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pen Mary Now, the first in a mature young adult trilogy is currently with the editor.
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J.D. Rader - Author, Writer, Entrepreneur

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Julia's works of fiction include Breaking News: A Novel, the book co-written with television news producer Michael Gudgell. This book takes the reader on a wild ride behind the scenes of a television news frenzy surrounding a politician and missing woman. 
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 In production is a mature young adult novel, the first in a trilogy, to be released in 2014. At eighteen, Mary Lancer  must get a special package to the Resistance across the country without being captured by the Establishment or the evil forces within the Resistance. 
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As a certified technical writer, Julia pens technical manuals, case studies and white papers for software and technology companies. She also was the the Content Director for SmartGirls Way, a website devoted to inspiring women entrepreneurs.  She published the first edition of the guide book, Bringing out Baby, to help new parents in the Seattle area find places and things to do with their babies.
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In response to the current state of flux of the publishing industry, Julia founded Wooded Isle Press. This micro-publisher in Seattle, gives new authors a platform to showcase their work and offer it to the public. Wooded Isle Web, a subsidiary of Wooded Isle Press, develops websites for authors, individuals and small businesses.
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Journeying into the Twitter-sphere


The hardest part of writing a book is the marketing. That’s the irony new authors face. If they happened to get a traditional publisher they will still need to spend hours marketing their book at their own expense. Self-published authors need to market even more. They don’t have a spot on a publishing house’s catalog nor the media contacts publishing houses have accrued. A relatively new marketing tool in an author’s arsenal is Twitter. Every course, discussion and blog post about book selling insists that you must have a Twitter presence to effectively market your book. Many of these blog posts and social media marketing courses also discuss how to get followers.

And Away I go

A course on about using Twitter set me on my Twitter journey.  I began with about fifteen followers, all people I knew. When you sign up for Twitter you can input all of your contacts and Twitter will send out a notification asking them to follow you. This yielded several more followers, although I don’t really need Twitter to reach out to people I know. I already reach them in other ways. I need to reach people I don’t know, people that could potentially buy my book.

I tried the World Literary Café’s Twitter Follows Program to gain followers. I worked this program with gusto, not only following the first five names, but following authors further on the list. I tracked those I followed and if they didn’t “return follow” me within a few days I would dump them. I versed myself in Twitter etiquette and obeyed all of the rules: follow back anyone who follows you and thank people for retweets, favorites and mentions. I retweeted interesting tweets from those I followed and kept self-promotion tweets to a minimum.