About

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I am a self-published author and an unbridled enthusiast, moonlighting as a middle manager. I started this blog with one purpose – to finish a novel. The good news is, that after almost three years of constant writing, editing, and more editing, I have published not one, but two comedy novels:

I am now writing the third installment in Isa Maxwell Escapades, and  I hope you have as much fun reading the series as I did writing.

I also blog about the book marketing game and run #ComedyBookWeek biannual celebration of funny books.  I would love for you to leave a comment or contact me directly on:

Email: ana.spoke( at )yahoo.com

Mail: P.O. Box 2099, St. Kilda West, VIC 3182, Australia.

Whoever you are, thank you for reading!

By Ana Spoke

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302 responses to “About

  1. Hi, Thanks for stopping by my blog 😀 It’s pretty cool that you’re an author.

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  2. Hi Anna. Like you, I’m trying to make headway through the world of self publishing. I’ve had a quick look at your last few posts, and now I need to go back and have a re-read. Thank you for following me. I can see I’ll learn a lot about advertising ebooks, especially in the U.S., form your posts. (I’m in the U.K.) I wish you lots of luck with your first book.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your marketing experience. There is so much advice on writing and on marketing – a lot of it looks like copy/paste to me and becomes “common wisdom” thru simple repetition. But writing (esp editing) can be hard work so it’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of marketing. I think we all hate to admit how much luck plays a role (in writing, marketing, and life!) 🙂

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    • And lies, some of the advice is just wrong, like the “make it free and magically 60,000 people will download it.” This is why I’m posting actual sales – I’d spent hours trying to find anyone willing to mention numbers, and only people who were not selling much at all were willing to do that, or to mention where they’d tried to advertise.

      I disagree with the “luck” statement, though! I firmly believe in the “preparation meets opportunity” definition of luck, and hope to prove it by painstakingly manufacturing a new reality, in which I’m a bestselling author 🙂

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    • I agree, Kate. And also with you, Ana. But as you’ll see from my next blog post, ‘luck’ and ‘right place, right time,’ definitely plays a major part. (I’ve had a few celebratory beers,, so the blog post will have to wait until tomorrow!) 🙂

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  4. Will update blog tomorrow. Beer now affecting keyboard skills, but if you check my Facebook page, you’ll get a fair idea. It’s not like I’m on the shortlist for Booker Prize, or owt, but little steps / little victories and all that! 😀

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  5. Thank you for finding me and following, Ana. Although I have been blogging for over a year about leisure, recreation, and play, with some photography thrown in, I am embarking on writing a short leisure education booklet. Your blog looks ripe with good ideas and suggestions. Congrats on the publishing of your novel.

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  6. Ana, thanks for the follow. I looked at your listing posts and I am keeping the WordPress email notice that you are following me so I can go through them in more detail. I have been writing for about 50 years or so but never really tried to get published other than some half-hearted tries with a couple of short stories. I have been thinking about e-publishing and so I thank you for your advice on the subject.

    I hope that my future posts inspire thought. That is all I ask of my free blog.

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  7. Thanks for following – really exciting about your self publishing – thanks for sharing the journey 🙂

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  8. sudebaker

    Ana, I appreciate the “moonlighting” statement. I’m moonlighting as a Girl Friday admin type. Thanks for sharing so honestly about yiurself, and for the follow 🙂

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  9. Ana – Thanks for liking my short post about a squirrel and following my blog. It looks like you are giving some great marketing advice based on your own experiences. Thanks for letting the rest of us know what works (or doesn’t work) in the self-publishing field.

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  10. Ana, thanks for choosing to follow my blog. Congratulations publishing your novel and for sharing resources you’ve gathered in the process. In addition to reviewing books, I’m also writing one myself. The resources will soon come in handy. Keep up the writing and let me know if I can ever lend a hand with a review!

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  11. Hi, I just perused your book on Amazon. It looks like fun. I look forward to getting to know you and your blog. 🙂

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  12. Hi, Ana! Thanks for the follow! Congrats on finishing your novel; best of luck with it! I think it’s awesome how you include so much info on marketing! (Everyone needs help with that.) 🙂

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  13. Thank you for the “like” and the follow on my blog. It’s late and I must attend my day job tomorrow but I look forward to reading more of your blog. For selfish reasons. What you have going on here could be an excellent resource for me!

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  14. Wow! Thanks so so much for a like and a follow on my blog. I’m stunned to have an author follow me. I could hug you but that would be an invasion of personal space so let me give you virtual handshake instead. 😀 I am over the moon right now. Thanks so much! And I am looking forward to reading more from your blog. 😀

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  15. Merry Christmas Ana. What a lovely gift it was to discover you were now following my little blog. It’s an honor, thank you. Being an author myself, I’m continuing learning and have found your posts so informative, practical and helpful. Hope you enjoy comments as much as I do and I’m looking forward to getting to know you better. Blessings,

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    • Thank you very much, Ellie – I hope I can continue to help. I’m currently in Vietnam, but will be doing an update on the latest multi-company promo soon. If you need a cover design, have a look at my free cover contest page – open till 31st. All the best and Merry Xmas!

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  16. CatThatHatesCats

    Hey Ana thanks for the follow. Congrats on finishing the novel – nothing beats that feeling. And believe me, each time you finish one, it gets better and better! Good luck for the future, and remember to always keep writing! 😀

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    • Thank you 🙂 I’m about to take 5 months off work to pretend that I’m a full time writer, can’t wait 🙂

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      • CatThatHatesCats

        I envy you. I’m trying to juggle college, a full time job and finishing and editing two separate novels 😦 there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. If it’s your dream then going after it whole heartedly is the only way to go. Takes courage 😀 way to go! You working on a new novel? What’s it about?

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  17. Jonathan James Olivier

    I am a few steps behind you but on the same path. I have to finish polishing up my book and then it’s off to trying to find a way to publish it. Hard work meets opportunity, all the way. We make our own luck.

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    • Couldn’t agree more – and congrats on finishing the draft! I hope you’re getting some help with editing, I’ve posted “10 things I’ve learned from my editor” about a year ago, highly recommend getting help. Also, get quotes with sample audits of your book! Many of those “editors” made mince meat of the first few pages…

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  18. Ashley

    Thanks for the follow! My goal for 2016 is to actually *write* the novel I’ve had in my head for many years. I look forward to reading your literary baby! Cheers!

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  19. Thanks for the follow Ana. As someone just starting out on a similar journey, I’m pleased to read your path has been met with success. A finished novel! Enjoy your next five months as a fully fledged professional writer 😊

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  20. The Rose Alchemist

    Thank you for dropping by my blog ^_^ I really like the advice you give here and it will definitely help when I am ready to market my novel.

    Good luck with your books!

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  21. Helpful posts here for us newbies. Thanks for the follow. Good luck with the marketing on novel #2. I look forward to learning what works for you.

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  22. Thanks for following me Ana 🙂 I’m striving to get my first novel completed so it’s awesome to see someone who has already been through that process. I hope all goes well for your second novel.

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  23. Ana, congratulations on the first novel– and on moving on to the second one!

    Thanks, too, for following and liking a post on The Expositrix.

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  24. It’s so nice to meet you, Ana! And I’m Ann! I just came across your blog and find so many interesting here. You are a self-publisher, wow, that sounds amazing, how did you achieve it? Surely, I am far from being an expert in writing, but I do like it. Writing makes me feel very happy! Anyway, it’s nice to chat with you! All the best, Ann!

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  25. What an amazing blog, Ana! Thank you for all the info, for sharing. How did you make all these cool boxes on the right with the links to buy your book?They are just awesome

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  26. I have recollection of visiting your site before. If so, it’s part of the natural progress of age. Congratulations on publishing two books! In my writers’ group we constantly debate the issue of self- v. standard publishing. I’ve one online now, and the 2nd edition is complete and in editing. I’ve ordered your first book, and will read and review on Amazon. Then the second. Thank you for opting to follow my work! Skip.

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    • Thank you very much, Skip! I would say the debate is useless, considering that most authors don’t get the luxury to choose. I have a friend who refuses to self-publish and has spent years and countless thousands of dollars chasing publishers, attending conferences, etc. No cigar. I’d say taking the self-publishing route as “proof of concept” is the new way to attract traditional publishers. I myself will attempt that in a year or so, after 70 rejections last year. Time will tell 🙂

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      • They say Margaret Mitchell, J.K. Rowlings, and many, many more were rejected umpteen times before finally published through a traditional publishing house. Rejection letters are the stuff bathroom wallpaper is made of, so they say. Perhaps, in your query letter, you should include, “Whatever you do, don’t be the last publisher to reject my manuscript before I get picked up and skyrocket to success!” 😉

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      • Thank you again, Skip 🙂 I still have the list of the 70 that rejected me, would be fun to see if any of them come knocking 🙂

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  27. absolutely! good comeback skip!

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  28. HI Anna just a quick note to say I’ve nominated you for an award. I could you see a direct email for you so just posting here. Check out https://kimknightauthor.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/thank-you/

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  29. It’s an honor to be connected with you. Best wishes in all of your writing and I look forward to reading.

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  30. Hi Anna, I’ve been following you for a while now (and I’m not worthy), and have a question about your decision to switch to WordPress paid rather than free. Was it a good one? Complications? Trying to decide for myself. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a contact link.)

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    • Thank you for following! I was not with the free account for too long, so I can’t really remember what it was like. My main reason was to add the custom domain URL, and that alone is worth it, I think. You instantly look more professional.

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  31. what’s funny is that until now I have not seen a blog dedicated to funny books. Since you have 2 funny books I am guessing you are twice as funny than anyone else who has written one..:-).. thank you and good luck.

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  33. Kristine

    Hi Ana,

    I saw “Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell Escapades Book 1)” at Ask David and I was wondering if it’s available in libraries?

    If not, did you know that you could make it available via LibraryBub?

    We connect authors with 10,000 libraries and we’re currently running a giveaway where you can win a free feature in our weekly newsletter.

    Go here to sign up http://alinkarutkowska.com/giveaways/lb_jan_2017/ and we’ll do the rest 🙂

    Have a great day of writing and promoting!

    Kristine

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