AuthorHouse author Tracy Kinne will be attending the New York Book Festival’s awards ceremony tonight. Her book On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap will be receiving an honourable mention. She has also received an honourable mention from the Paris Book Festival for On Sale as well.
Tracy will share her experiences with AuthorHouse Author’s Digest in a three-part series of guest blogs. Today she talks about what inspired her to write her memoir, why she chose self-publishing and what motivated her to enter her book into the New York and Paris Book Festivals.
Next week the AuthorHouse published author will talk about what happened during the ceremony, who she met and her interesting stories from the event.
From Journalist to Cashier, Sales Associate and Now Award-Winning Author
By Tracy Kinne
When I saw the New York Book Festival mentioned in an issue of the AuthorHouse Newsletter, Bookends, I knew I wanted to enter my memoir, On Sale: Employers Get Good Workers Dirt Cheap. I doubted I would win, but I thought entering might get my book in front of more people.
I wrote On Sale after taking a buyout and leaving newspaper journalism, then spending four years as a cashier and sales associate. A good friend, also a journalist, kept telling me I should write about what I was witnessing.
A month before I quit my cashier job, I started writing, On Sale. I wanted to keep editorial control, and my topic was timely enough that I wanted to reach an audience right away. I chose to self-publish.
But I knew a small amount of stigma still existed. I hoped entry in a festival would give my work legitimacy.
And when I took honorable mention in both the Paris Book Festival and the New York Book Festival, I hoped potential readers would consider the book worth buying.
With hopes of meeting other authors and editors, picking up publishing, writing and marketing tips, and hearing great stories about how other books came to be, I set out for the New York Book Festival awards ceremony in Manhattan.
Tracy Kinne’s AuthorHouse Bibliography