Holister, Missouri (PressExposure) November 05, 2007 -- Award-winning Missouri authors Ronda Del Boccio and Bonnie Tesh have tales to tell about the process of co-authoring and marketing their book at the November 17 Ozarks Writer's League (OWL) meeting in Holister. Their inspirational book is I'll Push, You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life with Blinders On.
"We wrote and marketed a book together and we're still good friends," Ronda Del Boccio commented with a laugh. It took a lot of teamwork, a great sense of humor, and of course dedication. They completed the book in 10 weeks, and 8 weeks later they got a "YES!" from the first publisher they pitched.
Del Boccio and Tesh will talk about how to collaborate on a book without killing each other, and will share online and offline marketing tips that help them sell. They'll also reveal their secret for getting a large book chain to treat them like visiting royalty and put their book on the shelves.
The inspirational self-help book hit the #6 spot on AWOC BOOKS site the day it released, November 6, 2006. The book went on to hit #1 11 days later. They got the idea to collaborate at a writer's conference in Arkansas in March of last year. Both authors have "disabilities," and people are constantly telling each of them, "You are so inspiring!" or "You are so amazing!"
Bonnie Tesh has had three bouts with cancer namely multiple myeloma and breast cancer. She had been in remission until her multiple myeloma reared its ugly head again this spring. "I don't feel like I'm inspiring or amazing," Tesh said. "I Just have a strong faith and a good attitude." Tesh worked in the health care field for over forty years and is now retired.
Ronda Del Boccio has been "partially sighted" since birth. She has coped with job discrimination and other difficulties caused by misconceptions of the public about what a blind person can do. "I'm not amazing either," she said. "I'm living my life with spunk and gratitude." Del Boccio is an author coach and is known as The Story Lady of Storyation.com.
OWL is a regional group for anyone interested in writing. Dues are $20 per year, which includes free attendance at the quarterly meeting at College of the Ozarks in Holister, Missouri (near Branson). The OWL website is OzarksWritersLeague.org.
Visit the authors at their website ipushusteer.com for a free sneak peek of I'll Push, You Steer plus other inspirational thoughts and quotes to brighten your day. The book is available at your favorite online or bricks-and-mortar bookstore.