Posts Tagged "memoir"

In which Mike and I both answer questions about Love At The Speed Of Email

Posted by on Jul 4, 2012 in Writing | 0 comments

In which Mike and I both answer questions about Love At The Speed Of Email

I’ve been skipping around the blogosphere a bit, dropping in on various people’s blogs to talk about Love At The Speed Of Email. It’s always fun to be a guest in someone else’s blog home, but my stop today was special. Rel was one of the first reviewers of my first book, My Hands Came Away Red, and we’ve kept in touch in the years since then. She usually blogs about fiction, so I’m honoured that she took the time to read Love and have me on her blog. Here’s how she introduced the interview. I “met” Lisa McKay online years ago, thrilled to...

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Let’s talk money: What I’m earning from self-publishing my book

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Writing | 18 comments

Let’s talk money: What I’m earning from self-publishing my book

Yesterday I laid out the details of what I’ve spent self-publishing my latest book, Love at the Speed of Email. So far, it’s cost me about $3500.00 to bring this book to market. The other side of the equation, of course, is what I might earn from it. Here are some interesting facts on the “earnings” side of the money equation.  Setting the price I decided to price the paperback at $12.95 and the e-book at $9.99. At those prices I earn about $3.50 every time someone buys a paperback from Amazon. I earn about $6 when they buy a paperback straight from Createspace. I earn about $5 for...

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Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Writing | 27 comments

Let’s talk money: What it cost me to self-publish my book

What is it about money that makes talking about it so hard? As I sit down to write this, I feel like I’m about to write a personal post about sex. In fact, I’ve been wondering for a while now whether to write this post at all, but then I realized that this is exactly the sort of post I wanted to read eight months ago when I first decided to self publish my next book. So, all you folks who are thinking about self-publishing a book, this is for you. Today I’m going to tell you exactly what it cost me to self-publish Love at the Speed of Email and share six lessons that I learned along the...

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Writing In Between: Too much of God, or not enough?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Writing | 12 comments

Writing In Between: Too much of God, or not enough?

I’ve been up since 5:40 this morning. This would be great for getting a jump on the week’s work if I hadn’t also been up at midnight and 4am. And to top it all off (or maybe I should say “kick it all off”) I didn’t get to sleep until well after 11 the first time around. I blame Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche for that one. I’m reading her book Half Of A Yellow Sun. It’s excellent, but it’s set during the Nigerian/Biafran war and I should have known better – ever since Dominic’s birth this stuff just slays me. So I’m too tired this morning to do much more than post a couple of...

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“How do you feel about your child reading your memoir?” and other such questions

Posted by on Jun 22, 2012 in Writing | 4 comments

“How do you feel about your child reading your memoir?” and other such questions

So I was going to write about post-launch letdown this week (which has struck with a vengeance, despite the fact that the launch is going very well) but that’s going to have to wait. I’ve been very busy, you see, doing important things like putting tiny sock puppets on my toes to amuse His Royal Babyness. And trying to teach him the meaning of the phrases, “No, books stay on shelves” and “stay off the stairs” (totally failing on both those fronts, by the way). I’ve also been avoiding the computer in the afternoons and actually reading other people’s books for a change...

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Lao music, launch parties, and other elegant celebrations

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Life in Laos, Writing | 4 comments

Lao music, launch parties, and other elegant celebrations

What a whirlwind! Love At The Speed Of Email had a great launch day yesterday. Scores of people visited the launch announcement and a bunch of you clicked on over to buy a copy (thank you!!). I spent some thrilled moments watching you all help me share the news on facebook and twitter (again, thank you!!) and feeling overwhelmed by that happy sort of embarrassment that comes when you’re a bit the center of attention and you realize how many people care about you. And then there was the rest of the day. Because, you see, launching a book from Laos over the internet is a very abstract sort of...

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Love At The Speed Of Email just released!

Posted by on Jun 11, 2012 in Writing | 28 comments

Love At The Speed Of Email just released!

I’m very excited to announce that my new book, Love At The Speed Of Email, is now available.   Lisa looks as if she has it made. * She has turned her nomadic childhood and forensic psychology training into a successful career as a stress management trainer for humanitarian aid workers. She lives in Los Angeles, travels the world, and her first novel has just been published to some acclaim. But as she turns 31, Lisa realizes that she is still single, constantly on airplanes, and increasingly wondering where home is and what it really means to commit to a person, place, or career....

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First world problems and book baby woes

Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Writing | 5 comments

First world problems and book baby woes

The bad news: I have to delay my book launch by at least a week. Estimated launch date is now June 11th. The good news: We have warm, dry beds and clothes to wear. I didn’t die in childbirth, and my baby has enough to eat.   I’ve encountered one frustration after another in the final stages of preparing the print version Love At The Speed Of Email for publication. The latest stumbling block has been the cover. My printer cannot seem to upload the beautiful cover that my talented designer Kimberly Glyder designed without mangling it. My printer also cannot seem to be bothered to provide...

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Can You Ever Lie To Tell The Truth?

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Writing | 13 comments

Can You Ever Lie To Tell The Truth?

This post was published on Chip MacGregor’s blog last week. Chip is the president of MacGregor Literary Agency, and my agent. His blog was recently named one of the best writing websites for writers by Writers Digest Magazine over the weekend – #10 on their list of 101 best sites. So, writers, jump on over and check it out. And in the meantime, here’s my piece on memoir and truth telling they premiered while I was busy packing and unpacking boxes over here in Laos. Can You Ever Lie To Tell The Truth? In January I listened to a This American Life episode called Mr. Daisy and...

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Six tips for marketing self-published books

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Writing | 8 comments

Six tips for marketing self-published books

Last Wednesday I wrote about the challenge that marketing can be for self-publishing authors. I asked what you would do if you were in charge of marketing my memoir, Love At The Speed Of Email, and was flooded with responses. Well, not exactly. But that’s not surprising. It’s a hard question for me to answer, and I know the book better than anyone. It’s also hard to think of ways to get the word out there without being overly and annoyingly self-promoting. The one person who tackled the question I asked last week suggested leaning toward authenticity whenever possible. I think that is...

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