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Exciting News!

I’m today’s interview subject on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s absolutely fantastic blog, Cynsations. Please check it out. What a wonderful early birthday present. :)

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  1. @jmartinlibrary’s avatar

    Birthday? What is this special day you speak of?!!!!!

  2. Mary’s avatar

    You don’t know? One day next week isn’t just PULSING with awesomeness on your calendar?!

    July 6th. :)

  3. shelley’s avatar

    Great and informative interview. Thanks!

    Happy birthday–I just celebrated mine.

  4. ali’s avatar

    Ha! July birthdays are da BOMB. Happy early b-day Mary. I have to say, you have skyrocketed to the top of my awesome-agent list for being a flat out hysterical, fun, entertaining, smart, clever person since I met you at the WIFYR conference in Utah. You ROCK. Have the best birthday EVER.

  5. Kate B.’s avatar

    Congratulations! And happy birthday. :)

  6. Kirk Kraft’s avatar

    Absolutely loved the interview, Mary. You sooooo ROCK! I greatly appreciate you.

    Happy birthday.

  7. ali’s avatar

    The interview was excellent! Plus, thanks for the intro to the Cynthia’s blog ~ it’s great. :)

  8. KellieD’s avatar

    Cute baby picture! And I’m now forever going to think of manuscripts in formal attire. Happy early birthday!

  9. ChristaCarol’s avatar

    Hah! I love it! And happy birthday. I agree on that baby photo, so sweet! I love baby profiles, too stinkin’ cute. Cyn’s blog is awesome, and you always give such in-depth answers on any given question. Hope your birthday rocks!

  10. Alison Pensy’s avatar

    Great interview, hope you have a wonderful birthday.

  11. Theresa Milstein’s avatar

    Happy Independence Day and Happy Birthday!

  12. Laura Marcella’s avatar

    That was a terrific interview. I didn’t see anywhere to comment on the post, so I’m commenting here! Your passion for books, writers, and being an agent was evident! It’s refreshing to learn more about agents who appreciate their work and those they work with.

    Have a wonderful Independence Day and Happy Birthday!!!

  13. Marybk’s avatar

    Fantastic interview!! And you reminded me about a book I want to be sure to read.

    I’ve added Cynsations to my favorites.

    Happy Birthday, Mary!!

  14. Suzie F.’s avatar

    I loved the interview! Your baby picture is so sweet. Happy Birthday and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Diana Murray’s avatar

    Great interview! Chock-full of useful info. I love that blog.

    Happy birthday!!!

  16. Melissa Gill’s avatar

    You must be a fellow Cancer. Happy Birthday!

  17. Mary McDonald’s avatar

    I find it ironic that you admit that publishing isn’t perfect, yet somehow indie authors are ridiculed for not being perfect. Are we supposed to be held to higher standards–even though we have less resources?

    Last night, I was trying to read a traditionally published book. It was a romance by a fairly well known author in that genre. Let me tell you, the pov switched so often and so fast, I had whiplash.

    Indie authors aren’t completely alone. Sure, maybe they used to be, but times are changing. There is strength in numbers and I’m trying to take advantage of that by organizing a multi-author promotion. Instead of having just our own blogs and followers promoting our book, there are 17 of us linked together for a special July promotion. That means at least a thousand more eyeballs. Some of my blog followers who aren’t indie authors have also linked to the promotion on their blogs, so right there, it’s another five hundred. (one of whom bought my book yesterday, so it is working)

    This is just one idea and maybe it won’t work, but it only cost me $20. I already consider it a success as far as even if people don’t buy my book this month, they’ve seen it now. Every time they see it, it’ll spark something. Isn’t that what advertising does?

    I’m sure other indie authors will come up with other ideas and I can’t wait to see what they are.

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