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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis AuBuchon Nov 28, 2007.


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Something About Me and My Book:
After working 34 years for the United States government, I retired. My husband and I retired to The Villages, Florida.

I have three books published by PublishAmerica. Sunday Golf, Intuition and Casserole Parade.

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Becoming a speaker

It is great being an author but how many of you have taken on the role of speaker? I decided that if I am going to obtain more visibility then I had to do other things. One of them is becoming a speaker. Every year, The Villages, Florida sponsors a book festival. I volunteered to do a workshop. It went off very well and I ended up selling books. That was not my intent but that was the result.

Posted on October 22, 2007 at 3:42pm

Was your Barnes and Noble Book Signing a successd?

After my book was published the most exciting thing that happened to me was being invited by Barnes and Noble to participate in a book signing, along with nine other authors. The day of the event I was in heaven. I was having a book signing at Barnes and Noble--my all time favorite bookstore--me the author. In addition, my book would be on the bookshelf.

As you can see, it does not take much to excite me. I have to say, I had a successful book signing but only after I did my own…


Posted on September 11, 2007 at 4:15am — 1 Comment


I have four published books and every book has had errors in them. This was after I read it, read, and reread it. I also recorded each chapter, played it back and went through the book in hope to find errors--which I did but I still missed some. I read each line backwards. Lastly, the insult to injury--two books, I paid $2.00 a page for someone to proofread and edit and I do not have to tell you what happened--errors.

Did I attempt to have the publisher correct the errors? No, because…


Posted on September 5, 2007 at 9:41am — 7 Comments

Things an author needs to know!

Now that I am retired there are things that never occurred to me until I could write on a regular basis and my book was published. I want to share them with anyone who writes.

1. A comfortable chair is a necessity especially with the amount of hours you sit in front of a computer or typewriter.

2. Since an author's time is limited, you need to learn chair exercises to keep in shape and to avoid weight gain.

3. Do not be discouraged when you sit down to write and it takes…


Posted on August 29, 2007 at 9:41am — 2 Comments

How creative is your marketing?

I have been reading, reading, and reading books regarding marketing, promoting, and selling your book(s). What I have tried and what works is the difference between night and day. The best idea that I have used and it has worked for each book that I had published was to invite people to the book signing. How?

When I had my first book signing at Barnes and Noble I was afraid no one would show up or buy my book. I sent invitations to my friends and neighbors and hoped they would show…


Posted on August 26, 2007 at 3:01am — 4 Comments

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At 3:27pm on March 13, 2009, Bert Martinez said…
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At 9:54am on December 9, 2008, Sherlyn Powell said…
Hi Lorraine,
Congratulations on your accomplishments. I've checked out your website, it's interesting. You are a true success story. I hope I can get good reviews, I've gotten postive feedback but I'm hoping for good reviews after my book is read by book reviewers. I'm finding it takes persistence. It took a lot of e-mails to get a few yes answers to reviewing my book finally. I don't know about speaking in front of a group yet, although I understand it's a good way to sell your books. Maybe one day I'll get the orpportunity and take advantage of it. I see you like to cruise if you'll check out my website,, you'll see pictures I've posted from our cruises. My dream is to retire and write full time too and cruise two or more times a year.
At 10:42am on July 2, 2008, Shannon Janeczek said…
Lorraine, email me at if you still need the PDF for Craig's list.

At 1:14pm on June 10, 2008, Lynn Tincher, Author said…
I'm glad to help in any way. I wouldn't be where I am with help.
At 12:01pm on April 2, 2008, Lorraine Harris said…
Shannon I have had problems sending you an email but I think I know what I was doing wrong. Don't give up on me. Thanks.
At 7:58am on March 30, 2008, Lorraine Harris said…
Hi Shannon,

The email is on its way. Thanks. It's people like you that make a difference.
At 6:46am on March 27, 2008, Shannon Janeczek said…
Lorraine, email me at and I will send that Craig's List PDF to you. Thanks for your interest!
At 7:39am on November 28, 2007, Lorraine Harris said…
Hi Bradley,

This is the only marketing Internet site I belong to. My publishing experience has been as follows:

Three books--PublishAmerica (A print-on-demand publisher but charges no fee)
One book--iUniverse (A print-on-demand publisher and the fee was responible)
One book--independent print-on-demand publisher who went out of business

Although I received nothing but rejection from traditional publishers my books have sold very well through a print-on-demand publisher. I'm enjoying it.
At 3:53am on November 27, 2007, Lorraine Harris said…
Hi Shara,

I'm glad to meet another Florida writer too. Thanks for reading my site. Do you belong to the Florida Writers Association? If you don't, you might consider it. If you want additional information, I'll be glad to send it to you.
At 2:45pm on November 18, 2007, Shara Smock said…
Hi Lorraine,

It's wonderful to see another Florida writer over here. I'm enjoying your site.



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