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Do you see what I see?

A few months ago I got up the courage to pitch a podcast idea to Tim Grahl. Tim is a book marketing expert—the kind of expert who charges a king’s ransom to run one book launch and who puts authors on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. The gods must have been on my side that day because he said yes and now our weekly coaching calls have become the Book Launch Show podcast. 

Recently, Tim challenged me to (1) find out where my readers hang out online, starting with which book-related podcasts they listen to, and (2) get myself booked as a guest.

Now, when I was growing up, writers were people from another place or time. They were rare, magically gifted people like Charles Dickens or Jessica Fletcher. They certainly didn’t live on a little island in the North Atlantic; an island with a notoriously low literacy rate.

Imposter syndrome kicked in.

How could I convince perfect strangers to have me on their shows? Then again, how could I go back to Tim and say that I didn’t even try?

I took an extra dose or two of positive self-talk and forged ahead. I’m happy to report that I’ve booked myself on four podcasts so far and one of them has already aired. So, if you’re curious, here’s my interview with the lovely Rachael Herron (interview starts at 7:25).

The day after it aired, my Instagram feed popped up with an image of my words staring up at me. One of Rachael’s listeners had pulled a quote from the interview and had begun using it as inspiration.  

Very cool, right? 

While I was busy doubting myself, someone else was busy quoting me. 

Valerie Francis

one year from now

Where do you want your writing career to be one year from now? How many books do you want to have written? How many books do you want to have studied? How much revenue do you want to have generated? What is your plan for meeting these targets? I’ll admit,

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Valerie Francis

you can’t un-see it

I’ve had an idea rattling around in my head for a while now, and the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced it’s true.  The idea is this: everything is story. That’s a pretty bold statement.  You could argue that I’m biased because I’m in the business of

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people be wack

I’ve been debating whether I should write this. Not because I think I’m wrong, but because I think it will be interpreted as angry, or ungrateful, or petulant. Then I looked at my window that needs fixing and my kitchen door that needs replacing, and I realized that this is

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