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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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style='font-family:"Times New Roman";color:black'>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



 



Local author
sets off on unconventional tour



 



Michelle
Merritt takes her book, One Night in Rome
and the End of Life as I Knew It
across America.



 



TACOMA,
Wash. – Many authors set off on book tours, but what makes this tour
unusual is the way that local author, Michelle Merritt, decided to publish and
promote her new memoir,
One Night in Rome
and the End of Life as I Knew It
.



                       



While
most first time authors wait years to get published, Merritt took the
self-publishing route with Amazon.com, found her own editors, and sought
feedback from followers and fans, finishing the memoir in a 6 month period of
time. Her book cover design was chosen by a vote of friends and acquaintances.
She formed a �Book Maven� group and modified some of the book�s content at the
request of her readers. And when an opportunity to be a featured guest at the
launch party for
Over 40 Females in
New York City presented itself, Merritt jumped at the chance.



 



�I
knew that the audience fit my market demographics,� Merritt said, �and I knew
that I had to go.�



 



Instead
of flying, Merritt hatched a plan to �couch-surf� her way across the USA with
the help of friends. Nearly halfway through the 8500 mile, 28 state road trip, she
has already visited 14 cities and broadcast the adventure via her youtube
channel, website, facebook, and twitter. Merritt has ridden horseback in Idaho,
stayed with college students in Montana, visited her grandparents� gravesites
in Minnesota, dropped in at Harpo Studios in Chicago, met new friends in
Indiana, and signed hundreds of books in New York City.



 



�I
wrote this story in the hopes that it would inspire others to overcome their
own personal tragedies and learn to live again,� the author continues, �and the
people I�ve met on this trip have made every mile matter.�



 



Friends
and family are already planning a welcome home party for Merritt upon her
return to Tacoma sometime at the end of May.



 



One Night in Rome and
the End of Life as I Knew It
is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels and will soon
be available at bookstores around the globe.



 



 



MEDIA
CONTACT:



Michelle
Merritt
    



E-mail:                         href="mailto:m@michellemerritt.com">m@michellemerritt.com    



Phone:                         (253)
444-7019



Web:                href="http://www.nightinrome.com">www.nightinrome.com 



 



REVIEW COPIES AND INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE



 



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