Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sonia Marsh - 'My Next Gutsy Chapter'

Like many writers, I follow Sonia Marsh's Gutsy Indie Publishers Facebook page. I read her entertaining and poignant memoir, Freeways to Flip-Flops. I contributed to her first My Gutsy Story anthology.  
I met Sonia last spring after she offered an author-entrepreneur workshop for the Women's Writing Circle. I picked Sonia up on a May evening in Chester Springs from Philadelphia International Airport. I hadn't anticipated how energetic, beautiful and honest she would be. She opened up her life . . . her journey as a wife, a mother and a memoir writer . . . with candor. 

I asked Sonia to share her next 'gutsy' chapter, and her new adventures. She also shares advice on how to become a successful author AND make money. Please welcome Sonia Marsh back to the Circle. ~ Susan

If you want to be semi-successful as an indie (self-published) author, you may want to think about creating a brand that can help you make a living in other areas.

One of the main lessons I’ve learned since I published my first memoir, Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is that if you want to make a living at writing, you have 3 options:

·         You write at least 6 great books. Why 6? Because your royalties start to accumulate, and six seems to be the breaking point at which you bring in sufficient revenue.
·         You start side businesses related to your writing like coaching, editing, public speaking, Webinars, Workshops, helping other businesses with branding and social media.
·         You become an “expert” in your field. Find your passion, focus on a “niche” market and target your audience. Read Dan Poynter’s  advice on “How to Find Your Customers” on my website.

So much has happened in my life since I wrote the first post on Susan’s blog. I feel like I’m cramming ten years into one.

Let me summarize by stating the highlights, and yes, even my divorce is a highlight.

Women's Writing Circle Author Entrepreneur Workshop

3.      Started my “Gutsy Book Coaching” business after hiring my own business coach
4.      Started Google+ Hangouts with interesting authors and experts including:
7.      All my interviews on YouTube here
8.      Started Webinars to help indie authors
9.      My “Gutsy Indie Publishers” Group on Facebook has grown to 760 writers. (You’re welcome to join.)
10.  Started sending out newsletters once a month from adding e-mail sign-up on my landing page (see more details below)
11.  Workshops at Total Wine Stores
12.  3 Costco Book Signing Events (get your free video when  you sign-up on my site)
13.  IBPA conference in San Francisco (Learn why I joined IBPA, and why you should too)
14.  Got nominated for the “Gutsy Gals Inspire Me” Awards in Santa Barbara, CA.
15.  Met Susan Weidener on May 8th and spoke at Women’s Writing Circle on “How to become a Successful Authorpreneur.”
16.  Volunteered in Spain in at Vaughan Volunteers for one week speaking English to Spanish business people
17.  Signed up to join the Peace Corps in 2015 (a 27-month commitment)
18.  DIVORCING
19.  Moving to a wonderful rental
20.  Selling properties
21.  Attending a 3-month course for women in transition
22.  Working part-time coaching a professor on his book marketing and promotion
23.  Pet and House-sitting
24.  Working with a plastic surgeon on his blog and website “face-lift.”
25.  Receiving the READERS’ FAVORITES GOLD MEDAL for my memoir in Miami on November 22nd, 2014
26.  Off to Paris, London and Copenhagen from December 15th-31st, with my 20-year-old son
So quite a few new things have happened since Susan Weidener, published my first post on her site.

I’d like to share my next adventure since I’m divorcing after a 28-year marriage.

I truly hope to experience another major life-changing adventure now that I’m divorcing and my children are 20, 24 and 27. My three sons are still single, and I have a passion to help women start a business in a 3rd world country. With my background, I know this is the right time for me to do something for others, and realize that this will also transform me.

I want to write another memoir, and have trademarked the Gutsy Living® brand. Please keep in touch as I plan to interview “Gutsy” women in other parts of the world and both film them and write about them.

Please follow me on my website as I disclose more news about my future and the Peace Corps, or other adventures.
I also hope you submit to the 2015 “My Gutsy Story®” Anthology publication. The submission guidelines are here.
Any questions you have for me are welcome. So please ask, and I shall reply.


Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She’s an award-winning author, blogger, unconventional thinker and world traveler with a passion for tropical islands.

Sonia likes to inspire people to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a “My Gutsy Story®”; some just need a little help to uncover theirs. Her story, told in her travel memoir Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, is about chucking it all and uprooting her family to reconnect on an island in Belize. Her memoir received the 2014 Gold Medal at the Readers’ Favorite Awards.

Sonia has lived in many countries – Denmark, Nigeria, France, England, the U.S. and Belize – Sonia Marsh considers herself a citizen of the world. She is looking forward to embarking on her next “Gutsy Adventure.”
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