Series: #5 Why This Route?

Book Author Question Series Publishing Route – Why this direction? I self-published my book. I studied options for a few years watching it all change significantly with new avenues opening up for people to streamline the process of writing and getting their work out there. For years, I had the big fat books of publishing houses and how to write query letters and you know what? I didn’t make anything happen. I lived around them and was content in my little solar system of research seeking out information as I perused book stores around the nation while on vacation after vacation year after year … sinking deeper into my giant bean bag chair of comfort and safety reading about becoming an author, writing books and people who do it, but never getting it done myself. One day I was done with that. It turned into a nonsense hobby for me. It was taking more from me than it...

Series: #4 Rejection Is Real

Book Author Question Series You could be rejected, so why put yourself out there? Rejected by who? People who only know a pretend version of me? A one-dimensional slice of who I am from a distance? That mirage of acceptance by people in the limited way I would’ve allowed them to see me would have only pacified me. It’s an illusion of sorts. Given that, I see acceptance as a type of mirage. Not putting my perspective out there in my way means I would’ve allowed smoke and mirrors to keep me from learning and growing and sharing that in the constructive way I’ve tried to do. Sure, I could be rejected, but I could also be accepted for exactly who I am. It’s like I tell my 14-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. Stay honest with yourself and truthful with others. Keep those words, thoughts, and actions aligned best you can. Nobody is perfect and it’s not...

Series: #3 It’s An Extra Job

Book Author Question Series Why bother writing when you have other career success? When I was a TV journalist, I would sit with a news consultant every few months. The consultant would critique our writing, voice, hair, clothing, delivery, even jewelry. One day while working with our consultant showing her my work, she said “Why are you here? You have something to say to the world, Maria. You need to find a way to say it. This isn’t it for you.” That day I was not attempting to be validated for the lion-heartedness deep inside of me. The meeting was due diligence with the consultant in my required time slot. I appreciated the feedback. I always did. I enjoyed the new perspective it offered. It was often helpful, interesting, and even amusing sometimes. Yeah – I’m not a deep plunging neckline type of person – but you can keep telling me that’s...

Series: #2 Are Books Passé?

Book Author Question Series Why bother writing a book in this time? Each new medium is scrutinized as being behind the times when something fresh comes along. What ends up happening is that each find a way to claim their own space. Not seeing that possibility seems to demonstrate our inability to imagine more than what’s actually possible than anything watching these discussions and the morphing that happens. Certain books have more appeal in classic book form than others. I’ve heard books that sell well called airport books. Reference books are less useful as that information populates so many internet websites. However, prescriptive books have applicable use when paired with who you are and your personal perspective. It’s what I’ve understood, seen, and respond to, so that is my lighthouse – my beacon. Why write a book at this time? Why not? It’s...

Series: #1 Big Picture Vision

Book Author Question Series What is my big picture vision for this book project? This book project sparked a bigger idea for me last year. I turned 49 in August. I’ve themed my 49th year with the title – Year of 49. (My creativity knows no bounds.) I made a list of some things I want to accomplish in making this 49th year transition into 50 a year of celebrating benchmarks reached and life shifts that set up the trajectory of my life for the next phase. That list includes at least one book published and another manuscript done. A career shift toward something that leads to new possibilities in the next 10-20 years, not stagnation. Some other things on my list – no more apologies even to myself for anything I decide to or decide not to do. Boom. Sometimes I’ll be the gentle idealist I am and sometimes I’ll roar with passion as the lion-heart I am. I own me...

Series: 10 Author Questions

I have so much to share. I want to offer insight into my path toward writing a book, my own process of getting it down on paper and out there, and progress since I put it out. There have been some great developments so far and it's only just begun. Before I get to that in upcoming posts, however, I want to share a list of 10 questions I'll take on in individual upcoming posts. I've made note of these questions, because this is what I find I'm being asked often about writing itself so far. I want to offer a supportive nudge to others considering their own project. As for book content questions - that's another series ahead. I've touched on some of it in prior posts. Here is the rundown of my upcoming blog post series: 1- What is my big picture vision for this book project? 2- Why bother writing a book at this time? Is it passe? 3- Why bother writing a book and taking this on when you...

Amazon Book Sales Ranking

Wow Wow Wow… I got a call out of the blue yesterday. It was surprising and encouraging! I’ve had a hunch my story could connect with others. I’ve known I wasn’t the only one on the kind of path I’ve walked with ample learning facing things not entirely unlike what I’ve experienced finding ways to overcome and persevere one day at a time. I’m so happy people are finding it, so it can offer some sort of comfort, connection, and reassurance to them. My book is called, 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life. I hadn’t been updated on how my book was doing and I haven’t been checking. It went out into the book selling marketplace November 8, 2018. I’m new to this and have entered the entire experience with a curiosity about how it all worked, willingness to learn, and enthusiasm to enjoy it. This woman is working with me to determine...

Yay! Upcoming Book Signing!

I’m happy to share that the Normal Public Library is hosting my first book signing May 5th at 2p. Books will be available. I’ll talk about the book, the process, and we’ll read some from it. I want to share this experience with others who have their own stories to tell. Please join me! Thanks to John Fischer at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL for making this happen. Here is a link to all of the information!