Today’s guest is Abbe Rolnick.
Here are the fun nuggets from our interview:
Fun nugget #1: To publish successfully, you must combine your creativity with some business sense
Fun nugget #2: In today’s world of publishing, you as the aspiring author are the one that decides if your work is worthy
Fun nugget #3: When you write for the public (as opposed to writing for yourself), you have to hold yourself to professional standards
Fun nugget #4: You have to budget for your books (we talked about $5-10K to budget for a book)
Fun nugget #5: Try not to be emotional about your budget and your financial decisions (your book is NOT your baby)
Fun nugget #6: Find your collaborative tribe to keep yourself safe (and have FUN!) in the industry. We talked about the Independent Book Publishing Association, the Pacific Northwest Book Association, and writing groups that can help you.
More about Abbe
Abbe Rolnick grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Her first major cultural jolt occurred at age 15 when her family moved to Miami Beach, Florida. To find perspective, she climbed the only non-palm tree at her condo-complex and wrote what she observed.
Her history came alive with her exposure to the Cuban culture. Her first novel, RIVER OF ANGELS (2010), stems from her experiences during her seven-year stay in Puerto Rico.
COLOR OF LIES (2013), her second novel, brings the reader to the Pacific Northwest, where she presently resides. Here, she blends stories from island life with characters in Skagit Valley. Her third novel, Founding Stones, will be published sometime in 2018 and continues with characters from her two previous novels.
Her recent experiences with her husband’s cancer inspired, Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply (2016), a love story that shares intimate tips for caregivers and family.
Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way (2016) is a compilation of twenty years of writing.
Abbe was educated at Boston University and is a former CEO of a manufacturing company, a bookstore owner in Puerto Rico, and owner of a healthy eats restaurant.
Presently she resides with her husband on twenty acres in Skagit Valley, Washington. You can find more on her website www.abberolnick.com.
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