NEW TAMPA — She’s been there and done that.
Through it all New Tampa novelist Lois L.A. Lewandowski has learned experience is the very best teacher.
The self-published author of three bestselling murder mysteries aims to show aspiring authors how to avoid some of the pitfalls that could put a lid on a person’s hopes of becoming a published author.
To that end, Lewandowski will host a free Aspiring Authors 101 seminar at 2 p.m. Saturday in the community room at the Riverview Branch Library, 10509 Riverview Drive in Riverview.
During her one-and-a-half hour presentation, she will discuss the process of writing, proofing and self-publishing, and promoting your own pieces of work through social media.
“My thought process is to give encouragement, but also a taste of reality,” Lewandowski said.
Novice writers, she noted, are oftentimes too quick in wanting to get their books published when in actuality a slow-paced approach is typically more successful.
Lewandowski also believes networking and seeking guidance and feedback from seasoned published authors whose works have been well received can also be a key element toward one’s success.
Kat Brooks, a veteran author with several published books, met Lewandowski in the fall of 2011 via an authors’ group on LinkedIn.
“Like many, Lois was dipping her toe in the pool, trying to figure out the best way to proceed with her new novel,” Brooks said. “But unlike many, she was not going to just push the publish button. She wanted to get all the facts and make the right decision for her project.”
What most struck Brooks about Lewandowski was her professionalism and her willingness to learn.
“She knows exactly what to do now ... and she has done just that a number of times,” Brooks added. “She also nurtures others.”
Melissa Bowersock, who met Lewandowski via the Indies Unlimited blog, has written for more than 30 years, self-publishing the majority of her books.
She is equally impressed with how Lewandowski has tackled the art of authoring and publishing books by “soaking up” as much advice as she could.
“I think she will do an excellent job with this seminar because she has learned a lot in a short amount of time and the ‘newbie’ experience is still very fresh for her,” Bowersock said.
To view Lewandowski’s books, visit www.amazon .com/L.-A.-Lewandowski /e/B006F8BY9W/ and to visit her Culture and Cuisine Club blog, visit culture andcuisineclub.com.
Contact Lewandowski at [email protected] for more information.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]