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12 Days of Authors Nonnie Jules

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On the 11th day of the May “12 Days of Authors” Series… Nonnie’s gift to you…

AUTHOR, NONNIE JULES!

Author bio:

I’m lazy, so I’m going to use the simple bio from my Twitter account:  Mommy, Wife, RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB President. Goal: To instill the importance of Professionalism & Reputation in the literary arena.

NJ:   Well, hi, Nonnie!  I’m so pleased I get to interview you, of all people, today!  Since you’re having a conversation with yourself in this interview, let’s jump right into it and entertain and enlighten these folks !  Is your author name a pen name or your birth name?

Nonnie:  Birth with a variation in the spelling of one of the names, because it wasn’t my favorite.  But, it’s all still pronounced the same.

NJ:  How long have you been writing?

Nonnie:  I’ve been writing since 3rd grade.  I published my first book in the 6th grade (printed the sheets and had it spiral-bound at a copy shop).  I became a real published author, where more than just my family could purchase my books, in 2012.

NJ:  What genre or genres do you write under?

Nonnie:  I am a multi-genre author.  Thus far, I have published under Literature & Fiction, Poetry, and Short Stories.  My quotes book will be out in time for RRBC’s 6th Annual Writers’ Conference & Book Expo!  I’m so excited about that one as it contains a huge collection of my very own “life” quotes which I think EVERYONE should take to heart, implement, and grow from.

NJ:  Are you indie-published or traditionally published?

Nonnie:  I am so proud to say that I am an Indie author!  I can’t wrap my mind around someone else directing and controlling something I carried inside of me for so long, and labored to give birth to.  It makes absolutely no sense to me, but, I suppose everyone has their own reasons for going the Indie route and the traditional route in publishing.  Nonnie likes to drive her own cars… in every area of her life.  That way, if there are issues with those cars, I won’t have to worry that I won’t be given permission to fix them.  And, I’d like to dispel a big non-truth here:  being traditionally published does not mean that your books will be edited better than any Indie-published books.  I’ve seen too many traditionally published books that were awful in the editing department, just as I’ve seen with some Indie books.  I hope to never hear that misconception spoken again.

NJ:  How many books have you published to date?

Nonnie:  Oh, you had to ask that question.  Well, Nonnie Jules has published 7 books to date (I think). In another arena, I write under a pen name which I don’t advertise in these circles, but let’s just say, you’ve probably purchased one of my books without knowing it was me.  In total, I have published 14 books.

NJ:  Which is your favorite and why?

Nonnie:  NO PEDIGREE is my most favorite book to date because of the premise of the book.  We’re living through some strange and extremely difficult times.  Racism and bullying are at the forefront of our world’s storyline right now and this story brings to light the difficulties some kids/young adults are facing because of their pedigree or lack thereof.

NJ:  Give us just a little background on that book. What is it about?

Nonnie:

NO PEDIGREE

No Pedigree

Blurb…

Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks, Baylee never quite fit in…anywhere. She was taunted and teased because her clothes had no designer labels, and spit upon because her only pair of shoes had holes in the bottom. The butt of many jokes, she was excluded from all social activities, sneered at by the parents of her peers after school as she waited for the bus, watching them drive away in their fancy cars; assaulted in the most unthinkable fashion.

Having been born to a white father and a black native American mother didn’t make things any easier. In fact, that circumstance made her life ten times harder – until the day she made them all stand up, take notice, and regret every ugly word and deed they had inflicted upon her.

NJ:  Where can readers purchase your book and how much is it?

Nonnie:  The book is available on Amazon, in e-book format only at this time for only $2.00.

NJ:  I have been in this business long enough to know that quite a few readers have a purchase price point and will only spend so much on an e-book. How do you price your books and what is your logic behind the pricing?

Nonnie:  I price my books very competitively.  As a writer and a reader, I understand that we all feel our books are so much more than what we are forced to price them at, but here’s the logic behind my pricing – do I want to price my e-book at $7.99 or more and maybe sell 1 book, or, do I want to price it in the arena of the standard of what similar e-books are going for, and sell 100 books?  Whether you want to believe this or not, unless your good friends are purchasing your books, if you want them to move, you need to think along those lines.  No stranger/random reader is going to spend more than $2.99 or $3.99 for an e-book unless they have a special reason for doing so.  Unless you’re a celebrity or a writer with serious name recognition (JK Rowling, Stephen King, etc.) you might need to do some price adjusting.

NJ:  WOW!  Well said, Nonnie!  There are a ton of books that look as if they are really good reads but the cost of the books are way off.  Until then, I’m waiting for those authors to announce a price reduction or a FREE promo.  Moving along.  I got on Twitter many years ago because my social media manager at the time, told me that I needed to be on Twitter. He did not give me an actual reason as to why (I had to learn my “why” on my own), just that I needed to be there.  What was your main reason for getting on Twitter?  For support? For fun?

Nonnie:  I definitely did not get on social media for fun.  I am that person who can’t stand to see people posting pics of the food they are about to eat, or, sharing that they are standing in line at Walmart.  I know that this arena brings attention to my books so, I’m here for work. Connecting and making “friends” along the way, is just a special bonus!

NJ:  What other social media platforms do you use to market your book(s), and have you found them to be beneficial?

Nonnie:  I am on Facebook but kick me for not being very active there.  I have these spurts where I will jump on and engage with my followers by throwing out a question or starting a chat on a topic that’s important to me.  I also have found that when I get on, I’m purchasing a lot of their books.  I don’t know why I do that other than to show that I believe in supporting others, and hoping that others will follow suit and do the same.

NJ:  As you know, Nonnie, supporting others is a huge part of {our} identity. I believe that when you invest your time and support in others, you find that your circle grows by leaps and bounds of others giving the same to you. When I first got involved heavily on Twitter, I was pushing others more than I was pushing myself – I continue to do so. Do you support others on social media?  If so, how?

Nonnie:  I am Nonnie Jules!  Of course, I support others on social media!  LOL!  I somehow feel as if I’m being punked by even being asked this question.  When I joined social media back in 2012, I remember wanting to take my book on a virtual blog tour and asking some of the authors who I was following on Twitter, if they would host me on their blogs.  The response was so disheartening!  I heard things like, “No one even knows who you are,” and “It’s not appropriate for you to ask us to host you – you have to earn your way to that kind of support.”  I was floored!  But, this is how Nonnie reacts to such things.  I had a little chat with my hurt feelings and I moved on in a big way.  I did find some awesome fellow authors who took a chance on little ‘ole, unknown me, who clearly hadn’t earned her way yet, and I decided that I would change that attitude – the attitude of selfishness and being uninterested in supporting others, as they felt it would somehow take away support from them.

I remember writing a blog post back in either 2012 or 2013 that said, “One day, everyone on social media will know the name Nonnie Jules,” in response to the naysayer who said, “No one even knows who you are.” Well, there are many who know who I am now.  I founded the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB in December of 2013 because I wanted authors to feel that they could add their names to our roster and get immediate support.  They didn’t have to be known yet, but, they would have to be willing to support others.  The most crucial aspect of our beautiful club, RRBC, which, unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone has heard of, is that you are strongly encouraged to support others and you have to give it to get it.  I’m not tooting my horn or anything here,  but I spend so much time pushing and promoting others, that my own writing and the promotion of my own books suffer. I like to push authors in events like the 12 Days of Authors… in hopes that others will get the bug and realize that supporting others more than you support yourself, will garner you support live you’ve never seen before. I strongly believe that what you give you will get back ten-fold.

NJ:  Uh, that was a mouthful but you know what, it was nothing but insightful information.  Do you actually take the time to read tweets from others before you retweet them, or do you just hit “retweet” without ever engaging in the tweet?

Nonnie:  I will not retweet or tweet out anything that I haven’t read beforehand.  When I notice that someone is promoting their event, I jump right in to support it.  If someone is asking that you visit their blog post, I jump over to read the post, leave a comment and share it on social media.  (Special tip:  I keep Trello open so I can copy and paste links of blogsites and books or events I need to check out later, if I am pressed for time and can’t get to them right away). If someone is promoting their book, I click the link to check it out on Amazon and I’m probably purchasing it, as well.  If someone is promoting a FREE download, of course I’m going to download it – I mean, what is it going to hurt to download a FREE book?  If anything, supporting others leaves you with the most amazing feeling ever!

NJ:  If you could map out the perfect way that you would want others to support you on social media, how would you ask your followers to support you? Just imagine that everyone who reads this interview will run out and follow you.  How could they best support you?  What would you have them do?

Nonnie:  If you’re going to follow me on Twitter, I ask that you follow me with purpose – to actually support me as I will be supporting you.  Don’t follow me just to follow me or in hopes that I’m going to follow you back so you’re racking up your followers number.  I do follow back but there has to be some substance there.  Another reason for this 12 Days of Authors, is somehow, some believe that simply because you have a ton of followers, you’re getting a ton of support.  NO! NO! and NO again! Not true. How many of those followers are doing more than just retweeting you?  How many are actually promoting your book, introducing it to others, talking it up to others, purchasing your books?  How many?  THAT’S WHAT WE NEED ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  This is the reason for the 12 Days series – to introduce these authors to other readers/authors/followers so that they can make meaningful connections – connections that will translate into book sales and mutually beneficial lines of support all across the board.

NJ:  We all learn something new almost every day while on social media and I like sharing what I have learned with other authors, in hopes that it will benefit them in some way. Have you come across any writing resources that might benefit other authors?

Nonnie:  The most beneficial writing resources I have ever come across are the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB {RRBC} and RAVE WRITERS – INT’L SOCIETY OF AUTHORS {RWISA}. I know of no other entity like RRBC.  There are many who have tried to mimic what we do within RRBC, but, it takes more than just creating a website and touting how you’re going to support books.  The RRBC community is genuinely concerned with supporting others.  They know that when they are supportive of others, that’s when their support rains down.  I don’t mean trickle, I mean it pours.  There are many who talk a good game, but RRBC is the real deal.  When you’re a member, you have a built-in network of readers waiting to read your books!  Now, RWISA is a community of authors who have been deemed some of the best in the industry.  You have to be accepted into RWISA, you can’t just join.  It is truly a selective group of authors who are extremely concerned about what they put out in written form – down to the comments they leave on a blog post or even a tiny tweet they send out.  They always want it to be quality writing, so, you can only imagine the kinds of books they publish.  RWISA truly makes you want to be the best writer you can be and it shows in the writing of these authors and the care that they take with what they publish.  We’d love to have you join us at RRBC and if you think you’re RWISA material, please, submit a request for membership!

NJ:  Can you share with our audience 2 or 3 of the top methods you use to market your books?

Nonnie:  Blog Tours and book trailers.  A blog tour introduces your writing to readers who may never have heard of you and your book before.  It’s a way to gain a whole new audience of followers and readers.  A great book trailer will sell your book every time – but, it has to have all the right components.  How many times have you sat in a movie theater and before the movie begins, you’re literally enjoying all the trailers of the upcoming movies?  Let me tell you, my phone is out and I am putting those dates of new releases on my calendar because I want to be the first to see those movies!  It works the same way with book trailers.  By the way, 4WillsPub creates some of the most amazing book trailers around!

NJ:  What is the one bit of writing advice you would give to any author, experienced or newbie?

Nonnie:  Care about the writing you put out.  Ensure that it is error-free and just plain good!  Lastly, devils sit behind keyboards, honey, pretending to be nice little lambs.  Protect your reputation … guard it fiercely and know who you’re associating with and who you’re aligned with online.  

NJ:  Is your reputation as a writer important to you, OR might we look up one day and find that you are in a Twitter brawl with someone?

Nonnie:  Since day one, I have made it extremely clear that my reputation, on and offline, is extremely important to me, but here’s a word of advice, when the devils that I mention above know that your reputation is important to you, it’s the first thing they always try to go after.  Be careful.  Twitter brawls?  Not I, said the cat.  I refuse to get into a war of words with anyone.  It is beneath me.  If you feel the same, know that someone is always waiting around the corner to test you.  Don’t walk into their trap.

NJ:  In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between the writers you see today around social media, versus the writers of old? 

Nonnie:  I loved the writers of old!  They had it so much better.  Social media has opened up a can of worms that I never expected to see in the literary arena when I began writing.  It’s so cut-throat and dirty at times.  Some of the behavior I witness online, you would never have heard of such behavior from the writers of our past.  No No. They held themselves to high standards of professionalism and it showed.  And I for one, loved and also miss that.

NJ:  Do you value professionalism in the literary arena and worry that the lack thereof makes it harder for those of us who wish to be taken seriously in this business? Or, does the unprofessional behavior of some around social media not bother you at all?

Nonnie:  I could write a book about the unprofessionalism I have seen from those who purport to be professionals.  Most often, I’ve seen this lack of professionalism when someone has given an honest review of the non-professionals’ books.  It’s not a pretty sight.  Word of advice – when those kind of unprofessional tantrums have been thrown behind receiving a bad book review, I’ve heard many say they would never touch a book by those authors again because they know that if they dare share an honest review, they are setting themselves up to be attacked, most often in some passive-aggressive manner. 

NJ:  If you have ever received any, how do you handle not-so-flattering reviews of your book(s)?

Nonnie:  Yes, I have received a couple of negative ratings/reviews.  Someone who was upset with RRBC decided to go back and change all of their ratings of my books to a 1-star rating, although they forgot to also change the glowing “written” portion of those reviews.  Some of the books they hadn’t even read!  Too funny.  Someone else did the same because readers were challenging her about what she had said about one of my books in her review. Notice I said readers, because Nonnie doesn’t get into discussions about reviews given to her books. I don’t respond to them on Amazon at all. I don’t really read my reviews.  If someone sends me one of my reviews, that’s awesome, but, I don’t go looking to see what others have said about my books.  I know they are only opinions.  But, I will say this, there are some opinions (reviews) that you should value more than others.  If someone is truly a skilled writer and it shows in their books, their email messages, their blog posts, you might want to take those opinions to heart.

NJ:  Do you appreciate honesty regarding your writing because you know that only honest feedback allows you to grow as a writer, or are you one of those who would prefer that others lie to you and tell you only what they know you want to hear?

Nonnie:  This is how I feel about dishonesty in reviews…

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Please, tell me nothing but the absolute truth!  I only want to grow and the only way to do that, is to always know the truth about my writing.

NJ:  Do you blog about any specific topics or are you a random-topic-blogger?

Nonnie:  I blog about writing and life in general and the posts are always interesting!  Please do follow me here by clicking the follow button on the sidebar to the right, at the top, or by entering your email address.

NJ: Nonnie, it was such an honor to have you with me today! I enjoyed this so much! You’re my 11th interview this month and I’ve had some awesome guests, but I can’t say that I enjoyed talking to anyone as much as I did you! Please, come back any time!

Nonnie: NJ, I’m exhausted. Thanks for having me. That’s all I’ve got to say.

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OTHER QUICK FACTS ABOUT NONNIE…

  • Writes full-time
  • Multi-genre author

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49 Comments

  1. Thank you, Nonnie, for such a great interview. I am fascinated to know that you also write under another name. It is a clever move to be so elusive. I am ever grateful to have met you and the wonderful group of exceptional authors in both RRBC and RWISA.

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  2. That was a fun interview with yourself. I can picture you jumping from chair to chair asking and answering. And now I wonder if I’ve read your other books under your elusive pen name.

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    • Hi, Charles! I was so exhausted after this interview – it was the most difficult one. Yes, that chair to chair running is a doozy!

      Two of my books have remained consistently on Amazon’s Top 100 list. One has held steady for the past several months in the Top 20. That side of me will remain private. In my position as President and Founder of the amazing RRBC/RWISA, I’m keenly aware that there are too many trolls with tongues wagging, trying to stop me at every turn. They get upset because of their unprofessional behavior and my not being afraid to call them out on it, or, because that behavior caused their membership to be revoked in the club, and the disparaging begins. I know what I signed up for, which is why my privacy is extremely important to me. That way, I don’t give them the power over me they so desperately seek. I’m used to it by now.
      (Now that is where their behavior says more about them).

      They might be able to go and change their reviews on Nonnie Jules’ books, but I greatly appreciate the fact that they are purchasing my other reads! How’s that for satisfaction?

      Thanks for the support!

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  3. Hi Nonnie,
    I enjoyed your self-talking interview. I too am a very private person. I don’t twitter about where I am, what I am eating or anything else that might reveal too much of my private life, unless I am in a group chat with people with integrity. Even though I have a Facebook page I don’t visit my page often. When I publish something; I visit because I want my readers to know I care about what they say. In many ways, I am a passionate loner who loves life and loves to observe people. Then I take a scene out of my memory and write a story.
    It has been nice reading about you.

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.

    Shalom aleichem

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    • Hi, Pat! Privacy is the way to go when you’re looking to keep the control of your life out of the hands of jealous, evil trolls.

      “A passionate loner…” I love that! And how good it must feel to have that much peace of mind.

      Thanks for the support, Pat!

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  4. Hi Nonnie, I am fascinated that you write under another name. Now I am going to be guessing which books are yours. Twitter brawls is a completely unknown concept to me. I have never elicited any trolls or unkind or provoking comments on any of the social media platforms I use. Maybe it is because I am a very tolerant person who is respectful of other peoples POV and ideas even if I don’t agree with them. I believe in freedom of speech provided it is not hate speech; anything like that I would avoid and even unfollow the person in question. I have done that a few times.

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    • Hi, Robbie! Yes, me and that pen name. Please read my response to Charles Jones above.

      Please know that your being respectful of other people’s POV and ideas has nothing at all to do with the fact that you haven’t been trolled. Stay on social media a while – your turn will be around the corner. It doesn’t matter how kind or sweet you are, a troll will troll a newborn baby, if it’s in their line of vision. That’s how they get their pleasure. But, as we say, never let them see you sweat! And I don’t!

      Thanks for the support, Robbie! Your new read sounds exciting! I want to wait until it gets to Amazon in ebook format before I pick up a copy. Not familiar with the other forum.

      🙂

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      • Hi Nonnie, you are probably right about the trolls. It is just a mean game for them. I am sure my new book will get to Amazon in due course. Everything seems to take a little longer in the aftermath of the pandemic.

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    • Thanks, Robbie! Please let us know when it hits Amazon in that format!

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  5. Randy Overbeck

    Nonnie,
    Thanks for sharing your insights and perceptions as a writer, a blogger and a participant of SM. I found some wise nuggets from your experience in this arena, Once again, thanks for taking all the time to spotlight these authors, including you and me. I have enjoyed learning about each one.

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    • Hi, Randy! So glad you enjoyed the series! Please stick around for the next round! There are always connections to be made!

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  6. Thank you, Nonnie, for sharing your thoughts on why you initiated RRBC. What I like most about RRBC is that we are introduced to other authors and can learn more about them on your various programs. Although I usually focus on reading historical fiction and fantasy, I’ve discovered other authors in other genres who I enjoy reading. Also, I’m experimenting with other forms of writing such as short stories and poetry as a result of being a member of RRBC. It’s a tribute to you to provide strong leadership to this unique organization.

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    • Hi, Linnea! It’s always nice to learn of all the awesome and positive ways that RRBC has contributed to authors’ growth! As you all are, I’m thankful for RRBC & RWISA, too!

      Thanks for sharing that and thanks for dropping by with your support!

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  7. This was great, Nonnie! I had no idea you wrote under another name. Under what genre are those books?

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  8. Reblogged this on Novels by Jennifer Hinsman.

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  9. Great interview with plenty of tips on handling several touchy situations a writer might face! Thanks, Nonnie and NJ. Sharing…

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    • Thanks for dropping by, Bette! I just read AMAZING MATILDA! Such a cute little story!

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      • Thanks, Nonnie! I just finished No Pedigree–a powerful short!

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      • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Bette! I mentioned the destruction of Black Wallstreet in the book and lo and behold, it’s the 100th anniversary now because it’s all over CNN and the local news stations. So glad I did my research on that and am familiar with it now. I want to learn a bit more about it.

        Thanks for reading!

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  10. Aww! What a fantastic interview! I hope the interviewer was kind with you ☺.
    It’s fab because I learned a lot of things! Above all I loved what you said about being an indie author: “I can’t wrap my mind around someone else directing and controlling something I carried out for so long… I like to drive my own cars!” .
    I only have a little experience but I understand and fully agree with you!
    Thank you Nonnie for this lovely interview… and for everything xoxox 💖💖💖

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    • Hi, Kellcey! The interviewer was simply FAB! Thanks for dropping by with your support and you’re so welcome! You’re a doll!

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  11. Kathleen Harryman

    Hi Nonnie, I love your interview and your positive outlook. I can’t believe someone changed their book review, how mean. Honesty and integrity are best.

    Your book trailer is awesome, really powerful

    Thank you for being such an inspiration and for all the support you offer. You’re amazing Nonnie.

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    • Thanks for those kind words, Kathleen! It’s not shocking to me at all what some of these folks on social media will do. Enjoy your day!

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  12. petespringerauthor

    You should have complimented the interviewer and the interviewee.😊 I think you are smart not to engage with negative reviewers. It’s not going to accomplish anything anyway.

    I used to have my elementary students interview each other. It was a fun writing assignment for them to write about the things they learned about their partners.

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    • Hi, Pete! I called up that interviewer and had a word with her. She has since corrected her boo boo! Thanks for the support!

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  13. I really enjoyed this interview – I was laughing out loud when you were interviewing yourself. haha. Your fun personality really came through here. I am so happy to have met you and now I know even more about you! This 12 Days of Authors tours has been a huge success. Way to go!

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    • Hi, Caroline! Yes, it has been well-received and I’ve received so many email messages and requests for participation. Thank you for allowing me to profile and promote you. Most of all, thanks for supporting my stop!

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  14. Reblogged this on Maura Beth Brennan and commented:
    Don’t miss this fun interview of the founder and president of RRBC:

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  15. Well, Nonnie, fancy meeting you twice in one interview! I had to laugh picturing an intrepid sixth-grader with her little spiral bound book. Can’t keep a good writer down! All good advice here, as always. This has been such a fun and informative series, and you really snagged a star with this one. ( How did you ever do it?)

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    • Well, Maura Beth… I know some people who know some people and that’s how I was able to snag this particular celebrity for this edition of the series! Thanks for dropping in to support Nonnie!

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  16. Reblogged this on PTL Perrin Writes… and commented:
    Nonnie Jules, a delightful inspiration to me and creator of RRBC and RWISA, is the host of her 12 Days of Authors series. Rarely has a conversation with oneself been as enlightening and entertaining as Nonnie’s answers to her own interview questions. Don’t miss this!

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    • Patty, thanks for that reblog! It was one of the best ones I’ve seen yet!

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  17. What fun! This is definitely one of the better interviews I’ve read. Thank you, Nonnie, for hosting Nonnie!

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    • Thanks for dropping by to support Nonnie, Karen! I KNOW she appreciates it!

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  18. What a treat to follow your interview today, Nonnie! It’s been both enlightening and entertaining. I laughed at your answer to your question about supporting other authors. “I feel as if I’m being punked by even being asked this question.” Your belief that what you give you will get back ten-fold has driven you to create an amazing club of supporters. You have fostered an environment where authors can grow. It’s a great gift you’ve given us. Thank you!

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    • Hi, PTL! At my age, I feel as if I’m being punked in a lot of situations lately! I’m so glad you enjoyed this interview. NJ is awesome at what she does, isn’t she? Thanks for the support!

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  19. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi Nonnie. Where did I meet you? In another life? LOL!

    I can totally agree with you on this business that a traditionally published author’s book will hit the ball right out of the park when it comes to professional editing. I was right in the thick of it right on my show RNH. I came prepared to give a glowing review but, unfortunately, I couldn’t. The editing was awful.

    Another thing that bothers me is that you still have to do all the work as far as marketing and promotion. What do you need a traditional publisher for if you have to do it all. They are trying to ride off of your sweat and tears. You shouldn’t have to worry about anything but having a well written book; and leave the editing and promoting to them.

    I was jerking my head left and right trying to keep up with your interview. I thought I was talking to two people. Hahahahaha!

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    • Shirley, you were watching a two-way conversation between NJ and I! What are you talking about? Wasn’t it fun?

      Thanks for the support!

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      • Shirley Harris-Slaughter

        I was joking. You didn’t get it? Gotta be quicker than that. Or maybe the joke’s on me?

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    • Shirley, of course I knew you were joking! I was joking! Didn’t you get that? LOL!

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  20. Nonnie, I second John’s comment! I like your philosophical approach to error free writing, it will always be a challenge.

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    • Phil, No No No! We will not speak that into existence. Error-free writing is NOT a challenge. It is a state of mind. If it is what you want to produce, then, it is all that you will produce. Thanks for the support!

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  21. roxburkey

    My goodness Nonnie, what a special treat to get some additional tidbits on your background of writing. 3rd grade is a wonderful year. Wondering if you will publish your 6th grade book again, for purchase. I imagine it would resonate with the younger crowd.

    You have done an awesome job with this tour, with this one like the whipped cream on the blueberries and raspberries. Oh dear, that is part of my recipe for tomorrow. Pray for those who served this wonderful country. Thank you.

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    • Rox, I still have a copy of that book somewhere in my office. It was a real gem. It wasn’t a kid’s story by the way. Maybe I will find it and re-publish in new Nonnie-fashion!

      Thanks for dropping by with your support today!

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  22. My, my, my. Thank you Nonnie for featuring such a great woman as part your May 12 Days of Authors. It is an honor to know such a special person, especially one that I can consider a friend. I look forward to reading these interviews, meeting new and learning more about fellow authors.

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    • John, thanks for your kind words! I’m proud to call you “my friend” as well. They are rare treasures in the world we live in today, aren’t they? I hope you’ll enjoy your special day in the series!

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