Thanks for joining me today in my brand new series “Women in Bloom”. Each week I’ll be profiling an Australian mum in business who is blooming and following her small business dreams.
The businesses profiled will be as diverse and unique as the women themselves, but you will hear common themes in their stories. Following passions, discovering talents and taking “leaps” are all common in women who start small businesses. Women also excel at forming partnerships and working collaboratively with other women. I believe that women are natural networkers and nurturers of friendships, and these skills can be your best tools in building a small business.
Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Geneve Flynn, a Speculative Fiction Editor, who is based near Brisbane, Queensland.
Geneve and I met in person, about a year ago, at an Author’s Day at In-House Publishing, Underwood. We were both trying to find a shady spot on a very hot day and got to talking. It turned out we both had kids, lived in the same area and had small businesses we were trying to grow.
Since then, we’ve caught up for coffee a few times and it was a conversation with Geneve one day that really got me thinking about pivoting my small business from that of a solicitor in private practice, to offering small business coaching services. When I mentioned this to Geneve recently, she couldn’t recall us specifically discussing it. But, isn’t that they way new ideas are sown? Sometimes the smallest seed planted by a kind friend can be all you need to kickstart your small business dreams.
Without further ado, let’s get to know Geneve Flynn.
Can you share the story of why you started your business?
I’ve always loved reading and writing. I studied psychology when I first went to university to feed my fascination with how people think, then I studied various writing and editing courses over the last seven years. When people in writers’ groups commented that I was good at editing, it just seemed such a perfect fit.
When did you start your small business?
I took the plunge and signed up my first client in 2015.
Tell us more about the services you offer.
I specialize in editing speculative fiction, which covers science fiction, fantasy and horror. I mainly offer structural and copy editing.
If you had to name one activity that “lights you up” in your business, what would that be?
Reading through a client’s manuscript for the first time and seeing all the pieces of the puzzle that will help them to translate what they have in their mind on to the page. I’ve always loved puzzles, and editing a fiction manuscript is like a big, giant puzzle.
What’s your #1 tip for those just launching their business?
Go with where your passions lie. Instead of offering general editing, I focused my business on the narratives I love best: speculative fiction. Once I did that, everything seemed to fall into place.
The other tip, is to create your own luck. Be brave and launch yourself out into the world. Seize opportunities as they come. Be okay with making mistakes. (That’s more than one more tip, isn’t it? I’m such a teacher’s pet.)
What exciting new products or services are you working on at the moment?
I’ll be helping to run two workshops in the coming months with Brisbane Writers Workshop: Fiction Blitz and Speculative Fiction. Here’s the link if you’d like to check them out: Brisbane Writers Workshop website
Do you have any offers you’d like to share with my readers?
I’m currently offering a more condensed structural edit and a partial mark-up service which helps to manage editing costs, while still providing authors with a good global understanding of how to improve their manuscript.
A word from Carolyn…
Thanks so much Geneve for letting us know about your fantastic business.
So, tell me readers… Have you got a speculative fiction manuscript hidden away somewhere? Have you always dreamed of writing a book but don’t know where to start?
I’d recommend you get in touch with Geneve directly or attend one of her workshops to get started on your writing journey. As well as being a fabulous person, Geneve’s a talented editor and has chosen a great niche for her small business.
You can get in touch with Geneve Flynn here:
Her preferred contact is via email: firstname.lastname@example.org