No, I don’t mean I’m finally going to answer your question, whatever it is (as if I have any answers . . .)  I mean my novel, The Answer to Your Question, is finally available as an eBook and a Print on Demand paperback on Amazon. 

It’s been quite an experience to bring it to publication and put it out in the world.  It feels great to have it finished.  But how will it find readers, and what will they think of it? 

Unfortunately, the quest for readers is turning me into an obnoxious marketing machine.  If you happen to run into me somewhere, no matter how slim the opening, if there is any way I can lay one of my Answer postcards (Vistaprint) on you, I will do so.  If you have ever contacted me via email, you are about to be subjected to what is called an “email blast” (even sounds obnoxious) in which I tell you yet again that Answer is available (Mailchimp), and that I will be giving a reading on Feb. 20 at Subtext Bookstore in St. Paul.   If you are my friend on Facebook, you will likely unfriend me because you’ve already been browbeaten about sharing the Answer link, telling your friends about the novel, recommending it to your book club, and last but not least, having me try to cajole you into writing a review on Amazon and Goodreads, ‘cause I’m really going to need them . . .

Mea culpa!  I apologize.  I hope you can forgive me.

And I hope if you do read Answer, you’ll enjoy it.  That was my original intention way back when.  It won’t free the peasants, but maybe it will engage you for a few hours in a good story . . .

I especially want to thank the community for all the good cheer, support, shared stories and commiseration at times as I whined my way through the self-publishing process.  For those of you just tuning in, I did a series of blog posts on shewrites called “The Reluctant Self-Publisher” in which I described how I became my own publishing imprint, struggled with getting a cover design, got the novel copy edited only to discover on the verge of going live that there were a bunch of mistakes, and my “strategy” for marketing, i.e., giving away thousands of books for free on KDP select.  If you’re smarter than me and more website savvy, you can probably find these blog posts somewhere on or on my website at

I’m reminded of the Grateful Dead’s line: “What a long, strange trip it’s been.”  But thanks to my shewrites friends, I’ve learned a lot of helpful tips, resources, and been introduced to some wonderful writers and their books. A big thank you to all who have commented and engaged with me and each other around my self-publishing adventure!

I’ll be back in a few months to tell you how it’s going with my so-called marketing and publicity “campaign.”  Whatever it turns out to be. 

In the meantime, I return your good cheer and good wishes, and wish you well with your own writing, self-publishing, and god help us, marketing!  



P.S.  When I previewed this post, a couple of words were hyperlinked that I didn't have anything to do with -- like "postcards" and "books for free" -- from some advertising or internet source.  I don't know how or why or even if this will happen when I publish the post, but if so, I didn't do it.  

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  • Congratulations, Paulette!  I'm about to launch my own book in a few weeks and have been trying to find a balance between enthusiastic marketing and obnoxiousness.  I just got my Vistaprint cards and postcards, and haven't yet passed one out.  But I will.  

    I was reminded yesterday at a fabulous indie bookstore that's hosting my book launch, that lots of people say they want to write a book, but comparatively few people actually do it. What you've done in completing and then self-publishing is something about which you should feel enormously proud.  YOu've created something that will bring others pleasure, distraction, or inspiration.  I say, "Market away!"  You deserve to share the product of years of hard work and personal investment. Onward!  (Uh...maybe I was saying that mostly to myself. But for you as well, Paulette.)