Author Feast Hangout: Susan Orlins Talks Memoir and Virtual Assistants
Susan Orlins wanted some help self publishing her first book, a memoir called Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers and Others. She calls herself an impatient person, and says she wasn’t willing to approach publishers or agents to get her work out. She didn’t want to have to wait a year to see her work in print. She wanted it now.
What Orlins also wanted was a guide who had some experience in the industry and knew more than she did about social media and marketing. After a few trial hires, she ran into a virtual assistant, Tracy, who became all those things Orlins needed, and she’s never gone back.
Shortly after hiring her VA, and “hundreds of emails with Tracy later,” says Orlins, she had a printed copy of her book. When Orlins isn’t self publishing she’s writing for the Huffington Post or taking classes with Philip Lopate (who wrote a glowing review of her book btw).
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