Welcome to the Blue Cottage Agency. Established in 2009, our agency has been an active promoter of writers, books and the literary arts as a whole for close to a decade. Blue Cottage Agency provides consulting services for pre-published and published writers to guide them in developing and carrying out a comprehensive marketing plan. Our personalized-approach combines creative marketing strategies with author brand development for maximum visibility. Consistent application of our proven processes has helped our clients achieve ongoing success. In our broader efforts to support the literary arts, we provide nationally recognized presentations, workshops and classes to literary organizations, festivals and publishers. Contact us today to find out how we can help you on your journey to publishing success.
Krista Rolfzen Soukup
Blue Cottage Agency was founded by Krista Rolfzen Soukup in 2009. Krista is a literary marketing consultant and owner of Blue Cottage Agency. She has a passion for helping writers and authors successfully promote their work and establish their platform. Through her expert guidance, knowledge of the publishing industry and vast experience, she has successfully supported writers and authors across the country and Europe. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing and has over 20 years of experience in sales, promotions and marketing. Speaking and workshop credits include Tucson Festival of Books, Lake Region Writers Alliance, Western Writers of America, Wisconsin and Chicago Writers Associations, Speaking of Books Series, Crossing Arts Alliance Literary Series, Behind the Bricks Project, Elements of Creative Writing Series, Poetry on the Wall and various publishing and editing round tables. Krista is an instructor at Profitable Authors Institute and is a member of The Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, The Loft Literary Center, The Crossing Arts Alliance, and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She serves as an adviser on the Verse Like Water Visiting Poet Series, bringing in world known poets to rural Minnesota. She serves her community as a Central Minnesota Essentia Medical Board member, a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America and chairs the National Night Out event her community.
Kelly Lycick, Editorial Services
Kelly Lydick specializes in Developmental and Copy Editing, Book Structure, Query Letter Reviews and Manuscript Reviews. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Writing & Literature, with emphases in Psychology and Music, from Burlington College, and her Master’s degree in Writing & Consciousness from the New College of California. Her writing has been published in literary and commercial magazines in the United States and Canada, Her writing has appeared in Guernica,The Rumpus,Switched-on Gutenberg, CO Yoga + Life, Natural Awakenings, and True Blue Spirit magazines among many others. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of Mastering the Dream and is a contributing author to Dreams That Change Our Lives. She is also a member of the co-founding editorial team and Associate Editor of Immanence Journal.Her clients have included Hachette Book Group, Gibbs Smith Publisher, Cengage Learning, Bridgepoint Education, and many others. She is the founder of The Story Laboratory, a full-service publishing consulting company that offers editorial and design support as well as workshops on the craft of writing.
Rebecca (Becky) Flansburg is a writer with expertise in writing About Pages, Bios, professional magazine articles, press kits, web content, blog posts and business profiles. Her fun, fresh and conversational way keeps readers engaged, interested and coming back for more. Becky is a feature writer and content manager for several magazines, blogs and author of several books.
Leslie V. Bay Publicist
Leslie V. Bay of Bay & Associates, Inc. is a noted public relations and marketing specialist and award winning writer. She works with Blue Cottage Agency authors on national media campaigns and book tours. She has a proven record of placement and offers a specialty in creating client/story focused pitches to target media. She has received numerous awards including the 2017 and 2019 Television Public Relations, Print Branding and Writing Communicator Awards, the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for communication professionals. Other awards include the 2008 Davey Award for Small Firms. Big Ideas and The Silver Microphone Award for an Automotive radio concept. Leslie is the writer of A Handshake is Enough with Artist Marless Fellows and Stories and Recipes from Bryans Black Mountain Barbecue. She is a graduate of Arizona State University, and is the owner of Bay & Associates, a Public Relations and Marketing agency in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Stuart Rosebrook, Research Specialist
Stuart Rosebrook, Ph.D. has over 30 years of professional experience in journalism, publishing, public history, television production, and educational advancement and fund raising. He is currently on contract as Senior Editor for True West magazine and is the owner of his own business, Quo Vadis Communications, LLC. He is a specialist in Western books, history, research, travel, photography, ephemera and literature. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Arizona State University in American Western History, 20th Century American History and Public History, and a B.A. in history from Wake Forest University.
Corey Kretsigner Owner/Operator MidState Design
Corey Kretsinger, an independent contractor, is Blue Cottage Agency’s primary web design and e-commerce solutions guru. He owns and operates his website design business, MidState Design, in Little Falls, Minnesota. With over a decade of experience under his belt, Corey is experienced in working with authors and business owners from all over the USA and UK and uses his vast web knowledge and eye for detail to help clients enhance their online presence, offering website creation, upgrades, edits, hosting, consulting, security audits, and more.
Some Nice Words
“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 [Read More Testimonials]
Blue Cottage Agency International Student Interns
Blue Cottage Agency welcomed International Student Interns Chiranjeet Shah, Richard Andrews and Zishan Khan. All three students are from India and attend Central Lakes College through CCID, a program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.