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24 Jul 2013

Blogger book fair: indie author Marquita Herald


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Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a personal growth specialist and small business marketing consultant, the author of 5 books on life by design, and 2 books on the business of being an author. I am also the creator of the award winning personal growth blog, IGG - Tips, Tools & Tantalizing Ideas and The Business of Being an Author blog.
My professional background includes a successful 20 year career in sales and marketing, followed by a decade as a life and small business coach working with entrepreneurs.
I makes my home in Maui, Hawaii and my mission is to inspire readers to embrace that we are each as powerful as we allow ourselves to be … that we can choose to create our own life experience.

When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always been a writer, and was regularly pressed into service by various employers to write everything from public relations and marketing materials to video scripts and even training materials. It wasn’t until I launched my first blog 3 years ago that I became comfortable publishing under my own name.

When did you write your first book?
I wrote my first book in 2012, and considering how many times it’s been edited I think it’s been fully rewritten at least 3 times.

How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
In all I’ve written and published 8 books under my own name. Most are on personal transformation, and the latest are about book marketing.

How long does it usually take you to write a book?
I write nonfiction and do a LOT of research prior to getting down to serious writing. In the case of my book Stepping Stones to Greater Resilience, between the research and scientific studies it took around 6 months start to finish, and I regularly go back and updated it when I find new related research on the topic of resilience.

Where do you get the ideas for your books?
My ideas come from my readers and subscribers, plus once I start researching I spend a lot of time in groups and forums talking with people about the subject matter.

Do you have any advice you’d like to share with new authors; maybe something you wish you’d known when you first started out?I hate to sound cliché, but the best advice I can offer is to just DO it. I would love to have a dollar for every “aspiring” author who talks about writing but never produces anything. The only way to work through the fear is to take the first step and don’t look back.

Do you have anything new coming out you’d like to tell us about?
I just published my second book in my Business of Being an Author series, Beyond Your Book: A Guide to Growing an Audience Online, so I’ll be working on marketing that for the next month. I’ll be returning to personal growth for my next book, A Rainbow in Your Pocket and I expect that to go on sale in September.

Please include:
•    Blog URL: http://www.inspiredgiftgiving.com
•    Twitter handle: @MarquitaHerald
•    Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/inspiredgiftgiving
•    Google+: http://gplus.to/IGG

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