I’m Grace and I’m a writer.
a lifelong reader
a workshop presenter and facilitator
a WordPress nerd
a lover of superheroes
a movie and TV Geek
I have an MBA in marketing and a professional certification in editing from the University of Chicago—home of The Chicago Manual of Style. I’m a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed—a Writer’s Digest Best of the Best Websites for Writers—and my work has been seen on CNN.com, More.com, and The Huffington Post. My debut novel, Free Falling, was a 2016 Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Award finalist and a 2017 Kayak Award finalist. I have taught workshops at the Atlanta Writers Club Conference and Wake up and Write!
What does all of that mean for you? It means I’ve been where you’ve been. I still am. I’m currently working on the second novel in my series, taking courses on writing narrative non-fiction, and I network daily with some of the most knowledgeable voices in indie publishing. I have the same anxieties and questions about writing, publishing, and marketing that you have. But I’ve learned a lot over the years, and the good news is, I’m going to share everything I’ve learned with you.
The New Writer’s Block
We’ve all heard the advice about writer’s block: Write through it; If you want to be an author, you’ve got to make writing a habit; Don’t wait until you’re inspired to write, write anyway. It’s all great advice. But what few people talk about (because most writers don’t really want to hear it) is that, for most of us, writing a good book won’t be enough.
The unwillingness to accept the business side of writing is the new writer’s block. But, if your goal is to one day make a living from it, the advice about treating your writing career like it’s a business is as valuable as the advice to write whether you’re inspired or not.
You Don’t Have to Marry It
I love the art and craft of writing, and the joy that putting pen to paper brings, but I also love the marketing side of sharing stories with the world.
Yes, you read that right. I love it. I’m the rare breed of writer who is in a long-term, committed relationship with marketing. A fifteen-year career in marketing and product management tends to have that effect on you.
But you don’t have to love marketing to make it work for you. And you don’t have to marry it. You will, however, have to take it out on a few dates. Okay, a lot of dates. The good news is, I want to be your own personal marketing Cyrano de Bergerac, helping you find the right words to shape and share your story.
The Most Successful Authors Learn the Right Mix
Storytelling and marketing might not seem like ideal bedmates, but they are. From the moment you start writing your story, telling friends about it, and posting updates about your word count on social media, you’re marketing yourself as a writer. And that’s regardless of your chosen path to publishing.
Learning the mix of marketing and writing that fits your personality, style, and genre can mean the difference between making a living as a writer or getting lost in the morass.
As writers, we’re all on this journey together. We might take different paths, our routes will sometimes vary widely, but for us, the destination is clear: author.
I’ve spent the last several years immersed in the world of writing and publishing, studying the craft and learning how authors can reach the largest audience with the right combination of craft and business acumen. I intend to apply everything I’ve learned to my own writing career and to help as many writers as I can along the way.