I am so excited to see this little story on one of the top-rated blogs for writers. Dreamers is the beginning of a book that will eventually be a collaboration with a fellow writer from my critique circle, Caden St. Claire.
After an absence of about two years, I thought it was time to write something.
A lot has transpired during that time. I finally, finally finished my memoir. I submitted it to a number of agents and was soundly rejected. This is not uncommon among first-time authors, but it still smarts. So, after my bruised ego healed somewhat, I decided to self-publish. I am now learning the intricacies of using Kindle Direct Publishing. Not difficult, just time-consuming and frustrating. Kind of like trying to format documents when Microsoft Word first came out.
I’ve also learned that I should have started marketing at least a year ago. Even when you get an agent and a publisher, you still have to do your own marketing. So then, what do they do for their cuts? Part of that marketing is having a web page. That will be my next step on WordPress.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. I need all the help I can get.
Mary Jo Martin is a retired market researcher who gave up life inside the Loop in Houston, Texas to move to the suburbs. I know, it’s supposed to work the other way.
She is a member of the Houston Writer’s Guild. Her short story, set in South Carolina, about domestic abuse and a poisoning, Flowers for Lewis, was published in the Houston Writer’s Guild Press short story mystery anthology, Waves of Suspense, in December 2015.
A medical mystery led her to pen an account of her quest to unearth her medical history on her father’s side. Instead, she found a big family. This work won first place in the memoir category in the Fall 2014 Houston Writer’s Guild contest. She’s still working on it.
Mary Jo started her professional life as a chemist. Along the way, she sold out to the dark side and earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration. After years of successfully producing concise business text as a marketer and market researcher, she is now free to do “real” writing.