How To Promote Your Audiobook

How To Promote Your Audiobook

Every audiobook you do through ACX will be given 100 US and UK promo codes that you can use to market your audio and get reviews. And now, the narrator, that’s me, also gets codes. These are basically free money; we get paid every time someone uses a code for our audiobook. This is a great way for us to promote each other.

The following are ways in which you can use them! We can also work together, doing a large giveaway or an audiobook tour. Just let me know what you want to do!

While there are some Audiobook specific sites where you can market, promoting the book in different ways (like Bookbub, Fb, Twitter, newsletters etc.) will also have a great impact on the audio!

Make sure that Whispersync is set up for the Audiobook. If it has not been set up, please contact support@acx.com to get the book synced. Most readers will grab the audio if whispersynced because it is offered at a discount that way.

  1. Audiobook Boomaudiobookboom.com is a great way to get reviewers! Cost is $12 per book, but you make that back and more. Enter the title, and in the next week, you will receive a link to people who want to review your book. You simply email people on the list with the code and link.
  2. Love & Lace Inkorporated– (ROMANCE GENRE ONLY) https://www.dragonflyinkpublishing.com This is an online and physical quarterly publication designed for Romance readers! It is extremely affordable to put an ad in for a spotlight, Audiobook Feature/new release, Character Interview, Author Interview, etc.
  3. AudiobookObsessionReviewTeam– These ladies offer a team of over 400 audiobook reviewers. You simply give them your codes and they get you reviews. They also do Release tours, blitz, IG tour, etc. GREAT resource
  4. Audiobook Obsessionhttps://www.facebook.com/AudiobookObsession/ They also do Release tours, Release Blitz and IG tours. The Review tour is probably the best at getting the word out! Many authors have had great success!

FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR GIVEAWAYS AND PROMOTION

Audio Bookflyhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/AudioBookfly/

Audio Loveshttps://www.facebook.com/groups/AudioLoves/

Aural Fixationhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/auralfixationaudio/

Sisters Spotlight https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220382514763566&ref=br_rs

I’m a member of all these groups and have seen the fantastic work they do to help us authors and narrators. Other ways I help promote is through my podcast. Gina Talks Books. In my podcast, I talk about books I’ve narrated, wrote, or reviewed. It’s a great way to connect with other authors and have special guest.

Another great engaging tool is for the narrator to upload a video to facebook groups who promote audibles with a reading from the booth to help build buzz for the author we are producing for. This will build recognition for when the book is live.

I hope all this information helps you with the success of your audible and always feel free to reach out to me with a question or concern.

Thanks,

Gina

Do you want to work with Gina?  Find her here:

Email:  jonesgina@icloud.com

Author page with audio samples- Gina A Jones

ACX link- Gina A Jones ACX

ACX pen link- Brooke Chambers

The authors can also contact me personally for DYI production on my webpage.
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5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block

5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block

5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block and Find the Joy in Writing Again

I think as writers, we’ve all been there. We’ve all hit that burnout phase, better and more horrifically known as Writer’s Block. It’s the bane of every writer’s existence. We strive to make art…and then, one day, for no reason at all, we can’t make anymore. Maybe it lasts for a day, maybe it lasts for a month. Maybe it lasts for a year. But for however long it lasts, to not be able to do the thing we were meant to do is absolutely soul-crushing.

How do we beat it? How do we refuse to let it get the best of us?

Here, I offer 5 tips that have proven effective for me in cases of mild to severe writer’s block. I hope they help anyone dealing with it, too.

Tip 1: TAKE A BREAK.

Now, this seems like a “No sh*t, Sherlock” statement. Isn’t writer’s block essentially a FORCED break? Yes and no. Reframe the block in your mind. It’s not that you cannot create. It’s just that your mind is telling you it’s tired. It needs rest. If you have the urge to write, but are having trouble focusing, and you spend your designated writing time staring at that little blinking cursor on your screen, that could be your mind begging you to give it some reprieve. So, what do you do? You draw a big X through the production day on your calendar, and you take a break. For the whole day. No writing. What to do instead? Read a book you’ve been dying to start. Read a magazine with a glass of wine or maybe some coffee or even a refreshing cup of tea. Take the furbabies for a walk. Relax in the bathtub, then put on some movies, or catch up on that new Netflix show that’s been on your radar. No matter what you choose, make it relaxing and soothing to your mind with as low cognitive load as possible. If the next day you’re still having trouble focusing, repeat until you feel refreshed to start writing again.

Tip 2: EXERCISE.

Sometimes, we spend hours at our computer, trying to pound out the words to meet deadlines and stay on track. We’re demanding a lot from our bodies by being sedentary for such long periods. Exercise is a wonderful thing. Not only is it good for our bodies, but it’s good for our minds too. Whatever exercise looks like for you—whether that’s a fifteen-minute stroll with your dog or on the treadmill, dancing for twenty minutes in your bedroom, running a couple miles, or a grueling, hour-long MMA workout or weight-lifting session, make it a regular part of your week. Start with one or two days a week, then work up to four or five. You might be surprised at the mental clarity you have each day when you return to your computer. Want bonus points? Every hour, get up and stretch and move your legs a little around the house. Or, every thousand words, do ten jumping jacks or crunches. Make sure you’re giving back to your body so it continues to fuel your mind.

Tip 3: SLEEP.

This might seem counterproductive, but sometimes, sleep is the very best thing you can give your body and your mind. Did you know that the vast majority of Americans are chronically sleep-deprived? You’ve heard that statistic a thousand times—we’re supposed to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Raise your hand if you hardly ever hit this range. I know my hand is up. But I’ve discovered from serious firsthand experience what a chronic lack of sleep does to me, and it’s not pretty. Like exercise, this is a habit that needs time to build up. Start shooting for one extra hour from where you currently are. If you get four hours a night now, go to bed one hour earlier, no excuses. Build from there until you hit 7 hours. Then shoot for eight. Then shoot for nine, just to finetune the right number of hours for you. And no, lying in bed scrolling Facebook or playing games for an hour before bed is NOT sleeping.

Tip 4: DRINK WATER.

Yeah, this one will send you running to the bathroom every hour, but hey! In Tip 2, I told you to move your legs every hour, right? Like sleep, most people are chronically dehydrated. This affects in a number of really awful ways, from our mood to the way our organs function to our skin and hair. Earlier this year, I made a conscious decision and effort to drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water a day. A gallon is better. This sounds like a lot of water, and it is. But you know what? In days of practicing this, I noticed some crazy things. My skin, suffering from hormonal acne breakouts for the better part of a year, started to clear. My hair, which had been thinning and brittle, started to become a little more lush and then, after a while, it grew like crazy. I had more energy, I had better mental focus, and my mood even stabilized. Water is a beautiful thing, and our bodies NEED IT TO THRIVE. So drink up!

Tip 5: CLEAR THE COBWEBS.

Sometimes our brains become like attics, where dust and debris and other crap just builds up until there’s no more room for anything else—like the effort we want to put forth in our WIP. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to write—we just can’t write the current project we’re working on. So, just for a day or two, or even an hour here and there where you need it, clear out the mental attic. Freewrite for a while, even if it’s nonsense. Work on that short story you’ve had on your mind that’s totally different from your WIP. Write a blog post. Write a poem. Outline another novel you’ve had bouncing around in your mind. Flex those creative muscles in a different way and sweep the cobwebs out, then go back to your WIP with a fresh, clean space in your mental attic.

I hope these tips help!

For more information like this, or if you just wanna chat, please drop me a line at mazzyking.com or visit me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @mazzykingwrites.

xo,

Mazzy

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An Interview with Elisa Leigh

An Interview with Elisa Leigh

Today, on the blog, I have Elisa Leigh and I’m just going to put it out there – she is awesome!  She’s my “go to” when I need to ask how to do something, book cover advice, or even for a pick me up after a bad review.  Everyone needs an Elisa in their life – I’m just sayin’!  Anyway, here she is.

An Interview with Elisa Leigh

Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)

Hi J I’ve been publishing since April 2017 and have written 27 books including short stories, novellas, and full-length novels. I recently quit teaching elementary school and became a full-time author. I write a little bit of everything, but all romance. All of my books have an HEA and there’s always plenty of steamy scenes.

How do you come up with your ideas for your books?

Sometimes I’ll hear a line in a song that makes me want to explore it and turn it into a book. Other times I’ll see a real-life situation and think hmmm that would be awesome in a book lol.

What are your tips for choosing a cover?

When choosing a cover picture you want to choose something that really catches your eye and makes you stop and want to know more. It just has to pop!

How do you deal with writer’s block?

If I’m stuck in the middle of a book, I’ll go back and reread what I’ve already written. This usually helps to give me ideas about what should happen next or helps me remember an element I need to touch on again. If I’m stuck on starting a book, I’ll read a book in the genre I’m writing in to help get my juices flowing.

Do you write to market?  Why or why not?

I think I’ve unintentionally written to market and the book did well. When I tried writing to market to replicate my success with the previous book it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Now I just write what I want to write. I do not think writing to market is bad, in fact I think it’s smart. You are giving readers what they want, so how can that be a bad thing?

What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?

  1. Claim my book on BookBub. If my book is long enough, they will send an alert out to all of my followers on BookBub that I have a new release. BookBub is consistent with sending out alerts while Amazon sends alerts, but you don’t know when they will go out. Building your followers on BookBub can be very helpful.
  2. Claim my book on Author Central. This makes my book visible on my author page of Amazon.
  3. I have a part of a group of authors who all share everyone’s new releases. Finding authors with similar readers is great. They put your book in front of their readers to promote you and might eventually give you a try.
  4. Share my new release on my Facebook page, Facebook profile, and in my Facebook group. I also share my new release in book groups that allow sharing.
  5. Finally, I send out a newsletter to all of my subscribers to let them know about my new release.

What do you do if a book is just not selling?

I move on to the next book I’m working on. Dwelling on a bad book release won’t help me in the future.

What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?

Don’t give up. I’m not saying it won’t happen but having a bestseller on your first book is unlikely. Don’t compare yourself to authors who have been doing this for a while. They’ve built their brand and their readership. They’ve done the time just like you will need to. The best advice I received from another author was “I didn’t really start selling any books until my 8th release.” That was the same for me. I’m not saying you won’t sell books, but if you’re writing and wanting to make this a career, you’re going to have to keep at it and keep publishing to see some success.

How do you deal with negative reviews?

If the reviews are constructive and give feedback that I can learn from to improve my writing I listen to it and move on. The bad review stings, but at least it helps in some way. If the review is pure bashing, I will vent to another author about it and then get over it within a couple of days. It’s not easy, but the best thing to do is move on.

How do you build relationships with your readers?

I enjoy interacting with my readers in my reader group Elisa’s Book Beauties. When you make an engagement post, you need to engage with your reader’s responses by replying to a comment or at least liking it. Also, the more real and personable the posts are, the more people can relate. Also, half naked guys and food posts get lots of responses lol. I’ve started doing Facebook Lives in my group and while scary at first, they are really fun.

How do you build relationships with other authors?

That’s a hard one. I guess I start out by sharing author’s posts and commenting on their posts. I’m kind of shy, but I love to help so I offer my support whenever I can.  

What are your plans for future books?

Honestly, I want to finish all of my open series so that I can focus on all of the new series ideas I have. The problem is, I keep coming up with new ideas and wanting to write those books instead. Probably not the best idea lol.

Is there any other advice you would like to give?

I’d like to reiterate not to give up. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. I also find that publishing once a month helps too. I hope something I said helps.   Also, if you have any questions feel free to message me on Facebook or send me an email at elisaleighauthor@gmail.com.

Do you want to know more about Elisa Leigh?  Find her here:

Website: www.elisaleigh.com
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/df1Zkr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/elisaleighauthor
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/eleighauthor/
Reader Group: www.facebook.com/elisasbookbeauties
Forever Love Covers & Design: www.facebook.com/groups/foreverlovecoveranddesigns/
Instagram: @elisaleighauthor

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Authors Helping Authors

Authors Helping Authors

I think this is important.  And I think it should be talked about.

I’ve been told I’m crazy for putting as much information out as I do.  It’s been said that I give too much and I’m just helping my competition.  So, this is just my opinion, but I’m going to say it.  If you think that helping another author is going to hurt you, then you’re wrong.

And I’m not saying you should co author a book with someone just to help them.  I’m not saying you should “associate” yourself with someone that could potentially hurt your author brand (for example, a sweet romance author working with an erotica author).

What I AM saying, is that if a new author or even an established author asks you for advice or how to do something, you should help them if you can!

Well, by now you know that I’m all about lists.  So, here you go:

5 Reasons To Help Your Fellow Author

1 – When you help another author, you are building your network.  You may be helping them now, but they may help you in the future.  You are building your team.  A team of people that you can talk to, vent to, and strategize with. Y’all, being an author is sort of lonely.  You want to have these people on your side.  

2 – When you share another author’s new release with your Readers, you are helping that author, but you’re also nurturing that relationship that you have with your reader.  Your readers want to know you.  They want to know what you’re reading, who your favorite authors are, and what reading suggestions you have.  So when you help promote another author, you are in turn also helping yourself.

3 – Help because there is enough to go around.  I’ve had people send me emails to thank me for helping them and then tell me that they feel bad for doing so because they plan to write about curvy women like I do.  You know what I think about that?  That’s ‘effing awesome!  I want there to be more stories about curvy women.  Hell, we need them.  Am I worried about competition?  I already have it and it goes back to the theory that there is enough to go around.  Plus, maybe if we get more curvy women books there will be a demand for more stock photos of beautiful plus size women. LOL – Just sayin’

4 – Learn and Grow!  I have learned so much by helping other authors.  I get asked questions all the time and some of it I don’t know the answer to.  So I research it, ask other authors, or ask companies (Kindlepreneur) that are super helpful on how to do something.  This alone has helped me grow so much as an author!

5 – Karma!  I always say that I am where I’m at because of my keywords and my publishing schedule.  If you’ve been here long at all, I know you’ve heard it a few hundred times.  Well, for now on I’m going to add this – I am successful because I help others.  I spend around an hour or more a day, Monday through Friday answering emails for Short Story Side Hustle.  I also receive emails from authors thanking me.  And let me tell you – it makes my day!  Honestly, knowing that I have helped a few authors is what keeps this blog going.  Here is a recent thank you I received:

Hey, girl! I just wanted to thank you. I’ve been publishing for two and a half years… Losing money all that time under multiple pen names. I even got trad published with one pen (all of those books tanked). It wasn’t until I found out about you that I started feeling like I could actually make a living at this. It’s been a month and a half and my new pen is the most successful I’ve ever had. You are AMAZING and an inspiration ❤❤

I’m attaching a screenshot of my KDP from Aug 14-today. You can see exactly when I published my first short. That’s because of you, lady.
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Y’all!  I mean I can’t even.  Do you know how amazing this is? I’m so stinkin’ proud of her!

I truly believe that if you have a helpful heart, it will come back to you ten fold!  I know that I am 100% proof of that!  I know I don’t know everything.  Heck, there’s so much I don’t know!  But I’m always willing to lend an ear if nothing else.

“In Helping Others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards


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Do You Want To Help?

Like I said there’s so much I don’t know.  Are you an author that knows something and wants to share it?  Here’s your platform!  Write a blog post.  You don’t have to be super in depth if you don’t want.  Make a list.  Write a paragraph.  Write a book!  Whatever you need to do to teach us something.  Send it to me and I will be more than happy to post it here with links back to you!

Here’s a list of things that I’ve been asked about and I would also love to learn more about!

Making the most of BookBub
What do you do in Goodreads – step by step
Everything about audiobooks
Building your FB or IG Followers
Or anything else you want to teach us!

Send me an email hope@shortstorysidehustle.com

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An Interview with Frankie Love

An Interview with Frankie Love

Hey All!  Let me tell you how excited I am to have Frankie Love on here!  She is amazing.  I started reading her books way before I started writing and if you follow her on FB or IG, you know what an inspiration she is.  Well, she didn’t let me down.  Her interview is so motivating and I learned so much from it.  I hope you love this as much as I do!  Get Ready!

An Interview with Frankie Love

Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)

Hi! I’m Frankie Love and I write filthy-sweet stories with happily-ever-afters. I’ve written over 100 books and started publishing romance in 2016. I feel like the luckiest girl to have this job! I was a stay-at-home mom and used to mommy-blog before I was an author. With six kids, being able to work from home has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

How do you come up with your ideas for your books?

I fell in love at first sight when I was 18 and got married a year later (and I was a virgin to boot), and then the kiddos arrived soon after. I write what I know! I mean, maybe my husband isn’t a bear shifting lumberjack, but he does have a beard and his nickname is Bear—so!

Honestly, I write what feels good and is authentic to me. Stories have been my escape since I was a little girl – and I try to recreate that warm-fuzzy feeling in each of my books.

What are your tips for choosing a cover?

Does it match the vibe of the book? Does it stand out? Does it tell the reader what they need to know? Does it fit with your brand and your goals? These are the questions I ask myself. I write with my readers in mind and choose covers for them too. 

How do you deal with writer’s block?

I plan fake vacations on Expedia and fill up virtual shopping carts with clogs and make-up.

Do you write to market?  Why or why not?

Well yes and no. Before I wrote romance I wrote young adult fiction. I couldn’t sell it for the life of me! It was all so heartbreaking. A fellow author pointed out that my YA books had lots of romance in them and wondered if I’d considered writing adult romance. A spark was lit and I jumped in head first, finding readers and my voice. It changed my life. But also, I don’t write to market because no one thought putting tons of babies on covers was a good idea but it felt right to me. And hey, sometimes our gut instincts are the only ones that matter!

What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?

  1. Smile and send all the positive energy I can toward my story, believing in my words and myself.
  2. Write a newsletter and tell my loyal readers about the book. I want them to be the first to know.
  3. Share on social media – FB and IG. Two platforms I know my readers are.
  4. Get back to my current work in progress.
  5. Repeat

What do you do if a book is just not selling?

Vent to my husband and close author friends, asking for advice. If it’s a blurb or cover issue I work on that right away. If it is a story issue I move on. I don’t spend time reworking an actual novel once it is published. The best thing I can do is take any lessons I can from the project and apply them to my next one.

What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?

Believe in yourself! If I can do this anyone can. I didn’t graduate from a University and I didn’t bring business experience to writing. I focused on my strengths – writing quickly and from the heart. I didn’t dwell on what I wasn’t.

Also, be yourself. Tell the stories that have your unique perspective. No one else has that. It’s your asset.

How do you deal with negative reviews?

I don’t read reviews. Who has time for haters anyways?!

How do you build relationships with your readers?

The best way to build a relationship with my readers is by meeting their expectations. Solid stories, released often, that are dirty and romantic and have lots of feels. Yes, FB is a good place to find some readers but my focus is writing stories I know they will love.

How do you build relationships with other authors?

I tell readers about their new releases and congratulate them on a new release. I try to be as positive and open as possible to new opportunities. That outlook has allowed me to meet authors in an organic way. Don’t force yourself into someone’s life, I guess, but be open to new friendships!

What are your plans for future books?

I have a new series, The Men of Whiskey Mountain. They are full length books and a bit of a nod to my favorite novel I’ve written, Timber. It’s a bit filthier than some of my recent release, lol. #yesplease

I’m also going to publish a domestic suspense novel in January under my maiden name! I’m very excited for that.

Is there any other advice you would like to give?

Life is so precious. Call your sister instead of reading reviews. Take a walk with your daughter instead of hating on yourself for shitty sales. Bake yourself a cake when you feel like you’re at a crossroads with your career. Celebrate that because it means you are growing as a person. And girl, who you are as a person matters so much more than what books you write and what stories you tell.

Now, Frankie Love has also co authored many books.  I wanted to get her perspective on that – so here are questions and answers about co authoring.

How do you find an author to co author with?

I met my co-author on a writing forum!

How do you know you will be a good fit?

We have lots in common – motherhood and marriage. But also, we are very different. We took a strength finder test once and 3 of our strengths were the same, but the other two were each one another’s biggest weaknesses. So we are very compatible.

How do you write your books together?  What’s the process?

Something like this…We jump on a video call and have a shared google doc open. We brainstorm ideas and write everything down … and I mean everything. At one point we were planning a 30 book series set in space. LOL. So yeah – we brainstorm until we have a concept we are excited about and then we outline the entire thing, if it’s a series we outline the whole series chapter by chapter.

How do you divide the work?

We make a weekly word count goal and then we jump on and off the document all week. We don’t alternate chapters or anything. I could stop my work day mid-sentence and she would jump on the next morning finishing my thought. However, she writes more of the action and I do all of the anal. LOL.

How do you handle it if you have a disagreement with your co author?

I mean it when I say we don’t have disagreements. I trust her ideas with all my heart and believe she feels the same. It’s a partnership and that means we hear one another out. We want the best for one another and that plays into all our decisions.

How do you handle royalties, taxes, etc?

We alternate who publishes a title.

What’s the best thing about co-authoring?

Having someone “in it” with me. Writing is such an isolating job and having a friend I can call when I’m feeling low – who understands my stories at a deep level, is such a gift. <3

What tips do you have for authors that are just getting started in coauthoring?

Make sure the person you are partnering with vibes with you. Also don’t be too precious about your ideas – flexibility and an open-minded approach to projects is vital for it to work.

Anything else you want to add?

Thanks for the interview and I hope it helps encourage someone!!

Xoxo

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Answers to Your Questions 2

Answers to Your Questions 2

Take 2 – Answers to your Questions

Today I’m answering more questions that I’ve received.

Question 1: How and Where Do You Come Up With Your Story Ideas?

I come up with ideas for my books a number of different ways.  Sometimes I get inspiration from other books and movies.  Sometimes I can get an idea just from looking at a picture.  I have gotten an idea before watching a baseball players mom talking to the coach.  Everything that happens to you in a day, everyone you meet, everything you see – can be turned into a story.  You just have to look for them.

Question 2:  Have you ever written a Romance book that you have never hit the publish button on and why?

No.  Every book I have written I have published.  I understand your question though.  Sometimes, after I finish a book, I wonder if it is going to be any good or not.  We are our own worst critics.  However, don’t let that fear stop you from publishing.  You won’t know until you get it out there.  And if you hit publish and start getting bad reviews – remember that it’s not the end of the world.  You can make changes to everything on your book – heck you can rewrite it – and put it back up.

Question 3:  When are you going to publish part two for your Short Story Romance Handbook?

I have been thinking about it, but I’m not sure what all I would need to put in it.  What would you like to see in it?  Send me an email and let me know.

Questions 4:  What percentage of your income is from sales vs. page reads (KU)?

80% of my income is from KU.  20% is from sales.  First, let me say, I love Amazon.  However, I don’t think its a good idea to have all your eggs in one basket. But I am nervous about dropping off if I take my books out of KU.   So, I have considered starting a new pen name and starting it wide to see how it does.  Just some thoughts.

Question 5:  Do you have any other pen names besides Hope Ford?

At this point in time, no.  Hope Ford is my only pen name.

Question 6:  Have you ever used ghostwriters or have plans to use them in the future?

I would never use a ghostwriter.  I don’t judge anyone that does, but I would not feel right using one.  I feel like I’m sort of lying to my readers by using a pen name, even though I feel like I have to use a pen name at this point in my life.  So, for me, I would not be able to use a ghostwriter because I would feel like I would be cheating my readers.  And I would never want to do that – I have some great readers!

Again, this is more of a personal issue for me.  Not judging.

Send Me Your Questions!

So that’s it for now.  I know I have a lot more questions to get to, but I promise I will get to them.  If you have a question, please submit it HERE!

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