by Angela Lauria December 6, 2018
LIFE MOVES PRETTY FAST. IF YOU DON’T STOP AND LOOK AROUND ONCE IN AWHILE, YOU COULD MISS IT.
— FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF
I launched The Author Incubator on February 7, 2013. Each year we’ve been in business I’ve done an annual meeting to review the prior year’s accomplishments and missteps and to set the agenda for the next year.
In 2013, I did this alone, at my computer at a coffee shop in DC called The Coupe.
In 2014, I had brought on a part-time assistant and our annual meeting was held over lunch (see if you can spot the amethyst in the background!).
By 2015, we had a small team of freelancers and spent a day taking personality tests and talking about how to work together more effectively as a remote team.
In 2016, the team grew a little, but now we had our first W2 employees AND matching sweaters!
Last year our team had expanded to 14 and we expanded to a 2-day event with horse coaching.
And this year, we needed every bit of those 2-days to get our growing team of 32 fully up-to-speed on what we had accomplished in 2018 and what 2019 will bring.
Here are a few of our Major 2018 Accomplishments:
🖤 Secured Key Awards & Endorsements:
- INC Magazine – #275 fastest growing company INC 500
- Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist
🖤 284 Signups for 2018 The Author’s Way (TAW) (Goal was 240).
🖤 98.76% of TAW authors finished their manuscript and got their book live for pre-order.
🖤 Of the completed TAW manuscripts at total of 88.5% were published (up from 69%) – with a 96.4% publishing rate for Quill members and 76.4% of non-Quill members (up from 60% last year).
🖤 Upgraded the TAW service to include Developmental and Managing Editors through the process.
🖤 Have published or will publish 103 books this year with translations in Spanish, Korean, Arabic, Indonesian, German, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.
🖤 Got a 17,500 square foot building in the heart of Georgetown!!!
🖤 Had a documentary made about us that landed a premiere in December. The Weight of Success
🖤 Commissioned the song Together We Rise by Emma G about our authors for our Book Launch Events.
🖤 Published Angela’s fourth book: Make ‘Em Beg to Be Your Client
🖤 Recorded 4 major classes – Brand new LOVE Sales Method and START class with new training from Make ‘Em Beg to Be Your Client. PLUS, new & improved Make $10K and all new TAW classes.
🖤 Added 49,844 names to our mailing list.
🖤 Blew our goal of having 20% people of color in the program out of the water (We are 38% POC – mostly WOC).
🖤 Came close to our goal of 15% men with 13.5% men.
🖤 7% of our authors in 2018 had English as a second language.
🖤 Hosted 32 events (28 at the Castle) – 12 TAW Lives, 10 Red Carpet Book Launches, 2 Author Accelerator Board Meetings, Make $10K, 1 company picnic, 1 annual meeting, 2 Staff Trainings, 1 Retreat in England, 1 VIP day in California, and 1 Quill Execute.
🖤 Hired 21 new people! Convert 4 contractors to full-time. At the end of 2017 we had 14 employees. At the end of 2018 we have 33! That means we grew almost 2.5 times!
🖤 21 Raises and 11 Promotions were earned by 15 team members.
🖤 Added health insurance and companied-supplied computers to our benefits.
IN MEMORIAM: #IncubatedAuthor Valerie LaPenta Steiger, Mafia Kitten (Feb. 4, 1958 – Feb. 12, 2018)
Thanks to all who made this year an incredible love-filled adventure!!!