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Meet Laura Libricz

10 Things I learned About #publishing


  1. Why did you choose to publish as an Indie Author?

The Indie publishing experience thrilled me because I saw a way to get my writing into readers’ hands and have control over the content and the look of the finished product.

2. What obstacles have you encountered?

I released The Master and the Maid prematurely in 2012. I did have the manuscript professionally formatted. That wasn’t the problem. The novel was also professionally edited but the editor and I were not a good fit. The book wasn’t all that it could have been. I was not happy with it at all.

3. How did you overcome those challenges?

These days, independent publishing has lots of different facets. I was very lucky to meet up with an independent small publisher. I extensively restructured and rewrote The Master and the Maid and we rereleased it with a new cover in 2016. Bathsheba Monk’s editing process has given me lots more confidence in the project. We both want this project to go in the same direction.

4. What has been the highlight of this journey?

The highlight of this journey is that I have finally made the room in my life to work steadily and progress in my writing. All of us are familiar with real life getting in the way of our writing but often real life has to take the priority. My writing has moved up to new levels and I am very excited that we have now released The Soldier’s Return.

5. What would you like to see in the future for Indie Authors?

Over the last ten years, indie authors have slowly lost that unprofessional connotation. It’s great to see indie authors get the recognition and the respect they deserve. We must continue to work for that by keeping our standards high. Our work must have a high quality, a proper professional edit and proper formatting. This greatly influences the value of the product. We must strive to offer a quality product for a price that reflects the true amount of work involved.

6. Any tips for someone considering going Indie vs Traditional Publishing?

When a writer begins the journey by writing that book, it is always useful to research agents and publishers, learn about the industry, write those query letters and send them around. In the meantime, research in the indie world is just as useful. No matter which way the road turns, it’s going to be a marathon not a sprint.

7. Have you found any online book clubs to help you on your journey?

I’ve found a few different ones and they are all great. The one I have really found a home in is the RRBC. Since I’ve been in the RRBC, my online author platform has built to a level I could have never done by myself. There’s a lot of great members and even though we live all over the world, we are so close via the internet. I am also now a part of the RWISA https://ravewriters.wordpress.com/ team, writers who are dedicated to the excellence of our craft. It is an honor to be a member of RWISA.

8. How do you think the club will benefit authors?

Indie authors writing genre fiction and non-fiction will have great exposure and support through the RRBC. The concept of ‘Pay it Forward,’ and promoting our fellow members is a great concept and it works.

9. Will you encourage your friends to join the club?

Of course, I would! RRBC authors (g)row together!

10. Rave Reviews Book Club has a mission to help Indie Authors get reviews. Why are reviews so important to an author?

Authors need reviews to help us get noticed and help boost our rankings. Peer reviews from other authors are important to give us credibility and a large quantity of reviews from consumers are important to get us noticed. The members of the RRBC are also reviewers. The club’s goal is to profile, promote and propel our fellow authors via book sales, honest reviews and name recognition. Go over and have a look at the club’s website and see for yourself!  https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/book-club-faq-frequently-asked-questions/

Laura Libricz’s Media Kit (Pictures, Book Covers, Links, Bios, Book Blurbs)


About the Author

Laura Libricz was born and raised in Bethlehem PA and moved to Upstate New York when she was 22. After working a few years building Steinberger guitars, she received a scholarship to go to college. She tried to ‘do the right thing’ and study something useful, but spent all her time reading German literature.

She earned a BA in German at The College of New Paltz, NY in 1991 and moved to Germany, where she resides today. When she isn’t writing she can be found sifting through city archives, picking through castle ruins or aiding the steady flood of musical instruments into the world market.

Her first novel, The Master and the Maid, is the first book of the Heaven’s Pond Trilogy. The Soldier’s Return and Ash and Rubble are the second and third books in the series.



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Comments on: "#RRBC Author Laura Libricz Talks About Self-publishing" (41)

  1. I found your interview enlightening and it gives me hope! Thank you! and thank you for your visit to my blog!


  2. D.L Finn, Author said:

    A great interview! I always enjoy getting to know other authors better in this format. Good take on indie publishing and belonging to a good book club!


  3. Thank you for following ThusNSuch, Bette.


  4. So nice to meet Laura on your blog, Bette. Offering a quality product for a price that reflects the true amount of work involved is always a challenge, and it’s a juggling act between that and wanting to reach as large an audience as possible. I attribute this dilemma to living on a bipolar planet … if Mother Earth is affected, so too will be her inhabitants 🙂 Lovely interview, ladies ♥


  5. Thanks for introducing Laura, Bette. I totally agree that publishing is a marathon, not a sprint. Wise, wise words to new authors. Get ready to work hard. Lovely interview and nice to hear about Laura’s writing journey.


  6. Laura, it’s lovely to meet you here on Bette’s blog.😀 I had to smile at how you lost yourself in German literature – it’s very easy to do! I studied German at university and became hooked on the literature…however, even though I lived in Leipzig and Tubingen for some time I never moved there permanently! Congratulations on your two books and it’s fascinating to learn about your publication journey – to work with a good small independent publisher must be such an asset and RRBC seems a wonderful organisation. Bette has been on at me to join…will do very soon, I think!


  7. Thank you for sharing Laura. Nice to read about your author journey. You have put so much into your work and have been so patient. I admire your dedication.


  8. I hope you are having a great time with your tour, Laura. Thank you, Bette, for hosting her.


  9. I always wished I’d had the strength of character to go back to my book and redo it. It needed it, but I was done with it. I just didn’t want to go back there. Most interesting!


    • I can totally understand, Marilyn. Writing, editing and publishing a book is a grueling affair. Like you, I was an editor for many years; but when it came to Dog Bone Soup, I was at the end of my wits with rereads, edits and rewrites until I hired an editing pro after having several beta readers take an outside look. Glad that I did. I really enjoyed your memoir–The Twelve Foot Teepee! Hugs and love… xo


  10. Laura, your patience and dedication to your art is a true inspiration! Great questions, Bette.


    • Nice to meet you, Carol. I need patience writing about such an obscure and unpopular period in history. Sometimes it feels like pulling teeth but it’s something I am compelled to finish. Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. Make that ‘hope’. Know a good editor lol


  12. Wonderful interview, Laura and Bette!! I am about to self-publish my book this time and terrified!! You have given me some home. If nothing else, I should be able to take Amazon to its knees. 🙂


  13. Hello Bette & Laura! I enjoyed the questions and answers. Wonderful feature!


  14. Thanks for introducing Laura to us Bette, it is a pleasure to meet new friends and authors. Wishing her great success. Have a wonderful weekend dear friend. 🙂


  15. Wonderful post, Laura and Bette! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  16. Thanks for hosting today, Bette. It’s been a wonderful week 🙂


  17. A lovely post, Bette and Laura. I always enjoy reading about other people’s Indie publishing adventures.


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