702, 2017

Lessons from the Life of a Juggler

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For those of you who don’t know me well, besides being a writer, I am also a professional juggler. For 25 years, my husband and I have performed for audiences large and small, young and old. For the last couple of years. I had been trying to push the juggler me to the back so the publisher me, the professional one, can shine, but I realized I AM the sum of all my experiences.

Juggling speaks to who I am as a person, as an entrepreneur. Trying and failing and trying again is how I built my first career as a juggler and that’s how I’m building my second one as The Happy Self-Publisher. All the things I learned, I’ve taken with me on my new journey.

I also am […]

1407, 2015

How Do YOU Define Success?

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What is success anyway? It is clearly different for everyone although we don’t always label it that way. When embarking on a journey of writing and publishing a book, setting up guideposts along the way can make the weeks, months and sometimes years more of a pleasure cruise than a pressure-filled experience. Here are different ways authors can find success.

Book sales

Who among us hasn’t dreamed of our book being counted among the best-sellers? Grisham, Patterson and you. But, for most of us, without the clout of fame and notoriety, our goals are more modest. It could be that we want to cut back our work hours, pay for vacation, treat ourselves to a few fancy dinners or maybe just break even on the project. If book sales are the primary […]

1401, 2011

Learning to Write

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What we learn to do we learn by doing.
— Aristotle

Aside from being a writer, I am a juggler by trade.  I have been performing with my husband for almost 20 years making kids laugh and getting paid for it.  What I didn’t know when I started juggling, was how learning to juggle would change how I learned everything else.

If you have ever picked up three balls and tried to juggle, you know that for most of us, it doesn’t happen naturally.  That fact is, it took me a month to learn to juggle 3 balls.  For 5 minutes every day,  I would throw the balls up in the air just to have them fall back on the ground.  Failure.  Everyday.  Failure.

Yet I persisted.  Fortunately, I […]