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In this episode of the Medical Author Chat retired firefighter/paramedic Lisa Carney tells us about her novel Cowboy in the City.
Lisa began her EMS career in 1992 as an EMT. She continued her education, eventually becoming a firefighter/paramedic, and had a career position that was cut short by an injury. She always thought about writing about her experience, but it wasn’t until her forced retirement that she began her book.
Lisa describes Cowboy in the City as a tribute to EMS that highlights the positives, the quality people, and how EMS changed over the years. She also describes it as a “coming of age” story that EMS professionals anywhere will identify with.
We had a great discussion of how Lisa self-published and has been able to successfully market the book with social media tools like Facebook. She also attributes reviews in JEMS Magazine and EMSWorld.com as being important to her success.
Finally, Lisa has heard from lots of readers that Cowboy in the City is great for helping non-EMS significant others understand the allure and reward of EMS. Share Cowboy in the City with friends and family to help them understand why you are part of EMS.
Medical Author Chat podcast listeners and blog readers occasionally ask me for advice on how to get their book of EMS stories and memoirs published. Since I have not published a book myself, other than three copies of my masters of science thesis, I can’t suggest a foolproof process. Nonetheless, these are ideas that might work:
1. Ask published authors. At the end of each podcast episode I always ask the author/guest for their advice on becoming a published author. Ask the published authors you know. Read Seth Godin’s blog, books and check out the Domino Project.
2. Grow a tribe. You are not likely to publish a collection of EMS stories for a mass audience. Instead start growing a tribe of friends and followers through blog posts, articles, and podcasts. A tribe that has come to know your writing is more likely to buy your book than a stranger or bookstore browser.
3. Referrals and Recommendations. Ask your tribe to tell their communities about your blog, podcast, and book. Ask readers to write recommendations on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other websites where people buy books.
4. Be accessible. If you are selling books you need to be found. I regularly find books that I would like to interview authors for the Medical Author Chat podcast but I can’t find the author’s email address, web site, blog, or Facebook page. If I can’t find you I can’t help publicize your book.
5. Attract Attention. Do things that will attract attention. In his book, Attention: this book will make you money, online marketing expert Jim Kukral shares ideas and techniques to attract attention and increase sales at little or no cost. His enthusiasm is infectious and his ideas are actionable.
Are you trying to publish your own collection of EMS stories?
Laura Kendall is a paramedic and author of mystery/suspense novels and paranormal romance novels. Three links for learning more about Laura’s books and connecting with her:
You can also listen to my Medical Author Chat interview with Laura (like all episodes it is available for download from iTunes). An excerpt from the podcast shownotes:
Writing both books has given Laura more pride in being a paramedic. She believes we are really good people and that we do a great job that deserves recognition. We finish the conversation with Laura’s advice for aspiring writers. Her most important advice was to “go with your heart and believe in yourself. Write the full story and then use an editor to make it polished.”