M. Louisa Locke
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Dawn Downey replied to the discussion 'Importance of experimentation and sharing information in ebook publishing' in the group EPublishing
"Here's a free ebook Secrets to Ebook Publishing Succsess. Easy to understand, pragmatic, chock full of info.Good for those who have already published and also those who are not quite at that stage yet. I was surprised to learn Amazon is…"
Sep 4, 2013
Dawn Downey replied to the discussion 'Importance of experimentation and sharing information in ebook publishing' in the group EPublishing
"I agree with Leslie about your covers. I love them! They really caught my eye and you can tell right away they're all part of a series."
Sep 4, 2013
M. Louisa Locke replied to the discussion 'Importance of experimentation and sharing information in ebook publishing' in the group EPublishing
"Dear Leslie, Thanks. The book covers have been done by a friend who has a design background, and I love that she completely captures the vision I have for the series. I didn't initially hire an editor for the first books (although I had about…"
Aug 29, 2013
Leslie Lang replied to the discussion 'Importance of experimentation and sharing information in ebook publishing' in the group EPublishing
"Also, they are beautiful covers. Did you hire an editor? (You'll see my thread about hiring an editor in this same group -- though my book is a children's novel.) Whatever you are doing, it seems like it's sure working for you. Great!"
Aug 28, 2013
Leslie Lang replied to the discussion 'Importance of experimentation and sharing information in ebook publishing' in the group EPublishing
"So interesting! You have done really well, and your books sound interesting (I popped over to your website). Congratulations on your successes; you're an inspiration. I don't have numbers to share with you yet, but will one of these days!…"
Aug 28, 2013
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M. Louisa Locke commented on the blog post 'The Reluctant Self-Publisher: Me'
"Welcome to the journey. Hope you have as much fun as I have the past 3 years (and as many sales.) I can tell you when you start to sell the first books to strangers, when you get that first positive review from someone you don't know, when you…"
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M. Louisa Locke commented on the group 'Small Publishers and Independent Authors'
"Dear all, I am not saying that all books will benefit from free promotions, but that authors shouldn't feel that it somehow devalues their work to offer it for free if it is a way of finding the audience for that book. My books, based on my…"
Feb 29, 2012
M. Louisa Locke commented on the group 'Small Publishers and Independent Authors'
"I disagree with the idea that putting your book up for free for promotional purposes or  putting a short piece up at 99 cents, or pricing your book at $2.99, particularly if you are a relatively unknown author, devalues your work or books in…"
Feb 29, 2012
M. Louisa Locke commented on the blog post 'Ebook Returns - the Free eBook Reads You DIDN’T Want to Know About'
"Hi, I am a successful self-published author of historical mysteries (Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits) and most of my sales have been through Amazon's Kindle (sold over 24,000 books in the past 2 years), and I haven't found the rate…"
Feb 25, 2012
Mia Loveless replied to the discussion 'Tips on selling books on Kindle' in the group Print On Demand and E-publishing News
"Hi Luisa, I am impressed, I want to say. Awesome tips :-)"
Jan 22, 2012
A blog post by M. Louisa Locke was featured

Why Self-Published Authors Know Best

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 agents.The traditional information storehouse has been inverted. Right now,…See More
Jan 18, 2012
M. Louisa Locke commented on the blog post 'To Wait Or Not To Wait: The Self-Publishing Dilemma'
"I waited 20 years. My historical mystery was written in 1989, got an agent, got lots of rejections because there "wasn't a market for historicals", then of course the market took off, I tried again with a small press, that promptly…"
Jan 16, 2012
Muriel Jacques commented on the blog post 'My Second Year as an Indie Author: Even Sweeter Success'
"Thanks for this post. It is difficult to know what happens when you become a full time Indie writer and I find it very helpful that you have shared your sales number with us. I hope that 2012 will be even better for you! Congrats again!"
Jan 7, 2012

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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.
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
http://mlouisalocke.com/
http://twitter.com/#!/mlouisalocke
http://www.facebook.com/mlouisalockeauthor
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
My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts
Services I offer to other writers:
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I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
HFeBooks.com, Publetariat.com, Association of Independent Authors, Alliance of Independent Authors
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M. Louisa Locke's Blog

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…

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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…

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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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Writing Full Time: What does it look like to you?

Posted on July 27, 2011 at 7:44pm 5 Comments

I haven’t written a post in some time, because I was working furiously to finish the first draft of Uneasy Spirits, the sequel to Maids of Misfortune, my historical mystery set in 1879 San Francisco. The manuscript is now out to my first set of beta readers, I have just finished a week of family visits and entertaining my grandchildren, and, to keep from obsessing over whether my beta readers will like the new novel, I thought I would try to take stock of my writing…

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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." :(

 

LOL

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…
THANK YOU!!!!
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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