Proactive Self Publisher

by Carla
(Nevada, USA)

What's on the Other Side of the Rainbow?

What's on the Other Side of the Rainbow?

This proactive self published author has a talent for meeting people who can help.

My story began when I wrote my book, "What's On The Other Side of The Rainbow? (The Secret Of The Golden Mirror)." That was the easy part.

However, the real journey began when I decided I wanted to be a published author. No small feat, especially when you have no idea how to become that. However, I was determined, so I started to talk to any one who would listen to me.

I spoke to teachers, professors, parents, producers, editors, librarians, children - anyone that would listen, they were going to get an earful.

I learned when you have a good idea people listen.

So, feeling encouraged, I took my idea to the ABA, and in 2 days I had numerous orders from book stores and libraries from all over the world.

(While I was there, I spoke to as many publishers as possible and learned it was easier said than done to get a book published without a literary agent. Even if you have a good idea.)

A lot of years went by with me gaining knowledge and, of course, writing more books.

It was after finding the right artist (Omra Jo Fochtman) and being able to raise the money to print my first children's book What's on the Other Side of the Rainbow? (my book helps children to understand what their feelings and emotions are for) that my dream of becoming an author became a reality.

(Printing by Father & Son Associates.)

In preparation for my baby coming into the world, I started to call schools and book stores to set up book readings, so when my book came to fruition I had 90 book signings already lined up.

Since February of 2006 I have completed 185 book signings.

My book is in the public libraries and the public schools. I have been on TV, newspapers, magazines and several radio stations, and I am overjoyed to say that last week I got into Baker & Taylor!

Every day I wake up knowing I am living my dream. I am grateful.

Now, I am in the process of writing a movie script based on my first book.

All I can say, is that it's a lot of fun delving more and more into this reality of being a self published author.

Thank you for letting me share.


See all the people Carol knows at her website.

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Mar 01, 2008
the "social" work of self publishing
by: Steve B.

Carla, I'm impressed by all the legwork and face time you describe going into the self publishing process. You clearly are your own publicity department.

I think people would be well advised to go to your site and visit the Book Signings and Events page. Page down. See how busy Carla's schedule is! Maybe that's what success looks like.

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