Paving Your Own Way by Samantha March
In 2009, I made the decision to spend a few hundred dollars and invest my time in creating a book blog, Chick Lit Plus. Two months after launching the site and dedicating countless hours to learning how to run a blog, reading and reviewing books, and making a social media presence, I was approached by Jackie Collins’ publicist and ask to review her books, plus phone interview Jackie. That was one of the first of many highlights from starting Chick Lit Plus, and my life has really changed with that one small decision of creating something that I was truly interested in.
After starting Chick Lit Plus, I got serious on writing my first novel, and published Destined to Fail in 2011. At the same time, I bought rights to a LLC and created an independent publishing company, Marching Ink. From there, Marching Ink has gone on to publish six titles, three of my own and three from other authors.
Around that same time, I decided to venture out further, and created CLP Blog Tours, a blog tour company mainly marketed towards independent authors looking for more promotional services to get the word out about their book. At the time I started there wasn’t a lot of companies yet and really nothing for indie authors, and the company took off faster than I expected and is still going strong today.
Like I said, my life has changed a lot since 2009 and starting a small and simple book blog. I learned that paving my own way and being my own boss is what I love to do, especially when I get to work in an industry that I care about so much. Books are my thing, plain and simple. I love reading, I love working with authors, and I love helping authors promote their work. It’s a satisfying feeling and one that I truly cherish.
Do you have something you love doing, a field that you are particularly interested in? Is there a way that you can connect with your passion? Think hard, do some research online, and open your mind. I’ve always wanted to be an author. I did not think when I graduated high school in 2005 that blogging would open me up to that world – heck, I really didn’t think that in 2009. But times are changing. People are carving their own paths by creating blogs, YouTube channels, Instagram accounts. Be smart, take your time, and work hard. If it’s truly your passion, you’ll take it seriously and strive hard to make your achievements. Good luck!
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers. Samantha lives in Iowa with her husband and Vizsla puppy.
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Popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus.com is celebrating five years during the month of October! Started in 2009 by owner Samantha March, Samantha has since gone on to start CLP Blog Tours (virtual tours specializing in indie authors) and Marching Ink, her own independent publishing company that currently has six published titles, three of her own, and two more to be published in 2014. Samantha works heavily in the book community with her own endeavors, and also offers freelance editing and marketing services, plus works as a book marketing manager with Booktrope Publishing. In addition to her book duties, she is half of the duo The Cheeky Chicks, creating an Instagram page that quickly took off and features Samantha and friend Holly, as the explore Yoga, create fitness videos, and talk health and beauty.
Chick Lit Plus is celebrating the milestone with a month-long giveaway. With twelve sponsors and eight prize packs up for grabs, please head over to Chick Lit Plus for more information and enter via the Raffelcopter. Winners will be announced the first week of November.