4 Self Published Authors I Admire

There are tons of self published authors that I follow on Twitter and Facebook, but there are a handful that I really admire. I’d like to introduce you to these authors (in case you don’t already know about them) and tell you why I think they are doing it right.

Molly-Campbell-224x300Molly Campbell
Not only is Molly a self-published author but she’s also a two time Erma Bombeck Writing Award winner. Her book, Characters in Search of a Novel, leverages her sense of humor as well as her creativity. What I admire about Molly is her approach to building her platform…keep on, keeping on. She started on Twitter with a few hundred followers and slowly but surely built up a following of over 8,000. She also writes seriously funny stuff for the blog Moms Who Needs Wine. Molly has been doing marketing right: slowly but surely with a consistent brand.

margaret-andrews-569x591-550x571Margaret Andrews
Who knew goats could be so funny? Well, if you read Margaret’s blog, Nanny Goats in Panties, then you know. You also know that Margaret can tell a story that will make you laugh your panties off. In fact, she wrote a book about how to get more readers (on your blog), Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better. This book is highly entertaining and helpful. The principles also apply to authors as well. I admire Margret because she is a great writer and whether it’s her blog or her book, it’s just a pleasure to read what she writes.

rachel-1-1Rachel Thompson
When I first discovered Rachel, she had just published her book, A Walk in the Snark. She also had started Book Promo Central and was working on her second book, Mancode Exposed. Since then she has written her third book, Broken Pieces, and begun her social media consultation business, BadRedhead Media. Her writing is snarky but in a good way and her newest book is very raw and vulnerable, which reveals her versatility as a writer. I admire the fact that this woman has two kids and still can get all this done! I’m amazed at how prolific she is!!

KimberlyKimberly Kinrade
Another prolific self-published author I’ve been following for a while is Kimberly. She is the author of over 18 books, including 4 series: Lexie World, Three Lost Kids, The Forbidden Trilogy, and the Seduced Saga. She writes fantasy, paranormal fiction, romance, and young adult novels that are engrossing and entertaining reads. Her stories often include strong female characters (which I love) and great plots. This woman has three small children and is also the co-owner and Marketing Director of Daring Books. I admire Kimberly for her drive and passion. She is a dynamo!

Who Are You?

CaterpillarIn the Disney movie adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, Alice is wandering along in the weird woods and she happens upon a caterpillar sitting on top of a mushroom and smoking a hooka. When he realizes that she is staring at him he asks her, “Who are you?” She answers him with a bit of a studder, “I-I-I hardly know, sir.”

Then they begin a conversation about who she is and what her problem really is. Alice is very confused about who she is in fact, she is so confused that she can’t even explain why she doesn’t know. As writers, we often feel like Alice. We are writing because it’s in our soul, straight down to the marrow in our bones. We have to or else we’d go crazy. Sometimes we write to find out who we are but when we finally get on the path to knowing who we are, do we remember or do we stray? Continue reading

Write Like a Motherf*cker

writeI don’t want to dwell on the fact that I got feedback on my current project that essentially told me to go back and try again. What I had written wasn’t very good. I know this. But I did NOT want to hear it. Not at all. But, here’s the thing I want to focus on instead of the fact that I’ve got more work to do. I can make it better. I WILL make it better.

The group that read my book also gave me a book to read. At first, I was like “whatever!” The last thing I wanted to do was read writing that was much better than mine. When I did read it, something happened. It spoke to me.

Okay, that sounds bizzare and freakish but it was EXACTLY what I needed to read. The book is, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. The thing that’s ironic too is my book and my writing are nothing like this book, which is essentially a compilation of letters to an advice columnist but this book told me in the most direct and most compassionate way to stop whining and just write.  Continue reading

When You Don’t Get What You Want

kid-cryingHave you ever wanted something so bad that you could visualize yourself with it? You could see, hear, and almost taste it? Then, you didn’t get it. What does that feel like? Well…it feels like crap.

This is where you have a choice: you can either let it get you down and ruin your whole outlook on things or you can look at it as an opportunity to grow. Recently, I didn’t get something I really wanted. I also got some feedback on my latest project that was, well…let’s say it didn’t make me feel like running around telling the world how wonderful life is. The feedback was honest, supportive, and helpful but it was not what I wanted to hear.  Continue reading

B-School w/Marie Forleo vid by Dana Leipold

http://rhhbschool.com – Marie Forleo – Online Business School for Modern Entrepreneurs

Discovered this amazing woman, Marie Forleo, who helps women create the lifestyle they want by being successful entrepreneurs, who in turn help the world be a better place for us all. This woman is not only a dynamo but she offers practical, proven tips that have already started working for me. And I’ve just begun! Her mission is to help entrepreneurs make more money and change the world.

B-School is about building business online and helping women do what they were born to do, do what they love, and make money. This is my video entry to win a scholarship to B-School and what I say in this video is my passion. Stories create the human experience and I’m all about helping YOU bring your story–that only YOU can tell–into this world. Please help me win by watching the video and sharing it. I’m going to B-School!

Check out these inspiring stories: http://rhhbschool.com/

The Twitter Secret

explore-twitter-s-evolution-2006-to-present-26da93b8c5My real life friends always ask me, “Why do you do that Twitter thing? I don’t get it.” At first, I didn’t get it either but now I see the power Twitter has to help writers and author build the ever-important platform. There are a bunch of things you can do to build your following and find readers, which I’ll outline coming up but: Continue reading

A Funny Dude

MattThis is Matt. He’s just a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude. But he’s also a funny dude. He can take something as inglorious and painful as a vasectomy and turn it into a hilarious story the whole family can enjoy. Well, maybe not pets that have been neutered.

He has chronicled his journey from single dude to married dude to dad dude and the dangers of thong underwear on his blog: Confessions of a Dumb, White Guy. He can warm your heart with a story about his adorable son pooping all over his crib or how his daughter and son love to have tupperware parties in the middle of the kitchen singing Yo Gabba Gabba songs. Continue reading