FAQ

Here are the questions I’m usually asked. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please send me a message. please email me at liviaellis@gmail.com

Do you have an agent?

Nope.

Do you want an agent?

Maybe. So far I’m doing pretty well without one, but I’m interested to see what I might do with one. It’s possible sometime in the next year I might look to see if I make a love connection with someone in the business.

I think being an agent sounds really cool and I’m thinking about giving it a try. Do you want to be my very first client?

Thanks, but I’m going to pass. I respect that everyone has to start somewhere, but that place is probably an internship.

I’m an intern working with Joan Big Pants at Yackity Schmackity Literary Management. I’m going to start building up my list of clients. Are you interested in being one of my clients? 

Send me an email at liviaellis@gmail.com.

I’m Joan Big Pants at Yackity Schmackity Literary Management. Are you interested in being one of my clients? 

Send me an email at liviaellis@gmail.com.

How did you get published if you don’t have an agent? 

I started out self-published, then I signed on with a couple of small publishers and eventually worked my way up to The Wild Rose Press. I like to think of myself as a hybrid author. I’m going to stick with producing a mix of self-published and traditionally published books.

How did you sign with The Wild Rose Press?

Hard work and determination. I busted my ass banging my drum and the right person noticed.

How did you sign with The Wild Rose Press? 

Traditional query. I work closely with my editor Diana Carlile who came up with the series name Passport to Passion. They are a wonderful publisher to work with. I can’t recommend TWRP enough.

Will you give Diana Carlile my book?

Is there a reason you can’t give it to her yourself?

I would love for you to attend/speak at my event! 

I would probably love it too! The problem is I live in Ireland and in addition to being a writer I am a full-time student. That keeps me busy nine months out of the year as it is. But – that said – if you are interested, drop me a line through the contact form on the website.

I would love to have you contribute to my blog ! Are you game? 

If you would like to interview me or feature me on your blog, please contact me via the form on the website  please email me at liviaellis.com. As unbelievable as it is to me after spending so much time banging to my drum to try to get interviews and such, I am now so busy that I occasionally have to turn requests down. But if you would like to interview me, I would love to at least try to make that happen. Please be certain to include a link to your forum, links to reviews, and some basics about followers and hits per day.

Can I have an ARC in exchange for an honest review? 

Please use the contact form on my website, or contact my publishers directly.

Please email me at liviaellis@gmail.com

I’m having a give-away on my blog. Will you donate a copy of your book?

Unfortunately I have to say no. I only receive a few copies of each book and a many many more requests. I’ve had to make it a policy not to provide books for give-aways.

Would you like to take over my blog?

Yikes! I barely have time to keep up with my own blog.

Can I get one of your characters to appear on my blog?

I did one character interview and it just felt weird. When I do interviews I do them as myself.

I have this great idea for a book! How much will you pay for it? 

I know a few of you reading this are probably laughing right now and don’t believe I get this question. I do. I’ve been writing for a long time and I’ve been offered story ideas for a price more than one time. I’ve been offered the story lines for Harry Potter, Sweet Valley High, and a few other iconic story lines. The cost for these ideas has been a fifty-fifty split of the profits (nope – not kidding still!) or a flat fee going up into the thousands.

The only times I’ve ever been bothered by this are when my polite thank you but no responses are not taken with equal grace. Ideas are never a problem for me. I have more ideas than I will ever have time to execute in my life. Ideas are never a problem for a writer. Finding the time to flesh them out and turn them into a story is where it gets tricky.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Everywhere I go there are new ideas coming at me. Just today I was walking through St. Stephens Green and a few ideas came rushing to me. Ideas for stories are both the blessing and the curse of being a writer.

Writing seems like a great way to get rich. Where do I start? 

Oh my… No one ever truly wanted to be a writer to get rich. Being a writer is most definitely not the path to fortune or glory. Most writers have a day job or someone that is supporting them. The writer that is lucky enough to support themselves with their craft is about the equivalent to the actor that can support themselves with their craft. There are as many Stephen King’s in the writing world as there are George Clooney’s in the acting world.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I have hypergraphia which is a compulsion to write. I am in good company with both Fyodor Dostoevsky and Lewis Caroll to name two authors believed to have had hypergraphia. It is a misconception that people with hypergraphia only write gibberish. I’ve produced some of my best work when I’ve been writing at top speed. I can write up to fifteen thousand words a day when I’m really going. Yes – this does take a toll on my physically and I really don’t recommend it. So there really is no simple answer to this question. I’ve written sixty-thousand word books in less than a week. I’ve plugged away at an epic (really really epic!) million plus word fantasy novel for the past fifteen years that will more than likely never see the light of day and will never be done. I guess the only answer is that it takes as long as it takes.

When did you start writing?

When I was seven. My first story was about an American girl and a Canadian girl. Canada just seemed so exotic to me!

What’s the difference between porn and erotica?

There is a lot of porn out there that is trying to be erotica but never will be. Most of it is truly bad. Insulting even to writers that write erotica. This is one of the problems with the industry at the moment. It’s absolutely saturated with poseurs trying to make a quick buck writing trash or hobby writers thinking they have attained enough skill to publish. There is nothing wrong with writing being a hobby. Unfortunately people are publishing their hobby pieces and making it hard for real writers to find an audience. It is my hope (and the hope of many of my peers) that in time these people will stop polluting the waters with their garbage and move on to the next big thing. Like selling beaded jewellery on Etsy for example.

I heard you write middle-grade books under a different name. Where do you get off writing kids books? Aren’t you all tainted and dirty after writing the dirty books?

I’m a writer, not a machine. Doing the same thing over and over again bores me to tears. Like actors that take different parts for the sake of variety and to explore their craft, I am a writer that writes in different genres. To keep things nice and clean and simple, I use two very different names for the very different genres in which I write. Although both names are publicly known, I keep them very separate. When you pick up a Livia Ellis book, you know what you are going to get – contemporary romance with a lot of spice.

How can I be featured on your blog in the Friday spot? 

You’ll find a link for the fill in form on the top of the home page of the blog. Fill it in. I’ll get back to you ASAP.

Unfortunately I’ve suspended the Friday spot indefinitely. I may bring it back at some point, but for the moment I simply don’t have the time to keep it going.

Why do you feature writers no one has ever heard of on the Friday spot? 

Because I remember what it was like trying to be a new writer and looking for someone (anyone!) to please give me some time on their blog. I plan on keeping this up until blogs are replaced by the next big thing and even then if I can keep on featuring a new writer I will. I truly enjoy doing this.

Please see above. I may get back to it eventually, but between finishing up Memoirs and beginning Passport to Passion I really just don’t have the time.

Will you read my book?

This is a tricky one. Very tricky. I’m a big reader. HUGE! I read all of the time. I read a lot of self-published indy writers just because I like to support the troops in the trenches. Here is the problem. If I agree to read your book, I might have to hurt your feelings. I really don’t want to do that. I’ve read a few stinkers in my time written by friends. I didn’t have the heart to tell them the truth and I really hated the idea of fibbing to them. I’ve also read some excellent books that were beautiful written and brought my writer envy right to the surface. So the truth is, I probably will read your book at one point or another. You just won’t know it.

Will you give my book a five star rating and tell people to buy it? I’ll do the same for you! 

That seems dishonest to me. I truly believe readers rely on genuine feedback to make a determination of whether or not a book would be interesting for them. Faking reviews to game the system is wrong. I do love getting four and five star reviews, but I also know that my books aren’t everyone cup of tea. I expect there to be a range of ratings across the board. When I find a writer with fifty five star reviews and very very few four, three, two, and one star reviews it makes me think something funny is going on.

Will you write a blurb for my book?

This is another hard one to say no to, but I’m afraid I must. I would have to read your book first and in truth if I don’t like it, I don’t want to hurt your feelings.

How do I market my book and get a whole lot of people to buy it?

As soon as I figure that out, I’ll call you from my Audi and let you know.

Would you be willing to donate copies of your books to my auction or charity? 

Depends. Email me. If I have books on hand I’m usually up to help out those in need.

After careful consideration, I’ve decided to concentrate all of my charitable giving to one foundation. Wrong or right, I figure my efforts will do more if focused in one place. To that end, I support the The Smile Train.

Would you be willing to read my manuscript and give me your opinion? 

You’d be better off talking to an agent or an editor. They can cast a truly professional eye on your work and will have a finger on the pulse of the industry.

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