• #IndependentPublishing,  Self-Publishing

    What I’ve Learned As A Self Published Author

     This summer marks my third year as an independent author. And I’ve learned a lot about it over the last three years. In November of 2012, my first manuscript was finished and for the first time, I was curious about what it would take to self-publish my  novel, Falling For Your Madness. It changed my life! First of all, this was a life long dream now coming to pass, but other than that I learned some very interesting and surprising things too! Word of mouth is everything! The success of my first novel was solely based on how my readers embraced it and shared it with others. I started out…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Marketing

    Marketing Is Life (Or, How Saying Yes Paid Off For Me!)

    In the month of May, we’re talking about Magical Marketing. Today’s post is the account of what happened to me when I was invited to attend a local book club gathering. If my only goal was to sell books, then you could say I failed. But if my goal to was present myself authentically to strangers, practice generosity and take chances, then it was an overwhelming success.  Last February, I showed up at a local book club with copies of my book in my hand. Naturally I was nervous.   I knew that no matter what happened, it would make for a good story and either I would come out as…

  • Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self-Publishing

    The Absolutely True Story Of How I Landed My First Book Deal, Got An Agent & Saw My Dreams Come True

    This is the unbelievably true account of how I got my agent, Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, who was my first choice of agents in the publishing industry. It’s one of those luck favors the prepared stories, one of those freak of nature stories that can’t be duplicated and will not exactly inspire hope into the un-agented masses. I got my agent without writing a query letter, without pitching and without attending a conference. I didn’t resort to mind control, threatening letters or voodoo. I didn’t sent a box of candy. It just happened.  To this day, I’m not exactly sure how everything worked together so well, but it did. Some of the details here…

  • Marketing

    Lessons Learned from My Local Library Author Event

    A week or so ago, I signed up to attend an author’s event at a local library. I had never been to an author’s event before.  I was a bit intimidated. I have one self-published book (see Falling For Your Madness on the right) and I fully understand that marketing this book is up to me. I also live in Massachusetts. Massachusetts is one of the most well-educated and well-read states in the US. You can almost swing a dead cat (not that I would actually do that) and hit a writer in Massachusetts. This state has a long, long tradition of intellectuals, poets, novelists, and other notable characters and if I’m…