I’m for sale. I mean, my book is for sale. Yeah. That’s it.

Announcing that my book is for sale is essentially the same as saying that I’m for sale. I have been sitting on this news for a few days, actually. Why? Because it feels dirty and cheap. I might be a modish gladiator, but that doesn’t mean I have to like this part of the business.

But when I think about my Writer . . . Uninterrupted series and my intentions with it and what I hope to accomplish — none of that is dirty and cheap. That stuff is from the heart. Important. So, I gotta focus on that piece of it, ignore the whorish image I see when I look in the mirror, and reach out to writers who might be needing some validation.

Here’s a bit of what it’s all about:

coaching handbook for writers

Writer…Uninterrupted is a series of handbooks for those who want to make writing an integral part of their lives. Kate Johnston, a published author, freelance writing coach, and creative writing teacher, shares her personal experiences and offers guidance to writers at all stages of their quest.

Writers often embark on their adventure with only a heart full of words and ideas, unprepared for the obstacles, detours, and disappointment along the way. Kate Johnston helps you navigate through these pitfalls with provocative ideas such as daily writing, team-building, and nurturing your relationship with your muse.

In the first book of the series, A Handbook for the Emerging Writer, you will learn the importance of owning your writer identity, the key to unlocking the doors (such as finding time to write) standing between you and your writing goals.

Complementing each chapter is a mini-journal comprised of writing activities designed to fuel your creative intentions and inspire you to put your dreams into action.

With honesty, wit, and encouragement, Kate Johnston shows that with imagination, a willingness to work hard, and a bit of ferocity, you can fit the craft of writing into your life.

Writer...Uninterrupted is a series of handbooks for writers

A Handbook for the Emerging Writer is available through Amazon, in e-book form only (for now). The second book in the series, A Handbook for the Productive Writer, is due out in Fall 2015.

Sheesh. That’s quite enough for this introvert for one day. I need a beer.

What is your beverage of choice when you’re feeling dirty and cheap? Or just cheap?

With special thanks to JM McDowell

who helped me get this thing off the ground

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66 thoughts on “I’m for sale. I mean, my book is for sale. Yeah. That’s it.

  1. You’re in the flow! Go girl!! Congrats Kate!
    How interesting you feel it’s dirty and cheap. How much do you value your work..yourself ..? 😉
    The things you do for yourself will be gone when you’re gone but the things you create for others will become your legacy. I truly believe you’ve created something very valuable and authentic that will serve many. I may even consider to read it…even though I’m not a pro, but you never know. It certainly sparked my curiosity 😉

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  2. I don’t like the marketing/promoting aspect. My ideal picture is me writing and then letting someone else handle the hoopla. As an introvert, I’m not comfortable putting myself out there. I value my work and myself highly, but am uncomfortable showing it off. Does that make sense?

    If you do decide to read it, I’d love to hear what you think. I don’t believe you have to be a pro to get anything out of it. Just a love of writing and a desire to fit it into your life. Or, even, to help someone else fit writing into his/her life.

    Thanks for swinging by!

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  3. Congratulations, Kate! This is wonderful. Just bought myself a copy. And though I know how uncomfortable marketing can be, you have what looks like a great product, and it deserves to be seen. Good luck with the launch. I look forward to getting to it. (Oh, and as for my drink of choice to tame the marketing sleaze, usually a cup of hot tea does the trick. But when it doesn’t, a cold beer is nice. 😉 )

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      • Kate, I read the book earlier this evening and loved it. It’s an easy, soft read that nevertheless conveys crucial elements to inspire anyone who feels the winds of writing upon their sails.

        Starting with that metaphorical look at oneself in the mirror and knowing that it is the face of a writer that stares back. Tomorrow, I revise the About the author page on Learning from Dogs accordingly!

        So to others that pass this way and wonder if you are a writer – buy the book!

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      • Wow, Paul, what a great recommendation! I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and most importantly, I’m thrilled that it inspired you to do some revising to what is a really important page in your blog. Keep writing!

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  4. Hurrah, well done! It’s weird, this post didn’t show up in my Reader yesterday (maybe your introversion stopped it going fully out there! 😉 ) I only saw it because I saw the mention on facebook. Anyway, I will tweet about it, buy it, and put it on my books by bloggers page later! Totally get what you mean about feeling awkward with that marketing stuff when it’s for yourself.

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    • Well, I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for Facebook! 🙂 I appreciate your legwork, Vanessa, and all your support. Such a weird feeling to be in this spot when I’ve rooted on so many blogging buddies over the past 3 1/2 years. Now I know how they felt. It ain’t easy.

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      • I guess like you say if you stay focused on the fact that the purpose of the book is to help others, it might make it SLIGHTLY easier to promote! Anyway, it’s your turn now to get some rooting and support from others 🙂 The approach I tend to take if I want to toot my own horn about something (and I’ve seen other introverts do this too online) is to make a bit of a joke out of it, like I might go a bit over the top saying how marvellous I am, in a (hopefully) humorous way! it’s that thing about laughing at yourself first to disarm anyone else who might want to mock your efforts (which is what we imagine everyone is going to want to do!) – I know that method isn’t your style, but I was just reflecting on how I might promote myself based on the way I’ve posted on my blog about other achievements. Humour can be a good shield, I think that’s why I use it.

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      • That’s a very good tip, Vanessa. I’ll have to think about ways to talk about how marvelous I am. But, can we really have two marvelous people such as ourselves in cyberspace? Is there enough room? 🙂

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  5. Congratulations, Kate—I just downloaded my copy! I know this series will be such a great help for writers. I hear you on the marketing, but kudos for overcoming the introversion and aversion and then getting the word out! Like Vanessa, I’ll be sharing this and adding it to my Blog Buddies’ Recent Releases. Congratulations again, and, of course, find some time to keep working on the fiction as you promote Writer…Uninterrupted! 😀

    Thank you for the lovely shout out, too. 🙂

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    • Thanks for downloading it, JM. That means a lot. It’s so funny, now that it’s out there, I keep recycling bits and pieces in my mind and thinking bad thoughts! When only two weeks ago, it read fine to me! Go figure.

      I would love love love to get back to the fiction. It’s been way too long. I miss dreaming. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Jack. I know you understand this piece of the writer conundrum — you’ve had to do it for several titles! I know it will come in handy for writers, so that’s what I will focus on. Not this other stuff.

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  6. Whoo! So glad this is out, Kate! And, while I can understand your hesitancy about tooting your own horn, it’s a toot that deserves to be heard. I know from experience how valuable your insight as a teacher, editor, and fellow writer is, and I know other people can benefit from your gifts. This is a great way to help share them in a larger arena.

    Congratulations and kudos are due! And, enjoy that nice cold one. I’ll have one, too, while I read your book. 🙂

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    • That’s the idea, Mayumi. To give something back to the community. There have been many who have helped me along my quest, and I wouldn’t be here otherwise. This is the kind of field where support is crucial, and I really want to be a positive, helpful influence to other writers.

      Cheers then!

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    • Aww, thanks Andrea. That means a lot. I can’t get over what a great group of writers I’m a part of. It’s truly special. Yes, I will find my way past the sleaze and focus on the achievement. I got here somehow, right? It may not be glitter and gold (yet), but I can still share what I’ve learned with others.

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  7. A BIG congratulations to you, Kate! What an achievement. Don’t worry about feeling the dirty side of marketing, you’re well loved and it’s worth the effort to let us know you’re now ‘out there’ 😀

    PS – thank you so much for your wonderful review of Wolf Pear. I was thrilled when I saw it – you made my day/week/year! xxxxx

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    • Oh, Dianne, I haven’t read a book that sucked me in like yours did in a loooong time. Truly. It’s been difficult for me to get lost in a book lately because my life has been more hectic and stressful than usual. But I couldn’t put yours down. I had to know what was going to happen! I can’t wait to read the next one I have of yours, which is The Eleventh Question.

      Thanks so much for the good vibe. I’m going to get past this icky feeling and focus on the good I can do. That’s why I wrote the damned thing in the first place! 🙂

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  8. Yea! It’s always so fun (and SCARY) to get a book out. I’m so excited you finally did it. I love the cover and can’t wait to read it. Yea! (again; it deserves more than one cheer).

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  9. Excellent job, selling yourself on this post. Neither cheap nor dirty. But I so understand your reservations – I have the same. I recently joined a business networking group, just to help me get rid of the thoughts that selling what we love, what we believe in, ie, selling our words, is wrong. It is RIGHT, and we need to learn to be proud of our accomplishments (whether fiction or non-fiction) and GET OUR STUFF OUT THERE.

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    • Indeed! I wonder why we let those fears intimidate us. For me, it’s especially strange as I’ve dreamed of having my books published since I was a kid. I guess the whole indie piece of it makes it feel a little more self-indulgent and that tends to detract from my overall purpose — to support other writers. This is a good move for me, and I know in time I’ll be more comfortable with the job at hand — selling my stuff.

      Thanks so much for the kind words and the support!

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  10. Just got it and can’t wait to read it! Well done on writing it and on getting it out there. So often we have trouble celebrating our accomplishments and sharing our projects. It’s something we should change, but I’m the same as you. Hope that beer tasted good!

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    • Thanks for buying it Letizia. That means a lot to me. We do need to work harder at celebrating our accomplishments instead of apologizing for or excusing them. So silly!

      The beer came in quite handy, thank you. 😉

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  11. Excellent stuff, Kate. Well done! 🙂

    I know exactly what you mean when you say you feel cheap and dirty. I almost get embarrassed to post my books on social media, especially as I’m self-pubbing (like a two-bit hooker hawking for business on the kerb outside a legal brothel).

    I shall certainly be downloading this, having benefitted greatly out of your editing services.

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    • Hey Darren – seems like I’m not the only one who has trouble with self-promotion. I’m in good company. 😉 Yes — the indie piece makes it harder, I agree, because someone didn’t pick our book to sell, we chose to sell it ourselves. I have to remind myself that most artists have to self-promote in order to gain visibility, even those who are represented by agents and such.

      I hope you enjoy the read!

      PS – I haven’t forgotten about Dodo!! I’ve been working on a temporary logo.

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  13. Yay! I just downloaded it and will make sure to do some tweeting. So many people need this kind of advice these days. It’s great that you’re helping writers realize their dreams. I’ll toast you with a margarita soon! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Sheila! I hope you enjoy and that you get a little inspiration out of it yourself. I wouldn’t be here without the help of so many patient people, and I want to return the favor. Even if it’s just to motivate someone to write down a story idea and start tinkering with it.

      Love margaritas! Yum!

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  14. Yay you, congrats Kate! No you’re not sounding dirty and cheap, despite all of Indies feeling the same way when it comes time to announce our new work. It’s the part of the job we all hate but must use our voice to share with the world. I shall be adding it too. 🙂

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  15. Many congrats, sweet cheeks! I’m very much looking forward to reading these as I think they will be great inspiration for me as I keep on truckin’ with my WIP. Off to purchase and I promise to leave you a review. I know how important those are…and how hard to come by!

    You know what my drink of choice is. 😉

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  16. The pushing your work bit is the bit I am struggling with, trying to find a balance between making sure the word is out there that it is available and not annoying the hell out of friends by spamming them 😀

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