2014:Women Writers Weigh In on Self-Publishing

  •        The following women are part of my writing network. We don't see each other on a regular basis, nor do we talk or text one another each day. When wee meet we shared our love of writing and support each other. This diverse group of women who are making history with their writing. Yet, they had time to answer an email or have a cup of coffee. These colleagues assisted me with my research, helped me conquer my fears, and gave me suggestions based on their experiences in the e-publishing and self-publishing world. 
           We all wonder if those conferences and meetings are worth it. Interacting with authors does pay
    off.  Amy Jarecki ( Capture by the Pirate Laird (Highland Force) Volume 1)and The Highland Henchman (Highland Force) (Volume 2) and I met at my first Writers Boot Camp. She is an award winning writer with experience in the traditional and self-publishing world. She has been encouraging and helpful during my writing quests. She has strengthened and confirmed some of the information gathered during my research. She makes me believe in myself. 

 Amy's blog http://amyjarecki.blogspot.com  is a lesson in marketing and fun for any writer.  

         Lin Floyd- Discover Your Voice After Divorce is her third book on Amazon. Her books also are available for Kindle users ( https://kdp.amazon.com ). Lin and I hit it off a Poetry Writers Boot Camp. Lin had just written a non-fiction book and shared her experiences and frustrations. She shares my blog with her readers, which I am forever grateful. We exchange information, apprehensions, and support each other in anyway we can. These two writers have been touchstones for me not only while researching self-publishing, but also through my new venture of writing fiction.  Check out

 Lin's blog  at http://lettersfromlin.blogspot.com http://lettersfromlin.blogspot.com 
         If you every question the worth of maintaining a “presence” on social media. Don't!  Doree Anderson (Waiting), and I connected on Linkedin.com, on a "Group" site for writers. We chatted and shared comments on the same group discussions. We discovered we were located close to one another. We arranged to meet at a coffee shop to talk "shop." It was the best 2.5 hours I spent talking about writing. Doree was generous with her experiences. She explained the pitfalls and benefits of self-publishing, available software, and the "how-to" of book covers. She was enthusiastic and most helpful. We plan to meet and continue talking "shop."
 You can find out more about Doree at http://www.doreeanderson.com/blog.html
           The ability to answer, “I’m a writer,” can elicit some of the best information and create new contacts with other writers. Recently, I attended a luncheon with a friend and several women asked me about my work.  I smiled and said, "I am a writer."  My response evoked a reaction equal to Pandora's Box. Two other women at the table were writers.  Pamela Clark (Life Reflections: Create a Video Heirloom) is a using her writing to fund a non-profit organization to help families create heirloom videos of their loved ones in hospice.   
           Karen Post's wrote a non-fiction book based on her own experience of facing a terminal illness with her husband.  ('Til Death Do Us Part - And Then What? Have Those Conversations NOW That Will Prepare Your Spouse to Live On).  Both Pamela and Karen had different experiences and yet their frustrations were filled with vital tips to find one's way through the process of self-publishing. 

           My cousin LC Tobey (dreamartglass.com) who is an artist and a member of the Heritage Guild of Collin County, Inc., in McKinney, Texas. She also was a great source of information.  She collaborated on a children's book, Chester of Chestnut Square. The book was self-published to raise funds for the Heritage Guild. She gave me the heads up on registering my book with the Library of Congress and some print on demand options.
Social media and networking helped me in my quest to learn more about the business of self-publishing. Is it the only way to research this business? Of course not, but it was refreshing to hear individuals from different aspects of writing and publishing share their tips and on the "what not to dos" and “what worked.” Have I made my decision on the vendor I plan to use? Almost, still waiting for my Beta Reader and Graphic Artist to complete their projects. Then I will finalize my choice. 


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