Hi! I'm Donna Sozio, and I'm a writer too. I've lived all over the world -- in the U.S., Saipan, Japan, the French Alps and Thailand. When I moved to L.A. I found that my creative juices flow the best in the California sun.
During my career, I've worked as a copywriter for Yahoo!, Sunset Magazine, and Lexus, and have written extensively on surf-skate-snow sports for such publications as Onboard, Snowboard UK, Wahine, and Surf Life for Women. I enjoyed that work, but only recently did I really find my voice. And it was only then that everything fell into place.
Two years ago my book, Never Trust a Man in Alligator Loafers, was just an idea in my mind. The seed of that idea woke me in the middle of the night. But I had to breathe life into that seed and nourish it, to take it from that dream stage to reality. Now I have a literary agent, a book deal with a major publisher, a publicist, a movie option, and a publication date with Citadel Press.
Bringing my book to fruition started when I created an action plan for myself. But before I could even do that, I had to dig deep and ask, did I have anything worth saying? Was I willing to do whatever it takes to say it? What would it take to get people to listen?
This is a great exercise. I'd recommend it even if you're not writing a book. It took me a lot of time and effort to finally understand that my creative voice, my schtick, is to use humor, parody, satire even cheek? --- to pay my rent on the planet. Through my combined works in media, publishing and fashion, I want to help people develop the inner muscle they need to believe that everything is possible. And then the courage to act on that dream. Because achievement is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.
Every word I share with you in my newest book, The Secret Rules of Publishing, has been successfully road-tested by me. In this step-by-step guide, I offer fresh information for writers, so that after you read it, you won't need to wander in the barren desert of unfulfilled dreams as I did! When I applied the principles outlined in this guide, I got an agent in three weeks and sold my book. With hard work and positive, dedicated focus, you can make it happen just as I did. And I'll show you how!