Here's a bio of Lisa:
Lisa is the author of a recently published book , DRIVEN, and DEAD HEAT, which will be released in early October.
Here's a description of DRIVEN from Goodreads:
And here's a blurb from Lisa about DEAD HEAT:
- Don’t expect to get rich quickly. Most authors don’t make a living at it, and some never sell a single book.
- Self-publishing is like any other small business. Approach it with a professional attitude if you want to be successful.
- Be sure you have a good story that is well-written.
- Use critique groups and beta readers to vet your manuscript.
- Hire a professional editor. This can be tough with no industry standards to determine who is or isn’t good. Do your research, get referrals, and ask for a sample edit of a chapter to see if the two of you are a good fit.
- Have a cover professionally designed. Covers are one of the top selling points for books.
- Format your book correctly. The Smashwords Style Guide is free and a good place to start.
- Know your market going in.
- Network with friends and other authors. Join Facebook writers groups. Follow writers on Twitter. Read blogs by other authors. (These are to form alliances for learning and cross-promotion, but be aware that it’s a waste of time to market to other indie authors. They’re too busy to read your book.)
- Read Smart Self-Publishing: Becoming an Indie Author by Zoe Winters for an overview.
- Be careful. There’s a backlash from the indie author movement, and some publish houses are responding by tightening up their contracts. Make sure your agent knows how to read a contract, and if he or she doesn’t, get an IP attorney.
- If you can possibly retain your ebook rights, do it. If you can’t, negotiate for the highest percentage of royalties you can get.
- Be careful of options clauses and right of first refusal. These can keep you locked into a publisher and prevent you from releasing other projects on your own. Also, even if you’ve been in negotiations for weeks, be sure to carefully read the contract one last time before you sign it. Publishing companies have been known to send the final contract with the original language added back in.
- Be aware that even if you do have a contract, your publisher may try to get out of honoring it. (Believe it or not, it has happened.)
Here's the link to purchase DRIVEN: AMAZON
Here's what's coming up:
Next Monday I'm so excited to help debut author Shannon Messenger (she's the founder of the Marvelous Middle Grade Monday posts and one of the founders of WriteOnCon) celebrate the release of her book, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES. I'll be interviewing her and giving away a copy of her book.
Next Tuesday I have a special Tuesday Tip by debut author Carrie Pearson to help celebrate her new picture book, A WARM WINTER TAIL
Thursday that week I'll be doing a guest post at Adventures in YA and Children's Publishing on what I've learned about reading.
The following Monday I'm helping Kiki Hamilton celebrate the release of THE TORN WING, the second book in her historical fantasy THE FAERIE RING series, with an interview and ARC giveaway.
Then on Tuesday that week I'll be participating in Mike Mullin's blog tour to celebrate the release of ASHEN WINTER, Book 2 in THE ASHFALL Trilogy with an interview and ARC giveaway.
And don't forget our Tuesday Tips and Casey's Thursday agent spotlights.
Hope to see you on Wednesday!