Monday, September 14, 2009

Explore Many Channels by Lisa Lipkind Leibow

Today's guest blogger is debut author, Lisa Lipkind Leibow. Her mainstream novel, Double Out and Back, was recently released by Red Rose Publishing.

Not every woman who rides the fertility treatment roller coaster winds up like Octomom!

Who will find friends, family, and fertility?

Three women’s lives are intricately intertwined, as Amelia Schwartz and Summer Curtis struggle with the complex dynamics of intrafamily embryo adoption, and Chandy Markum strives to make her patients’ dreams a reality.

After more than a decade, of mourning her parents’ deaths, anal-retentive Amelia Schwartz decides to take control of her life, pursuing single motherhood via embryo adoption. While her fertility doctor, Chandy, is preoccupied with the destruction of the cosmopolitan Cape Town of her youth and her first love in apartheid-torn South Africa, believing all is lost, her niece, a young, married, overachieving attorney Summer Curtis, juggles zealous career ambitions, demanding bosses, and friction with her husband over family and fertility issues. They must confront the painful reality that, no matter what technology humans devise to manipulate reproduction, prolong life, and construct family units, they have not yet mastered control over their beginnings and endings.

Thrown all into this is one story that can make or break. Are you up to it?

Explore Many Channels by Lisa Lipkind Leibow

Across the globe, publishers, literary agents, authors, and bookstores are struggling to anticipate and manage the rapidly changing business of books. Emerging authors, like me, should explore many channels. I tackled the quest for publication with enthusiasm. I tracked industry developments by reading trade press, newspapers, and by joining the National Writer’s Union, and a local writers’ center where I found the best critique group ever. I attended writer’s workshops and retreats, reached out to a community of writers at my local public library, and made on-line friends with whom I traded draft manuscripts.

I embarked on my agent search-–often the first hurdle for a first-time, unknown author, and a slow process. As I waited, an on-line colleague encouraged me to submit to small presses, too. I hesitated, wondering if any publisher would look at me without an agent. However, after investigating small publishers’ submission requirements, I tried and was glad. Red Rose Publishing wanted to expand their mainstream fiction line, loved my writing, and wanted to publish my book! While large presses are busy trying to reinvent themselves, there are innovative, entrepreneurial, small presses out there, like Red Rose.

I have no problem that I’m initially published in e-book format. E-reader manufacturers like Kindle, Sony, and the soon-to-come Apple, show increasing market penetration, and the younger generation already reads on iPhones and other handheld devices.

To me, my publisher’s business plan makes complete sense. The world is going digital, and the distribution of e-books is much more cost-effective than printing books. Think about it. The cost of a ream of paper averages around $6.00. Now, add costs of ink, binding, cover, shipping, shelf space, etc. Red Rose is smart. It’s rolling out distribution of my book in phases. Once the revenue from the e-book sales recoup enough of its up-front investment, Red Rose will release the trade paperback, too.

I adore the complete, sensory experience of holding a print book–-the smell of the pages, the way the paper feels between my fingers, and the look of the ink on the page. I love to dog-ear and highlight favorite passages as I lose myself in the fictive dream a good book conjures. I savor, devour, and love print books. Nothing could replace that love.

But e-books offer new ways to love literature. I can adjust font size of print as large or small as I like. I can keep a file of “clippings” of favorite passages. I can perform keyword searches, and gain quick access to material when I’m on deadline. More than that, e-books are great for impatient people, like me. The ability to download a book within seconds of deciding I want to read it is fantastic.

I’m thrilled to make my publishing debut in the best of both worlds!

Born and raised in Leominster, Massachusetts, Lisa had a flare for drama. As a child, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, she answered on any given day anything from airplane pilot to zookeeper. She left her home town in 1984 to attend George Washington University in Washington, DC. She studied radio-television communications where she loved writing, directing, and performing, as well as public policy and regulation of mass media and telecommunications. After college she sought a "practical" career by going to law school.

Prior to pursuing the literary dream of novel writing, Lisa practiced law for over a decade, drafting legal briefs and memoranda much like the young attorney in her debut novel. This professional environment was the inspiration for the characters and settings in Double Out and Back.

After being stuck at her office on 9/11, a month-long siege on metro Washington, DC by a sniper, and discovering that the other parents at her twins’ preschool thought her au pair was her sons’ mom, Lisa could hear these words echoing in her ears. "If I knew this was what it was going to be like to have it all, I would have settled for less." (Lily Tomlin: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe)

Lisa didn't really settle for less. She settled for different, and traded the billable hour lifestyle for fiction writing. Making up stories is much more fun than negotiating contracts, attending hearings, and deciphering statutes and regulations for clients. More than that, it has given her an excuse to pretend to be anyone from airplane pilot to zookeeper!

Lisa's work can be seen in the Pisgah Review. Her debut novel was released in 2009 by Red Rose Publishing (mainstream fiction).

Lisa lives and writes in Northern Virginia with her husband, three children, a couch potato of a dog, and two red-eared slider turtles.

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DOUBLE OUT AND BACK VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR '09 will officially begin on September 1 and ends on September 25th. You can visit Lisa's blog stops at in September to find out more about this great book and talented author!

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Donna McDine said...

I recently purchased Lisa's book and can't wait to start reading it!

Best wishes for your continued success,

Lisa L. Leibow said...

Thank you, Donna! I hope you enjoy the ride... er... I mean, read.

Either way, enjoy Double Out and Back.


J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting article, Lisa. Never thought about the publishing process quite like that. Now I realize it's a sensible move to bring out the e-version before going the paper route.

Lisa L. Leibow said...

I'm glad my take on the e-book to print scenario made you look at the process in a new light.

Thank you for stopping by!

Lynda Drews said...

Lisa, it was good to see how you went the route of finding a small publisher like Red Rose that wanted to expand their mainstream fiction line. I can see why they loved your writing after getting into your e-book that I recently purchased. Like you, I initially went the route of trying to find an agent to represent my first book - Run at Destruction: A True Fatal Love Triangle that revolves around my best friend's mysterious bathtub drowning. At the same time, however, I was contacting small publishers that would accept queries and a book proposal. (Mine is non-fiction.) I was thrilled when I found TitleTown Publishing that focuses on the True Crime genre. Like Red Rose, TitleTown is innovative, agile, and entrepreneurial. My book, though, came out in August,2009 in both Trade Paperback and on Kindle.

Wishing you continued success!
Lynda Drews