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Interview with Self-Published Author Felicia Coley

Today in our self-published author interview-series, we talk to the author of “How to Stylishly Fall From Grace,” Felicia Coley. Here’s what Felicia had to say about the self-publishing process:

• Tell us about your self-published book.

“How To Stylishly Fall From Grace” is the journey of Zoe Chapman, a fashion-forward maven with a penchant for Broadway plays (and a collection of shoes to-die-for) who gets to answer the question: why would a woman who has it all, walk away from it all?

Synopsis: Zoe Chapman is a bit of a snob when it comes to zip codes, food and personal hygiene. Making no apologies, she prances through life as a fashion-forward, independent gal with a penchant for Broadway plays.

It's at one of her Broadway play excursions that she meets a charming guy. Beau Sampson is instantly drawn to Zoe, and a year-long, long-distance relationship blossoms. He woos her with weekend "play dates" and whirlwind reservations for two, which eventually sweeps Zoe off her feet. Or so she thinks, until she relocates her life, wardrobe and shoes to New York City to live with him...

"How to Stylishly Fall From Grace" details a young woman's life-transforming journey, going from thriving in the city that never sleeps, to barely surviving in a sleepy city obsessed with naps. Even with a background of management credentials and model looks, Zoe is forced to find the true meaning of her worth - Because "shoes to die for" should never be part of a woman's epitaph.

• Why did you decide to self-publish?

Blame it on my Type A personality. Also, the publishing industry seems to be enamored by celebrity scandal, so I did not want to get lost in the mountain of writers looking for that one publishing company to take notice. I believe in myself, so it only made sense to make it happen.

• What was your biggest challenge to overcome in self-publishing your book and why?

Being a writer, the challenge of technically creating the book made for many frustrating days. My laptop was powered by Linux, but the POD company required Word document formatting. After several attempts from well-meaning spirits, I finally found Earth Angel/Graphic Designer Robyn York who converted the formatting for me.

• What has been the best part about self-publishing your book and why?

The unbelievable power of sisterhood throughout the 'sphere! From shoe designers to sister bloggers, they stepped up to make the nine-month delay of the book's release a worthwhile wait!

• What advice do you have for other writers who are self-publishing their book?

Patience is the key. Your plans in the release may not be the best-laid, so accept the unexpected delays as "false labor." Through the frustration, nausea - and yes, tears - the birth of your book is the most amazing thing to experience!

• Is there anything else you would like to add?

Never take advice from anyone who has never done what you are attempting. And keep plenty of Kleenex on hand, for the tears of joy and pain!

That’s great advice Felicia. Thanks so much for sharing! If you’d like to read Felicia’s book, it is available It is available here and at

And if you have questions about self-publishing, or want your book featured on this blog, please write to me here or at I’m here to help! Thanks!