Have you ever felt fed up with running the hamster wheel and just wanted to escape, maybe hit the road for a while? I did. At the age of 45 I wasn't ready for retirement, but I was tired of commuting to my dead-end job in the expensive and crowded San Francisco Bay Area. I … Continue reading Escaping the Hamster Wheel
My book won't be released until May 4th and is only available for pre-order, so imagine my surprise when I went to my book page on Amazon and saw this: My book was #1 New Release in Literary Travel. I got all excited, until I clicked on the link for new releases in Literary Travel … Continue reading Amazon, You Really Got Me Going
What a learning process publishing a book is! It turns out the delay in getting my print book available for pre-order on BarnesandNoble.com was my fault. Whoops! I had read on the Ingram Spark guide that it can take up to six weeks to get your book approved and available, so I assumed things were … Continue reading Print Book Stumbles
I'm not sure if it matters a whole lot for indie authors to do a press release when their book is launched, but I did one anyway. Maybe it will lead to some website traffic, at the very least. After doing some research on some of the press release distribution companies and finding out how … Continue reading Press Release–Does it Matter?
As you can see from the invitation, my book launch party is scheduled for Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Orinda Books! There will be champagne and snacks and a prize drawing for those that attend. Orinda Books is a great independent bookstore and they host a number of cool author events. If you … Continue reading Book Launch Party!
Hey Everyone, the eBook version of my book is now available for pre-order! The book won't be published and delivered until May 4th, but if you pre-order it now, you will receive a free bonus. Email me (HeidiLEliason at gmail.com) your order confirmation number and I will send you companion photos taken during my travels … Continue reading eBook Ready for Pre-Order!
I'm getting ready for blast-off! My book has been proofread and the last few errors (I hope) are being tidied up. Soon I'll set up a pre-order campaign, when I'll be offering a free bonus gift to everyone who pre-orders my book: a collection of photos that illustrate the journey I write about in Confessions … Continue reading Preparing for Book Launch
Let's see, sit down at my laptop and work on my book/marketing/website/other writing task, or play with Bodie? I think I have a new definition for writer's block, and his name is Bodie. Sometimes I would much rather toss a ball or go for a walk with Bodie than put my butt in the chair … Continue reading Is This What Writer’s Block Looks Like?
I’m getting close to getting my book out into the world! It has been edited and formatted, the cover design is complete, and I’m working on my book launch and marketing plan. It has been a ton of work, but it’s labor that feeds me and keeps me focused while I deal with the chaos … Continue reading My 10 Favorite Writing Resources
Writing and publishing a book is an incredible learning experience. It’s exciting, confounding, and sometimes downright scary—especially if you’re putting your life on display in a memoir. In other words, there are plenty of mistakes to be made. I thought it might be helpful to those coming down the same path to share mine—so far. … Continue reading My Mistakes – So Far