How I Got Published: Caroline Fardig

Today is Caroline Fardig’s birthday so let’s all wish her a very  HAPPY BIRTHDAY and all the best in her writing career.  Caroline is the author of the Java Jive mystery series and the Lizzie Hart mystery series. Fardig’s Bad Medicine was named one of the best books of 2015 by Suspense Magazine. She worked as a schoolteacher, church organist, insurance agent, funeral parlor associate, and stay-at-home mom before she realized that she wanted to be a writer when she grew up. Born and raised in a small town in Indiana, Fardig still lives in that same town with an understanding husband, two sweet kids, two energetic dogs, and one malevolent cat.

 HOW I GOT PUBLISHED

I wrote my first book about five years ago and didn’t really know what to do with it.  I assumed the next step was to try to get an agent, so I spent about six months trying to do that.  As a first-time author with only one unpublished book under my belt, I didn’t get a lot of attention.  I put the book on the back-burner and tinkered with a sequel to it.  Finally, my husband had had enough of my sitting on the sidelines.  He’d heard about authors having success in going it alone, and he urged me to self-publish.  On January 30, 2013, I released my first book, It’s Just a Little Crush, and sat back and waited.

After sitting back and waiting didn’t move very many books, I got myself a publicist.  She worked to get exposure for my book, and by August, I had a #1 Barnes and Noble bestseller in both the Humor and Women’s Sleuths categories on my hands.  Then, armed with my publicist’s guidance and some decent sales figures, I searched for an agent again.  All of a sudden, people wanted to talk to me about my book.  I landed a contract with Ethan Ellenberg, and he went to work to sell my Lizzie Hart series.

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