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YA Fiction Author Michelle Dennis Evans on Publishing Her First Novel

Contemporary YA author Michelle Dennis Evans's first published novel.


My guest today on How I First Published is Michelle Dennis  Evans, author of powerful inspirational YA fiction. (I know, because I’ve read it. Great stuff!) Her story reminds me so  much of  my own–except I spent longer drifting in that limbo land of too edgy for Christian publishers and not edgy enough for secular.  And I so agree with her about what indie publishing has been like as far as…well, I’ll let Michelle tell you and not give away her whole story here.

What was your first published novel?

Spiralling Out of Control, book 1 in the Spiralling Trilogy. It’s a Realistic Contemporary YA novel.

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

After submitting it for two years to traditional publishers and entering competitions without success I decided to go indie.

How did that come about?

I started getting shortlisted in competitions but not making it through. I was getting revise and resubmit requests and I started getting some great feedback. The feedback was all similar but opposite. A Christian publisher asked if I could make it a little more Christian and another publisher asked if I could take it further in the drug and alcohol scenes. The more feedback I received the more I began to understand that my book simply didn’t fit on a traditional bookshelf. I wasn’t willing to compromise the story or my convictions to make it darker or less real.

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

It was my dream to sign a deal and be traditionally published. I had to come to terms with publishing my own work and have had to learn to back myself. I’m so thankful that the industry has changed and being indie published isn’t what it once was. It’s way better and I do like the control I have over my novels. But I haven’t given up hope of signing a traditional contract. My dream now is to become a hybrid author.

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

I guess the hard side of being indie published is the time it takes. I was expecting to have my third book in the trilogy out by now but I haven’t quite got it ready. The business side of writing takes up a lot of brain space and time. Now I need to get better at planning where I spend my time.
Spiralling Out of the Shadows by Australian YA author Michelle  Dennis  Evans.

About Michelle….

YA Fiction Author Michelle Dennis Evans on how she  first published.
Michelle Dennis Evans writes picture books, chapter books, young adult contemporary novels and enjoys dabbling in free verse poetry. Her debut novel Spiralling Out of Control and poetry collection Life Inspired both reached #1 in subcategories on Amazon in their first week of release.

Michelle lives with her husband and four children on the Gold Coast of Australia. She believes you can find healing and hope when you read someone else’s story, fiction or truth. Her life is full and at times overflowing but she wouldn’t have it any other way.


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 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:

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: http://www.prismbookgroup.com/TheLastDetail.html

Amazon http://amzn.to/1a0Bapx

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/1cKdDcK

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/390240

All Romance ebooks: http://bit.ly/1hDtSNh


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: 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

Soon to be in print!

Healing-Grace-v2b (2)

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

MuseItUp store – http://bit.ly/1pK9IGj

Amazon http://amzn.to/1iYA1Wm

Barnes and Noble – http://bit.ly/1o9Y567

Kobo – http://bit.ly/TDSgnW

Smashwords -http://bit.ly/1lAimiv