Meet Molly Delaney!
We'd like to take a moment to introduce Molly Delaney, our first employee at Two Dollar Radio!
Molly has been working with us for the past year+ in production and marketing, and since her background and interests aren't as embedded in the traditional publishing mindset, she's been a huge help and terrific source for creative ideas apart from what we've historically done to try to get people to read our books. It was Molly's idea to create the Two Dollar Radio Street Team, and she has been instrumental with developing a top-secret major project that we plan to release news about very, very soon.
This summer, she's moving to Memphis, which is very sad for us. But—we keep telling ourselves—still several months away. Before she takes off, we wanted to give credit where credit is due, and let you get to her know her a bit better.
Q: How did you first hear about Two Dollar Radio?
MD: I first heard about Two Dollar Radio while working at a bar with Eric. At some point in working together, he casually mentioned that he and his wife, Eliza, owned a small publishing company. I thought that sounded really cool so I asked how I would go about applying for an internship and he said just ask so I asked if I could have an internship and he said yes and here we are!
Q: What are some of your interests/background?
MD: I’m interested in good coffee, beer, taxidermy, horror movies, feminism, houseplants, obviously books, discovering new music, and dancing. I love to dance.
Q: Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park or The Grand Budapest Hotel?
MD: Jeff Goldblum in THE FLY
Q: What’s your favorite Two Dollar Radio title?
MD: I really, really don’t like picking favorites because chances are I will change my mind if you ask me a week from now, but right now my favorite is Mira Corpora by Jeff Jackson. I had been staring at that pink book cover for months before picking it up to read and I finished it in two days. It’s haunted me ever since and I look forward to reading it again and again.
Q: You do a lot of festivals/events for us. What’s your favorite book to hand-sell?
MD: When I first started helping at festivals and events, my previous sales experience would turn on and I would immediately start talking about the books. Now, I try to let people browse for a little bit before talking to them. I think about what I would want if I was just in a bookstore, which is no one to talk to me. Each book has an interesting cover, so I just tell people to pick up whatever looks good to them, flip through it, feel it, smell it, then ask me questions. I always like selling The Orange Eats Creeps because it was the first book I read from Two Dollar Radio. It will always have a special place in my heart, where it left a deep, glowing scar.
Q: What’s been your favorite experience with the Street Team?
MD: I can’t think of a singular experience with the Street Team, but overall, I am just incredibly impressed by the caliber of creative individuals it has attracted. When I first started toying around with the idea of a Street Team, I really had no idea what to expect. I was modelling our Street Team off of successful record labels, like Saddle Creek Records, and realized that independent music and literary audiences are really similar. I really did not expect the number of responses we received in the first few months. Most of our members are writers themselves, so it’s been great to get to know them and share ideas. We really work together as a team in terms of coming up with new projects and supporting each other both inside and outside of the group.
Q: If you were to open a food truck, what would it sell and what would it be called?
MD: You don’t want me to open a food truck.
Q: You’ve lived in Columbus for several years now, but will be moving to Memphis this summer. What do you expect to miss about Columbus?
MD: Columbus is extremely supportive of local artists and businesses. It’s a place of innovation and collaboration. While most think there is nothing to do in Ohio (as affirmed by a recent trip to DC), Columbus itself has so much to offer. We have an incredible food and drink scene, beautiful parks, and an impressive group of artists and musicians. I love that I can check out a new restaurant every week, drink high quality coffee, and find bars that sell beer from all over the world as well as beer made right in Columbus. I love beer. I’m really going to miss the beer. That being said, I’ve never even been to Memphis. I’m really excited to explore an entirely new city by myself. I will really, really miss the friends I’ve made in Columbus, but I feel confident that distance will only make our hearts grow fonder.
Q: What’s your favorite thing to do in the city where you live?
MD: I really like trying new bars and restaurants but if I ever have a whole day to myself, I usually like to ride my bike, sit in a coffee shop for an absurd amount of time and read a good book. I also like to walk around my neighborhood and look at the old homes, some immaculate and some dilapidated. I like to imagine what they look like inside and living in them. I used to do that where I used to live, in Victorian Village, where all the homes were gorgeous and the yards were even more impressive. My friend and I liked to walk around touching and identifying the different ferns in yards.
Q: Are you a morning or an evening person?
MD: Both. Which makes sleep hard to come by.
Q: Are you more of a thinker or a feeler?
MD: I go with my gut on a lot of decisions and definitely trust my instincts when it comes to figuring out a person or situation. But I tend to overthink my emotions or play out situations in my head to the point where I talk myself out actually doing anything.
Q: Donald Trump’s hair or Ted Cruz’s second chin?
Q: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
MD: I’ve had Grimes new album 'Art Angel' on repeat for the past few months.
Q: What’s the scariest/bravest thing you’ve ever done?
MD: Well, now, it's moving to Memphis. It’s a huge career move and a level of commitment I usually tend to avoid. But before this decision, I would say the scariest/bravest thing I’ve done is travel to Europe with my best friend and very, very loose plans. All we knew when we left was which countries we planned on visiting. Not when we would be where, how we would get there, or where we would sleep. It’s actually my preferred method of travel. The whole trip taught me to trust myself, stay positive, and keep moving.