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Are You Interested in Becoming a Self-Published Writer?

Hi friends! I know most of you are readers and not interested in writing, but I know a few of you are writers. So I wanted to tell you that I’m finally getting my online teaching going again. First up, I’ll be teaching and/or hosting several webinars over the next few months.

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The first two are this upcoming Monday, July 27, 2015, and Thursday, July 30, 2015. Both will run from 1:00-2:30pm Pacific time. There will be 60 minutes of quality teaching followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, all live via a webinar service. They’ll be both fun and informative. 🙂

If you’re interested, you can get more information from this post on my new website, Writer Entrepreneur Guides. If you have friends who are writers or who have been talking about it, I would love it if you would click the share buttons to your left! I so appreciate you helping me spread the word. 🙂

Two-Question Survey on Self-Publishing

Hi friends!

Many of you know that I teach online classes on self-publishing, how to get your completed manuscript up for sale as an ebook and/or a print book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other online retailers.

You may also know that it’s my personality to want to continuously improve what I do and what I teach. The next class will begin next month, in April (haven’t nailed down the exact date yet), and I’d like to get your input. Will you fill out this survey for me? Thank you so much!

At the end of the survey is an email address you can use if you have questions about the class, but also notice there is a link to my new web site where you can sign up to get a free 10-Step Checklist to Starting Your Self-Publishing Business. I hope you find the checklist useful as you begin or continue your journey in self-publishing.

Thanks again for taking the survey below! Together you and I are going to write books that change the world! 🙂

Self-Publishing Class – Sample Lectures

I thought you might want to know more about the self-publishing class that I’ll be teaching starting Monday. So here are some samples from some of my class lectures.

From Lecture 1

Welcome to my class on self-publishing your book! I’m glad you’re here. There are a lot of ways to get your book out into the world, and I’m going to present only a few. Then you’ll be able to take what you learn here, continue to research and learn more about your other options, and make changes (if you choose) in the future with more confidence.

The first things you’ll need to decide are:

  • do you want to publish in ebook only, print only, or both?
  • what software will you use?
  • what distributors will you use?

Starting today, if you haven’t already started a notebook or computer file to save all the information you collect on self-publishing, do it now.

I use an ARC notebook from Staples to save everything that is already printed, or that I print out.

http://www.staples.com/M-by-Staples-Arc-Customizable-Durable-Poly-Notebook-System-Black-9-3/product_886237

I prefer these because I like how easy it is to pull a piece of paper from one section and press it into another without having to open and close a 3-ring binder all the time. But whatever you like and will find easy to organize is what you should use.

I save different information – my house style guide, some how-to blogs that I’ve saved, a list of passwords and links to the distributors I use, and much more – in a Scrivener file.

Screen shot - Style guide

From that Scrivener file, I can cut and paste links I need easier than if they were in a printed file, and I can continually update my style guide, add new books or formats (like audiobooks), and organize other information that I don’t feel the need to print.

From Lecture 2

In addition to the big choices – will I publish in ebook, print, or both formats? what software will I use? – you have a lot of detailed choices as well. This lesson will help familiarize you with some of those choices, and provide web sites where you can look up more information and/or sign up for the service.

Business Type

When you sign up for an account to publish your book with a distributor (KDP, Smashwords, etc.), you will need to provide your legal name (if you write with a pen name) and/or your business name. I chose to register a DBA (Doing Business As, also known as a Fictitious Business Name) so I could have a company name without the expense of setting up a corporation or LLC. You will have to do your own research on this, ask your accountant and/or attorney what is best for you because I am not qualified to give legal or financial advice.

If you live in California, here is a link to the state web site explaining the minimum tax if you set up a corporation or LLC. Google “[my state] minimum tax” to find out more about the tax consequences of setting up a corporation/LLC in your state.

https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/faq/beMinTax.shtml

CHOICE: How will I set up my distributor accounts, and what do I need to do before I can sign up for those accounts?

Tax Identification Numbers

When you sign up with a distributor, you need to provide banking information and a tax ID number so you can get paid and so your earnings can be reported to the Internal Revenue Service.

If you run your business as a sole proprietor, with or without a DBA, you can use your social security number or you can apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). While I can’t give you legal or financial advice, here are some articles that may help you decide.

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employer-ID-Numbers-EINs

http://legal.answers.com/definitions/should-you-use-an-ein-or-your-social-security-number

http://info.legalzoom.com/need-ein-am-dba-23281.html

Depending on your bank and your business type, you may be able to set up a business checking account. (Your bank can tell you if they require an EIN for a sole proprietorship with or without a DBA, or if they will allow you to use your social security number.) Your royalties/earnings can be deposited there instead of your personal account to make accounting and taxes easier. Or your bank may only let you set up a separate personal checking account. Either way, you need to decide where you want your money deposited.

If you use PayPal, you may want to research how you can set up a separate PayPal account connected to your business checking so you can keep your business and personal finances separate.

CHOICE: How will I set up my banking for receiving payments and paying expenses?

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATION: How will changing from one business type now (sole prop/DBA) to another later (corporation/LLC) affect my business? How will it affect my sales, sales rank, tax reporting, sales reporting, etc. from the vendors and distributors I’ve signed up with?

From Lecture 5

This lecture is not going to be an exhaustive how-to on using InDesign. You’ve either decided to learn it and you plan to use additional resources to do so, or you are already familiar with it to some degree. This will also help you get your book set up in InDesign if you have used Quark Xpress or Pagemaker or another desktop publishing program. There are enough similarities among the programs that knowing how to do this or that in one program gives you an idea of how to do it in another.

I’ll tell you what I do, and you can follow my directions, or just use them as a jumping off point to decide how you want to design your book’s interior. (You can also read along and ask yourself if this seems easy enough to learn. I think you’ll find it is.)

What I Do

Following are directions for creating a new file, making it into a template so you have all your settings saved for future books, and then adding your current manuscript to the template to create a new document.

Open InDesign
Go to File, New, Document
Under Intent on the popup screen, leave it as Print (the default)
Under Pages, make it a few more pages than you think it needs to be

Example: My superhero story is 100,000 words and came in at about 325 pages with the manuscript, the front and back matter, and the short excerpt of the next book at the end; my 8,000-word short story is about 36 pages with front and back matter and short excerpt

Under Page Size, choose Custom, then you’ll create a custom preset for all of your books

Adjust the width and height to the sizes you want for your print book (this won’t affect your EPUB if you create one from InDesign), and type in a name for the Custom Page Size.

Example: You could create one that is 4 1/8” x 6 7/8” and call it “Mass Market,” and create one that is 5” x 8” and call it “Trade Size.” Then you only need to choose which Custom Page Size you want to use this time.

Screen shot InD New Doc 1

Click on the Add button to save the name of the Custom Page Size. If you created more than one, click on the one you want and hit OK.

Screen shot InD New Doc 2

Leave the columns section as is if you are creating a novel template. Adjust your margins according to the CreateSpace guidelines. (You may have to click on the “chain” icon next to the top and bottom margins in order for your changes to save.)

Example: I use 0.75” for the top, bottom, and inside margins, and 0.5” on the outside margin

Sign Up Today!

These are just a few examples of what you’ll learn in my 4-week online class, Your How-to Guide to Self-Publishing. You will receive 8 lectures with 92 pages of information, including screen shots, to help you get your book up for sale as an ebook and/or in print by the end of the class. Everyone will be encouraged to ask questions and offer suggestions to each other so that everyone can avoid or solve problems, and gain the newest information in an ever-changing industry.

Manuscript not ready? No problem. You can go through the lectures and practice with a dummy manuscript. This will give you an opportunity to ask questions about anything you don’t understand so you can be ready when your manuscript is complete.

Check out my Classes page and sign up for the class. It starts Monday, January 12, 2015.

Speaking Events On Self-Publishing

Hello friends! Sorry I haven’t been able to post much to my blog lately. If you didn’t know, my husband John was in a motorcycle accident two months ago and life has taken a turn while he recuperates. I’m not getting much work done these days, but it’ll get back on course eventually. 🙂

Meanwhile, my speaking events in Michigan are still on! Yay! Here is a list for you.

Sat, May 17, 12-2pm – Horizon Books book signing, 243 E Front St, Traverse City

Wed, May 21, 6:30pm – Traverse City Library, 610 Woodmere Ave, Traverse City

Thur, May 22 – Kalkaska High School, Novel & Creative Writing classes

Thur, May 22, 6:00pm – Kalkaska County Library, 247 S Cedar St, Kalkaska

Fri, May 23, 6-9pm – Cherry Capital Comic Con, Grand Traverse Resort, TC – FREE Preview (Everyone gets in free Friday!)

Sat, May 24, 10am-6pm – Cherry Capital Comic Con – I’ll have a table on the show floor

Sun, May 25, 11am-5pm – Cherry Capital Comic Con – Kitty & John speaking 11am-12:30 on self-publishing and the making of Avatar, respectively; on the show floor the rest of the day

Let me know if you’re planning on attending any of these so I can look for you! 😀

My Results Using Ads and Specials

US.v10WEBMost writers are curious about what is and isn’t working for other writers when it comes to selling books. I’m grateful for what others have been willing to share, so it’s only fair to share in return. Even though my results are a bit embarrassing.

I’ve only bought ads three times. I bought an ad last year with The Wordsmith Journal Magazine (online) for Little Miss Lovesick. After one month, I had zero new sales. Ouch.

In August, while Unexpected Superhero was enrolled in the KDP Select program (meaning it was only for sale on Amazon for the first 90 days), I took advantage of the program’s free days option and made the book free for five days in a row at the end of a conference I was attending. I also bought an ad from BookBub that appeared on the first day of the promotion.

There were a whopping 17,561 free downloads during those five days! Over 10,000 copies were downloaded the first day, which I attribute primarily to the BookBub ad. During the next two weeks, I sold only 24 more copies when the book went off sale (back to $3.99). Then the sales dropped back to the 0-3 per week average that has been more common for my books so far.

A month or two ago, I dropped the price of Unexpected Superhero from $3.99 to $2.99 to see if I could see a change in sales. There might have been a slight increase. At 0-3 sales per week, it’s a bit hard to say. 🙂

My third promotion-with-paid-advertisement was last week. I dropped the price on Little Miss Lovesick and promoted it with 19 other lovely romance authors and their books last Friday. I also took out a then-free ad from eBookSoda, a newer email list like BookBub that advertises free and reduced-price books. (The ads were free, then $5, and I’m sure they’ll keep increasing in price as they grow their list. The problem with this ad is that I don’t know if it went to 100 people, 1000, or 20,000.)

I dropped the price from $2.99 to 99 cents a week before the promo with Smashwords so it would be 99 cents at the other outlets by the day of the promo. I decreased the price on Amazon two days before, and it went into effect the day before. I saw that I sold one copy on Amazon a day or two before the promotion, then two more copies total during the weekend of the promotion and ad.

That’s it – 3 sales. At the high end of “usual” for me.

Little Miss Lovesick_NEWSIZE_FINALLittle Miss Lovesick got a new (second) cover a few months ago, but it’s barely changed the sales. Unexpected Superhero got a new (second) cover at the end of March, too early to tell if it has affected sales yet. I took out another eBookSoda ad (the free ad that went to $5 when I did it this time) for Sunday, May 4 (my third choice date, Fantasy category, same as last year’s BookBub ad). I’ll leave Superhero at its current $2.99 price and see if anything happens when it’s not on sale but advertised.

And that’s about all I know so far. My second superhero book, Superhero in the Making, was to be ready next week for WonderCon, and which I expected to help sales of the first book. But my husband’s motorcycle accident and injuries trumped anything and everything that used to be on my To Do list. 🙂

I’ll keep you updated so you get a well-rounded view of self-publishing and advertising. (It’s less embarrassing to write about your successes, so there are a lot more of those stories out there.) It would appear that my experience underscores what other successful writers have said about success coming after you have several books out. Unfortunately, “life” has thrown a wrench in making that happen soon, but as the Brits (used to) say, Keep Calm and Carry On.

And keep writing! 🙂

UNEXPECTED SUPERHERO Is In Print!

First cover for the novel Unexpected SuperheroWoo-hoooo!!! The moment I’ve been waiting for – UNEXPECTED SUPERHERO is now available as a Kindle exclusive ebook and in print! Yay!

I am so excited! And to celebrate I’m going to…drum roll, please…go help a friend move! Yay! Woo-hoo! Doesn’t that sound exciting? LOL! Actually, it will be fun to tell my friends about the book in person, so it will be a celebration!

As you might be able to tell, I am going to have an awesome weekend now! And I hope you do, too! Celebrate with me – have a brownie, have a beer, smile at a stranger! LOL! Let me know if you want an autographed copy, and I’ll make that happen. 🙂

Marriage Madness: Working Together

j0316965When I started my self-publishing adventure, I had three choices – use up valuable writing time learning how to create books and covers in desktop publishing software, hire someone else to do it for me, or ask John.

John’s a great guy. He does all kinds of things for me and for us. (Not the least of which – can I say it again? – is to cook for us almost every day!) He used to be a professional graphic designer, and he created some really great graphics for me for prior businesses I’ve had. So I knew he could do it, and he’d be good at it. But would he want to?

I’ve always been especially wary of anything that remotely hinted at a joint business venture between us. Both of us can be quite opinionated and equally passive-aggressive, usually when we’re trying to “be nice.” 😉

Would John say yes because I asked, but then later regret it? Would he be able to explain to me what I needed to decide in order for him to produce the kinds of graphics I would like? Would I understand what he needed without having to ask hundreds of questions and make him want to pound his head bloody against a wall?

Little Miss Lovesick 150x240He’s been wonderful, and he’s produced some fabulous book covers and other graphics for me. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate his time and effort, especially since he has a full-time job that often requires him to work overtime. That means he’s making book covers for me during an even smaller period of free time.

That being said, I did overhear him saying to someone recently that it’s hard to have me hanging over his shoulder while he’s working. I had an image of a boa constrictor wrapped around his neck – and I wouldn’t be surprised if I was reading his mind!

On the other hand, we’ve gotten better at working at home together, separately. I go to my space and he goes to his. Sometimes we call out to each other from the other room, or kiss each other on the way to the kitchen or the bathroom.

We’ve finally gotten grown-up enough to leave the TV off for more than a minute and work when we need to instead of always running off to play. (We used to never be able to spend time together working. If we were together, we were playing. Like a couple of ten-year-olds!)

First cover for the novel Unexpected SuperheroSometimes we kick around story ideas that we say we might write together. Maybe we will. And maybe all the blood and gore will stay on the page and not come out in real life. But we have such a great relationship that I hate for anything to ruin it, or even just mess it up for awhile.

That uncomfortable feeling is what has led to many a conversation about whether I should find another graphic designer. But the book covers he’s done for Little Miss Lovesick and Unexpected Superhero are so good that I’m guessing I’ll have to pay a pretty penny to hire someone I like as well or better.

On the other hand, I can guarantee that I won’t find another husband I like as well or better! 😉

Will we continue to work together? Only for as long as we can both be mostly happy with it. It’s worth the money to pay someone else to do what would lead to arguments at home.

Come to think of it, what an excellent excuse to hire a housekeeping service…

Release Day for UNEXPECTED SUPERHERO!

First cover for the novel Unexpected SuperheroThe day has arrived! I’m so excited! Unexpected Superhero is now available for sale! Woo-hooo!!!!

I am one tired Kitty, but I’m so happy to have this book out. 🙂 When I was doing the final edits, sometimes I would catch myself reading it instead of looking for errors. LOL! I really hope you enjoy it. I had so many of you in mind while I was writing it. 😀

Pardon the short post, but I am exhausted and I want to go celebrate! If you haven’t read the teasers yet, here is the first part of chapter one and here is the second part. I’ll post the last part of chapter one in a few days.

For the first 90 days, Unexpected Superhero
will be a Kindle exclusive. Then on or around Labor Day (September 1 or so), the book will be available in all ebook formats. The print version should be ready by mid-June. I’ll let you know when it’s available.

I’m looking for a dozen or so people who would like to read the book right away and post a review by June 17. It can be informal, you talking about what you liked and didn’t like – but no spoilers. The review needs to be posted on Amazon and Goodreads. (You can post the same review on both sites.) I will send you a .mobi file for your Kindle, or an .epub file for your Nook, Sony, Kobo, etc. Use the Contact  page to volunteer and get the book for free! 🙂

Thank you to all of you for being such wonderful friends and supporters! I love you all! Have a great weekend! 😀

Declining Quality in Publishing – A Rant

Books iconLet me begin by saying I was one of those kids who competed and did well in the annual school spelling bee (I still have a couple of trophies), and I loved diagramming sentences in the seventh grade. When I went to grad school to get my MA in Creative Writing, I took Professional Editing as an elective so that I could get even better at a natural ability.

So suffice it to say that I notice errors in the written word.

When self-publishing became the means for anyone to put their thoughts and stories out in the world, the biggest cry against the horde was that the work was often poorly edited. Many times people posted reviews on a work saying that the reviewer couldn’t even finish because the spelling or grammar was so bad (line editing or copy editing). Other times, the work was attacked for not making sense, or not providing a smooth transition from one scene or idea to another, or not tying up all the pieces of the story by the end (structural editing).

The quality has improved dramatically among those self-publishers who are serious about a writing career. Many self-published authors, myself included, have hired professional editors to go over their work before it is published. Even so, I found errors in the ebook version of my first book that had to be fixed before the print version came out.

At the same time, “traditional publishing” (the author sends their work, usually via an agent, to a publishing house that is often in New York and nearly one hundred years old) is still touted as “real” publishing. And yet I am finding increasingly poor editing in the traditionally published books I read.

As with so many industries in the last few decades, some of the work at publishing houses is outsourced. It is cheaper to send a book to be edited by a freelancer than it is to pay a person a salary with benefits. This has put some very good editors into the freelance pool, but it has also opened the gates to anyone who can create a business card.

When searching for a freelance editor, there are hundreds of options from really cheap to “holy smokes!” But unlike some industries, quality does not appear to be related to price. A definite breakdown in our supply and demand capitalist marketplace.

Why am I on a rant about this today? (If you read my blog regularly, you know I rarely rant.) Because yesterday I posted a review for my friend’s very first published novel, and I decided to leave one bit out: the editing sucked!

Laura did “all the right things” to stay on the road that leads to a traditional publishing contract. She worked hard for sixteen years and she didn’t give up. Nearly two years ago, an editor at a traditional publishing house read one of her books and liked it enough to offer Laura a contract. Her first book was published yesterday in the way most of us once dreamed – in print, available in bookstores, with a company marketing this book and buying the next book, which would also then be printed and sent to bookstores.

Oh, the joy! I know she is beside herself, and I am so happy for her!

But I’m the kind of person who notices errors in the written word. I was disappointed to find the first error on page four. A wrong word was typed in the sentence. Bummer, but not the end of the world. No one is perfect.

The next time I noticed an error was in the middle of the book. I remember frowning over it, but reminding myself that it’s difficult to get 300-400 pages out with no errors, especially in this fast-paced world where most workers have less time to do more work than they had ten years ago.

But something changed in the second half of the book. There was another error, and another one, and another! What happened? Did the publisher send out the advanced reading copies (an ARC, the copy I read) before the final line edits came in? I would love to be embarrassed for posting this rant after finding out that the print books in the bookstores, and the ebooks now available, are all perfectly edited.

But as a reviewer reading an ARC for the purposes of writing a review to tell readers if they should spend their time and money on this book, I can’t ignore that many errors. I have no basis on which to assume the book you buy today is free of the errors I found.

If self-publishers like myself are likely to get blasted for having too many editing errors, if we’re called unprofessional when the book isn’t perfect, then it’s only fair that the rest of publishing continue to be held to the same high standard.

But it’s more than that. Laura went the traditional route in part so that she would have a team of professionals working with her to create the best possible product. She gave up the lion’s share of the profits to essentially pay other people to make sure her book met the highest quality standards.

I’m the kind of person who usually looks for the excuse as to why someone didn’t do their job. You don’t know that Susie’s mom just found out she has cancer and Susie can’t focus on her freelance editing work right now. Or maybe John is getting divorced and is dealing with finding a place to live and comforting his kids while still trying to make his freelance editing deadlines.

But the fact remains that someone in the Forever imprint at Grand Central Publishing, owned by Hachette Book Group, didn’t do the job they were paid for. And no one noticed.

If Laura’s book goes into a second printing – and it’s very good, so that could happen – I hope she insists on a new line edit. I hope her editor – and all publishing house editors – find a method to check the quality of the line editing, whether by freelancers or in-house, for every single book.

The book world has suddenly gotten much more competitive, and for the best players to survive, we can’t let the constraints of time and money destroy the only thing that keeps us in the game – a quality book.

Little Miss Lovesick Is In Print!

Finally!! LOL!!

I have been looking forward to this day for years! And now it’s arrived! You can buy a print copy of Little Miss Lovesick now by going to my CreateSpace store page on Amazon. It will take a few weeks for it to filter through to other web sites, but it’s available now in my store. Yay!!

Just for fun, I thought I’d share some silly trivia with you about the book. 🙂

  • I came up with the idea in 1998 when I was chatting with an editor from Tyndale House Publishers about some upcoming anthologies they were getting ready. I sent them the first few chapters, and they liked my writing but chose someone else’s story.
  • I tweaked the idea when I went to my first Romance Writers of America (RWA) regional conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1999 or 2000, and pitched it to an editor at Silhouette Books. By the time I had the proposal ready for her, she’d moved on to another publishing house.
  • I tried working on it again when I was at a writing retreat with my friends Lauraine Snelling and Kathleen Damp Wright. They responded neutrally, which was the kiss of “boring” to me. Then Lauraine asked me if I’d heard of “chick lit,” which was still rather new. We went out to a bookstore and I nearly screeched, “This is what I would write if they didn’t tell me to write ‘their’ way!” I was so excited! That was the beginning of me relaxing and writing the way I want to write. I think that was a turning point for both me and Kathleen. 🙂
  • On that same writing retreat, I rewrote the first chapter and read it to Lauraine and Kathleen again. This time they were cracking up. Score! Lauraine called her agent that day and asked her to read it. A few months later, I’d signed with her and felt like my career was finally getting some traction.
  • I took a research trip up to Ontario, Canada, where I planned to set much of the book. My mom came with me and we had a great time, saw so many interesting things. More than I could’ve ever put in one book. 😉 I’ll have to use some of that later. In fact, I had to move the heroine Sydney’s fly fishing vacation to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan instead of a few hours north in Canada. There were several “logic” issues that weren’t working for the story if Matt was in Ontario.
  • I wrote the rest of the book at night, on the weekends, and at lunch time in the NBC cafeteria in Burbank where I worked. I sent it to my agent in the summer of 2004, and she sent it to several editors at the big name publishing houses in New York. Best. Day. Ever.
  • But just as I was figuring out what my “voice” was, the publishing industry began to feel chick lit was on the way out and they didn’t want to buy any more. The same summer that it seemed everything was beginning for me, everything seemed to end.
  • The next few years I tried to figure out what to do with my newly discovered writing voice now that people were telling me that that style of writing was no longer popular. This was not a good time for me. I almost quit several times, and once I did quit. But within a few months, I couldn’t help myself, and I started writing again. 🙂
  • Then we moved to Sydney, Australia, for John to work on Happy Feet. I put this book on the shelf and wrote the first draft of Unexpected Superhero. (Look for it in 2013!) I loved it, but my agent didn’t think it fit in the current market.
  • We moved back to California. I started and stopped a couple different projects, but I couldn’t find something that interested me that also interested my agent. Eventually, we parted company as friends. I mentally wiped down all the white boards in my mind and started again with a blank slate. What was I going to write? And what would I do if no one wanted to read it?
  • We moved back to Sydney again for Happy Feet 2. (Note: a lot of moving and packing and waiting months for your things to arrive is not an easy way to have a home-based business.) I applied to graduate school and was accepted into the Master of Arts in Creative Writing program at University of Technology, Sydney. I was so excited because I’ve always wanted to go to grad school – since I was a freshman at University of Pennsylvania and met a grad student who worked with microwave technology. I know, weird. LOL!
  • I wanted to go to UTS over other writing graduate programs because it sounded very hands on, very creative, and the program seemed to be aimed at taking you to the next level in a writing career, not just studying Shakespeare. I was disappointed that on the one hand, it was just another academic program. We didn’t delve deeply into the nuances of writing that really make your work stand out from others. And it seemed that I knew more about how to get published in a global market than most people. (Thanks to the Romance Writers of America! They are all about teaching their members how to have a career in writing.) On the other hand, I’m still glad I went. I have a better credential now for teaching, which I love to do. 🙂
  • The morning after my last grad school class, I flew from Sydney to New York to attend the annual RWA conference. I told myself that if no one was interested in my romantic comedies, I was going back home to Sydney and publishing them myself. No one was interested. I went back home and published Little Miss Lovesick as an ebook! Yay!
  • Then we moved back to California. Then we moved again. Then my mom died. This has not been a good year for getting work done.
  • Finally – I don’t know what happened – everything in my world lined up so that I suddenly started getting a lot of work done! (Thank you, God!!) I finished Unexpected Superhero and sent it to Harper Voyager. I wrote a book proposal for a romantic suspense book. And John and I got to work on the time-consuming process of turning Lovesick into a print book.
  • John did the cover design, and created the template I used for the interior. He did a great job! I received the hard copy “proof” on Friday (I about exploded from excitement when I held my first book in my hands!) and went through it looking for errors. None! So I hit “approve” on the CreateSpace site and voila! A book was born!

There it is, the whole story. If you have any friends who like funny love stories, or friends who live in Michigan who would enjoy a book set in Traverse City, you might be able to check a few more people off your Christmas shopping list now. 🙂 Maybe you want a copy for yourself, too! I hope it makes you laugh. Then I’ll know I did a good job. 🙂

Thanks for sharing my adventure! More adventures ahead!