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Publishing a Novel: Carole Brown on How She First Published


Indie and traditionally published author Carole Brown on  how to publish.
Author Carole Brown

Wondering about publishing a novel? In this regular blog feature, authors tell the story of how they published their first book. I’m excited to talk to Carole Brown today, who is both traditionally and indie published! Here’s my interview with Carole: 

What was your first published novel?

The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman. A women’s fiction with strong elements of suspense and romance, it deals with a woman who’s bent on revenge upon the men in a cult where she was raised because of the murder of her eldest daughter. It’s intense and suspenseful with just the right touches of lightness and hope and romance to lift the reader from the seriousness.

The Redemption of Caralyn Hayman, suspense about woman escaping cult.

Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go Indie?

Traditional for my debut novel. I’ve been “raised” to believe it was THE way to go so that was pretty much the only aim I had. For a long time.

How did that come about?

I was really discouraged, ready to quit. I’d studied hard, re-learned writing, acquired an agent and critique partners, attended conferences and workshops and talked with editors. Still no results.

At the lowest point of my despair, a dear older lady set me down, figuratively speaking, and told me God gave me the talent and that I needed to believe. Use what I had and leave the rest to God. Still with struggling faith, I pushed ahead. In April of 2012, I talked with an editor of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas who asked me to have my agent send my manuscript. I was approved, accepted and signed the contract in December. October 21, 2013, my debut novel released.

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

I’ve loved it for the most part. But then I believe I found the publishing house that worked for my aims and goals and for my writing style. I also believe with all my heart that they work hard to encourage and help their authors to achieve success. They’re certainly willing to try many ideas to help us.

There are always snags and sometimes a few disagreements, but for me, it has smoothed out nicely. I work hard at marketing and believe my editor is pleased with my efforts. I now have three versions: print, kindle, and audio to offer readers of different requirements.

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

Smiling . . . A month after The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman released, I was fortunate to Indie publish (with help from a good friend) the first book in a mystery series: Hog Insane, introducing the early-retired couple: Denton and Alex Davies who head to Tennessee in their RV with their dog, Taffy. It’s a fun, lighthearted, quick read. Entirely different from The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, but a nice read.

For the near future, I should have two more novels releasing. The second book in my mystery series: Bat Crazy which, of course, features Denton and Alex Davies again, only in New Mexico this time. Hint: What do vampire bats have to do with the story? J

My second release is the first book in a WWII Spy series (light suspense). Three sisters, Three spies. Three stories. Each of the three books deals with one of the red-headed sisters and their spies.

Here’s a brief blurb about the first book in this series, With Music in Their Hearts:

Angry at being rejected for military service, Minister Tyrell Walker accepts the call to serve as a civilian spy within his own country. Across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio, a spy working for a foreign country is stealing secret plans for newly developed ammunition to be used in the war. According to his FBI cousin, this spy favors pink stationery giving strong indications that a woman is involved.  

He’s instructed to obtain a room in the Rayner Boarding House run by the lovely, spunky red-haired Emma Jaine Rayner. Sparks of jealousy and love fly between them immediately even as they battle suspicions that one or the other is not on the up and up.  

Will their love survive the danger and personal issues that arise to hinder the path of true love?

 Thanks so much, Carole, for visiting my blog! I loved hearing your  story–so encouraging! 

Thanks so much, Robin, for allowing me to visit your site!

Carole Brown not only has her award winning (Selah finalist; Genesis semi-finalist) debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman, available for purchase now, but a companion book called West Virginia Scrapbook: From the Life of Caralynne Hayman, filled with tidbits of information about West Virginia, quotes, recipes from West Virginia and from Caralynne’s life, pictures and discussion questions for the novel. November, 2014, the first book in her mystery series, Hog Insane, released. It’s a fun, lighthearted novel introducing the characters, Denton and Alex Davies. 

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

 Connect with her here:

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Carole is  also am part of several other blogs:

Stitches in Time:

Barn Door Book Loft:

Authors, if you would like to  be considered for this blog feature, use the “Contact Me” tab up at the top and let me know. Thanks!



Publishing a Book: Christian fiction author Lisa Lickel Tells How She First Published

Lisa Lickel D (3) 46 KBWondering how to go about publishing a book? A couple of weeks ago, I started off a new blog feature called How I First Published. I told my story, then invited other writers to share theirs. I’ve had an overwhelming response and have a lot of great stories coming up to share with you. First up is Lisa Lickel.

Lisa Lickel is a Wisconsin writer who lives in a hundred and sixty-year-old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain. A muti-published, best-selling and award-winning novelist, she also writes short stories and radio theater, is an avid book reviewer, blogger, a freelance editor, and magazine editor. Visit her at And now, here’s my interview with Lisa:

What was your first published novel?

My first published novel was The Gold Standard, a cozy mystery.

Was it a traditional publishing contract or did you go indie?

The book was for Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents: Mysteries book club that had a brief run, 2008-2010.

How did that come about?

I had joined ACFW, American Christian Fiction Writers, and was in a critique group when the news that Barbour was hatching a new line came down the pipe. I had never heard of a cozy mystery, but I liked mysteries, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was signed nearly right away, much to my surprise.

How did this make you feel? Has it been as good as you expected, or a letdown, or exhausting, for example?

I was ecstatic and nervous at the same time, especially since my agent told Barbour the manuscript was finished—which it wasn’t. I ended up writing the first draft, less the first three chapters, over the next four days. The experience tanked after that, to be honest, due to a lot of things which ended up with the cancellation of the book club not long afterward. These things happen!

Tell us what’s happened with your writing journey since.

I’ve been blessed to publish at least one novel and other things at least once a year ever since 2009. I have an agent, and have since expanded into professional editing. I’ve had a dozen novels published since then; even my first two have been resold and repackaged by new publishers, and I’ve met great people in all walks of the writing field. Several of my editing clients have won awards, and I’m honestly for them.

Now…tell us about some of your books and where our readers can find them:

THELASTDETAIL_EBOOK_arr (2)The Last Detail

Hope, love, and loss meld two polar opposite personalities. How long can they keep passion for their ministry and each other after the wedding?

$3.99 eBook/$14.99 Print

Publisher: Prism Book Group, Illuminate:


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bravenewcentury_new_arr (2)Brave New Century

Brave New Century is an anthology of four novellas featuring young women at the turn of the twentieth century, finding their identity and love as they enter into a new era in which women’s suffrage and independence were first making national headlines.

13.99 print 3.99 eBook


Publisher: Prism Book Group, Illuminate:

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Soon to be in print!

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Healing Grace

Grace has a secret. Just like her aunt, and her grandmother before her, she could fix anyone with a touch, at a cost she never questioned— until her husband developed cancer and died.

Soon to be in print!

$5.95 eBook, discounted

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