How Did Rachelle Gardner decide?

Popular agent and blogger, Rachelle Gardner, has written a series of books she calls “A Field Guide for Authors.” The first title “How Do I Decide? Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing” was just released. It’s available in e-book format from Amazon and will soon be available at Barnes & Noble online, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and other sites.

Future titles include Successful Blogging, Where Do I Start? And How Do I Get an Agent?

Rachelle is one of the most respected agents around. I’ve read her blog for years. It’s obvious she cares about her readers even though the majority aren not her clients. As an agent and mom, she’s got a busy life, but she writes thoughtful, helpful posts, answers questions, addresses issues and, most of all is consistent. I’ve e-mailed her a few times with specific questions and she’s always taken time to respond–even though I’m represented by someone else.

As an agent, her bread and butter is traditional publishing yet she recognizes that’s not the path for everyone. It’s very, very difficult to get a traditional publishing contract these days. Heck, it’s a pretty big deal to even get an agent. The number I’ve heard tossed around is about 2% of authors have representation. Wow!

So here’s the irony, Rachelle’s books are self-published. An agent who self publishes? That alone makes me want to read the book.

Rachelle could probably sell a gazillion books based on her blog following alone, but she developed a brilliant marketing strategy. She formed a “launch team” of 100 of her readers who have the web presence to help promote her books. I must repeat myself. Brilliant!

Released less than a week ago, and it’s already getting lots of buzz on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. And, here I am, doing my part. So, if you have written a book and don’t know which way to go, buy Rachelle’s new book. It’s a bargain at $3.99.


Until next time.






Where the heck have I been and why haven’t I been blogging?

Well, I’ve been right here and I could probably come up with a million and one reasons why I haven’t blogged, but the truth of the matter is I’ve been in a funk.

I have been writing — mostly thank you notes. Last count, I’d hand written seventy-nine thoughtfully crafted notes to people who’d played a role in my mother-in-law’s death. “Played a role,” — I don’t mean they killed her or anything, I mean they sent flowers or made a donation or brought food or consistently visited her. Writing those notes took a lot of emotional energy because I wanted each one to convey the gratitude felt by the family for the recipient’s kindness.

I’ve also been working on a few short stories. A few? Yeah, that’s the way I tend to write short stories–in bunches. There is an anthology I’d like to submit to so I’m trying to put together the right story for that. I have one from years ago I could dust off and use, but I’d like something fresh, but…

My new novel awaits and I’m itching to jump back into it. I’d thought I would have so much writing time at my mother-in-law’s house during the final weeks of her life. There wasn’t much else to do. But I just wasn’t in the mood. Instead I watched the ducks and the birds and the raccoons eat the food she insisted we put out for them. I stared at the lake which holds so many memories. Hubby and I were married at its shore. But little writing. And, surprisingly, little reading. Most of the time, it was just me and my thoughts.

Oh, I answered e-mail–good God, I can’t imagine how far behind I’d be had I not. I occasionally went to Facebook, but I’m not a big Facebook person. That’s where I see new pictures of our grandson, so I have to check it from time to time.

I’m embarrassed to admit, I got hooked on a couple of online GAMES. Yep, games. I won’t say mindless games, because they’re pretty strategic, but I can understand how kids get addicted to them. I have them on my i-Pad and have set strict boundaries with myself that I can’t pick it up until I’ve done the other things on my list because once I get into them, I can get lost for hours.

BUT, I’m back. I don’t know how frequently I’ll blog, but I’ll commit to at least every Monday. I really have to focus most of my writing time on my second book: Murder at The Hermitage. I’m so excited about it!

That’s it for today. Have a good week.



2013 is here!

Best wishes for your best year yet.

Best wishes for your best year yet.