Author Chris Shella is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.He is also admitted to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court. He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. He has represented everyone from lawyers to major drug traffickers to a serial killer in Baltimore. His two most famous case are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend.
Chris now resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.
His latest book is the legal nonfiction, Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice.
You can visit his website at www.hiredgunlawyer.com.
About Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice
Learn everything you need to know about starting your own law practice. Chris Shella discusses the good and the bad of running a successful law practice The secret to making sure you get paid is revealed with specific steps designed to guide you through the A, B, C’s of a Six-Figure-Law-Practice.
Q: Welcome to Beyond the Books, Chris. Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?
I have two books out in the work “Reasonable Facsimile” and “Grinding It Out: How To Create A Six-Figure Law Practice”.
Q: When you were published for the first time, which route did you go – mainstream, small press, vanity published or self-published and why or how did you choose this route?
I created my own small publishing house. We are actually actively seeking out authors for our imprint or for those who just want to put their own product out we have a vanity press arm.
I chose to create my own publishing house because I refused to give over the rights and ownership to my hard work for the pittance that publishing houses offer. I can sell a fraction of the sales of a book from a major publishing house and generate several times more than those authors.
Q: How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?
I just felt an inner glow that I could accomplish anything that I set my mind to do.
Q: What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?
I retained a publicist.
Q: Since you’ve been published, how have you grown as a writer and now a published author?
Absolutely, my books are selling well but I’m more discerning as to how I spend my promotional dollars and what companies I use to do services for my company.
Q: What has surprised or amazed you about the publishing industry as a whole?
There are a whole lot of crooks and criminals who will exploit you with a smile, if you give them the chance.
Q: What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author?
Ownership of my product and the fact that my knowledge is being used by new attorneys to help them step out on their own and fight for themselves
Q: Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?
Get off your but, stop reading “how to books” and just do it. If you have a good product, and want to either be signed to my imprint or retain control of your work and get it published, contact me with an inquiry letter and sample chapter at firstname.lastname@example.org