How To Make Money From Your Writing – Author Lisa Renee Jones Interview


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed Inside Out Trilogy which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, it’s now been optioned by Starz Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful self-publishing career. Booklist says that Jones’ suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned a multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

Interview Questions

Okay, as usual, this is just a taster of the questions. The start of the interview is nothing like the questions because we ended up having a good chat about PR, marketing, social media and self-belief. Lisa was once a PR like me, so it was great to hear her views!

Q1. So Lisa, you started off as an entrepreneur and owned a successful business, what made you to leave your business to become a writer?

Q2. What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of leaving a secure corporate career to become a writer?

Q3. In one of your interview you said that you had a lot of doubting Thomas’s standing in your way to begin especially as you’d left a lucrative career, I think most writers can relate to this, how did you cope and overcome their cynicism?

Q4. Has your entrepreneurial background helped you in your transition to become a writer?

Q5. I’d like to now turn to the writing process, can you tell us abit about the ‘Inside Out’ series?

Q6. It’s a very dark, novel and in other interviews you’ve said that some scenes were uncomfortable to write, do you ever think, ‘oh that’s just too much, I can’t write that!’

Q7. I’ve seen on your Facebook that your books are likened to the popular E James series, how do you feel about that?

Q8. The first book in the series, ‘If I were you’ has a cliff hanger ending and lots of suspense, what practical tips can you give authors on writing suspense?

Q9. The Inside Out trilogy has been optioned for a cable television show, can you give us an update on this?

Q10. How much are you actually involved in the production?

Q11. You launched a new series this year, ‘The Secret Life Of Amy Benson’, book two came out this November, it’s called ‘Infinite Possibilities,’ can you tell us more about it?

Q12. Are the main characters based on anyone you know?

Q13. Your novels have a lot of romance, what practical tools can you recommend for writing believable romance?

Q14. You’ve got a beta reading team called the ‘Underground Angels’ – how do you work with them in terms of writing your novels? What’s the process? Do you show them the completed manuscript to critique or sections as you write?

Q15. What do you think are the benefits of using so many beta readers, and did you use them for your very first novel?

Q16. I’d like to now turn to the publishing process, you’ve self-published and have also taken the traditional route, in another interview you said it didn’t take you that long to find a literary agent and publisher, how long did it take before you started making a living out of writing?

Q17. Why did you decide to self-publish some of your titles?

Q18. Marketing and publicity are very important, how much marketing does a literary agent and publisher actually do for you? Do you have to do more marketing for your self-published titles compared to traditionally published?

Q19. You’re very active on social media, so what advice would you give to authors on using Facebook as a marketing tool?

Q20. When you first started out and no-one knew you, what did you find to be the best promotion tool?

Q21. And finally, are there any other projects that you are working on that you would like to tell us about?


I had a really interesting chat with Lisa today, on two of my favourite subjects – writing a novel and PR!

Lisa’s writing journey is so inspiring!

Like most authors she’s worked hard to get where she is today. One of the most important tips Lisa shared is the need for authors to think like entrepreneurs. Being a writer is rarely put in those terms, but it’s true, a writer is a businessperson. Just like a CEO or a Director, the only difference is that you are the product. You and your product/book are one and the same.

Like any other career you need to have strategies. Writing strategies, PR strategies – long and short-term, Marketing strategies and a social media strategy. Otherwise you may as well be writing for yourself. It also pays to know the difference between PR and marketing, they are not the same thing.

Listen to the interview for great writing and promotion tips. Lisa is a real inspiration for creation! And don’t forget to check out her website

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  1. This was such a great video. I learned so much and it made me think about things that I didn’t even know I should be doing as an author. Thank you both!

  2. Hi! 🙂 It was a fantastic interview, I got alot out of it too and I felt like I was brainstorming to market my own book with another PR pro! Glad you enjoyed it x

  3. hi lindi – great interview! Well done.

  4. Sparrow Retail says

    Hi Lindi,
    Fantastic interview! Great questions!
    Thanks for digging deep and giving your readers a clear insight into the publishing world. Thank you both!

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