Cassie Dandridge Selleck is a storyteller, author and former Sales and Marketing Manager for Anderson Crane and Bridge Technologies, Inc. Her first novel, The Pecan Man, was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category and is now available in digital and print format through Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
Cassie and her husband Perry make their home on the Suwannee River in North Florida.
Cassie has a unique success story about self-publishing her first novel while maintaining her work and family commitments. Read Cassie's own words about it below...
"I wrote The Pecan Man over the course of ten years while working full time and raising the youngest of three daughters. I worked with an excellent critique group, Gainesville Poets and Writers, and had really done the work to get the novel into shape, but without much time to pursue agents or publishers, I sat on it for several years.
"In late 2011, I came across an article about self-publishing through Amazon’s Kindle program for e-books and CreateSpace for paperbacks. Honestly, it seemed like a great way to get friends and family to stop asking when they could read my book. I priced the novel to maximize royalties while keeping it affordable and close to regular retail rates, and sales have been outstanding.
"That strategy literally paid off and the royalties have allowed me to work full time as a writer and to start school at Goddard this year .
"I also recently signed with a New York agent who found my blog after noticing Amazon’s rankings and reviews for The Pecan Man. We just sold the audio rights in a sweet little bidding war between two well-known audio publishers, so that was pretty thrilling. I can’t wait to hear my little story read by a professional. It’s a little surreal, actually.
"The success of The Pecan Man has boosted my confidence and brought new and wonderful people into my life. I’m just not even sure where I would be right now if I hadn’t found the courage to put my work out there. I also know I have a lot to learn, so I’m just digging in and working on my craft. Goddard is the right place for me to be to grow as a writer, a scholar and a citizen."
What Cassie says about her Goddard experience:
"I loved the concept the moment I learned about Goddard and visited the website. The BFA in Creative Writing in a low-residency program sealed the deal for me. It isn’t just the degree I want, but the experience and education, and a body of work to show for it when I am finished. I was thrilled with my first residency and can’t wait to come back in October."