There Are Best-Sellers, and Then There Are Stories Which are Really True

I recently ran across this very long, but very interesting look into the world of traditional publishing: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/02/11/a-suspense-novelists-trail-of-deceptions?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top.

After going through the process of trying to get my memoir published by a traditional press, I’m happy that I self-published. At least I know that I didn’t lie and cheat people to get my story out there. And, although there are two chapters that are fictional (to protect people in one case, and because we simply didn’t know the story of one of the mothers), I know this story is true.

I’ve been missing for a while due to some health problems, but, hopefully, I’m back again.

Check out the book that is true: https://www.amazon.com/Sibling-Revelries-Finding-Family-After-ebook/dp/B07B7B43WD/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8.

#memoir #marinecorps #wwiistories #independentpublishing

Getting Back to WordPress

After an absence of about two years, I thought it was time to write something.

A lot has transpired during that time. I finally, finally finished my memoir. I submitted it to a number of agents and was soundly rejected. This is not uncommon among first-time authors, but it still smarts. So, after my bruised ego healed somewhat, I decided to self-publish. I am now learning the intricacies of using Kindle Direct Publishing. Not difficult, just time-consuming and frustrating. Kind of like trying to format documents when Microsoft Word first came out.

I’ve also learned that I should have started marketing at least a year ago. Even when you get an agent and a publisher, you still have to do your own marketing. So then, what do they do for their cuts? Part of that marketing is having a web page. That will be my next step on WordPress.

Keep your fingers crossed for me. I need all the help I can get.

 

About

Mary Jo Martin is a retired market researcher who gave up life inside the Loop in Houston, Texas to move to the suburbs. I know, it’s supposed to work the other way.

She is a member of the Houston Writer’s Guild. Her short story, set in South Carolina, about domestic abuse and a poisoning, Flowers for Lewis, was published in the Houston Writer’s Guild Press short story mystery anthology, Waves of Suspense, in December 2015.

A medical mystery led her to pen an account of her quest to unearth her medical history on her father’s side. Instead, she found a big family. This work won first place in the memoir category in the Fall 2014 Houston Writer’s Guild contest. She’s still working on it.

Mary Jo started her professional life as a chemist. Along the way, she sold out to the dark side and earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration. After years of successfully producing concise business text as a marketer and market researcher, she is now free to do “real” writing.