Author to share insight during Reading Rocks festival

by JEANNIE GREGORY

Lisa Orchard

Lisa Orchard, a Rockford author, is ready to share her love of writing—and some important information for those who are interested in e-publishing. Orchard was able to accomplish her dream of publishing a book, and is working on her second book. She will be sharing her insight during Reading Rocks in Rockford August 11 at Arnie’s Bakery in downtown Rockford.

The author has always loved intrigue, cutting her teeth on the Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins mysteries. She began her fledgling career when she was in fifth grade, writing her own stories and dreaming of someday becoming a published author.

The Central Michigan University graduate, wife and mother of two sons, finally realized her dream in March. Orchard’s book, “The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer,” was published. It is going to be part of a mystery series and Orchard is already working on the second book, “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber.” The series is written for the 10-18 age group and is action-packed enough to appeal to both boys and girls.

According to Orchard, becoming a published author is a process that starts prior to even completing a manuscript. In today’s age of the computer, it is important to establish a presence in the literary world.

“You need to learn the market before publishing,” Orchard said. “You have to establish an online presence and have a website, blog and interact in social media. You need to build a fan base; publishers are looking for that. Internet publishing is in its infancy, but it is going to explode.”

Orchard is excited to share her knowledge with the community during Reading Rocks. She will be hosting a special informative lunch upstairs at Arnie’s at noon. For only $10, participants can enjoy a lunch and a personal narrative from Orchard on the steps to take to become a published author. To sign up for the informative luncheon, contact kmunger@rockfordschools.org.

For more information about Orchard and her books, visit her website at lisaorchard.com.

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