In celebration, I posed the following two questions to some of the anthology authors:
1 - What was your own personal turning point?
2 - What’s your best book promotion advice?
From Randi Lee, owner of Stay Classy:
1 - My own personal turning point came when I gave birth to my daughter; I knew it wasn't just about me anymore. Her birth inspired the birth of Stay Classy Publications, a venture designed to help fellow authors pursue their dreams of publication.
2 - The best promotional advice I can give is to be honest with your message. Don't be too forceful or pushy; rather, allow the writing to speak for itself.
From Christine Rains:
1 - My turning point was my first acceptance. A drabble with which I was paid one dollar in cash. I still have that dollar framed on my desk. It gives me the strength to not give up on my dreams.
2 - Offer one story for free to tempt readers to buy more of your books.
From Roland Yeomans:
1 - When I was dragging my unconscious 150 pound German Shepherd/Newfoundland across the blazing floor of my burning home. I didn't think I would make it. I did. Sadly, Hercules did not (overcome by smoke). Losing him and my home with all my possessions taught me how fragile and precious life is -- material things can be replaced.
2 - Never give up. Think outside the box. And make any promotional effort fun for the reader.
From Alex J. Cavanaugh:
1 - My biggest turning point was of course when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Other turning points include meeting my wife, receiving my first guitar, and my first published book.
2 - Best promotional advice - be willing to promote others.
From Harper Jameson:
1 - The death of my mother. It was the moment that forced me to stand on my own feet and make my life my own. She introduced me to the romance genre and taught me everything I needed, before I even knew I needed it.
2 - Be patient, be diligent and be kind. Make sure all your interactions are positive, whether they be with potential readers, bloggers and fellow authors. Making connections as an author is hard but, losing them is as easy as breathing.
From Imani Allen:
1 - My own personal turning point was realizing that if I wanted More in My Life, I would need to make the Efforts to Do & Give More.
2 - What’s your best book promotion advice? I would say Direct Promotions or at the very least one on one. I go further when I can spend that time with someone & make the most of it.
From Melissa Maygrove:
1 - I've had several in my life, but being pursued then betrayed by my first husband was definitely a big one.
2 - Create professional product, inside and out, and set some money aside for a few good book ads.
From Heather Gardner:
1 - Meeting the man who is now my husband. He changed everything about my life, for the better.
2 - Word of mouth is still the best. Ask your friends and family to talk about your books.
From Misha Gericke:
1 - One day, I realized I was going down a path that wasn't good for my emotional health, all for the sake of money. It made me re-evaluate my whole life, and now I measure everything I do according to whether or not I'll regret spending my life doing it later.
2 - Don't be afraid to do something different from the crowd.
From Crystal Collier
1 - I was 12. Because of my last name, I was teased relentlessly at school. At home, my older brother used me as his emotional punching bag, and at church, I was the youngest girl in my age group and therefore not good enough for the others. Then we moved. I started into a new school. Life changed entirely. Instead of being the victim of circumstances, I embraced my strange name and turned it into something cool. I found the clarity to understand my older brother who was also being bullied. We attended a new church, and the girls my age were welcoming and accepting of everyone. That’s the point at which the Crystal who is now emerged.
2 - Be yourself. Everywhere you go, everything you do—whether virtual or physical—be who you are. Make friends. Be genuine. Look for the good in others. All the good you put out in the world will come back your way eventually.
And from me:
1 - When we moved to NC over 20 years ago, I got involved with a business group that really focused on self-improvement. I’d struggled with a horrible self-image my whole life, but through countless seminars, tapes, books, and association with positive people, I grew more confident. I never could have become a speaker and an author otherwise.
2 - Be willing to go the extra mile - do more than anyone else.