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My Writer’s Life – Great Things Are Happening


Here’s a little run-down of what’s been happening in my life as a writer in the last few weeks.

My second piece for Naturally Savvy went live this week,  http://www.naturallysavvy.com/inspiration-and-motivation/fitness-over-60-and-countingan interview about a woman I’ve known for lots of years, Becky Neumann. I wanted to profile her because as an over sixty personal trainer and fitness instructor, she’s so fit and so inspiring to people over sixty and way beyond. 

I was asked and so I wrote another column for Huffington Post’s subvertical, Aging Gracefully, but I haven’t heard back yet from my contact there. My last piece for Huffington Post was for the That’s Fit subvertical – that turned out to be quite well received. So even though I’m a little nervous about not hearing I’ll be positive based on the response I got about the That’s Fit piece I did for them. I’d very much like to keep up my relationship with Huff Post.

And as a result of my WOW – Women on Writing blog tour I connected with Chynna T. Laird, another writer and advocate for erasing the stigma of mental illness. My review of her book about her abusive and bipolar mother went live on 100 Memoirs a couple of weeks ago. http://100memoirs.com/2011/08/11/white-elephant-a-memoir-about-surviving-a-mothers-bipolar-illness-and-alcoholism/

I also am in the middle of piece about writing through grief that will go live on the National Association of Women’s Memoirs blog on September 7, the day before my friend Eleanor and I participate in a NAWM roundtable on the same subject. Eleanor got the NAWM gig for me, and I very much look forward to it.

Another event coming up is a suicide survivors meeting in Queensland Australia in October. I’ve been asked to speak there. I very much want to do it, but the cost of going may be prohibitive. Plus it’s a many, many hour plane trip. I still have to make a final decision on that.

I’ve been much more active on Twitter and LinkedIn in the last several months plus I joined the Book Buzz service – and organization that helps authors in getting the word out. But, doing my daily updates on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn could become a full-time job and I’d never have time to write. 

And I can’t leave out a little report about what I know about book sales. While I was at Esalen I sold eight books in the Esalen bookstore and Amazon sales seems to be going very well – at least this week. The rank there seems to continually fluctuate, but over this week and last it’s going better quite consistently. And I think I have Jessica Bell to thank for that. She posted a five-star review of my book at Amazon, Goodreads, and on her blog, The Alliterative Allomorph, and sales seems to have improved ever since. http://www.thealliterativeallomorph.blogspot.com. Thank you Jessica. 

Besides Jessica’s review I now have twelve wonderful reviews up on Amazon about my book. I’m just so stoked. http://www.amazon.com/Leaving-Hall-Light-Madeline-Sharples/product-reviews/0984631720/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R286I2PUM2NMAX

Another thing is in the offing besides my once a month piece for Naturally Savvy. I’m already on the calendar to be a book club guest in February. I’ve been told books clubs are the best way to get the word out.

So my writing life seems to be working out. Not any big bucks from book sales yet, but that’s definitely not the point. I’m getting the word out about mental illness and suicide, and I’m making a ton of virtual friends along the way. 



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Hooray, Madeline!

This is Mary Walsh sheepishly creeping in to say I have consistently read all of your blogs with the great news of your book signings and sales of your book. Only thing I regret is that I haven't used my Barnes and Noble Gift card to purchase your book. It was given to me by Daughter on Mothers' Day specifically for that purpose. Time and life have moved too quickly this summer...but last night I pulled it up on Amazon and my goal is to order it promptly...and I will use the gift card for another purpose...to pass along your book as a gift.

I am so happy for you, Madeline. Your generiosity of sharing with other writers your journey of life experiences and publication of your book,  you are a blessing.

Keep inspiring with your updates and writing!  

Mary Walsh

P.S. I love your new picture...what a great heart warming smile! I loved your other picture, too!

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Thank you, Mary!

It's so great to hear from you. I'm afraid I've been pretty much of a slacker in posting here, and now that I'm back, it's good to connect with you again.

Please no need to apologize about not purchasing my book yet. I'm sure you will when the time is right. I am so happy to have such wonderful comments posted on Amazon. A much better response than I ever imagined.

I hope you are well and writing too. Please take care,


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I guess that I've earned the title Wilma Flintstone!

Hi Madeline,

I'm on my lunch break. I decided to go on line to Barnes & Noble. Guess what ? I can order right from my computer.

The display of your book is beautiful !!! I called my Daughters immediately...their reply, " did you hear about the blonde that needs to catch up " I love them though, Madeline...but no wonder peolple question if I have indoor plumbing ?!

Can't wait for the book's arrival

Have a great day!

Mary Walsh