Active Writer Achieves Her Dream of Publishing on Her Own Terms
Rosalie Marsh led a busy and successful life as a career woman in sales and retail management, a successful scholar and teacher, a wife, a mother of three, and a dynamic member of the North Wales Wings Region of the Gold Wing Owners Club of Great Britain (a motorcycle association). Despite her full life, there was more she hoped to accomplish.
Marsh’s experiences in higher education helped her develop her writing skills, which she put to good use while doing the things she loved. She chronicled the group’s experiences while on the road for the Gold Wing Owners Club’s magazine, finding a capacity for storytelling in herself.
“During our first Gold Wing experience, I found the words flowed when recording our profound emotional experiences in Ireland and realized that there was the beginning of a story. I wrote our amazing experiences as feature articles for the club magazine,” Marsh said.
It wasn’t until her husband fell ill, and they had to get back on their feet before riding their Gold Wings again, that Marsh decided to take her writing talent to the next level.
“After overcoming the devastation of my husband’s illness and picking up the pieces of our shattered lives to travel again, I eventually concluded that [our life] formed an inspiring story of adventure and realization of dreams,” Marsh said.
Using project management skills that she’d learned in her career, Marsh carefully set targets and built the writing of her book, Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery, into her busy schedule. When the story was complete, she carefully copyedited (shaving away unimportant pieces) and formatted her own pictures for the manuscript.
Finally, she began looking for a publisher. The process wasn’t as smooth as she’d hoped.
Marsh at her recent book signing at Borders
“I was disheartened and frustrated by rejections. I searched the Internet for information on publishing and researched various self-publishing packages. I was daunted at the thought of having to fund a few thousand books which may or may not sell,” Marsh said. “Print on demand really sold it for me. One publisher offered me a deal which included storing masses of books. I preferred to spend that money on marketing and promotion and make my own choices.”
She decided to publish with AuthorHouse, taking advantage of print-on-demand savings.
Marsh offers the following advice to fellow writers/authors: Be clear about your target audience and marketing goals, identify your expertise as well as what you need help with, keep to-do lists and review them often, and set mini-goals for your writing and marketing.
Keeping to a strict marketing plan with targeted goals, Marsh has entered the USA Book News Best Book Awards and has received various media placements. Still, the richest payoffs from her publishing success are emotional.
“I was able to present my finished book to my mother. At 91 years of age, she was overcome. She told me she was proud of me. I felt that I had repaid her earlier faith in me,” Marsh said.