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Marketing, Advertising, Digital Strategy, & Sales for Authors and Book Publishers


I Help Authors Feel Empowered - Not Overwhelmed - By Marketing. 

Since 2007, I've been an author-marketer who has helped indie Authors as well as the 'Big 5' Book Publishers reach new readers, increase ebook sales and continue sustained platform growth. I am well versed in social media marketing, content marketing, organic search & ppc, book landing pages, email marketing, and growth hacking. I deliver high-quality, results-driven strategic processes and programs to help authors sell more books. 

Email Marketing

Get the right readers on your list. Everyone talks about the importance of making your email list bigger. The problem with this common view is that the emphasis is on getting more people, not what kind of people you’re drawing in. Growing your email list is about attracting and retaining your most loyal readers. I'll show you how to center your marketing tactics to attract raving fans of your work.

Book Marketing

I've worked exclusively in the book-marketing space - making apps, writing blurbs, executing marketing campaigns and selling books for the Big 5 Publishers and Established Authors - since 2010. Do you think you know which marketing is working for your books, but you don’t know for sure? I'll show you what has worked for authors like you, and we'll work together to execute the right steps for you to move forward and Sell More Books!

Legacy Building

For paranormal, romance or fantasy authors, I offer legacy marketing services as an Author's Publishing Program Manager. If your titles have generated around 40,000 total downloads, I will help you manage your backlist titles. Commission would be an 80/20 split. Duties include refreshing book metadata, occasional price promotions, increasing SEO and searchability, refreshing book covers and blurbs. Contact me to discuss exact duties and terms.

Platform building

Authors with platforms sell more books. It's that simple.
I'll help you decide on the proper platforms for your titles and we'll target each one for strategic growth. I'll either do the marketing campaigns for you, or help you implement them yourself to make the most out of your marketing dollars. I'll show you how to gain new and meaningful connections that expand your reach and grow your readership.

Let's Get in Touch


For an author platform marketing consultation, advice, or speaking inquiries, please call me or fill out the contact form below. I only accept up to two select consulting gigs at one time, so I can be hands-on and provide the desired results. That said, I love talking all things marketing, whether it's on Google Hangout, at your author event or podcast, or over a beer.



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About My Book - 'Grin and Air it'

Crushing cancer with attitude, art + air guitar 


When the going gets tough, the tough ...play air guitar!

Grin and Air It: Crushing cancer with attitude, art + air guitar tells the author’s quest to transform a life-threatening diagnosis of breast cancer into an international glam-rock masterpiece featured on People.com and Vanity Fair Italy.

Marquina Iliev-Piselli focuses on how to get past fear when faced with a shocking cancer diagnosis.  She bares the details of her year-long debilitating medical treatments and the effects on her family life, her plan for future children, her marriage, and how she redefined her own sense of self and identify. Throughout treatment, she strives to find the strength to shine brighter, live without fear, and push forward. 

Photo 'Glam Chemo' by Casey Fatchett

Photo 'Glam Chemo' by Casey Fatchett

Throughout treatment, Marquina's infectiously positive spirit prevails because of the artistic joy and competitive drive she finds in a highly unusual place — air guitar! Air guitar is a popular global art form in which the performer develops an on-stage character to play an imaginary electric guitar solo. Performers are judged based on technical merit, stage presence and the extent to which the solo transcends the imitation of real guitar playing and becomes an art form in itself. Instead of having her identity robbed from her by her diagnosis, Marquina pushes further into herself and develops air guitar characters — each with costumes, attitude and charm — to get her through each of her chemotherapy sessions.

Chemo-weary, surgery-scarred and radiation-burned, Marquina still brings one of her characters to compete in the Staten Island Air Guitar Qualifier in New York City. Lead guitarist Ron Thal for Guns & Roses judges her performance as “perfect."

What happens when the body becomes lost or damaged? How do you to salvage whatever you can of yourself when faced with your own mortality? How do you let go of who you once were? How do you fuel your own strength and stamina to carry on and develop a new future in the face of so much that you cannot control?

Grin and Air It is told with a sense of humor and a sense of artistic discovery — buoyed by a healthy dose of air guitar! Follow Marquina as she reinvents herself at each chemo session and creates the 'Glam Chemo Project.' As radiation treatment begins, understand why she chose to bring her glam rock characters to life as 'Mother Feath-air' and compete for a spot in the World Air Guitar Championship. 

In the end, Grin and Air It can be used as a blueprint for using art, music and performance to forge ahead, even while letting go of who you once were. It is an unforgettable, life-affirming guidebook for breast cancer patients, survivors and their friends. 

The book will be published in 2018.


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💖 upcoming body-positive art projects 💖 

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Hey, Marquina here again! In addition to my author marketing career, I am an Art Ambassador to people who have cancer. I create collaborative art projects to uplift and inspire. I'd love to collaborate with you on a project in your town!


When diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, I experienced what a lot of others experience - uncertainty, sadness, anger, and pure fear. That fear caused me to retreat into myself. I didn't want to talk to anyone about my diagnosis because it was too painful to relive with each retelling. Each time I would muster the courage to discuss what I was going through, I left the interaction feeling depleted and raw. At a certain point, I didn't want to talk anymore. I only knew I wanted more than this sadness, I wanted to take my life back.

To do so, I began to create...


When I made art, it was small at first. Songs and poems were written on the subway as I shuttled to and from troubling doctor appointments. Sketches. Drawings. Searching for hair design inspiration on Pinterest to show my barber, Breidy, so he could shave a cool fade into my slowly balding hair. Looking for a way to not be sad while sitting hours upon hours in the chemo chair, I decided to take my changing outward appearance and use it as a canvas and created what I now call The Glam Chemo Project. Through my project, I showed others how I wanted to face the disease; it gave me a bridge to connect again with friends and bring them on my journey.


Since my first project, I have returned to The Breast Center at Weill Cornell to continue creating art-inspired projects for survivors.


I'm available to come and speak to your group or organization on how to use art to inspire and relate even at difficult moments. My fees are 5k + travel. Please contact me to inquire about availablity: https://www.marquinamarie.com/contact


My speaking fees enable me to further spread my message to other communities.


Much Love,




Marquina Marie Iliev-Piselli I Founder, Author, Survivor, Air Guitarist 

Air Guitar? Yep! It's a thing! Click here for an air guitar intro video.

Become a First Reader for 'Grin & Air It': marquinamarie.com/book

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The Glam Chemo Project as seen on: Weill Cornell, People MagazineVanity Fair ItaliaGlamChemo.com

Women's Empowerment Project as seen on: Weill CornellThe Today ShowPeople MagazineVanity Fair ItaliaHuffington Post

Online courses available

Choose from several  online courses  to build your business and sell more books at  AuthorpreneurLaunch.com

Choose from several online courses to build your business and sell more books at AuthorpreneurLaunch.com