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Any other authors here?

Greetings,

 

I am hoping to connect with other authors to share ideas, technical and marketing insights. I did not start writing until age 62 and now have 32 books published. Yep, self-published. These days' it's the only way to go. Anyway, I will be  happy to answer questions or just knock around new ideas.

 

Marti

Marti Talbott, Author of clean romance suitable for ages 14 and up.
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Good morning to all-

Although I have published four books- both old-fashioned paper and print and ebooks, most of my work is done in the magazine field.

I am an outdoor writer- I tend to specialize in boating and fishing topics, and making money from selling books on fishing in particular is tough.  I guess it's just a very small market- people who love to fish and who can also read.

But I enjoy working with the few ourdoor magazines that are left;however, there aren't many.

I find that I enjoy the constant pressure of magazine writing deadlines and the fact that most magazine articles are 2000 words or less- forces me to cut and cut and prune what I write- which is almost always a great improvement.

I'm a retired english teacher, and I really do enjoy editing my work- and I've done a good bit of formal editing work on various magazines, too.

Good to meet all of you here.

Ed

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Hello Ed and welcome.

 

Always good to hear there is another editor out there! I expect you will be getting some private messages about rates and schedules. Smiley Wink

 

I get enough stress and deadlines in my software life but to each there own.

 

Cutting is one of the things I hate. Had to do it with the current book to get it under 650 pages. More than that and it just wasn't feasable to use Barnes & Noble's new POD service. Had to go with full color interior because of all the pictures.

 

 

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Hi Marti,

 

I self-published my first novel, Adman Cowboy. It was the #1 item on my bucket list when I retired. Go to admancowboy.com for details. Ironically, even though my career was in advertising, marketing, and general management, I didn't have excitement over the marketing phase of this project beyond going after sales from the low hanging fruit of family, friends, and limited social media. I honestly wrote the novel for the love of writing a novel, something I had wanted to do since high school. I eventually returned to a focus on golf but have realized that you can actually play too often and there needs to be something more in life. So, I am starting a second push on the marketing of my novel. My budget is still pretty minimal. But any thoughts or guidance you can share would be appreciated. I am a long-time AARP member but visited this web site for the first time today and stumbled on this reader blog (correct word?) and am particularly interested in how to source others. Thank you.

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Good morning to all-

I just found and joined this forum- wife and I are AARP members.

I guess I'm an author- of sorts.

I'm an outdoor writer- I work for several different outdoor oriented magazines- those that are still in business, and that's a shrinking group, let me tell you.

I have published four books- two the old fasioned paper and print way and two on different e-book formats. I haven't made much money with books- that's a damned hard market to get into and to make any money at.  The e-books seem to have more potential for income.

I've edited several different fishing and outdoor magazines. Editing can be fun in a punishing sort of way, but a finished edition was comes out lookng and reading nice is very pleasing.

I'm a retired English teacher- I did that for almost forty years, so proofreading and text correction comes naturally to me.

Anyway, it's good to meet you all-

Keep putting words on paper.

 

Ed

 

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Hi, Thanks for asking. I wrote a memoir (The Last Cadillac) about the years I cared for Dad while the kids were still at home--altogether on an island in Florida. The point that I wanted to make, besides the obvious fact that no manual is written for such an adventure, is that this sort of thing can happen overnight. My mother didn't want to discuss the Big C, and, out of the blue, Dad announced his wishes to join us in Florida. How could I refuse Dad? I couldn't. I'm glad we went with it. It was a wonderful time of our lives (Disney and Ireland thrown in) but not without its "harrowing" (Dad's word) moments. I learned a lot about my family, and myself.,,, But, please, Everyone, have the talk with the family. Avoid miscommunication and confusion. It all happens so fast. All the best, Nancy Nau Sullivan

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Marti,

 

Wow! 32 books. I recently uploaded my first: My Surprise Family: Find Your Ancestry Story. I did my DNA and found out the daddy who raised me wasn't my birth father. I was 73 years old. The book is a mystery story, a memoir, and an Ancestry.com handbook. Acquaintances and those who bought the book from me at a presentation are complimentary: parts made them laugh, other times they were brought to tears. But I want to know what strangers think--are the words themselves enough to bring my stories alive?

 

I'm sure some of the sales are to strangers--how can I get them to write about their impression of the book in Amazon's review section?

Margaret M. Nicholson

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Hi Marti,

   . Nice to meet you. I am 71. I tried writing when I was young, but my job and children took up a lot of time. I tried traditional publishers, but I had to wait a long time for their inevitable rejection. Let's face it I'm not a famous person and I'm not writing about a fascinating topic. Self publishing is the way to go for me. I love to read murder mysteries so I decided to try to write one. Now I have written and published 3.They are, of course, on Amazon. My fourth book is about the sport of curling. I;d like to share marketing tips with you, or anything else.

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My 4th book has just been published and released.  While the first 2 were aimed at educators and parents, the third was about kids who have made significant contributions to their communities, cities, country and the world.  Check out Young Enough to Change the World.  My most recent book is a memoir, written by me and two other men who made the same life altering decision that I made.

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... but few are chosen is now available at Amazon

What they’re saying about …but few are chosen

Compelling, plain-spoken account of growing up in 1950’s America. Haunting and beautifully-written.
--- William Klaber, author of The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell

Connolly, Olive, and Tuohey have taken the ancient theme of coming of age and given it new and unique life…The boys’ homes are so full of loss and dysfunction that they find the rigidly austere but ordered life of the seminary a welcome safety and comfort--though in this rarefied atmosphere they are also growing up, “lending ears to a siren song calling from the outside world.” The alternating narrators compliment each other and work as different lenses and mirrors through which the same story is seen. Richly detailed, at times deeply dramatic, and at times humorous or darkly ironic, this memoir is immensely readable, and will fascinate not only readers with a Catholic background but any who can identify with the elusive quest for self-esteem, respect, and the ability to forgive and move on in life—which is just about everybody. 
JamesTipton, PhD., author of Annette Vallon, A Novel 
of the French Revolution; SF Chronicle Bestseller

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@Marti............I am not an author, but do consider myself an amateur writer. I started writing as a little girl when I wrote plays and begged my little friends to act in them. As I grew older writing humor about the circumstances I grew up in became a coping device. I didn't realize this until I looked back, sorted things out and knew the humor helped me cope. I have written a book, but have not tried to publish even though I have been encouraged to do so. I am told it is self-help that would be read because it has so much humor. My method was to take a situation, file it under a heading and then pull it up when I could write the story. In a marketing class I was asked about my style. I identifed my style as a slightly red-neck Ermma Bombeck. Lately I have explored a couple of places to see if there is any interest in my stories on "Senior Citizen Dating." The stories are based on truth and I think they are funny. I would like to see if others do also.
I realize I have run this all together, but tried to save space.
Soosie

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Soosie....I loved your message about "older" dating.  I'm 81 and a friend suggested to me to try one of the dating sights....keep in mind....I appear much younger than my age....I responded with.."I much prefer the old fashioned way of meeting people".   She thought I was being  difficult; I suggested she try first.  Of course she wanted no part of it.  Funny.

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I don't know if this is still an active conversation, I just joined AARP. I'd love to be included if there is any conversation of authors out here.

I'm published with 15 books both traditionally and indie. Lately, staying with indie. I like the fit for me better because I like to write what I want, which is clean romantic suspense, western historical romance, and young adult adventure with light romance. I write contemporary, historical, futuristic and fantasy, so I'm all over but it works for me.

I'd love to share ideas. I'm also awful at promotion. My author name is Alysia S Knight.

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@AlysiaR758419 wrote:

I don't know if this is still an active conversation, I just joined AARP. I'd love to be included if there is any conversation of authors out here.

I'm published with 15 books both traditionally and indie. Lately, staying with indie. I like the fit for me better because I like to write what I want, which is clean romantic suspense, western historical romance, and young adult adventure with light romance. I write contemporary, historical, futuristic and fantasy, so I'm all over but it works for me.

I'd love to share ideas. I'm also awful at promotion. My author name is Alysia S Knight.


Hello Alysia,

 

I too just joined AARP. Went traditional publishing route with first books and been indie ever since. Over the past few years I teamed up with some other authors for a group Web site and blog. Occasionally it gets some good content. The sad reality when it comes to cooperative marketing is it quickly devolves into "Sell my book for me, I'm too busy having a life." When we got the blog going they were great guns. It lasted for about 3 posts. I still keep it going as best I can because I know from my own geek blog that article depth is what matters.

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Hello and yes I love writing even though by trade I am a Nurse (retired at present).  And this is my story:  

   I have always loved to write since I was 5 years old.  One night my mother called me to come in and go to bed from playing outdoors.  It was still light out and I was angry.  The last thing she said to me was not to forget to say my prayers (the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”one). Well I was really mad so I did not say that prayer.  Instead I made up my own prayer which I still remember to this day.  From then on I wrote a lot of poetry---about my friends, about dating and romance and other earthly happenings.  In high school I became the editor of our high school paper. When it was time for college I wanted to go into Journalism; however it was known then that for women it was a hard career to get into and I was advised to choose a different occupation----like teaching, or secretarial or nursing.  So I flipped open the college catalogue and it opened up to the Nursing Major.  It was at that moment that I chose Nursing. Little did I know it was the perfect choice for me. While in Nursing school I wrote all kinds of things—some required by my courses but I also began to write articles for Nursing journals and became the editor of a Nursing Newsletter. And again I wrote poems about the college and nursing life. Then after being married and having children I wrote poetry about my family.  I would always get the urge to write something. I had several types of jobs in Nursing and I loved every one of them.  Then one day I noticed a small ad in the local newspaper about a position as a Nurse/Writer at a long term care company headquarters. I carried that ad around for a few days and wondered if I should apply. Something told me to---yes go and apply---it was like it was meant for me---being and nurse and writing also.  I almost did not believe there was such a thing. So I did apply and thankfully was hired for what I called my “dream job”---both nursing and writing.  It was the first time that particular company had ever hired someone for that type of position.  I even ended up writing my own job description. I had that job for 15 years until I retired and loved every minute of it.  I even missed it when I was on vacation! However, the best thing that happened is that I was enlisted as others were once in while, to give devotions each morning. I ended up doing that and one day after my devotion a co-worker said to me “You should write a book.”  I laughed at that notion however that night I thought---well maybe I would try it even though I had never attempted that. So in 2000 I wrote my first book titled “I Thought There Was aRoad There….and Other Lessons in Life  From God”,a non-fiction collection of short stories and I gave the profits to the company.  That got me hooked on writing once again and now in my retirement I wrote my second book---“Separated Lives” a true story about the search for a friends birthparents which was a fascinating and interesting journey. I cannot believe that God did not mean this for me.  I may have had to wait some years for this to happen however, it finally did and it meant so much to me. I may not be a famous writer or a rich one---but I am a happy one that did what I always wanted to do—write!!!

                                                              Lynn Assimacopoulos

 

Following is information about my current book:

 

  SEPARATED LIVES, a new book by Lynn Assimacopoulos 

 

A REAL LIFE DETECTIVE STORY BEGINS WHEN THE AUTHOR STARTS HELPING HER SONS FRIEND FIND HIS BIRTHPARENTS

 

   After discovering my son’s friend Ryan, is searching for his birthparents, I consent to help, however cannot promise success. Using my adventures in genealogy, I delve through phone books, write letters and search everything from the local library to the National Archives in Washington, D. C. Feeling somewhat defeated by the lack of information to go on, suddenly a random search on an internet search engine for Ryan’s birthmother’s name yields a surprising photograph of a possible family. Could this be the first of several leads in this journey?

   I am a retired Registered Nurse who has been writing since I was eight years old. I have written for professional Nursing journals and continue to write poetry and short stories. My book is a mysterious true story about beginning a fascinating but uncertain and sometimes tearful journey with unexpected twists and turns in many directions. Readers’ comments about my book have been that it is “highly engaging”, “an emotional roller coaster” and “reads like a private diary” as well as it “captures the reader.”

 

It is available from the following:

 

               Dorrance Publishing, Inc. (in Pittsburgh, PA)

 

               Barnes & Noble 

 

               Amazon                                 

                                       (ISBN: 978-1-4809-1247-2)

                   

 

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Hi there,

I had two books published by a proper publishing company when I was living in England. When I came back to the states I continued writing and have indie published 3 books. One is non-fiction on Victorian travellers to Egypt and the changes that have taken place in that country since. The other two books are gentle mysteries, of course with a murder or two. I am working on my third mystery now. I do it for the love of writing, of course I would love the money to go with it, but I don't see that happening as I don't know a thing about promotion. Writing groups are good if you're in one that writes the same genre. It keeps you writing.

The thing that is good about self-publishing is anyone can do it. The thing that is bad about self-publishing is anyone can do it.

I am on Amazon under Christina Harris 

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   I am a retired Registered Nurse who spent more than 35 years working in various areas of Nursing. In 2005 at the age of 66 my 71 year old husband’s health was deteriorating and I had to retire to care for him 24 hours a day. During that time I questioned as to what I could still do as I also was getting older and at home all the time. The answer came to me rather quickly as I thought about what hobby I had enjoyed since I was 8 years old. It was writing. For years I had written poetry and stories just for fun, in school, in college and in my adult life for Nursing Journals. Eventually in 2000 when I was in my 60s I had actually written a devotional book called “I Thought There Was a Road There…..”.  Several years later my husband passed away and I also began to have some health problems. I now could not do many physical activities at that point; however, I could still write and since then I have written and published another non-fiction book called “Separated Lives”.  I would urge interested senior citizens to explore this opportunity. This was a Godsend to me as I explored and truly enjoyed this path!

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Hello,

I am a non-fiction author. I've been a freelance writer for more than twenty years and I've been published in newspapers, magazines, and websites. I have also published one book so far, Home Should Be Safe: Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims. I'm working on my second book, Roadmap to Healing, which details my struggle to find wholeness after my divorce. I found that healing and deliverance through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. 

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Goodness, Marti! Congratulations! You know the secret of authorship. Write. Just sit down and do it. Do you write series primarily? Do you have a website and newsletter and use them? I met a young publicist this week who encouraged me to do the latter. Besides Facebook, and other social media platforms, Internet access is most helpful.
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So true just sit down and write what comes to you. authors should write what they want not what others want. Your writing should come from your heart. I'm a published author of childrens picture books. My first book is titled Giggle A Little Giggle and being published now is Gabby For President and currently working on a third untitled for now.

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Hello Marti...I recognize your name. I too have written and published many books, screenplays and plays for the theatre. I am currently working on my first audio book which is quite an experience. I agree with you on self-publishing and believe the technological revolution, through the introduction of eCommerce, will greatly displace the conventional publishing industry in the next twenty years. This I see as a good thing in as much as this industry is definitively a closed community. My books are on amazon and I write historical fiction for the most part loving doing the research and also work with the Superhighway of Poetry to share my devotion to that genre and have given away thousands of books through the annual venue for international sharing with other published poets. By the way I am in my 74th year and continue to work ten hours a day at my craft which also includes painting and going to school...love the freedom to expand the mind and live life to the end.

Recognized Social Butterfly

I have not published and have no interest in publishing hundreds of pages of vignettes spanning most of my life. But I do have a blogging site: vignettesgalore.wordpress.com

And I share my observations with my many friends inside and outside of AARP.

 

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I have always loved to write since I was 5 years old. One night my mother called me to come in and go to bed from playing outdoors. It was still light out and I was angry. The last thing she said to me was not to forget to say my prayers (the “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” one). Well I was really mad so I did not say that prayer. Instead I made up my own prayer which I still remember to this day. From then on I wrote a lot of poetry---about my friends, about dating and romance and other earthly happenings. In high school I became the editor of our high school paper. When it was time for college I wanted to go into Journalism; however it was known then that for women it was a hard career to get into and I was advised to choose a different occupation----like teaching, or secretarial or nursing. So I flipped open the college catalogue and it opened up to the Nursing Major. It was at that moment that I chose Nursing. Little did I know it was the perfect choice for me. While in Nursing school I wrote all kinds of things—some required by my courses but I also began to write articles for Nursing journals and became the editor of a Nursing Newsletter. And again I wrote poems about the college and nursing life. Then after being married and having children I wrote poetry about my family. I would always get the urge to write something. I had several types of jobs in Nursing and I loved every one of them. Then one day I noticed a small ad in the local newspaper about a position as a Nurse/Writer at a long term care company headquarters. I carried that ad around for a few days and wondered if I should apply. Something told me to---yes go and apply---it was like it was meant for me---being and nurse and writing also. I almost did not believe there was such a thing. So I did apply and thankfully was hired for what I called my “dream job”---both nursing and writing. It was the first time that particular company had ever hired someone for that type of position. I even ended up writing my own job description. I had that job for 15 years until I retired and loved every minute of it. I even missed it when I was on vacation! However, the best thing that happened is that I was enlisted as others were once in while, to give devotions each morning. I ended up doing that and one day after my devotion a co-worker said to me “You should write a book.” I laughed at that notion however that night I thought---well maybe I would try it even though I had never attempted that. So in 2000 I wrote my first book titled “I Thought There Was a Road There….and Other Lessons in Life From God”, a non-fiction collection of short stories and I gave the profits to the company. That got me hooked on writing once again and now in my retirement I wrote my second book---“Separated Lives” a true story about the search for a friends birthparents which was a fascinating and interesting journey. I cannot believe that God did not mean this for me. I may have had to wait some years for this to happen however, it finally did and it meant so much to me. I may not be a famous writer or a rich one---but I am a happy one that did what I always wanted to do—write!!!
Lynn Assimacopoulos


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Hello Schlomo...new member here just catching up at 74, though I was a member for many years twenty years ago. Thanks for the blog site I will check it out...Do you blog every day? I have a site as well, http://www.welbythomascox.org where I share a chapter of one of my books each week. Currently blogging "Poor Children of Eve." You know, writing for me is like painting, I don't do it for the money, I do it for the satrisfaction of knowing my mind is still eager to learn and to share those thoughts with my six wonderful children, fifteen grands and to save a legacy for them of exactly who the "old guy" really was.  Because in the end the only reason for living is to matter, to count, to stand for something individually and to have it make some difference to our progeny that we have lived at all. So I urge all who write, as you apparently have done, to write, to publish and register at the LOC which provides a lasting trail filled with laughter; tears, photos, romance, children and grands to pass on in 2050 to those containing your DNA.

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Just dropped by. Apparently authors moved on--to greener pastures? I used to frequent the AARP website, but when they updated it I got quite disoriented. I have to familiarize myself with it all over. I'm nonfiction writer wanjiruwarama.com snooping around for a community. Will check againWanjiru Warama Social Media photoWanjiru Warama Social Media photo

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Nice to meet you...I don't 'attend' this site often enough, I guess...every time I do, something else has changed and it takes me longer to 'get-with-it'. I've been writing short stories for several years and only recently tried 'self-publishing' and having stories printed by a local printer. I work part time and create painted art, so my spare time is pretty divided. However, writing has always been my first love.
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Loved your post. And the idea for a blog....I had one for a year when I was in the Peace Corps in Mexico...2013. Not so long ago. It was a wonderful way to reach out and chronicle a year of great beginnings, new people and adventure. I just published a memoir and am thinking of doing another blog....you have jogged my thoughts. Alld the best, and Thanks.
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Hi Marti. I love that you started writing late as I started when I was 15 but didn't get serious until I was 58. I have 3 indie published so far. Would love to connect with another author as well, especially one that started later in life.
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Me, too. I just had my first book published, a memoir. And I have two other books - a mystery and a novel - in the can, well, they have to come out of the can and get cooked, so to speak. What are you working on?
Nancy Nau Sullivan, Author, THE LAST CADILLAC: A MEMOIR
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None of the people I know who have self-published hav made more than a pitlance doing it that way. If a person is a good sales person, it might work.  If a person is willing to run all over the country, it might work.  But for most of us that is not realistic.

 

But then, going the other route hasn't been very productive for me either.  I've been writing for years.  I've only published two works.  I have an agent, but....  I write literary fiction with a lacing of fantasy and paranormal.

 

I'd really like to find other writers here to connect with.  On most writers' forums everyone is so very young and concerned about things I've outgrown.

 

I don't need anyone to help me write.  I don't need anyone to read for me.  I'm just looking for writing buddies. I am willing to help give suggestion and share the things I've learned with those who are seeking.

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