Author Interview Series: Paula Wiseman

Today we’re hearing from Paula Wiseman who has made a fine career for herself with two successful Christian fiction series. It’s clear she is a motivated, resourceful woman, and I’m pleased to hear from an author in her genre. Thanks for talking to us, Paula!

Author Sidekick: Are you traditionally or self published?

Paula Wiseman: I self-published through Mindstir Media.

AS: What genre do you write?

PW: Christian Fiction

AS: What is the most challenging non-writing work that you do as a writer? What about the most unexpected?

PW: Marketing is always a challenge because it’s like trying to hit a moving target, identifying your audience and determining the best way to connect with them. It involves some patience and trial and error to figure out what works and what is a waste of time and money. As for the unexpected, I never considered how much website expertise I would have to learn in a short time. I’ve become pretty techie in the last five years. 🙂

AS: Do you use social media to promote your books and/or yourself? If yes, which platforms do you use? If no, why not?

PW: I do use social media. I’m on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest, but by far Facebook is my best avenue for connecting with my readers.

AS: Do you blog regularly? If yes, what topics do you cover? If no, why not?

PW: I do blog two to three times a week. I write Christian fiction so my blog has a devotional bent to it. Then every so often I post an update on upcoming releases or new projects.

AS: What do you wish you had more time for?

PW: Just writing 🙂 There seems to never be enough time to sit and just put words on the page.

AS: Is writing your sole source of income or do you have a “day job”?

PW: I am fortunate that my husband has a great job so I don’t have to support myself with my writing. (I would definitely need a day job.) But my goal going in was to get to the point where writing could be self-sustaining, where sales covered all the peripheral expenses and we arrived there a couple of books ago.

AS: Have you considered hiring an assistant to help with non-writing tasks? If yes, what is holding you back? If no, why not?

PW: I would love to have an assistant, but it’s not practical. It’s mostly a matter of cost, but there’s also a need to find a good fit.

CONTINGENCY: Covenant of Trust #1

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Where was God? Bobbi Molinsky’s comfortable life is shattered when a forwarded email from her husband’s account lands in her inbox. The email teases, “My whole evening is free again.” After an angry confrontation with Chuck, she is left with the broken remains of an eighteen year marriage. Where is God? Bobbi agrees forgiving Chuck is the right thing, the God-honoring thing to do, but it leaves her empty and isolated. Teaching her second-graders is a burden. Taking care of her boys saps all her energy. It seems God Himself has walked away, leaving her to struggle alone. Is God faithful? Bobbi can’t deny the transformation in Chuck, but genuine forgiveness requires trust, and trust is a risk she’s not willing to take. Can she let go of her deepest, most primal fears and save her marriage?

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About to Paula Wiseman

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I was born during the Summer of Love in Ashland, KY. I’m wife and mom of three, and a former chemist. I homeschool, I run a little, I’m a huge football and basketball fan, a hopeless nerd with a little techie geek thrown in. I teach Sunday school, I’m the Science Lady at Washington Elementary, and I am so left-handed. I have a little dog, and a hateful cat.

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Author Interview Series: Lisa Gail Green

To kick off my new author interview series, I have the fabulous Lisa Gail Green. If you are part of the YALit community, I know you’ve heard of her before. She’s a great supporter of YA and contributes regularly to Adventures in YA Publishing. She’s also debuting the first book in her Of Angels and Demons trilogy next month. Lisa is just the kind of busy, multi-faceted, modern author I’m pleased to feature here.

Author Sidekick: How are you published (traditional or self-pub)?

Lisa Gail Green: Both

AS: What genre do you write?

LGG: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi

AS: What is the most challenging non-writing work that you do as a writer? What about the most unexpected?

LGG: Marketing! The thing that still eludes me and I find the most difficult is actually FINDING the target audience for my books.

AS: Do you use social media to promote your books and/or yourself? If yes, which platforms do you use? If no, why not?

LGG: Yes! But I use them mostly socially. You know, you’re one of my “friends”! 😉 I love Twitter, Pinterest and FB though I’m not sure how well I’m using them these days.

AS: Do you blog regularly? If yes, what topics do you cover? If no, why not?

LGG: Only what I do for AYAP. I shut down my own blog a while back.

AS: What do you wish you had more time for?

LGG: Writing!

AS: What do you wish you could spend less time on?

LGG: Everyday minutia.

AS: Is writing your sole source of income or do you have a “day job”?

LGG: Writing only

AS: Have you considered hiring an assistant to help with non-writing tasks? If yes, what is holding you back? If no, why not?

LGG: Ha! When I can afford you I will hire you. ;D I’m lucky in that my husband’s income is enough (barely). But we do have three kids!

SOUL CROSSED, Of Angels and Demons #1

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One Demon.

One Angel.

One Soul.

Josh lived a reckless, selfish life, so upon his death, escaping the eternal torments of Hell by assuming the role of a powerful, soul-corrupting demon is an easy choice. His first soul assignment doesn’t seem too hard: the mortal Camden is already obsessed with weapons, pain, and torture. If only Josh wasn’t distracted by Cam’s beautiful friend, Grace.

Grace never expected to die violently at age sixteen, but now she’s an Angel, responsible for saving a soul. She can already see past Camden’s earthly flaws, so the job should be be easy. If only that handsome, playboy Josh would stop getting in the way.

It’s forbidden for an Angel to be with a Demon, so if Josh and Grace stop resisting each other, the results would be disastrous.

And only one can claim Cam’s soul.

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About Lisa Gail Green

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Lisa Gail Green lives with her husband the rocket scientist and their three junior mad scientists in Southern California. She writes books so she can have an excuse to live in the fantasy world in her head. She likes to share these with readers so she’s represented by the lovely Melissa Nasson of Rubin Pfeffer Content. She has a parrot but would most definitely get a werewolf for a pet if she weren’t allergic.

Lisa loves YA. She believes with all her heart that teen readers are ready and willing to experience things that some adults have closed their minds to, that books are the safest way to explore, learn, and escape, and that imagination is the key to just about everything.

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Conference Tips for Authors

conference tips for authors

1. Get your image ready

If you’ve been putting off getting business cards printed, setting up social media accounts, or making your website shine, a conference might be just the wake-up call you need. We all know conferences are great places to network, formally and informally, but those connections won’t do you much good if they don’t last. Make sure you have an easily accessible virtual presence and plenty of business cards.

2. Master your networking routine

During a conference, you talk to a lot of people and receive a lot of business cards. Whenever you receive a business card, pull out a pen and quickly make note of who gave you the card, what they do, and what you talked about. Make note of whatever you have to in order to jog your memory after the conference, and with those notes on hand, follow up! On the flip side, make sure you are good at introducing yourself. Show up armed with several one-sentence introductions about yourself, where you are in your career, your interests, and what you are hoping to get out of the conference.

3. Research and connect

Once you’ve registered for a conference, get your hands on the schedule and program. Read through what the conference has to offer and think about where you want to spend your time. You’ll avoid information overload on the day of conference, and you’ll also have time to do extra research on the presenters and topics that interest you beforehand so you can get the absolute most out of your sessions. You can also use social media to connect with other attendees that share your particular interests before you arrive.

4. TALK!

Conferences allow you to mingle with people from all levels and corners of your industry. They also drive home a point that everyone is prone to forgetting: the people we admire most are still just people! The woman sitting next to you at a panel could easily be a famous author looking forward to hearing her peers speak on a subject that interests both of you. You know you’ve got something in common already, so go ahead and strike up conversation. If you’re shy, prepare conversation starters that will get other people talking, and make use of social media to put yourself out there so people will approach you.

5. Keep an open mind

Maybe you won’t get to do everything you wanted to do, or you won’t get your first choice at every session. Branch out! If you’re a journalist, you may (understandably) not be terribly excited about attending a panel on young adult fantasy novels, but make the most of it. The people on that panel are most likely there because they are excellent at what they do– surely all of them could teach you something valuable, even if you don’t care for witches and vampires. Talk to people who occupy different parts of your industry, and recognize that everyone you meet knows something you don’t.

6. Take care of yourself

Conferences will make your brain jump for joy, but they are draining, both physically and mentally. The combination of long days, information overload, unpredictable food, cocktail hours galore, travel, and countless handshakes often result in a post-conference slump colloquially called “con drop.” Give yourself a fighting chance to avoid it by staying on top of your most basic needs for food, water, and rest. Give your brain breaks, too! If at all possible, allow yourself a little time to decompress upon returning home instead of jumping right back into your usual routine.

Top 5 Reasons You Need an Author’s Assistant

Top 5 Reasons You Need an Author's Assistant

Presumably, you landed on this page because you are thinking of hiring an assistant to help manage all the tangential work that comes with writing for a living. If you want to know what an author’s assistant does for their clients, or are trying to decide if a virtual assistant is really right for you, read on for five straight answers.

1. We can give you more time to write.

Making a career of writing isn’t just a matter of writing things that people enjoy reading. You may also need to pitch books, solicit reviews, format your work for digital publication, promote your work, book interviews and appearances, write and blast out press releases, create a digital presence for your self and your work, and so on and so forth. There are spreadsheets, headaches, and a lot of repetitive work. Glamorous!

Maybe you have a career outside of writing that takes up a lot of your time already, or just generally find that with only 24 hours in a day, you can’t do it all. You’re not the only one. Very few writers get all of this taken care of by their publishers. The rest of them take on at least some of this work themselves and/or hire assistants to lighten their load.

Only you can write the book, do interviews, and make appearances to promote your work. The rest can be delegated to an author’s assistant, so you can actually focus on the things that really demand your personal attention.

2. We can save you money.

All new skills take time to master. If you need to do all the peripheral work related to your writing career all by your lonesome, you need to account for the time it takes to actually do that work on top of the time it will take for you to learn the skills necessary to do it.

An author’s assistant already has those skills. We are already good at the things you need. We do it fast, and we do it well. If time is money, we will definitely save you both.

3. We can do as much or as little as you need.

Related to our cost effectiveness, we are flexible people: we respond to your specific needs. If you don’t need (or can’t afford) every service we offer, or only need help with a few things, we can still do a lot for you. Hiring an assistant doesn’t have to break the bank.

A few hours a month with a good virtual author’s assistant can amount to a lot of promotion, social media management, or research.

Some authors do find their trusty sidekick to be indispensable, and keep us around long-term, while some just need help getting through a book release or planning a speaking tour. Whatever you need, we are ready to serve, and happy to figure out what we can do for you on any budget.

4. We’ve got a guy for that.

If you work with us, you get the privilege of all of our connections, and trust me– we have a lot.

You know that one friend who seems to “know a guy for that” every time you need something? That’s us. We know exactly who to contact to garner reviews, order swag, fix your website, or design your book cover. We’ve got connections everywhere, and we’ll use them to your advantage.

5. We’ve been to this rodeo before.

Maybe this will be your first book/ebook/speaking tour/blog tour. Or, maybe you’re a seasoned professional, and you’re looking to adapt to a changing industry or branch out. If you’re not excited about the prospect of trial by fire, we don’t blame you, and we’re here for you. We’ve done it all before, and we have the resources, experience, and skills to make it happen again. We’re a tech-savvy bunch, and we make it our business to stay on top of trends and tools relevant to the publishing industry.

An Unofficial #6. We love to help people.

Author’s assistants are generally very nice people who will genuinely care about you and your career. Most of us got into this business because we love books and authors, know a lot about the publishing industry, and want to use our expertise to make a difference.

If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to contact me anytime.

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