Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA,area; B.A. from Villanova University; currently residing in Florida; currently writing two blogs: So Freaking Neat! (www.sofreakingneat.com) and Travel’s Bitch (www.travelsbitch.com). Prepping for 500-mile walk in northern Spain along the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) in 2015.
What inspires you to write?
The thrill of travel and the desire to share my experiences and information with other people.
Tell us about your writing process.
I shape and write series of essays for my blog. Then I take the collected, printed copies of the posts that I deem appropriate for my book and its chosen theme, and edit them with a pen. After that draft, I enter the work into Scrivener in the chapters that I have created there for the essays, again editing as I type. I set the works aside for a few days and return to each chapter/essay for a final read and edit. This is my final draft, and I only need to edit for fit depending on the format I’m publishing to.
What advice would you give other writers?
Accept the fact that you will have to market your book furiously to get it noticed, and start early. Even as you’re writing, you should be establishing a presence on social media (Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) so that you can introduce your work to the people you’ve developed relationships with – instead of appearing as though you joined just to spam a lot of people with ads for your book.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Time constraints and my age – and the glut of competition – made traditional publishing untenable. By self-publishing, I retain control of my content, my time – and I get to do all that at a higher royalty rate. Every source of marketing info tells me that I would do just as much marketing myself no matter which way I publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Hardcover books are a dying breed, except for publishers such as Easton Press, who will continue to market leather-bound books to high-end buyers. Sites such as Goodreads are going to become more vital to readers, who are going to fight through the overwhelming glut of books that is coming as self-publishing becomes more and more prevalent, to separate the truly worthy works from the sludge of hack writers.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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