Lisa Buffaloe is my guest today. She’s an avid blogger, writer, speaker, and host for Living Joyfully Free Radio (www.livingjoyfullyfree.com). Her difficult and eclectic past experiences bless her with a backdrop to share about God’s unending love and that through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal. She is the author of Nadia’s Hope, Prodigal Nights, Grace for the Char-Baked and a contributing author of The One Year Book of Joy and Laughter.
Below is a brief article by Lisa, followed by our interview.
A Buffaloe’s Writing Trail
I didn’t plan on being a writer—did not break forth from the womb with pen and paper in hand. Life took me for a wild ride, dumped me in bed with chronic illness, and a new writing adventure was the result. Sequestered from the world as my health declined, I wrote to find answers to suffering, answers in the Bible for the “why’s” of life.
In 2005 I began writing in earnest, and words flowed onto the paper like sweet honey. Writing was easy. I thought all I needed to do was write a great story, and publishers would clamor to print my work. I wrote completely without guidance, operating my keyboard without training wheels. Oh my, the writing was not pretty.
After several manuscript rejections, I quickly found much-needed help through critique groups. A blog was birthed as my skills developed. Blessed with patient readers, they encouraged me along my journey. I attended writer conferences and mentoring clinics, worked on honing my craft, and secured a wonderful literary agent.
With my manuscripts receiving writing awards and positive feedback, the destiny seemed to be leading to traditional publication. This year after much prayer, I felt led to release my sweet agent and venture into the independent publishing world. The Buffaloe went rogue.
My work had been scoured and critiqued by author friends and editors, yet to make sure the manuscripts were the best possible, I hired editors for a final check. Articles and books were read on the formatting techniques for both Kindle and print books. Photos were taken or purchased for each cover and finished with meticulous care. The manuscripts that had waited in the wings for years were finally released. The ride has been scary, fun, and so worth every minute of the wait.
Lisa, thanks so much for joining me today. When I was looking over your titles, I saw that other family members are assisting with your publishing. I’d love to know how their efforts contributed to a professional finished product.
My son has incredible skills with graphic art. He researched traditionally published books for ideas and took each design idea to a professional level.
I read that you have won awards for your writing. Please tell me about them.
Yes, my novels have been blessed with several awards. Prodigal Nights placed as a finalist in this year’s Women of Faith Writing contest. Nadia’s Hope placed as finalist last year in the Women of Faith writing contest. Nadia’s Hope also placed as runner-up in the 2010 American Christian Fiction Writer’s (ACFW) Genesis Contest, and various other contests. Prodigal Nights placed second in the 2010 Great Expectations Contest and won the North Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.
I’m passionate to share about our awesome God. My past experiences—molestation by a baby-sitter, assault, rape by a doctor, divorce, being stalked, cancer, death of loved ones, seven surgeries, and eleven years of chronic illness from Lyme Disease—have blessed me with a backdrop to share about God’s unending love and that through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal.
I saw your information on a site called askdavid.com. I’d like to know how that works, what it costs, and how effective that is for you.
Ask David is a free service available for book promotion. Ask David is a wonderful way to gain new readers by sharing tidbits about yourself and your story not found on other social sites. They will also link back to your other websites and your Amazon page.
Anything else you want to tell self-publishers about your publishing process: how you get professional editing, what marketing techniques you use, what to avoid (if you’ve made any missteps along the way)?
After years of attending writer conferences and critique groups, I had instant connections with editors. I highly recommend any author attending conferences, mentoring clinics, and critique groups to hone their craft and also link arms with other writers. Although it’s scary stepping away from traditional publishing, friends who had already traveled the Independent publishing road helped along the way.
Marketing was a new creature. I’ve been incredibly blessed by joining Indie author groups on Facebook. Independent authors rally around to support one another and share their marketing techniques. The more we help others, the more we are helped.
Thanks, Lisa, for sharing with us today. I wish you success with your published and future titles!
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