The Ancient City Poets / Poet Plant Press blog is partisipating in the The Indie Lights Book Parade. For the entire month of February, different authors and artists will be parading past our viewing stand. Today we get to spend some time with Lisa Buie-Collard. Not only is she a writer; she is a mother, wife, sister, and daughter. She has been a server, a dental assistant, a teacher, a journalist, and a gardener. Lisa is from north Florida, but now lives in Georgia. She writes full time and has completed six novels.
Lisa has some advice that she would like to give to an up-and-coming writers:
First: the old cliché, write, write and then write some more is still valid, and will always be, however, there is so much more to it than that these days. Whether or not you are published by traditional means or Indie published, an author must take on the marketing. Be aware of this. Also: for those looking at Indie publishing: Write not only the best story you can but hire a professional editor. Pay to have the inside and outside of your novel formatted properly. There are SO many ‘Self Published’ books out there that aren't up to snuff. Getting past bad writing, multiple typos, and structure that limps is too difficult to ask from anyone who doesn't know you. If you are serious about writing and gaining a readership beyond your friends and family, if you want to be picked up by a ‘traditional’ publishing house, be professional and invest. Indy Published titles have an uphill climb because there are so many out there that are NOT professional. Pay to have the e-book formatted properly as well.
Second: Don’t give up. Only you can make it happen. Sounds trite but the truth is, if you don’t invest sweat equity in your idea/story, no one else will do it for you.
Third: Make use of social media to build yourself a name. And blog. Especially use ‘blog hops.’ That’s what they’re there for. Go online and research reader blogs. Readers are your friends and hopefully, customers. Here are two:
On these you will find two of the best “writing/artists” communities out there on the web.
And finally: Write and learn about marketing, in that order. Pace yourself, always set aside time for writing, no matter what you do with the rest of your day. Research counts only if it furthers the writing. And don’t ever forget to pat yourself on the back for taking on the challenge of writing. Good luck!
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Books by Lisa Buie-Collard can be purchased on Amazon at this link:
Contact info on Lisa Buie-Collard
Thank you everyone for all your support and many thanks to Lisa for parading by. Who will stop by on us on Friday? Check back and find out.
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