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no-experts-neededLouise Lewis has two decades of experience in marketing and advertising, having held senior-level positions on the client, advertising agency, and ad sales sides of the business.

She considers herself a self-growth junkie, continuing to seek light, love, and wisdom in her daily life.

With an innate passion for spiritual growth, she has a strong desire to give back to the world. Along with the inspiration and direction received from Spirit, Louise continues to touch the lives of all she meets.

She volunteers at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Louise earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications at California State University in Fullerton.

Born and raised in Louisiana, she resides in Southern California.

To learn more visit http://www.noexpertsneeded.com/

Welcome to Beyond the Books, Louise.  Can we start out by telling us whether you are published for the first time or are you multi-published?

This is my first book, but will soon make “No Experts Needed” a
series of books.

For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it?

I stopped counting when I received enough “Dear Author” letters to wallpaper my office.

How did the rejections make you feel and what did you do to overcome the blows?

Well, first off, I did not have “delusions” of grandeur. I considered the
process as one great big adventure, and I do love a good adventure.
Sure, that means ups and downs…C’est la vie! (Such is life…)

But before I set out on the path of finding and agent and/or publisher,
my research warned me that the chances of finding an agent or
publisher had about the same odds as me getting a date for Valentine’s Day. In other words, I never held my breath.

When your first book was published, who published it and why did you choose them?

Once my office was wallpapered with rejection letters, I had a choice.
I could either continue the search, which could take forever to never, or I could get the book published on my own.

You see, my main goal was to put it in book form so that my Mom could hold it in her hands before she passed away. (Thank God the old girl is still with us!)

After much research, I chose the POD route with iUniverse.

How did it make you feel to become published for the first time and how did you celebrate?

When I became published I felt humbled because I had fulfilled a
promise to Spirit, the promise to share my story with the world.

How did I celebrate? With a good cry and a good glass of chardonnay.

What was the first thing you did as for as promotion when you were published for the first time?

It seems like I tried to do everything at the same time — radio, online
campaigns, article placement, contests, etc. Which came first? Truly
can’t remember.

If you had to do it over again, would you have chosen another route to be published?

I believe things happen for a reason and that my decision was the
best one at the time. It’s not like Random House was knocking on my
door.

Have you been published since then and how have you grown as an author?

My second book is still in the works. Again, I will try the literary agent and publisher route and see where that adventure takes me.

As to how I’ve grown as an author…maybe I haven’t. That report card
won’t be sent home until my next book is in the public’s hands.

Instead I choose to believe that the adventure of wearing an author’s
hat has made me grow more as a person. And since my story is all
about my Spirit-led journey, how could it not.

Looking back since the early days when you were trying to get published, what do you think you could have done differently to speed things up?

Sounds silly, but these days I remind myself of an old ad slogan:
“There is no wine before it’s time.” I’ll repeat my mantra: Things
happen for a reason.

Sure my Ego wanted it finished and done with months prior. Yet my
Spirit knew the right time. And I always follow Spirit. (I’ve learned that much for my six-year adventure!)

What kind of mistakes could you have avoided?

I think I would have yelled louder for a better cover design. I guess
I should promote “No Experts Needed” as the good book with the bad
cover.

What has been the biggest accomplishment you have achieved since becoming published?

Having my Mom proudly tell me that she liked reading my book.

If you could have chosen another profession, what would that profession be?

Well, I must ‘fess up to the fact that I don’t consider myself an author.
Rather I still see myself as an unemployed salesperson who was
blessed to receive an “invitation” to go on an amazing Spirit-led
adventure just minutes after I got “set free” (laid off) from my job.

Would you give up being an author for that profession or have you combined the best of both worlds?

Great question. Because with my second book — which is on
“bikers” (the motorcycle kind) and the meaning of life, I will donate
net proceeds to children’s charities. I will (one day) travel the world
and put the book to work to raise money for kids.

How do you see yourself in ten years?

A kick-ass 60 year old living out more amazing life adventures.
But until that time, I will just continue to connect the dots of my life and then sit back and marvel at the fabulous picture Spirit draws for me.

Any final words for writers who dream of being published one day?

A. Dream BIG. When people (or you) think you’re crazy, then you know for sure you’re on the right path. Lastly, Always Follow Spirit.

If you want to learn more about my amazing Spirit-led adventure, please sign up for a FREE Read at: www.noexpertsneeded.com There are no strings or spam attached to my offer. Simply my way of giving back to life!


1 Comment

  1. Truly an inspirational interview. This is a great message for all writers to not let industry rejection get you down.
    It’s also a pleasure to read about other iUniverse authors who, like myself, didn’t let the dream go and got themselves out into the world. We all need our equivalent of Louise’s Spirit to guide us.

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