Friday, December 2, 2011

Buy. This. Book.

A lot of you probably already know Shelli of Market My Words, so you’re probably already aware that her self-published debut, UNTRACEABLE, came out earlier this week. I’d heard her name around the blogosphere--I knew that she was agented, for instance, and that she maintained a well-respected blog--so when I noticed a bunch of tweets popping up about her debut, I headed over to check them out.

Boy, am I glad I did.

Not only did her blog introduce me to UNTRACEABLE, a YA wilderness thriller (which is available in both paperback and e-book formats), but I also learned a great deal about her journey to publication via a guest post she did on Shannon O’Donnell’s blog. And guys, her journey was INSPIRING--but probably not in the way you’d expect.

Check out that guest post, then do what I did and go and buy her book. I NEVER buy books I haven’t received at least five recommendations for (or already read myself), so this is kind of a first for me. But if anybody deserves my support and hard-earned cash, it’s Shelli.

Happy Friday!


Liesl Shurtliff said...

I bought it right after I read her story.

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

Aw thx krista for ur support. I really appreciate it. U r so sweet!

Krista V. said...

Liesl, I think her story stood out to me because I can see myself being there someday (or being stuck here forever). I admire a writer who has the skill set to reach that many milestones on the path to traditional publication but simply lacks the luck needed to reach that finish line. I love how she took the bull by the horns and struck out on her own (if I may use so many cliches in one sentence).

You're more than welcome, Shelli. It's my pleasure.

Cortney Pearson said...

Thanks for sharing this, I'm definitely going to buy it!!!

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Thanks for this post, Krista! I saw on twitter that this author is willing to give query or market critiques if people who buy the book email her a copy of their receipt. Isn't that nice?

On my way now to read her story.... :)

Krista V. said...

Yay, Cortney!

Amy, I saw your RT! That is nice!

Kelly Bryson said...

I'm really excited for Shelli! Her blog explains a lot about her marketing efforts and expertise- If I felt a little more confidant about marketing, I'd be seriously considering e pubbing. Only really considering it right now;)

Krista V. said...

Kelly, Shelli does seem to have the perfect combination of writing prowess and marketing expertise to really make a go of e-publishing, doesn't she? She's doing a marketing series on Kate Schafer Testerman's blog over the next few days, so you should definitely check that out.