Wondering 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 LisaLickel.com. 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:
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: http://www.prismbookgroup.com/TheLastDetail.html
Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1cKdDcK
All Romance ebooks: http://bit.ly/1hDtSNh
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: http://www.prismbookgroup.com/BraveNewCentury.html
Amazon Kindle or Pint: http://amzn.to/1fejbQc
Smashwords eBook formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376373
Barnes and Noble, Nook or Print: http://bit.ly/19dtyw3
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
MuseItUp store – http://bit.ly/1pK9IGj
Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/1o9Y567
Kobo – http://bit.ly/TDSgnW