Sunday, July 05, 2009
Internet Dating is Not Like Ordering a Pizza
YVONNE: Tell me something about yourself and your writing background.
CHERIE: I'm an author, blogger, poet, crocheter, (and most of all) geek. I've written six books, and I also blog and write full-time. My favorite hobby is following the Packers and reading about Tudor history.
YVONNE: What is the title of your book? Give us the basic story line so we’ll know what it’s about.
CHERIE: The title is Internet Dating is Not Like Ordering a Pizza. It's a guidebook for online daters on how to write a profile, email their online match, set up coffee dates, and even move on when your relationship gets more serious. The book doesn't just give blank advice like "write a better profile" but shows daters exactly what to write (and not write) through concrete examples.
YVONNE: What inspired you to write this book?
CHERIE: A few years ago I did online dating, and met over 60 guys for coffee in just six months. It was a very positive experience for me, in part because I could convey my personality with the written word. I wanted to let daters know that anyone can have the same experience. (Oh, and one of those guys turned out to be the one I would marry!)
YVONNE: Is this the first book you have written?
CHERIE: No, I've written six.
YVONNE: How long did it take to write this book? Any interesting tidbits about your writing method or how the book developed?
CHERIE: I started outlining points for the book a few years ago, but once I sat down and wrote it, I believe it took about six months. The title actually came from my husband. I said that I wanted daters to know that they can't just order up a date like they do a book or shirt or a pizza! And he said, "I think you've got your title there."
YVONNE: How did you publish your book? Tell me about your publishing experience and what you learned from it.
CHERIE: A few years ago I started my own company, and it's been a wonderful experience. I've learned that no matters who publishes your book, you must be diligent about marketing.
YVONNE: Where is your book available? Do you have a Web site or blog where we can learn more about you or your book?
CHERIE: My book is available anywhere online where books are sold (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.) The best place to find me is at my website: www.cherieburbach.com. I have links to my books and blogs there.
YVONNE: Tell me some ways you have promoted your book. Give examples and links to any sites you feel might help other authors.
CHERIE: I started a website specifically for the book (http://internetdatingpizza.homestead.com/) and place all the interviews, reviews, and news about the book there. I also did an online virtual tour in April, which was so much fun! Info (and stops) from the tour can be found here: http://internetdatingpizza.homestead.com/press.html.
YVONNE: Thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and learn about your book. I wish you well in your journey as an author.
CHERIE: Thank you so much for having me as a "guest." I feel writers should support one another and am happy you do so much to help promote writers!