Thanks to Lisa Rapko for sharing her experience on writing and becoming a hybrid author. A hybrid author is both published with a press, and self-published. More and more authors are trying their own hand at the publishing process, while still keeping the stability of having a publishing house for some titles.
I didn't start out wanting to be a writer. In fact, I graduated from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1991 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Since then, I've worked very serious jobs in law enforcement and social work, with my main focus being my two children.
During my divorce in 2005, I found refuge in an anonymous online diary. I was very sarcastic with my entries and developed a very large following. I thought writing a sarcastic book about my experience as a military wife could be very theraputic, and it was. Still Breathing was published in 2007. I knew nothing about publishing, googled companies, and submitted my manuscript to the first company on the list. They responded shortly after. How lucky is that?
Publish America (now American Star Books) were a good experience for me. It didn't cost me anything. They made money off my book and I got a small percentage of the royalties. The only complaint I had was I think they charged my readers too much for the book. But then again, if it were my choice I would probably give them away just to have people read them. I published two more books with Publish America. Before She Was Babci which was a tribute to my grandmother, and Diary of the Dysfunctional.
My recent book, Kissing Frogs : A Modern-Day Fractured Fairy Tale, was by far the most fun to research and write. My greatest satisfaction from doing this book would be to make my readers laugh out loud. Although I wrote the "rules for on-line dating" in a funny way, I would also like for women to keep them in mind if they choose the on-line dating scene. Unfortunately, in my day job, I've seen several women become victims during an on-line encounter. I would never in any way blame the victim, however if a few simple precautionary rules were followed they just might have been able to avoid the assaults. As simple and as much fun as I want this reading experience to be, the social worker in me couldn't help putting in some safety tips.
Kissing Frogs centers on single mom, Ethel Funt's experience getting back into the dating scene via lovebycupid.com. She turns forty at the same time her son leaves for college. It captures her excitement, anxiety and laughable moments as she learns the rules of the pond have changed in the years since she dated and she must kiss many frogs before finding her prince.
I self-published Kissing Frogs via Amazon.com. This way I was able to make the paperback book available for just $8.99. It is also available in Kindle version.
Lisa Burdziejko graduated from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1991. She’s spent the last twenty-four years working in law enforcement and social work. Writing fiction became a guilty pleasure that resulted in the release of her first book, Still Breathing in 2007. The books Before She Was Babci and Diary of the Dysfunctional followed. Lisa acknowledges Kissing Frogs as the most fun to research and write. She claims her greatest satisfaction from writing this book would be to make readers laugh out loud.