March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #12 “If you self published, was it because you could not find a publisher to publish from an unsolicitated author?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

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So, the 12th question is “If you self published, was it because you could not find a publisher to publish from an unsolicitated author?”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

Yes and no

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

I am a traditionally-published author.

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

I didn’t really try that hard. I also went to a conference called ‘How to make a living with your writing’ run by Joanna Penn who had been with a main stream publisher and went indie to take control of her career and basically make loads more money. I don’t regret becoming an indie author for a moment.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

I self-publish for two reasons. The first is that I like the control (although DCL gives me a very long leash that I’m grateful for). The second reason is that, when I self-publish, it’s so I don’t feel like I’m cheating on my publisher with another publisher.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

There’s a publisher for everyone out there somewhere.

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

I’ve never self-published so far, but I’d be open to it!

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

I actually went straight into self publishing. I did a lot of research and really delved into the world of writing and publishing beforehand. From everyone I spoke to and everything I learned, self publishing seemed like the way to go for me. So far I’ve been very happy with it!

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

I have not self-published.

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

I did send my manuscript off to a number of agents but I was keen to get my book out there so I thought I’d give self publishing a try. The great thing about self publishing is that you are in control of your vision. You can see your book through from the beginning to the finished article and you are in control of that. I do work with a great editor though, and I’d always recommend that if you are self publishing.

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

I self-published a title on emotional abuse in a Christian marriage that a publisher wouldn’t publish after buying it on spec. They wanted her to stay married, and I refused. I wasn’t going to tell a woman that she could work harder to save a marriage not worth saving. Your soul is more important than a bad marriage, so I self-published “Swimming to the Surface.”

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

I have a traditional publisher and always wanted it that way. I’m not sure I would be able to market my own book sufficiently well, if I self-published it.

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

Heck no. It’s way better over here 🙂

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March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #11 “How did you get a publisher to accept your first manuscript since it is so hard to break into publishing?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

If you are an author and would like to participate in our upcoming interviews, check out this link, sign up and get your fans to ask their questions to the participating authors! The goal of this author interview is to increase the engagement between readers and authors, and to expose authors to new group of readers.

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So, the 11th question is “How did you get a publisher to accept your first manuscript since it is so hard to break into publishing?”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

I applied to over 100 literary agents with query letters.

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

I was VERY persistent. I queried my book out to literally HUNDREDS of agents and publishers and never stopped working on it.

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

You know what, I don’t do defeat or rejection very well so after five letters back from main stream publishers I gave up. Not because I gave up on my dream but because I want to be in control of my writing career. This is the day of the indie author and I am an authorpreneur and proud of it.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

Nowadays, it’s not that hard to get a contract. It’s more difficult to get noticed once your book is out there. Fortunately for me, I already had a following when I began talks with DCL and that helped me get a foot in the door with this awesome company.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

I got in via a friends recommendation.

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

I entered a contest the publisher was hosting and won!

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

It is hard! I’m actually self published

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

I was recommended by a friend and fellow author, which I’m certain gave me an advantage.

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

I have self published.

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

I got plucked out of a slush pile and blessedly told what to fix if I wanted it published.

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

I got a really great literary agent. I’d recommend this route to anyone. Your agent is your business manager, mentor and friend. Publishers receive thousands of manuscripts and it is hard to break through. Even my agency receives hundreds of submissions a week. You need to be able to write, have a good story to tell, and a strong voice. You need determination to keep going, through all the rejections.

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

I didn’t worry about them. I became my own publisher.

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March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #10 “Have you written anything other than Chick Lit?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

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So, the 9th question is “Have you written anything other than Chick Lit?”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

Not yet. I’m in the process of a horror story now.

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

I’ve written other stories and have other ideas, but everything I’ve gotten published has been in the Chick Lit genre, including my newest book coming out in October, Breakup Boot Camp.

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

Yes, my first three books are YA fantasy, my latest book is historical romance as is my current WIP.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

I dabble in everything. My main genre to write in is horror.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

Of course. Sci-fi, Horror, Mystery, Fantasy, etc etc etc.

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

I’ve also written romance, women’s fiction, and magical realism.

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

I’ve never actually published anything else. I’ve written a historical romance, however I doubt I will ever publish it. I love reading that genre, but writing it is another story.

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

Nah, this is what I love. Who knows what the future will bring? For now, this is what I want to share with the world.

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

I have a crime novel that I keep picking up and writing and then putting down. It’s a complete change for me, and a challenge, but I’m working on it.

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

Yes, I have written romance and a few non-fiction titles, one about fashion and one about a missionary who survived a terrorist attack that killed her husband. (Ultimately, it was a love story though.)

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

All the books I’ve written have been commercial women’s fiction.

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

Yes! I moonlight as a YA Fantasy novelist as well 🙂

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March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #9 “What do you think is the take-away message in your book?”

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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

If you are an author and would like to participate in our upcoming interviews, check out this link, sign up and get your fans to ask their questions to the participating authors! The goal of this author interview is to increase the engagement between readers and authors, and to expose authors to new group of readers.

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So, the 9th question is “What do you think is the take-away message in your book? ”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

The take away message from my book, is to watch for the signs of sex trafficking criminals and victims. Children as early as the age of 5 can be abducted and caught up in these kinds of rings. Sex trafficking a multimillion dollar industry across the globe.

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

I think the takeaway message is not to take a backseat in your own life and that a happy ending can mean finding love it also can mean finding yourself!

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

1. Don’t give up and 2. for every woman there is a Mr Perfect for me out there, not a perfect man (good gracious they don’t exist, nor do perfect women) but finding that person that is perfect for you is possible. But first you have to know what you want. Make a list, be honest, be realistic, if you don’t know what you want, or if what you want is not realistic – tall, dark, handsome, rich & sexy is only available in novels, then you won’t find him and you’ll never be happy.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

Revenge is sweet.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

There is always hope!

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

You are going to be okay. It’s okay to try, it’s okay to fail, it’s okay to get hurt. You’re always going to be you.

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

I hope the message is to never take anything too seriously because life usually works out in the end.

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

In everything I write, the main take-away message is ‘life will happen, so let it.’

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

That it’s okay if things don’t work out the way that you planned them, that it’s okay not to fit in to other peoples expectations, and that it’s you’re life, so live it exactly how you want to!

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

We all have value and we can’t look to others to find our self-worth. It’s within us.

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

Be yourself, stand up for yourself, be kind to yourself

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

You are not defined by what you eat, the size of clothes you wear, or the number on the scale. Worth isn’t earned, it’s given.

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March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #8 “How long after writing first book until you actually were published?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

If you are an author and would like to participate in our upcoming interviews, check out this link, sign up and get your fans to ask their questions to the participating authors! The goal of this author interview is to increase the engagement between readers and authors, and to expose authors to new group of readers.

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So, the 8th question is “How long after writing first book until you actually were published?”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

1 week.

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

My first book One S’more Summer, took about 10 years from when I started writing to getting published. The second two in the series S’more to Lose and Love You S’more were published about a year apart.

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

Talking of Two Women & Too Many Men which is my chick lit novel, I self published on Amazon within months of finishing the book.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

I self-published my first novel in 2005 and saw my first contract with DCL Publications in 2008. I still periodically self-publish certain pieces as some things I write may not be fitting for DCL, but I’d rather self-publish those pieces than work with another publisher. DCL is like family after all of these years, and I’m faithful to family.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

Early oughts, I think it was.

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

I finished my first complete manuscript in fall 2010, and published my first book (a different one) May 2015.

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

I finished my first book about five months before I published it. Editing is always a slow process for me but especially for that first one.

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

My first story ‘We Made Snow Angels’ was published November 2018, just a few months after my submission.

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

I self published immediately with an eBook on Amazon, but then progressed to Paperback books after my second book, so all three are in eBook and hard copy, and I now have an audiobook version for the first book too.

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

Just a year. I know, I got lucky.

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

It took me over fifteen years to be published, I would say. I wrote six novels before I got an agent, and a further two that got me an agent but no publishing deal. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was the first book I had published, three years ago.

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

Somewhere around a year.

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March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #7 “What inspired the characters?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

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So, the 7th question is “What inspired the characters?”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

The history of the reign of Scotland…also the areas of the world where sex trafficking is known to have high rates.

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

Many of characters in The Campfire Series are a composite of real and fictional people. For example, Victoria and Annabelle Ellicott are my fictionalized version of Kate and Pippa Middleton. Trini Bower is my take on Tim Gunn from Project Runway. The other main characters are a mix of real and made up traits.

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

The people around me, and myself. I observe real life events and then wonder how my characters would react in that situation.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

‘Ashaki’s Beauty Parlor’ is a spin-off of my 2006 novel ‘The Estranged Affair: A Love Story.’ To this day, there is debate in my small town about who Daniel and Chandler might be based on, and I’ll never tell the answer. As for Ashaki, she is based off my best friend and soul sister Crystal.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

My Muses inspire all.

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

I came up with the concept when I was processing a serious breakup of mine. I had one of the characters focus on the betrayal felt when someone you spent so much time with and invested so much in decides they like someone else better, and the other character dealt with the guilt that comes along with realizing you might not want to stay with the person you’d previously envisioned your life with.

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

Usually people in my life. Each of my characters is a blend of personalities and traits of so many people I’ve known. There’s nothing more fun than coming up with a unique persona for a new character, especially when I have someone to base them off of!

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

In my story ‘All I Want is to Be Happy,’ my main character Michael is inspired by my BFF, while Michael’s BFF is inspired by me.

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

I wanted characters with a bond, and a really strong friendship. I’m lucky to find myself with some really good friends and I wanted that to be at the core of the book. I wanted to show them sharing a journey through life with all the challenges that can be thrown at us.

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

A young woman who is struggling in life while her Dad’s second family flourishes. She has everything within her and I want her to discover that, so I’m writing the ending I want for her.

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

My heroine Martha Storm, took inspiration from several places. My own inability to say ‘no’ when I was younger, and taking on too much. My mum, who helps out an elderly neighbour with her sewing, and a friend who does a lot for her community. I drew threads in from all these and others.

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

My life! (Isn’t that terrifying and amazing at the same time?)

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March Chicklit Author Interview Answer #6 “What do you do for writers block?”


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Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the March Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Chicklit authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.

If you are an author and would like to participate in our upcoming interviews, check out this link, sign up and get your fans to ask their questions to the participating authors! The goal of this author interview is to increase the engagement between readers and authors, and to expose authors to new group of readers.

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So, the 6th question is “What do you do for writers block?”

1) Author #1 :  Tetasheri Whitney

Drink a cup of red wine, exercise, pray, find depth in the meanings of my life and it’s environment, play jazz or old gospel music

2) Author #2:  Beth Merlin

A shower always helps me break through. I don’t know why but some of my best ideas come to me when I am washing my hair.

3) Author #3:  Tracy Orchard

Get up and walk away, do something else and leave it alone. Then when I am doing other stuff my friends pop into mind and I wonder what they’re doing today, then just like that I can go back to writing.

4) Author #4:  Jae El Foster

I periodically teach a class I created years ago called Creative Convulsions. Through it, I help authors deal with writers block through mind tricks, word association games, paragraph assignments and other fun projects.

5) Author #5:  Adesanya

Pray to any god or goddess that chooses to listen.

6) Author #6:  Amy Spitzfaden

I rest and brainstorm. Resting takes care of the burnout aspect, brainstorming takes me past the block.

7) Author #7:  Summer Dowell

Something physical. It could be as simple as standing up and walking around my room, but moving always seems to stimulate more thoughts.

8) Author #8:  Jennifer Patricia O’Keeffe

Plow through it. Sometimes you have to just sit down and make yourself write. Claiming writers block is giving writers block ownership of your creativity. You own your creativity. Make it flow.

9) Author #9:  Sasha Lane

Go to a coffee shop, grab a latte, and people watch. I find this helps me relax, and drift off into my own world.

10) Author #10:  Kristin Billerbeck

I go do something else. I watch a movie. I go to the beach. I get away from it. When I’m on deadline, the adrenaline kicks in and I don’t have that problem. Because I like to actually eat.

11) Author #11:  Phaedra Patrick

If I’m stuck on a chapter or section of the book, I leave it alone and try writing something else. It’s hard to be creative when you’re stuck! I usually think of a scene or situation I really want to write, and concentrate on that.

12) Author #12:  Katie Joyce Cross

I figure out what question I need answered, then I keep writing.

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