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Inspirational Indie Author Interview: Maryann Reid. Women’s Fiction Writer Leaves Traditional Publisher, Finds Her Lost Voice

Inspirational Indie Author Interview: Maryann Reid. Women’s Fiction Writer Leaves Traditional Publisher, Finds Her Lost Voice

My ALLi author guest this episode is Maryann Reid, who writes women's fiction aimed at an African American audience, and she found success with that formula at St. Martin's Press for a decade. Then the economic downturn happened in 2008, and she had to rethink everything. She came out the other side with a new voice as an indie author.

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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Maryann Reid

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Inspirational Indie Author Interview. Maryann Reid: About the Author

Maryann ReidMaryann Reid is a 7-time award-winning author published by St. Martin’s Press.  She is the founder of Alphanista, a peer mentoring platform for multicultural women.  She works with women who struggle with identifying concrete gaps they have to reaching the next level and would like to get there with ease. Maryann worked in Abu Dhabi, and inspired a new group of women in the States to expand their global outlook beyond where they live.  As an author and professional speaker, Maryann has gathered a diverse roster of credentials and affiliations. She has been featured in USA Today, Essence, Glamour, The CBS Early Show, Wendy Williams and The New Yorker.  She has advanced degrees from Fordham University and University of Miami. You can find Maryann on her website, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About the Host

Howard Lovy has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and now amplifies the voices of independent author-publishers and works with authors as a developmental editor. Howard is also a freelance writer specializing in Jewish issues whose work appears regularly in Publishers Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Longreads. Find Howard at howardlovy.comLinkedIn and Twitter.


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Author: Howard Lovy

Howard Lovy is a novelist, nonfiction author, developmental book editor, and journalist. He is also the news and podcast producer for the Alliance of Independent Authors. You can learn more about him at https://howardlovy.com/

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