Happy Independence Day!

In the midst of all that’s happening, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and well!

Independence Day is a special time to recognize combat-wounded veterans. Please join me in honoring these heroes who inspired my novel. I’d appreciate your support for this kickstarter which will help military non-profits and survivors of trauma (we’re 80% of the way to goal, so your backing or sharing could push us over the edge!):

More than 800 of you weighed in on the book cover for GOODBYE, ORCHID. It was fun to unveil the winning design in creative ways, such as building anticipation with a pixelated image, taking over my Instagram page, and animating the cover:

Launching a book is an act of creativity. So, I’ve experimented with marketing ideas such as:

  • User switcher agents to use my desktop instead of iphone for Instagram posts
  • Book Award Pro, which leverages AI to match up authors with the best-fitting among 2600+ book contests

In June, talented Stacey Wilk and I had a blast talking to NJRW authors about “Speaking for Authors.” We both believe that speaking is a powerful tool for writers, and had fun putting our online skills to test via Zoom.

On August 12, I’ll be speaking at the Polka Dot Powerhouse about reinvention in a time of change. Register for the Ben Salem chapter call if you’d like to join.

In September, I’m booked to speak at Novelists, Inc. NINC is a seminal conference and I’d been looking forward to heading to St Petersburg, FL. But even if it’s from my desk in NJ, I’m always thrilled to meet and speak with authors.

As always, feel free to share this newsletter with your friends. I’d also be honored if you’d like to follow me on FB: or

Happy Fourth of July to you and your families!

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