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Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity, Fear and Flash

Impulsivity is something that doesn’t really work in the publishing world. We are wisely warned to be patient, to practice and hone our craft, to ask for as much feedback from other writers and editors as possible before pressing send or wrapping our bundle into a FedEx envelope. And yet, three weeks ago I felt […]

November 6, 2013 | By | 9 Replies More
The Writing and Publishing Process

The Writing and Publishing Process

For many years I have written on and off. Writing is a large part of my life and I simply couldn’t live without being able to get all my thoughts and ideas down and making sense of them all. Two years ago, I decided it was time to take my writing to a more serious […]

July 26, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Elephants Dancing in My Tummy: And The Angels Cried

Elephants Dancing in My Tummy: And The Angels Cried

I have a herd of elephants dancing in my tummy; my head aches and I am intermittently overcome by a wave of panic which starts at my toes and oozes from my fingers as I type; I’m not sleeping too well either. I’m not ill or on drugs – unless you count the medicinal Pinot […]

November 4, 2012 | By | 9 Replies More
Three Books in One Year

Three Books in One Year

I have self-published three books this year. And in February, 2013 I intend to release one more. If you’d have told me this at the start of the 2012, I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but that was before I realized the process was so quick, simple, and inexpensive – compared to my expectations, that is. […]

October 5, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Deer in the Headlights: A Marketing Pro Self-Publishes

Deer in the Headlights: A Marketing Pro Self-Publishes

I should have known. In the passions of finally committing myself to the authorship of a book, one I knew from the beginning I would not shop with literary agents or publishing houses, I utterly failed myself in not treating my book, All That I Need, or Live Like a Dog With Its Head Out the […]

April 20, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
QUEER GREER: From Self-Published to Indie Pubbed

QUEER GREER: From Self-Published to Indie Pubbed

I wrote my first novel, Queer Greer, in 2007. The arduous process of querying literary agents and publishers started the following year. Several dozen rejection letters later, I was not dissuaded from my belief that I had a publishable piece of work – only that, perhaps, the traditional publishing route was not the best way […]

April 16, 2012 | By | 8 Replies More
The Challenges of Self-Publishing – And Why I’d Do It Again

The Challenges of Self-Publishing – And Why I’d Do It Again

With a publisher, fame and fortune would certainly follow.  Right? The idea for Found It: A Field Guide for Mom Entrepreneurs came to me in the night.  Literally.  At 2 AM, I raced to a lined yellow pad and each of the 51 chapters fell out of my head and onto the paper.  Just like […]

April 13, 2012 | By | 10 Replies More
The Key to Selling Self-Published Books

The Key to Selling Self-Published Books

Self-published authors face an uphill battle when it comes to marketing and selling our books. The stigma that self-published books face is a tough one to shed. And, to top it off, most of us don’t have much help promoting our books. So selling self-published books is a challenge. I have a Twitter account with […]

January 4, 2012 | By | 6 Replies More
The Many Lives of a Love Story: The Curiosity Cabinet

The Many Lives of a Love Story: The Curiosity Cabinet

As a writer, you must fall in love with the idea of the book in your head. It’s hard to describe this process to anyone who hasn’t experienced it. It isn’t anything like the white heat of inspiration that new writers sometimes anticipate. So much of writing is perspiration rather than inspiration. But the idea of […]

October 17, 2011 | By | 7 Replies More
a heart offering: her white tree

a heart offering: her white tree

She was telling me the story so I’d understand that my work was doing some good stuff. It mattered to her that I held this. And as I have trouble holding the idea that my words can touch like they do, I was paying careful attention. I wanted to hold it – I think more […]

September 1, 2011 | By | 3 Replies More