LIVING BY EAR–3rd Time Charm

livingbyearebookAfter I “finished” writing Living by Ear in 2012, I “self-published” it in 2013.

Little did I know that LBE was not complete. And “self-published” was far from an accurate term, because so many amazing people were involved in that endeavor. Without the members of my original writing group—who became the manuscript’s initial editors and cheerleaders—I never would’ve moved forward with the writing. Nor would I have known the first thing about sending a book out into the world without the lovely people at IPNE (Independent Publishers of New England), who selflessly provided essential publishing advice. And I’ll forever be grateful to Cate Barr, who designed LBE’s first cover, and my mom, Joanne Rowen, a one-woman marketing force in my hometown of North Andover, MA.

About a year later, I met my wonderful literary agent April Eberhardt at the Grub Street writing conference in Boston. By then, I was shopping a second manuscript (Leaving the Beach), which April brought to a hybrid publisher. That publisher offered a contract for Leaving the Beach, and then, shortly thereafter, published a revised version of Living by Ear as well. Once again, I believed LBE was complete. But no. Although I made dozens of terrific friends—authors, editors, marketers, and designers—at that publishing company, it closed its doors in 2016, and my books went out of print.

2016, however, brought about far more significant changes than the closing of a small book publisher. And, like so many other Americans, I began focusing a good deal of attention on matters of national and world politics. Then, in 2017 and 2018, my family and I faced several unexpected health challenges. Thankfully, we’re doing better now. Here’s to excellent doctors, great family, friends, and faith.

My writing has been given another opportunity too, thanks to Dave Lane and Evolved Publishing. Evolved kindly offered a three-book contract for Leaving the Beach, Living by Ear, and a brand new novel called It Doesn’t Have to be That Way, which is due out in April, 2020. So these days, I get to work with brilliant editor Jessica West, and phenomenally gifted and generous cover designer Kabir ShahLiving by Ear is now in its third incarnation, and I really do hope it’s finally complete. What a journey! I’m truly grateful for every twist and turn.

But I’d be nothing without the angels who were in my life before Living by Ear existed: my amazing parents, siblings, in-laws, extended family, and friends. And of course, precious Mike, Walter, and Maggie. I love you all.

About Mary Rowen

My three published novels, LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner), LIVING BY EAR, and IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY focus on women figuring out who they are and what they want from life. Music and musicians have a way of finding their way into the stories. I live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
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15 Responses to LIVING BY EAR–3rd Time Charm

  1. claudiahlong says:

    Congratulations! I really enjoyed Living By Ear in its second incarnation, and I am certain that Leaving the Beach will be great in ITS second life, and It Doesn’t Have tbtw will be wonderful in its first!

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    • Mary Rowen says:

      Thank you, Claudia! So many edition numbers. How are you and what have you been up to? Actually, I’m going to hop over to your blog now… 🙂


      • Mary Rowen says:

        Darn! I loved your post about Havana, Claudia, and the short video you posted, but when I tried leaving a comment, WordPress wouldn’t accept it. I tried a few different ways, but it kept giving an error message. In any case, I’m glad to see that you’re still writing and publishing, and would love to catch up some day.


  2. irerasin says:

    Dear Mary,  So happy to hear the fantastic news and that good things are happening to you and yours! Greetings from Croatia,Irena 

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  3. JT Twissel says:

    You know what they say about persistence! I’m proud of you for pushing forward – so far I haven’t been able to face my older novels. I’m a coward! Best of luck! Glad the family is doing better.

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  4. judithworks says:

    Congratulations – persistence pays off!

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  5. Congratulations, Mary! Third time is the charm 🙂

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  6. This is great news, Mary. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you – well deserved! If you’d like me to do an Author Update on my blog, email me at and I’ll give you the details on the format. 🙂

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