heading home, I decided to attend the panel on marketing and promotion, scheduled for that morning.

I made a good decision.  No, I made a great decision!  Krista Rolfzen Soukup was one of the panelists. I took careful notes, despite my anxiety over this subject. After the session, Krista indicated she’d be happy to meet with anyone who wished to speak with her, as well as give out her email.  Krista is a Literary Agent and Publicist from the Blue Cottage Agency who represents bestselling, well-known writers.  I might speak with her for advice but she wouldn’t care to help a lesser-known writer like me. Wrong again!  Not only was Krista gracious enough to listen to my tearful marketing woes, but she invited me to contact her. I believe she knew I was a “senior” writer in trouble; suffering from Low Computer Skills Syndrome (LCSS). Thanks to Krista and Corey K., I now have the basic skills I need to begin building back that ever-elusive fan base.

I’m happy to report that since Krista has become my “Senior Writing Advisor,” I no longer suffer from full-blown LCSS.  The writer in me will live, after all.”  –Joanne Sundell, author of ARCTIC STORM (Sept 2014), ARCTIC SHADOW (June 2015), and ARCTIC WILL (date yet determined)  

“Krista Rolfzen Soukup is knowledgeable, dedicated and diligent.  I had no idea how to promote my first historical novel, ABERCROMBIE TRAIL, published in 2009.  Krista taught me how to establish a marketing plan and offered ongoing guidance with the release of POMME DE TERRE 2010,  BIRDIE 2011, BLOOMING PRAIRIE 2012 and FARM GIRLS 2013.   I would highly recommend Krista Rolfzen Soukup’s services to anyone trying to promote their book and writing career.”-Candace Simar, Author of the Abercrombie Trail series Novels

“It has been my good fortune to have known and worked with Krista Soukup as a promotional consultant for my fourteen (and counting) Western and historical novels. Krista’s guidance and knowledge in the field of marketing, as well as her ability to express these ideas succinctly, have been of tremendous benefit in my efforts to expand my base of readers. I highly recommend Krista and Blue Cottage Agency, and look forward to working with her in the future.”-Michael Zimmer,  author of fourteen novels,  Spur-Award winning book The Poacher’s Daughter

 

 “Writers need a good publicist the way singers need a promotional agent and products need marketing. How will people know we exist without it? Writers are artists and often introverts at heart. We find it incredibly difficult to promote our own work, especially those of us raised in the mid-west where we’re taught to be humble and self-depricating. If you want your work read and seen, you need to be bold and brag about it. A publicist, like Krista, knows how to do that with enthusiasm. She shouts out my accomplishments, makes connections, and most importantly she knows how to make it happen. She handles the details of promotion and publicity, leaving me free to create. She thinks about details that never entered my mind, and when she talks me up, she builds me up, and I’m emboldened to create more and stretch further to – Go. Create. Inspire!” -Mary Aalgaard, Playwright, Blogger and Freelance Writer, “Play off the Page”

“Krista Rolfzen Soukup has taken my writing business to a new level. Since becoming a client of Blue Cottage Agency, my teaching and editing income have skyrocketed. Krista has filled my calendar. I am editing, teaching and speaking about my new book, Farm Girls. If you are a writer or self-employed in the literary world, you need someone like Krista. She’ll get you noticed and brainstorm avenues to keep you busy.” –Angela F. Foster, Author of Farm Girls (RiverPlace Press, 2013)

“The Crossing Arts Alliance is so fortunate to have multi-talented Krista Rolfzen Soukup as the communications and marketing committee chairperson, as well as project manager for various literary arts programs. Krista is energetic, enthusiastic, positive, bright, articulate, pleasant, and kind-hearted. She has the exceptional ability to get a great deal of work done and make it appear easy. She inspires others to do their best and work well together. Krista is both a great leader and team player. I could go on and on about what a lovely person Krista is, but suggest that you find out for yourself.”   Millie Engisch-Morris, Artistic Director for The Crossing Arts Alliance

“Krista is the kind of person you go to when you need a boost of positive, creative energy!  Her broad level of experience, creative talents, enthusiasm, and efficiency in ‘getting the job done’, are certainly a winning combination.” Pat Altrichter, Crossing Arts Board of Director, Planning and Progamming Committee Chair and former Curriculum  Director and Principal for Independent School Distict 181.

“Krista has been a blessing to my career as a writer.  Not only is she enthusiastic and wonderfully supportive, she also is creative in her approach to marketing my book and writing career.  I look forward to working with her in the years (and books) ahead.  I know she will continue to contribute substantially to my future as a poet/writer.  She is a person of quality and integrity, someone who is not only my publicist, but also a friend.”  -Charmaine Pappas Donovan, Poet and Author of Tumbled Dry (Lost Hills Books)

“I have hired Krista Rolfzen Soukup of Blue Cottage Agency for consultations, to strategize marketing for my cat-themed memoir. Krista walks easily and skillfully between the right and the left-brained world, and she brings a crucial, highly positive attitude to this whole endeavor. Krista has a thorough knowledge of the changing publishing industry, and she’s current and skilled with using technology and social media for marketing.   She’s given me a wealth of information and concrete, doable suggestions for implementation. I have no doubt that I will succeed with this extensive and highly targeted help. Use Blue Cottage Agency for your publishing and book promotion needs – this company is a valuable treasure!”  –Catherine Holm, author Driving with Cats, ours for a short time, (North Star Press)

 

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