Born in Presque Isle, Maine, Anne nurtured her imagination by writing. She won her first award through the Young Authors Institute at age 9. Upon graduating college at the age of 19, she worked at an ad agency for 6 1/2 years before embarking on the life as an entrepreneur. In addition to freelance writing, she did marketing, publishing and professional photography for the next six years before moving to Delray Beach, Florida to pursue greater business endeavors. In 2004, AwesomeWriter.com was established and over the next few years she went on to write 17 books as a ghostwriter and celebrity co-author, as well as releasing her own book, “Men Are Like Wine” in 2012. She still writes many web content, marketing and ghostwriting assignments and is now also the mother of 3 young boys.
At the age of 25, she followed her heart by embarking upon the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship. These pursuits included ownership of a publishing company and professional photography business for 11+ years, upon which Anne photographed over 250+ weddings. She then sold the business and moved to Delray Beach, Florida, where she became one of the top three regional sellers of a well-known jewelry store franchise. Throughout these achievements, Anne often wrote business editorials and advertising copy, both as a hobby and to support her special interests with a sideline income.
By 2008, her part-time passion took on a life of its own. She founded AwesomeWriter.com and has since been writing full-time, working for clients in 19 countries around the globe. Anne has written 15 books as a ghostwriter and currently has one self-published title as an author, adding diversity to her creative nature. She is also a mother of three busy toddler boys who enjoy climbing, dancing and drawing (mostly on the walls). Although this makes for a hectic lifestyle, Anne has her sights on achieving many more goals on the horizon.
What inspires you to write?
I am a natural storyteller. For me, the inspiration to write is more of an addiction. It is who I am. I am able to communicate naturally through the written word, whereas in person or in front of a group, the words do not often come to me without greater effort.
Tell us about your writing process.
Every book is different, depending on the genre. Most often, an outline at least helps you begin the stages of getting your thoughts down on paper. The outline usually changes as the book takes on a life of its own, but it helps you cover all of the details.
When I write, I like to do a “brain dump” initially and lay down the first draft, without perfection. Back in the day, I used to go back to chapters and tweak them, however I found this to be painstakingly slower than just getting it all out on paper and then going back over it again.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
This largely depends upon whether the book is being written from the first person or third person vantage point. When I write in the first person, I feel as if I wear my character’s shoes, especially the main character or the narrator. In third person, I write it from the view of the reader asking pragmatic questions that will help the character to be most believable. My goal is for the reader to connect with the characters.
What advice would you give other writers?
Make an outline of the chapters and give them a brief paragraph or two description. This is a good place to start, even if you end up changing the order of the chapters later or straying from them altogether. Then, do a “brain dump” for your first draft. Resist the urge to go back and reread your work, unless you just want to remember a detail about something you have written and make sure it matches with a later reference to the scene, character or details. Don’t proofread or change it at this point. The next phase of editing will help you get a better second draft and a polished manuscript before you release it to a professional editor. Which, by the way, is a must! Even if you are an editor and accomplished writer, you should have a fresh pair of eyes to read your polished manuscript. They may find questions that you would not think of, since you are so close to it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After attending a BEA in NYC a couple of years ago, I was shopping for an agent and publisher and met many great people at the trade show. However, ultimately I realized the nominal royalties they pay, which made it seem almost not worth it to spend the time and expense of submitting book proposals. I sent out six proposals and all were rejected. This did not phase me in the pursuit of publishing. My book happens to be a niche, which I realize may not be covered by every publisher. Some like self-help books only, whereas others want Christian or Children’s books, etc. So, finding the right publisher to match your product is difficult. Since I’m pretty good at marketing, I opted for Create Space. My goal is getting into the wineries and wine tasting rooms, rather than the bookstores, so I have made posters and bookmarks to help them promote.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There’s never been a better time to publish a book, which is good and bad. Anyone can write anything and publish, which makes the market saturated with a lot of mindless reads or bad content. However, the good points is that it enables readers to find books of otherwise lesser-known authors, while helping the good authors to establish respectable credibility. The next generation will likely all read books on tablets, however I’m an “old school” lover of books with real pages that I can turn and put a bookmark in. There’s something nice about holding it in your hand!
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Humor, Self-Help, Business, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Biographies
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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