Monday, December 29, 2014

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Back in the day, before my post-pregnancy belly wiggled like a bowl full of jelly, I used to party. You might have heard be talking about that before. Possibly.

And it used to be a blast! So much so that I wrote a book about it. You also might have heard me talk about that. Possibly.

Eventually, once I stopped looking for Mr. Right in all the Incredibly Wrong places, I found him. And I truly believe it was only because I stopped looking for him, at the advice of my good friend Anne Marie, that I was able to meet him.


Now five years and two kids later, I'd say we're doing pretty well! Other than a good night's sleep, I have everything I could ever want.

What's the best advice you received? Check out the full story of the best advice I ever (reluctantly) received: Stop Looking and You'll Find It.

Article on BLUNTmoms

Vicki Lesage, Author

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Who do you wish would come for Christmas dinner?

Christmas is almost here! Leo keeps singing "Petit Papa Noel," the song you sing in France right before Santa comes. Except he doesn't know the words so he just keeps repeating the same line. Eleventy billion times. So cute! *bangs head against wall*

For me Christmas is all about being with family. And a little bit about food and a tiny bit about the yoga pants I know my mom shipped me from the US. But mostly about family. Which is why I'm a little sniffly this holiday season, since my grandma is no longer with us.

I wrote this piece on BLUNTmoms in her honor, so please check it out: I Wish She Would Come For Christmas Dinner. And feel free to leave a comment about who YOU wish would come for Christmas (or Hannukah or Festivus) dinner.

Article on BLUNTmoms

Vicki Lesage, Author

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Legacy... announced!

What will you leave behind when you're gone?

This intriguing theme is being explored in a new anthology, aptly named Legacy, that yours truly is contributing to! As you know, I've written two memoirs, but other than the odd dabble here and there, this will be my first published fiction piece. It's scary and exciting and totally fun!


The idea for this project came about from friend, fellow author, and partner in Velvet Morning Press, Adria J. Cimino, along with Allison from The Book Wheel, as a result of their collaboration on the #30Authors event. Some amazing authors are coming together for this anthology and it promises to be a great book.

Here is the list of authors:

Regina Calcaterra, author of Etched in Sand
Kristopher Jansma, author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
Jenny Milchman, author of Cover of Snow and Ruin Falls
Marissa Stapley, author of Mating for Life
Paula Lee, author of Deer Hunting in Paris: A Memoir of God, Guns, and Game Meat
J.J. Hensley, author of Resolve and Measure Twice
Maureen Foley, author of Women Float
Didier Quémener, contributor to anthologies That's Paris and Mystery in Mind
Stephanie Carroll, author of A White Room
David Whitehouse, author of In Search of Rwandais Genocidaires: French Justice and the Lost Decades
Piper Punches, author of The Waiting Room and Missing Girl
Lizzie Harwood, author of soon-to-be-released short story collection Triumph
Vicki Lesage, author of Confessions of a Paris Party Girl and Confessions of a Paris Potty Trainer
Adria J. Cimino, author of Paris, Rue des Martyrs (re-release January 2015)


Two super cool things I want to point out:

- All author proceeds are being donated to Paws for Reading. It's awesome to be able to support a great charity by doing what I love--writing and publishing books! And they're excited to be working with us too!

- We'll be tweeting about the writing process, our inspiration, and much more throughout the month of January. Just follow #30Authors to jump in on the conversation--you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the writing process!

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, December 8, 2014

Hot Dogs vs. Caviar

I originally wrote this piece for BookDaily.com but I like my posts to get the maximum workout (says the author as she plops down on the couch with her laptop) so I'm sharing with all you lovelies.

Whether an author is new or established, well-known or still trying to get the word out, every sale counts. Just because an author has a great book doesn't mean it's selling well. Just because they have a nice website/book cover/marketing campaign doesn't mean they're succeeding—it could just mean they invested a lot of money upfront or that they know how to do those things themselves. You never know if an author is eating hot dogs or caviar for dinner, so if you like an author, don't be shy in supporting them!

How to Support Your Favorite Author

If purchasing a billboard ad on an author's behalf is out of your price range, there are some easy ways you can help support them instead (note: if a billboard ad IS in your price range, give me a call):

Read

  • This one's obvious but... read our books! And if our books don't interest you, give them as a gift or recommend them to someone who might be interested. Each sale counts—not just for profits but for Amazon sales rankings and for that warm fuzzy feeling that people are actually reading our work.
  • Read our blog and published articles. Leave a comment so we know you stopped by!

Write

  • Write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble (you can leave the same review in all places). These really make a difference to our sales. Don't feel obligated to leave a 5-star, 100% positive review. And it doesn't need to be lengthy, either. Just a few honest sentences sharing what you thought about the book. However, if you hated the book, it might help the author more if you don't leave a review as opposed to leaving a one or two star review.
  • Give us a little shout-out on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog—even a quick sentence like "My friend's new book, Hot Dogs vs. Caviar, is great for people who eat dinner. Which is everyone, so pick one up today!"

Share

  • Tell your friends about it. You don't need to be a used car salesman, but you'd be surprised how easy it is to work into conversation. "Oh, your friend is going to Paris? She HAS to read Confessions of a Paris Party Girl first!"
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, etc. and like/comment/share/retweet anything that suits your fancy.
  • Connect your friend with the right people. Did your friend just write a cookbook and you know a semi-famous chef? Introduce them and maybe they can collaborate on promotions.
If you like an author, support them! As for me, if I make it big I'll still eat hot dogs, but maybe I'll top them with caviar...

My Other Book Daily Articles:

What's in a Name?
4 Steps to a Charismatic Author Photo
Disrupting the Space and Time Continuum

Vicki Lesage, Author

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's A Boy!

"I don't care if it's a boy or a girl, as long as it's healthy." Have you heard people say that? Does it drive you as crazy as it does me?

Of COURSE I want a healthy baby, but I don't see why I can't also have a preference for gender.

It's a Boy!

However, after two difficult pregnancies, I re-evaluated my stance on that statement. Check out my article on Mamalode, "A Punch In The Gut", which explores this very topic. And check out some of the other great articles on their November theme, "Men," while you're there!

Vicki Lesage, Author