BlogHer Talks to Stephanie McAfee

5 years ago

We caught up with BlogHer Book Club author Stephanie McAfee recently. Stephanie's debut novel is Diary of a Mad Fat Girl.

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BlogHer: You write a blog as your character Ace Jones. Is your next book also about Ace?

Stephanie McAfee: But of course! In Happily Ever Madder, Ace Jones moves to Pelican Cove, Florida, to pursue the life of her dreams with the love of her life. There will be obstacles on the road to happiness, however, one in particular being a mean ol’ biddy named Lenore Kennashaw who likes to pick on people she considers to be beneath her social class. There will old friends from Bugtussle and new friends in Pelican Cove as the misadventures of the Mad Fat Girl continue.

BlogHer: Your publishing story is quite phenomenal - you self-published, hit two New York Times bestsellers lists, and then signed a three-book deal with NAL. Yet you only really entered the social media sphere at the same time you self-published. How did you build your online community?

Stephanie McAfee: I started very simply with a Facebook “like” page and then created a twitter account. Actually, I created two: @stephaniemcafee (which I had big plans for that have yet to materialize) and @Mad_Fat_Girl (which is where Ace Jones sounds off). I also have a blog that has evolved into a weekly special called “Mad Fat Friday with Ace Jones” and that’s a lot of fun to write.

BlogHer: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to be a published author?

Stephanie McAfee: Obviously, I’m a fan of self-publishing, and the best place to start is by downloading the Smashwords Style Guide by Mark Coker. It’s a free eBook on, and I found it to be most helpful. After that, check out Amazon’s Kindle Direct Platform and Barnes & Noble’s PubIt! website. Those are the three sites that I used, and I highly recommend them all.

BlogHer: How did you find the process of working with a publisher’s editorial team after having already self-published?

Stephanie McAfee: I was so happy to have an editorial team that I didn’t know what to do! I write and that’s it for me. Not by any stretch of the imagination could I ever be considered an editor, and the eBook version that I self-published was in desperate need of professional help. I feel very lucky to have that available now. I have an excellent editor, and I very much enjoy working with her.

BlogHer: I have a bit of a soft spot for Ethan Allen. Will we see him again, perhaps dating the right woman instead of all the wrong ones?

BlogHer: You know how people say that there is somebody for everybody? Well, Ethan Allen might just find that special someone in Happily Ever Madder.

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