M. Louisa Locke
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Who I am:
I am a retired professor of U.S. and Women’s History, who has embarked on a second career as an historical fiction writer. The first two published books in my series of historical mysteries set in Victorian San Francisco, Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits, feature Annie Fuller, a boardinghouse owner and clairvoyant, and Nate Dawson, a San Francisco lawyer, who together investigate murders and other crimes, while my short stories, Dandy Detects and The Miss Moffets Mend a Marriage, give secondary characters from this series a chance to get involved in their own minor mysteries. I am a frequent contributor to Publetariat, an active member in the Alliance of Independent Authors, and a Director of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative. I am currently living in San Diego, where I am working on Bloody Lessons, the next full-length installment of her Annie Fuller/Nate Dawson series.
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
Uneasy Spirits: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery
Dandy Detects: A Victorian San Francisco Story
Misses Moffet Mend a Marriage: A Victorian San Francisco Story
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Regular contributor to Publetariat.com
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Fiction, Blog Posts
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HFeBooks.com, Publetariat.com, Association of Independent Authors, Alliance of Independent Authors
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M. Louisa Locke's Blog

7 Tips on How To Sell Books on Kindle

Posted on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm 31 Comments

This post was originally published on March 11, 2014.

First of all, why should you listen to me, an unknown author, tell you how to sell your book on Kindle? A little more than a year ago, I was a semi-retired professor of U.S. Women’s history who, besides a few academic articles, had never published a thing. What I did have was a manuscript of an historical mystery I had written 20 years earlier, based on my…


My Second Year as an Indie Author: Even Sweeter Success

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 8:25am 1 Comment

In December 2010, a year after I had self-published my first historical mystery, Maids of Misfortune, I wrote a piece evaluating my experience in my first year as an indie author. This December it seemed fitting to see how my…


Categories, Keywords, and Tags, Oh My: Why should an Author Care?

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 11:35am 0 Comments

Two weeks ago I published my second historical mystery, Uneasy Spirits, and in the process I was reminded of how confusing it can be to determine the best category and key words I should use on Amazon to describe my book. Since there are several other authors who have been wrestling with the same question in the Historical Fiction Authors…


Why Self-Published Authors Know Best

Posted on August 25, 2011 at 10:01am 0 Comments

This is a post from my blog from earlier this month, that writers seem to have found interesting. I hope you enjoy it as well.  M. Louisa Locke


I ran across this quote today, from a post that historical romance novelist Courtney Milan wrote this week as an open letter to…


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At 12:57pm on July 7, 2011, Samantha Anastacia said…

"Ahh" Samantha screamed, and runs down the SheWrites halls hair flowing behind her.  She sees an open door, runs in and slams it. You hear the lock being bolted.

A few moments later the lock clicks and the door slowly swings open with the inevitable squeak noise. A nose and one eye peep out.

A small voice comes out from behind the door, almost a whisper.

"Okay, Ill take you up on it but realise my biggest word count accomplished in a given day on a novel was maybe 800." :(



Maybe for now we can just keep it that you are done by next May and I am done by  next Feb and  see where that goes, honestly I am still working on the outline and really cant do word counts yet.

Thanks so much for the encouragement even though it frightens me a little. Your already accomplished word count leaves me in awe!

Samantha Stacia

At 5:04pm on May 22, 2011, Rukhpar Mor said…
Welcome to She Writes in California, Louisa! I am so glad to have you join us=)
At 7:54am on May 16, 2011, Deborah Batterman said…

Hello, Louisa --

Just left a comment in your Front Parlor re: your poignant, funny, very evocative post.

At 3:13pm on March 18, 2011, Adela Crandell Durkee said…

Hi Louisa,

I hope we can keep in touch.  Even though we are miles apart, it seems you are a great influence on me.  Warm regards, Adela  

(and like Deborah, the most important part:  Wee Hoo! 10,000 copies AND earning money.

At 11:54am on March 18, 2011, Jessie Burche said…
Hi Louisa, thanks for friending me! Whenever I finally start my literary magazine I'll be very excited to try out your e-publishing tips. Thanks again for the great article!
At 1:58pm on March 17, 2011, Deborah Batterman said…
Just left a comment re: your recent post. Forgot the most important point of all -- Congratulations on hitting the 10,000 mark with your book! ;-)
At 5:18pm on March 5, 2011, Caitlin Shetterly said…
At 11:29am on November 21, 2010, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Louisa, Adding my voice to the welcome. I'll look forward to connecting with you in PINews.

Enjoy the site!

Meg Waite Clayton
Moderator, Publishing Industry News, and Novelist Group
Author of the national bestseller, The Wednesday Sisters


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