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BESTSELLER’S

Secret

Adrienne deWolfe

From Dyslexic to Bestseller and Indie Pioneer to Amazon Consultant: No Obstacle too High for Ortolon Imagine being functionally illiterate: You can’t jot a phone message. You can’t write a check. Words look like “squiggles” on a page. Now imagine that your dream is to become a successful published novelist. Sounds like the makings of an intriguing, heroic character, right? Well, USA Today Bestselling Romance author Julie Ortolon is the embodiment of that intrepid heroine—and then some. Not only did she overcome dyslexia to live her writing dream, she doggedly hurdled escalating career obstacles (including publisher buyouts and tanking sales) to keep her dream alive. Fed up with traditional publishing, she finally extricated herself completely from that world. She became a pioneer in electronic self-publishing and earned a staggering income for having the courage to reinvent herself. This is one Indie author whom Amazon.com board members call when they want to talk about electronic publishing trends! When I first conceived of the column, “Bestseller’s Secret,” I wanted to inspire readers and writers alike, by sharing the wisdom of authors who had the courage to ignore the naysayers and the tenacity to beat the odds. Naturally, I thought of Julie. I first met her when she was an aspiring author, who kindly attended a book signing for my own debut novel, Texas Outlaw. Julie confided then that she was trying to write an historical romance novel for publication. Nearly twenty years later, Julie and I reconnected by telephone in her Austin, Texas, home. Looking back over her career, she described it as a series of obstacles that she refused to be limited by. But don’t let Julie’s gracious southern manner fool you: she’s a fighter. Dragging herself up by the bootstraps wasn’t easy.

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