“All Things Book Marketing” Podcast

Fiction Marketing and Working With a Publicist

In the latest “All Things Book Marketing” episode, Mike Onorato talks with former Smith Publicity client Maureen Joyce Connolly, author of her debut, widely acclaimed novel, Little Lovely Things.

Maureen discusses book promotion, author promotion, social media, and how to promote a novel effectively. She takes listeners on her journey to becoming an author, building a brand, engaging with readers, and working with a Smith Publicity publicist.

About the book:

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Pages: 280
ISBN13: 978-1-492672-49-4

What would you do in the face of enormous loss?

It’s 1993, the first Saturday in September—impossibly hot—and Claire Rawlings is driving her two girls to the daycare at the University of Chicago Hospital, where, as a resident, she is scheduled for rounds. Ignoring the troublesome signs of a sudden allergic reaction, Claire exits off the freeway to safety, only to pass out cold. When she wakes up, her daughters are gone.


LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is a haunting and prismatic exploration of how tragedy can transform lives. With lyrical prose and page-turning momentum, the story unfolds through the viewpoint of four characters: Claire, the devastated yet strong-willed mother; Moira, the transient who finds herself thrust into instant motherhood; soulful Jay, whose grisly discovery brings him to the center of the tragedy; and Andrea, the scrappy and wildly talented tomboy.

Traversing the landscape of loss, LITTLE LOVELY THINGS ties together the threads of lives shattered, hope lost, and—finally—joy restored.


Maureen is a former owner of a consulting firm that helped specialty drug companies to develop medications for ultra-rare diseases. Maureen received her Bachelor’s degree in physiology from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. Her background in science and love of the natural world informs and inspires her writing. LITTLE LOVELY THINGS is her debut as a novelist. She is also an award-winning poet, published in diverse outlets such as Emory University’s Lullwater Review and Yankee Magazine.

Maureen is a foodie and appreciates interesting recipes. She also enjoys painting (especially flowers and sycamore trees), competing in races with her dragon boat team (Go Fierce)!, and reading (of course). She relishes spending time with her three children, her husband, her pets, a ridiculous terrier named Huckleberry, and a plump orange cat, Pumpkin.