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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 make it 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 specific dark edgy theme and be on to the next new thing. 
That's when I decided to shift my focus to helping others make their writing dreams come true. What blossomed was a clearcut gameplan that takes the fear and trepidation out of the writing process. The result is dozens of authors experiencing the thrill of seeing their name in print."

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 she 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 in her Bobbiez Bakery witch series for the young at heart. After three years serving as publisher and chief editor for the archived online magazine, la Vie Sirene, she's brought it back for a one-off Midsummer Magic issue in August 2021. More issues have since been added to the hopper.

Joy's been involved with a number of philanthropic entities from the ground up, most recently the Fabled Creature & Endangered Monsters Rescue and the lilliputian Whimsicalidocious arts nonprofit that runs E. Gads Hill Press. The presses fifth annual anthology comes out December 2021.

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 love of afternoon tea led to the creation of the thriving Tea Travellers Societea with 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 thrilled to serve as a local 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