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Guest Post by Monica Daddio, author of "Humanizing the Jaguar"

 

Monica1ABOUT MONICA DADDIO

 

Monica Daddio was born and raised in Trenton, NJ. She attended St. Stephens and Holy Cross grammar schools, Junior 4, and

Trenton High. From there went to wrok for Mercer County Elections Office. Most recently she has retired and relocated to the Bristol VA/TN area. Her passion and love has always been music and she will jokingly tell you that she is a professional listener. With a vast collection of over 500 artists, she has a

wide range of musical taste and that’s how her story came to be. This is her tribute to the musicians and music she loves so much.

To find out more visit her website at : www.monicadaddio.com or her blog at:http://monicadaddio.blogspot.com

 

Hi and thank you for having me. I would like to encourage other authors to try self-publishing. I am surprised, but in my experience, I have found that being self-published does not discredit one’s work. Sure, there are still many who feel that a self-published book has less merit than one that has the traditional backing.

However only 1% of new authors are chosen each year by the large publishers. This is usually due to the fact that a publisher only deals with authors who have an agent, and agents won’t represent you unless you’ve been published before. I call this the CIRCLE effect. How can an unknown author find that ever so slight opening? So IF an author truly wants to see their efforts in print, they have no other choice but to become self-published.

There are several advantages to being your own agent/publisher. You decide on the content of the story, and how, where, and when it will be available to the public. Another great benefit is that you can choose your own “in-person” publicity, i.e. city, venue, time and then don’t forget the business expense deduction for your travel, food, and lodging.

The Internet has opened up wonderful new opportunities for new authors to reach their audiences. I am still learning about promotion every day because I want as many people as possible to read and enjoy my stories. I know it’s a challenge, but anything worthwhile is worth pursuing.

HumanizingABOUT HUMANIZING THE JAGUAR

How do you tame the untamable? Bryan Wharton has been through more than any child should bear, leaving him emotionally scarred. When his new family proves to him that love and encouragement do exist, Bryan pursues his only dream. With the friendship and support of a few boys from school, they succeed in making their wild fantasies of becoming rock stars a reality. Through their hard work they rise to fame, while Bryan’s confident, cocky attitude generates animosity within the group. After a particularly grueling ordeal, he meets a young woman who captivates him in ways like no one else ever has. Donna’s ignorance over who he really is and her genuine concern during their fleeting time together allows him to freely open up to her. The two form a bond, becoming oddly entwined. After getting back to what Bryan knows best, he realizes he needs to devise a way for Donna to be near him for what he believes is his own selfishness. Donna was ready for an adventure knowing she’d become the envy of young women worldwide and was hoping that this could lead to more. What does this mean for the two-friendship, love or? As an added bonus this book also includes a game. There are many music clues scattered throughout the text. How many of the hidden clues can you find?