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JSD JOHNSTON
Publisher | Producer | Philanthropist 

"I read the how-to books, attended the webinars, signed up for agents/publishers lists, and learned everything I could about how to query representation for my book series. The response was nearly universal. All asked me to rewrite the story to be darker and edgier like the Hunger Games or Divergent. 
I was crestfallen. To rewrite would not only take ages, but darker and edgier would not be my voice or skill set. Not to mention I'd have to start the query process all over and there was no guarantee a publisher would want the revised story. Plus, by the time the new book would conceivably go to print, I suspect the reading public would be tired of that theme and be on to the next new thing. 
That's when I decided to approach writing as a business and treat it as such. As a result, I've been able to not only write and publish books, but have a clearcut gameplan that makes the writing process a true pleasure. What makes my toes wiggle is the prospect of seeing others bring their brilliant kernel of an idea to fruition and ultimately publication."

A self-described eventeur, Joy's career began in performing arts marketing with a side of film production. She's seen fifteen of her original plays and five adapted works staged, and helped pioneer the genres of openframe, interactive, and immersive theater. For more than a decade she helmed a traveling performance troupe while freelancing as a copywriter, editor, ghostwriter, and graphic artist.

Amid the chaos of 2020 she published her first several novellas in Peyton Drake's 49-book Omni Tale series along with a few reference guides and a second rhyming book (for the young at heart) in her Bobbiez Bakery witch series. After three years serving as publisher and chief editor for the archived online magazine, la Vie Sirene, she's bringing it back for one-off issues beginning January 2021.

Joy's been involved with a number of philanthropic entities from the ground up, most recently the Fabled Creature & Endangered Monsters Rescue and the small Whimsicalidocious arts nonprofit that runs E. Gads Hill Press through which dozens of writers have been published as part of an anthology series with 3 published thus far. The fourth comes out November 2020.

Under another pen name, she authored the five-part 1920s Tea Cozy Mysteries series and The Tea Traveller's Constant Companion guidebooks. Her first novel in the Tea Cozy's prequel series debuted in October 2020. Her extensive knowledge of afternoon tea and etiquette led to the creation of the thriving Tea Travellers Societea for whom she conducts walk-in-the-footsteps-of-the-characters trips and theme events. In 2018, she succumbed to audience needling and created the Tea & Sympathy Investigative Agency—a female detective club where card-carrying sleuths solve a cold case over a hot cuppa. Over the years, she has been recruited as a speaker, panelist, and presenter at conferences and private events for special interest groups.

Joy is delighted to be a plenipotentiary for the Academy of Omniosophical Arts & Sciences. Her greatest passion is seeing others realize their creative dreams.

JSD Johnston's 1st 7-novella story in Peyton Drake's Omni Tale