Hi! I’m Marie…and I’m glad you’re here!
I’m what has been termed a “multi-passionate” entrepreneur, who has spent the past decade working online, learning marketing and building a successful indie author business. I love being able to share what I’ve learned to help others figure out what they’re passionate about. If I can help anyone earn a little extra money on the side, or build their own successful business, then that makes me very happy 🙂
So, who am I? Well, this is always the hard part…
I love to write. Whether fiction or non-fiction, I find it easier to express myself through the written word than spoken. That love for writing led to me blogging, doing freelance articles, non-fiction books and eventually, fiction, under a pen name. Through the years, I’ve learned so much, and would love to be able to pass on the knowledge I have to others who’d like something more in their lives.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39, with two young kids at home, my life changed. It was a hard time to get through, but now I can look back and be thankful it helped me to have a new outlook on life. Along the way, I discovered some truths that most people might not “get” until standing face to face with their own mortality.
I learned not to judge others, even when they might not offer that same kindness in return. I have accepted that not everyone has the same values or beliefs as me, and that’s okay. I’ve realized that every single day is a blessing…even the miserable days that make us want to curl up in a ball and spend the day alone.
And, I now understand that sitting around waiting for life to happen isn’t an option – we have to step up and do what we can to make our lives happen every single day.
I have a matching tattoo on my wrist with my niece that says “make it count”. And that’s the motto I try to live by now. No matter what we do, we are given the choice to make what we’re doing matter – either for ourselves or for others.
I believe they’re pretty good words to live by 🙂
I’ve always been a private person…even as I started writing and publishing my fiction books, I struggled to “put myself out there” for fear of what other people would say.
Letting go of that worry about what other’s think of me has been hard. It’s still there, even though I know I can’t let other people’s opinions dictate what I do.
And, I’m never going to be one of those outgoing, over-the-top, bubbly female marketers who have splashy professional photos all over their site. (Truthfully, I hate having my picture taken!) That’s just not who I am.
With me, it’s what you see is what you get – and I’m never going to pretend to be what I’m not. I love helping people, and I enjoy being able to share some of what I’ve been doing to let others have a chance to try it too. Over the past few years, I’ve had so many people asking me for help to either start writing, get their books self-published or just for ideas to get them on a path they can try to make some extra money online. I’ve tried helping where I can, but sometimes it’s hard when it’s something that’s become natural for me – which is why I decided it was time to sit down and make the effort to put what I know all together for anyone who needs it.
I’m not a millionaire. I’m not bringing in hundreds of thousands of dollars with a launch. But, I make my living doing something I love and which I can do from home. It’s something that has given me flexibilty to work when I want. And over the years, I’ve learned a lot about marketing, a lot about self-publishing and writing, and a whole lot of other skills that anyone can use to build a business of their own.
This is what I do every day. And, I love doing it.
So, I’m hoping that somewhere along the way I can help you too!
WHAT CAN I HELP YOU WITH?
- Goal Setting
- Brainstorming ideas to help YOU find what you can do, or how you can promote your own small business
- Email Newsletter Marketing
- Social Media
- Graphics (Without needing photoshop!)
- Simple Website Design
- Self-Publishing including: writing the book, terminology, finding genres, understanding retailers, formatting, uploading, selling, marketing, finding readers…and lot’s more!