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Guest Post: Lisa Ann O’Kane’s “Path to Publication” Series

The wonderful Lisa Ann O’Kane is currently writing about her experience as a writer thus far: from sitting down and writing that first book, to realising it doesn’t end there!; from figuring out what to do next to getting an agent, and then a publisher, Lisa is revealing all in an honest, funny, and insightful way. It’s not just worth a read for all budding writers, but also for us publishers who sometimes might forget – or not realise – how much an author may have gone through to get to the stage where we’re looking at their work, and for every author-and-book loving fan.

Join Lisa every Monday for her latest instalment, and check out her blog – Kicked, Cornered, Bitten and Chased – for the first 4 posts. For now though, here’s a little from Lisa:


Silly me, I thought writing the book would be the hardest part.

When I first began my path to publication, I believed literary accolades, fame and fortune would automatically follow. I had just WRITTEN A BOOK, after all. This feat was deserving of an arsenal of literary agents, editors, publishers and film companies fighting over me.

I also believed my transformation from a writer into an author would be a smooth, straight line. My dream agent would snatch me up, and we would sell my book to the highest bidder in an astonishing preempt the likes of which the literary world had never seen. It would only be a matter of time before film companies would be knocking at my door, and then we would have our pick of Hollywood’s brightest young actors to star in my blockbuster movie adaptation.

And then… I dunno… I would buy my parents a new house, donate to charities, raise awareness about worthwhile causes and travel the world for awhile. Maybe lay down some roots in Florida, buy a cabin in Alaska, rest on my laurels and grace my fans with a new novel every few years or so?

It sounded perfect at the time.

Nowadays, it sounds ridiculous.

When I first began my path to publication, I HAD NO IDEA HOW HARD THIS WOULD BE. I didn’t realize how much of my heart, soul and guts I would have to pour into making my dreams a reality. I also didn’t understand how gut-wrenching and terrifying and humbling the next few years of my life would be.

The light at the end of the tunnel?

I’m still standing, and my debut novel ESSENCE will be released by Strange Chemistry on June 3, 2014. (!!!)

My path to publication is nothing if not a story of persistence, and I would be honored to share it with you in the hopes you will likewise never give up on your dreams.

Please join me on my blog – Kicked, Cornered, Bitten and Chased – every Monday morning between now and then to learn more about the scrapes and scars I have acquired during my publishing journey. I also plan to post tips and resources you can utilize to make sure you don’t repeat some of my rookie mistakes.

Click here to read my first three “Path to Publication” posts, and please tune in on Monday, May 5th at 7:00am EST for my next post, “Picking the Right Literary Agent”.

Thanks in advance for your support!