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Lisa M. Green

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Lisa M. Green is the author of The First, a novel of mythic and paranormal fantasy. She is also a high school English and Special Education teacher. As a life-long writer, she considered a career in screenwriting or journalism before deciding on a career in education. As a teacher, she enjoys educating high school students about writing.
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And here I am. And there you are.

You’ve been with me all the way through my journey over the past year. Exactly one year ago today, I published my debut fantasy novel, The First. Amid a scurry of activity and anxiety, I managed to write, edit, and publish a novel that has been sold and read in many countries around the world. One year later, and I still feel that anxiety on a daily basis. Can I make this work? Can I become the published author that I want to be?

The answer is still out there. I’ve learned so much over the last year and a half. I’ve taken on the roles of author, co-editor, co-designer, webmaster, PR Rep, marketing manager, publisher, not to mention all of the other little things that go along with creating a novel. The things I have learned have enriched my life because I love learning new things. I feel empowered when I know I can create things that were unknown to me beforehand. My creative side gets a jump start every time I learn something new.

To all those who have read and reviewed my book, I thank you from the bottom pf my heart. To those of you who continue to read and follow my blog and/or newsletter, my gratitude is undying. This road has been a rocky one, filled with highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Have I let the rotten stuff get to me? Of course I have. This is me we are talking about. I’m still working on developing that thick skin needed for this job.

There is so much more to come. That much I can promise. The First in audiobook format is on its way, just shy of the one-year anniversary for the book. Please share this post with your friends and family. If you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, the signup is on this page. It’s fast and simple. You can also subscribe to my newsletter (sent out once a month or so) for updates about me, my book, and my work-in-progress.

Once again, thank you for your continued support. Exciting things are on the horizon!

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Countdown Week

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Lisa M. Green is the author of The First, a novel of mythic and paranormal fantasy. She is also a high school English and Special Education teacher. As a life-long writer, she considered a career in screenwriting or journalism before deciding on a career in education. As a teacher, she enjoys educating high school students about writing.
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The first print run of The First by Lisa M. GreenWell, it looks like there’s no backing out now.

The First‘s first print run. And I’ve got a whole box just for my Kickstarter backers, which I’ll be sending out soon. Very soon.

What’s next? The coming week is full of countdown activities, and I wanted to discuss a few of them with you. But first, let’s look at what was going on at the end of last week. On Thursday, February 13, I was featured on Infinite Pathways as part of a story on how to utilize Kickstarter successfully with a book campaign. Several people have been impressed with my project, asking questions on how I went through the process and why I chose to use Kickstarter. It’s really unbelievable considering it took months for me to convince myself to do it. Take a look at the post about my Kickstarter project, and check out the original campaign if you are curious and haven’t yet seen it.

Coming up next weekend, there are several important promotional opportunities that I’ve been given. On Friday, February 21st, a never-before-seen excerpt from The First will be highlighted at Infinite Pathways. Then, on Saturday the 22nd, you’ll have the chance to see a review of the book. Finally, on Sunday the 23rd (just two days before the launch date of The First), Infinite Pathways will be hosting an interview with the author (that’s me!) to kick off Release Week for the book. Exciting, right? Yeah, I thought so, too.

Oh, and the official debut of the book trailer video starts today! Go to the book trailer page to check out all the epic-ness. That’s right: I said epic-ness!


The Hills Are Alive

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Lisa M. Green is the author of The First, a novel of mythic and paranormal fantasy. She is also a high school English and Special Education teacher. As a life-long writer, she considered a career in screenwriting or journalism before deciding on a career in education. As a teacher, she enjoys educating high school students about writing.
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Watch as I do my best Julie Andrews impression. Watch as I decide to stick to writing.

Recently, I completed my interview on Smashwords while researching the guidelines for e-book submission (no, sorry, you can’t submit your pristine and professionally-designed files…you must strip everything out, thereby rendering it broken—yeah no one uses italics in books…who cares if we’re asking you to take out all the formatting—send in a WORD document so we can shove it through our meat-grinder with the barest of formatting to create versions of those exact same files you already made, only not as good…whatever).

But this post isn’t about the ridiculousness of their process (though maybe it should be). My interview can be viewed here, as well as under the Press & Media tab on the website. What other questions would you like to see answered? What would you like to know? Nothing too personal, mind you, but drop a comment and let me know if you think of any questions to add.

Oh…and I’ve added a little playlist of sorts to the Book Trailer page, to tide you over until we complete the official trailer itself! Now, we obviously won’t be using these songs in the trailer (they frown upon copyright infringement and such), but they’ve been in my head for so long screaming to get out and play with everyone. And so I obliged, with only the utmost respect intended to the songwriters and performers involved. These are the videos from the official YouTube channels.


Book Release Announcement

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Lisa M. Green is the author of The First, a novel of mythic and paranormal fantasy. She is also a high school English and Special Education teacher. As a life-long writer, she considered a career in screenwriting or journalism before deciding on a career in education. As a teacher, she enjoys educating high school students about writing.
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That’s me, just editing and typing away. There is no way for a picture to do it justice. But Jason snapped the picture the other day, so I decided to use it.

I finally have a release date for the book: February 25, 2014! Now, there is a nifty little countdown timer on the website just in case you want to know exactly how many days, hours, minutes, and seconds until you can purchase your very own copy.

Hopefully, there will not be any unforeseen circumstances with the printing and formatting that would hinder this plan. If that were to happen, I would let you know immediately. Right after I passed out.

I’m kidding. It would most likely be a stroke.

Be that as it may, here I am, busily editing and typing away, oblivious to the fact that there is an actual world out there. I plan on taking at least one day next week to relax my brain. Right now, that is not an option. I’ll join the living when the book is out of my hands. The print version at least. I found this article the other day on how much typesetters go through to format a book properly, and after a bit of anxiety I showed it to Jason, who promptly informed me that he was completely aware and experienced with at least 28 of these 32 items. Oddly comforting, and I feel so very lucky to have his help through all of this. Without him, I’d be praying for some magic beans right about now.

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Taken at Harry Potter Studios Tour in Leavesdon, London, U.K. by Lisa Green

But, again, I must thank you, dear readers, for your unending support and encouragement throughout this entire process. You are the reason I’m here. Seriously. That’s not some cliche I’m throwing around just for the sake of something to say. J.K. Rowling said it best, I think. As long as someone is listening, I’ll always have a story to tell.


Honor Among Thieves

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Lisa M. Green is the author of The First, a novel of mythic and paranormal fantasy. She is also a high school English and Special Education teacher. As a life-long writer, she considered a career in screenwriting or journalism before deciding on a career in education. As a teacher, she enjoys educating high school students about writing.
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So this is a picture of me standing in Stratford-upon-Avon beside the birthplace of William Shakespeare, probably the most recognized name in all of literature. Why? Because, without him, we would not have so much that we take for granted today. Words, phrases, sensibilities, jokes, etc.

But good old Will was a thief. Now, before the Shakespeare die-hards rip my heart from my chest, let me explain. He got most of his ideas for plays from other sources, including ancient stories. Does that mean he didn’t write every word of his plays to reflect his own interpretation of the story? Those who believe he isn’t even the author of the plays would argue “yes,” but that’s a completely different conversation. If we assume he did write them (which I’m inclined to believe), then we are simply looking at the content now. The basic plotlines of the plays were often taken from older stories.

Does that really make him a thief?

Does that make Stephanie Meyer a thief for writing a story about vampires based on the idea of Romeo and Juliet?

Is Disney stealing when they make a movie about a young lion cub whose father is murdered by his uncle and must fight to expose the villain in true Hamlet fashion?

Of course not. I’ve spoken on this before, and how the idea of archetypal patterns affects us and our stories. Every story is somehow, in some way, based on something else in whole or in part. And that’s okay. Every writer, at every point in time, works incredibly hard to create their own little piece of wonder. Including Shakespeare himself. He may have borrowed the ideas, but his style and his skill with words is truly amazing. You can see the blood, sweat, and tears in every play (well, maybe not Titus Andronicus). Can you create an entire play using iambic pentameter in every line (10 rhythmic syllables to put it simply for the non-English geeks). He.put.ten.syllables.in.every.line. Yeah. Try it. Not easy, I promise.

So we’ve established that writers work exceptionally hard at their craft in order to give birth to what is essentially a living, breathing entity. And here’s my rant. Are you ready? Why, oh why, do so many people feed off of the hard work of these artists? Obviously, since I’m not yet published, I’m not speaking about myself. A friend of mine recently did a free giveaway for her book in hopes of getting a review. Instead, the winner immediately turned around and put it up for sale. Unbelievable! Yet it’s not. I’ve seen it happen to others before. Maybe she will get a review from whomever buys it. At least someone who wants to read it will buy it. Yeah, that all sounds great, but aren’t we allowed to be PISSED off that someone else is making money off something we worked incredibly hard for? Sure, it was theirs to sell. But how about the read and review that the author expected from them before doing so? Authors don’t give away books for the hell of it. A review is expected, even if it isn’t a good review. That’s okay. I have been leery of free book giveaways since the first time I heard someone say this happened to them. Will I do one? I want to say no. I’m so mad about this, and it isn’t even my book. I just don’t know. This whole thing leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But then I think about my Kickstarter backers, and my heart fills up again with a little faith in humanity. Maybe there is hope. Maybe.