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An amazing week at Book Expo America in New York

Posted by Maria Murnane | June 2, 2010

Last week was a whirlwind — and super fun! On Monday the team at AmazonEncore invited me to speak at BEA on a three-author panel about self-publishing to success, where I shared my “never give up” story with an enthusiastic audience of about 150 aspiring authors. After I told them about all the creative marketing I’d done on a shoestring with the help of my dad (aka my highly unpaid assistant), many of them said they wanted to hire him! Ha ha ha one of these days I’ll have to bring “Pa” on the road with me. Publishers Weekly wrote an article about the panel (click here to read it), and despite getting some key facts wrong, it was cool that they took notice.

Then we had an author meet & greet session that was supposed to last an hour, but I ended up staying nearly all day, along with the other two authors Joe Konrath (multiple thrillers) and Sheryl Matthys (fun book about dogs and relationships), because it was so much fun. Joe and Sheryl are both very cool people, and it was a pleasure to meet them both.

Later in the week Sheryl and I attended a reception for book bloggers, which was SO COOL because I met two women who were willing to review my book back when it was self-published. And they both loved it! So here’s a shout-out to Alea at Pop Culture Junkie and Swapna at S. Krishna’s Books. It was so nice to meet you in person, and I’ll forever be grateful that you took a chance on my book before it had a publisher’s name on the spine. 

I also had interviews with Kim Alexander of Sirius Radio and a producer for the CBS Evening News (yep, the one with Katie Couric!).  The Sirius one will be airing this week or next, I believe. Fingers crossed that CBS decides to do a story as well. To show her how I’ve gone from rejection to published author/entrepreneur, I gave the producer a copy of my book, as well as a pack of Honey Notes and a Honey Tote. (She chose the one that says “Is it worse to be fake or bitchy?”) Let’s hope she becomes a Waverly fan. Wouldn’t that be AMAZING? I will definitely keep you posted!

Bye for now,

Maria

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