Dimensions by Lindsey Michelle

Dimensions by Lindsey Michelle

IndieReads: When did you start writing?

Lindsey Michelle: From the minute I could write and read as a child, I remember writing brief stories (perhaps an early version of flash fiction!) I’d say I became a very serious writer in high school. From sophomore through senior year, I wrote two novels (neither were ever published) and began sending query letters to literary agents. The summer after graduation, I started courses in screenwriting at UCLA Extension. Since then, I’ve split my focus between novels and screenplays.

IR: Are you self published or did you use an independent publisher?

LM: My novel “Dimensions” is self-published.

IR: What genre do you write in the most?

LM: I like trying out different genres. When I was younger, I would have probably answered drama or drama-comedy, but when I think about my writing, there’s a wide range of genres. My first two published short stories were in a “Scary Stories” anthology, in the thriller/suspense genre. “Dimensions” is a blend of science fiction, supernatural and drama. The two unpublished manuscripts I wrote in high school are historical drama and coming-of-age; my completed screenplays are romantic comedy and two dramas.

IR: How many books have you published?

LM: “Dimensions” is my first and only published novel. The ease of self-publishing makes it enticing to continue publishing additional works, but for now, I’m focusing on promoting “Dimensions”.

IR: What was the prime motivation in publishing your work through independent channels?

LM: I first turned to self-publishing because I had probably queried every agent in the country! As is often mentioned, it’s very difficult for a new writer to obtain agency representation. I felt as though I have a compelling story that readers really respond to, and it was disappointing to think that no one would ever read it. That’s when I began to look into self-publishing.

IR: What were your early experiences like?

LM: I originally published “Dimensions” via Lulu.com, before the creation of Kindle. Lulu.com is very helpful and takes the writer through the process step-by-step; even so, proofreading, formatting and publishing was more time-consuming than writing the novel!

IR: What did the process teach you?

LM: Proofreading and formatting are vitally important in order to present a professional book. Self-published writers cannot simply send in their manuscript and let someone else worry about the details. The upside is that self-publishing gives writers complete control over how the book looks; I played around with various fonts, title pages, etc.

IR: Have you seen a change in the independent publishing community?

LM: Yes, there’s been a drastic change between the time I first published “Dimensions” and now. There is no longer the stigma that self-publishing is an “easy way out”; I’ve seen numerous articles about traditionally published authors that have turned to self-publishing, particularly within the past year. The rise of e-books has also helped self-publishing in general because readers seem more willing to purchase self-published works on electronic devices than in print form.

IR: Do you read other independently published authors works?

LM: I recently started a blog called SelfScribes (http://selfscribes.blogspot.com) to promote the writing of self-published and indie writers. Writers can submit short stories, excerpts from novels or any other creative writing. The community of self-published writers is very supportive and I think it’s important to give a shout-out to quality writing.

IR: Where are you most likely to purchase indie works?

LM: Definitely online! You can find anything and everything online. Though I’ve always enjoyed browsing bookstores, the options are often very limited compared to the Internet.

IR: Where can people find your books and which source has been the must successful for you?

LM: “Dimensions” can be purchased in paperback or as an e-book from Lulu.com, in paperback from BN.com, and in paperback or on Kindle from Amazon. I’ve experienced an increase in sales since making “Dimensions” available on Kindle.

IR: Do you have books in print? Where can we find them? What was that experience like?

LM: The paperback copy is available online (see above), but not currently in bookstores. It took a lot of time to properly format the paperback version; then Kindle needed a different format.

IR: Do you have any advice for some one who would like to be an Indie author or publisher?

LM: Once you’ve completed and polished your manuscript, give yourself enough time to embark on the self-publishing process. It’s impossible to rush when you’re reading and rereading for any typos or formatting errors. Don’t cave and hire someone to do these steps for you; it’s rewarding (and inexpensive or free) to do this yourself. And to anyone publishing on Kindle: do not use the space key to indent paragraphs on a Word document! Kindle will only recognize the Ruler Tab.

IR: Do you do your own cover art or do you have some one do it for you?

LM: I chose cover art that Lulu.com provided.

More Info:

Lindsey Michelle has written articles for MovieMaker magazine and websites such as Suite101. Two of her short stories were published in book anthologies Scary Stories 2 and 3; she has since adapted the stories into short scripts. Lindsey currently works as a screenplay reader.

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