How Do You Know If Something Is Actually Good?

Shortly after my book was published and released in paperback and eBook, I paid for two reviews from companies that assess books from independent authors. The first was BlueInk, a company I had met at an independent authors conference in 2017. The second was called Foreword/Clarion, which had a package deal with BlueInk. “Buy both,Continue reading “How Do You Know If Something Is Actually Good?”

Thank You For Making Me Feel So Loved

On Friday, 16 November, I held a party to celebrate the release of my first book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, at the Sitar Arts Center in Washington D.C. While local bookstores weren’t interested in my book or hosting a launch/release party, Sitar welcomed me withContinue reading “Thank You For Making Me Feel So Loved”

My Thoughts on my First Editorial Book Review from BlueInk

A few days ago, I received my first official “editorial” review of my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most, from BlueInk Review, a review company based in Colorado. I met BlueInk representatives at the 2017 BookBaby Independent Authors Conference in Philadelphia. I had a bad tasteContinue reading “My Thoughts on my First Editorial Book Review from BlueInk”

The Four Major Takeaways I Learned from Writing My First Book

Now that my book, Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most is published, I felt it was important to reflect on the major lessons I learned the process of writing the book and sharing them with everyone in the hope that they might make the same rightContinue reading “The Four Major Takeaways I Learned from Writing My First Book”

Review of BookBaby self-publishing: fine overall but the editing was problematic

Writing a book was one of my life-long goals, and I was thrilled to have done so this year, when I published Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most. I was even more excited to see it hit Amazon in eBook format on August 11th and thenContinue reading “Review of BookBaby self-publishing: fine overall but the editing was problematic”

Trying to Host a Book Release Party Has Proven Far More Difficult Than I Imagined

When I was finalizing the last steps of my book, I started to research different marketing options to help spread the word about my literary feat, one of them being a book launch/release party. The idea was simple: host a party at a local bookstore, contact local media, and get people to show up andContinue reading “Trying to Host a Book Release Party Has Proven Far More Difficult Than I Imagined”

Writing, Marketing, and Publishing Lessons I Learned from Attending BookBaby’s #IndieAuthorCon in Philly

From November 3rd through 5th, I attended BookBaby’s Independent Author Convention at the Sonesta Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. While I wasn’t blown away by the conference or its speakers, I gained useful insight into the book publishing process for independent authors, including marketing and publicity planning and perspectives on how and when and from whomContinue reading “Writing, Marketing, and Publishing Lessons I Learned from Attending BookBaby’s #IndieAuthorCon in Philly”