Following an Uncharted Course

It’s funny, but about six years ago, I decided to try my hand at writing a book because so many friends and acquaintances suggested that my experiences were interesting. After writing for a few months, I decided to try a writing class. It only took one class to realize that I had been bitten by the bug.

For the next five years, I took more writing classes. They helped me realize that it was memoir that was appropriate for what I had to say. The classes also helped me find my voice. Eventually, other classes taught me about the publishing industry and the different ways I could get my work published. As the readers of this blog know, I decided to go the self-publishing route.

Now that “Lost and Found: Surviving Displacement, Finding Love, Uncovering Secrets” is published, I am delighted to get such wonderful feedback from its readers. “I couldn’t put the book down,” said one reader, “and even got up at 3:00 a.m. to finish it.” “It made me laugh. It made me cry. I loved it,” said another reader. “What a life you have lived and the beautiful love story,” said another. The reviews on Amazon have been amazing.

Without a traditional publisher, I need to learn how best to market my book. It feels like should have an opportunity to read it. That is really taking me out of my element, leading me into the world of social media. It’s a world of blogs, websites, Facebook, book store readings, book contests… Help! Does anyone have any ideas, experience, or guidance for me in this new world?

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