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If you had a writing motto what would it be?
Don't tell them, show them.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
For the first book, its a friendship and family driven kind of thing. As a divorce lawyer, I see so much of what goes on in people's lives. Ultimately, I think people are interested in hearing about what goes on when my office door closes and I do my best to tap into that as well. I have had a fair share of experience with mental illness, both in my personal and professional life. That gets a little play in CARD GAME, issues surrounding mental health as well as adoption come to the forefront in my second book, "Because I Had To".
What is one interesting fact about you?
My favorite description comes from a client, who called me, “the non-shaving, motorcycle-riding, bourbon-drinking, non-lawyer, lawyer.” I hope to pop that on a poster one day.
Have you learned anything from the self publishing process and would you do anything differently next time?
Patience, something I was not blessed with, is an absolute necessity. With this book, one I have been thinking about writing for several years while my kids grew up, I was so excited to finish it that I did not take enough time to edit and tweak things before trying to get it out and reviewed in manuscript form. With my second book, "Because I Had to", I spent significantly more time editing before I started shopping it around.
What has been your most successful marketing strategy?
Aggression. Really. I have done all I can to attack every angle: internet marketing through my website, social media (Facebook, Twitter, GoodReads), book clubs, book fairs, release events. I have sent out press releases to local papers and, for me, the cross selling (my divorce lawyer background along with the writing) has been helpful.
What is the best kept secret you have found in regard to indie publishing?
It is a job. I did not anticipate the amount of time need to continually be promoting and selling my brand and book. I spend 15 - 20 hours a week marketing, selling and trying to connect. Like most, when I finished my first book, I thought the heavy lifting was over. Hardly.
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