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Liberation Book One of the Andursian Chronciles Visits with Beyond the Books



Liberation Book Tour




About the Author:   Born in Havana, Cuba, Maria Lucia immigrated to the United States in 1960. A University of Memphis education graduate and a professional musician and vocalist, she moved deeply into the study of music and launched a very successful musical career. She spent many years in private practice, facilitating her own seminars and counseling on creativity. Her experience includes programs for gifted children in the public school system and creativity seminars for musicians at the university level. She has been a musical director for church programs, a composer of music, and a producer of concerts. She has traveled nationally, performing and delivering seminars for more than twenty years.  Lucia has just relocated to Phoenix, AZ. The revised edition of her novel Liberation, Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles debuts at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix on July 21st 2011.







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


A: This is my second time.


Q: What was the name of your very first book regardless of whether it was published or not and, if not published, why?


A:  My first book is entitled The Heart’s Unraveling. I self published it through a company named Trafford.


Q: 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?


A: I had an agent that shopped it for a short while but it got turned down by all five of the publishers we approached. Then I decided to do it myself since it was a book for a self help school I have and did my research online for the best self publishing road I could take at the time.


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


A: I shut down almost. I only published it myself because of the school but I was shocked since the agent believed in it.  I didn’t write for years after that.


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


A: I published it with Trafford because I felt that they had great self publishing packages that I could afford, everything was included. I also looked at I Universe pretty strongly.


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


A: I celebrated with the first book when I received some great reviews by people that I respect and love. I really didn’t think that they would endorse the book but they did. One was Dr. Bernie Siegel and the other was Barbara Max Hubbard. They really made my day when the endorsed it. To celebrate the event I went out with some friends to a wonderful restaurant by the water in Annapolis Maryland near where I lived at the time and we ate and drank Champaign. I was so excited!


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


A: Not much, unfortunately I believed that Trafford would make it happen for me. I was under the illusion that someone would pick it up that was influential and that would be it. Trafford didn’t do much and I didn’t know at that time how involved authors had to get in the promotion of their work. Even with an established publishing house, authors have to get very involved in the promotion of their work and many times do it on their own. Big publishers have lots of books to handle and I believe that authors are responsible for a great deal of their promotion. They are the ones most invested in the work.


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


A: No, but I wish that I would of known the truth about promoting your own work. It takes a tremendous effort to launch your own title, financially and time wise.


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

A:  I have created my own imprint since then Andrusian Press. I have grown in every way possible with Liberation. I have grown in my abilities as a write; I have grown in my understanding of marketing skills especially online projects. I have grown in understanding the appropriate road for getting your title noticed and respected. I have grown a lot in the past years and probably will even more in the next few years.



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


A: the compilation of great reviews from respected sources.


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


A: Something with animals. I’m not sure what. I love them.


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


A: I have combined the best of a lot of worlds. I really love that approach. I really don’t want to give up anything I love.


Q: How do you see yourself in ten years?


A: On a large beautiful piece of property that has open spaces and several structures. One of the large structures will be for my workshops and school. I want to leave a curriculum and sound spiritual heart school to this world. Another of the structures will be for special animals that I will have with me. They too will part of the heat school and the teaching. Last I want a space for sharing with some folks that are into organic farming. I really want my food to be grown there and will gladly donate the land for it.


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


A: There has never been a better time for authors to publish their own works. Everything in the publishing world is changing and I mean everything. It will be morphing into the path that movies and music follow, online sales, online marketing and big companies losing their grip. You can do it yourself. You can market it yourself. But do it right and save your money. It takes money to create a product and your book is a product for the world. Go and visit sites like You will see just one of many companies that support independent writers. If you want to have a book done then get going, make time everyday to follow your dream, and put time into what your heart wants. Do it because you love and respect yourself and your work. There are many industries built on self publishing. Choose well. There is a lot of junk out there. Go look at I Universe. Google self publishing, or you can do what I did. Create your own brand. There were no publishing houses that focused just on books that empower the heart. Not just romance novels or religious publishers but stories that show the power of love, the power of the heart. So I created one. And it’s not about sex or religion though it is spiritual. It’s about Love, why because that means something to me. Find out what means something to you and write about it. Then publish it, whether with an established well respected publisher, or your own. Don’t forget. Save your money. It takes money, thousands. You’ll need a publicist too, to help you place your work in the right place. But it’s worth it. Why? Because it is what you love, it’s who you are in this world.


If you don’t have money right now, then write. Get your work edited and have it ready for when you do manage to save a few dollars. Then do it right and make it look great. Because YOU are worth it! Get professionals to help and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches. Until then do your homework and study the path of writing and publishing so you’ll be one step ahead when it’s your time to do it!


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