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September 19, 2013

Lisa Bilbrey: Book Publishing Tips

As an author and publisher, I am often asked about what tips or advice I’d give when publishing a book. So, here they are:

First: Write. Write, write, write, write, and write. The only way one improves as a writer is to keep writing. It’s how we hone our skills and become better storytellers.

Second: Don’t be afraid to take chances. There’s not a formula to writing the perfect book and not all your characters can be the hero. Maybe you have to kill someone off, maybe your story needs to get dark before the light can be found again. Take chances and change the world!

Third: Do not self-edit. You cannot read your work objectively enough to see what needs to be adjusted or removed entirely. Editing does not have to be expensive, either. There are a lot of affordable editors who will work with you on your novel with costing you your first born.  Also, do not ask your Aunt Betty, who teaches High School English, to edit your work. Or your mom, your brother, your sister, or best friend — you need someone to be objective, who isn’t going to sugarcoat things. It won’t do you or your book any good.

Fourth: Don’t be afraid of rejection. Not everyone is going to love your writing. People will tear it to pieces, and they won’t always be nice about it. You can’t let them stop you from writing. Write for yourself, not for them.

Last: Enjoy the journey, because it’s an amazing ride. 

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About the Author

Lisa Bilbrey is a mom of three and has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1996. Finding a love in the written word, she started writing as a way to express herself. From the first word she wrote, she'd found her heart and soul. Always willing to learn, she's spends much of her time trying to improve as a storyteller.
In late 2011, Lisa opened Renaissance Romance Publishing with Michele Richard and Laura Braley.
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