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Let's talk about writing while in self-isolation...

Today was my kids' last day of school for three weeks. My husband, who is in the military, has been ordered into self-isolation (and that includes his family). So except for essential appointments, the four of us are housebound for the next twenty-three days at least. And I have two books to write (one to finish and one to start), plus some marketing work to do for both of them.

I have my work cut out for me, but I know I'm not alone. Many of you are in a similar position, and you might be facing economic or health uncertainty layered on top of the isolation. 

Now is not the time to be mean to yourself. If you are on deadline, like I am, be as gentle as possible about everything else in your life. And if you are not on deadline, let yourself write whatever you want. If writing can be a bit of joy in the next little while, please let it be. Shake off any shoulds and just be whatever kind of writer you want to be.

That might mean you don't write. Not writing is writing. It's pre-writing, it's post-writing: it's quiet writing prep, it's rumination on what you have written.

It might also mean you write something totally off the wall. Writing does not always need to be on brand or even something you are going to try to monetize.

And it might mean that it's the exact opposite, and you spend the next three weeks writing something beautifully commercial, with an eye to publish it in the next three months, and make some extra money by the summer.

To that end, I have a link to my YouTube channel below, where there are two videos that might help you plan to that last point. Or, if you would rather listen to me as you go for a quiet walk up and down the block or around your backyard....


I know, I really buried the lede on this email, but sometimes there are more important things to address first.

Now in Audio!! And Read by ME!!!
Romance Your Brand: Building a Marketable Genre Fiction series

Romance Your Brand is now available in AUDIO!!!

Currently at Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, and Chirp, coming soon to Audible/Amazon, and libraries near you via Hoopla.

And of course, the book is also available in ebook and paperback.

Get it in ebook at Apple Books, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Google Play! Or if you prefer paperback, get Romance Your Brand in print from,,, Barnes & Noble, and!

Follow me on YouTube
I have two videos there right now that you can watch, and more coming...

Something I'm going to do over the next three weeks is record a few videos about writing and publishing for YouTube. Want to spend a few minutes with me a couple of times over the next few weeks? GIVE ME A FOLLOW:

About Me, Just In Case...

As I did with the first Romance Your Brand newsletter, I need to start with some administrative business: you might not know why you're receiving this email! 

1. You might be an Ainsley Booth reader (that's my alter-ego). If you subscribed to my Ainsley newsletter at some point, you may have accidentally signed up for this list at the same time, because I keep them on the same MailerLite servers. You can update your preferences by clicking on the link at the bottom of this email. But if you have any interest in writing genre fiction, feel free to stick around, this email might be relevant to you!

2. You might be an author who signed up YEARS ago when I floated the idea of teaching Romance Your Brand as a course...and then never did. HEY, THANKS FOR OPENING THIS EMAIL!

3. You're a new-to-the-list author, and you already know about the Romance Your Brand book. Excellent, welcome.

My goal for this newsletter is to share a bit of monthly writing or publishing or marketing advice for writers of genre fiction. First and foremost, I am a writer myself. I'm not cut out for coaching or teaching long-running courses, but I love doing in-person workshops, and I see publishing these How To books as an extension of that. The best part of any workshop is the Q&A at the end, so please feel free to reply to this or any of my emails with your questions. If they're relevant to the group at large, I'll share highlights in subsequent newsletters.

~ Zoe

Zoe York / Ainsley Booth ROMANCE YOUR BRAND

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