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In her own words, Tabitha Lord is a storyteller.

When I was a little girl, I wrote poetry, horse stories, adventure tales. I daydreamed about far off planets, brave heroines, epic journeys. Then life happened. A good life, full of love, laughter, tears, children, work, play, and real adventure! Time passed, but the stories, they were still there, and one day I began writing them down again.

Tabitha will present two seminars at the GLVWG Write Stuff Conference™, March 23, 2018. In the morning, So You Want To Be an Indie Author, followed in the afternoon with A Marathon, Not a Sprint: Long-Term Marketing Strategies for Indies.

GLVWG’s, Geoffrey Mehl, had a chance to speak with Tabitha about her home life and career.

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 She’s a wife, mom, a former educator, and a passionate Boston Red Sox fan. She’s also a full-time award-winning novelist, blogger, and indie publisher.

How Tabitha Lord juggles all the elements of a hectic lifestyle is the topic of one of her four programs at the 2018 Write Stuff Conference in March. She’ll also share her insight into the editing process, indie publishing, and marketing strategies.

Tabitha holds a degree in Classics from the College of the Holy Cross and taught Latin for many years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.

Her debut novel, HORIZON, won the Writer’s Digest grand prize for self-published fiction in 2016, and was named a finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the Indie Excellence Awards. The sequel, INFINITY, was released in June 2017, and her short fiction is published through World Weaver Press, Grimbold Books and Belanger Books. 

Tabitha says that she, like many writers, struggles with the editing process. As much as she admires her editor’s talent, insight and perception, the emotional wear and tear of seeing one’s manuscript coated with red ink is challenging — but ultimately worth it in terms of professional growth. Strategies for a good working relationship with an editor are one of her topics for The Write Stuff.

When she evaluated offers from smaller presses for HORIZON, Tabitha recognized pitfalls and went straight to self-publishing. She decided she didn’t want to give up control of the project and realized she’d have the task of marketing, sales, promotion and platform building anyway. But short fiction is a different matter, and she prefers the small-press route. She’ll be sharing what she’s learned in her talk on indie publishing.

With the decision to self-pub HORIZON in hand, her next stop was marketing and sales, building a plan around long-term development — a marathon rather than a sprint. Now wearing her publisher’s hat, Tabitha had to decide what she could do herself and what she’d farm out to professionals. Tips on how to decide how and where to spend the money are the focus of her marketing strategies program.

Four years ago, she left a job she loved to do something she loved more: write. “But I’ll be honest,” she says. “I struggle to find balance. It feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day to write creatively, promote existing books, network, blog, edit, and more. And there’s still household to run!”

Sound familiar? Tabitha’s a stickler for self-organization and will be bringing her tips for success to the fourth presentation at The Write Stuff.

 

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You can visit Tabitha Lord at www.tabithalordauthor.com, where she hosts guest bloggers and talks parenting and writing craft, as well as http://www.bookclubbabble.com, where as a senior writer, she posts author interviews, reviews and more.

And be sure to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Geoffrey Mehl is the author of three thrillers, Stray Cats, Nine Lives and Go Phish, as well as three best-selling books about sustainable landscape design. He is presently working on a mystery.

His website is at http://www.geoffmehl.com