Literary Fiction

Unexpected Relationships Transform Two Lives

August 27, 2012
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Henry Melken is a widower. His daughter Chandra was just 13 when her mother, Ava, died. That was 16 years ago, and Henry and Chandra are stuck, as Lovelyn Bettison‘s novel “Flying Lessons” opens.

Indie author Lovelyn Bettison

Now haunted by the past, they sleepwalk through life – until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality.

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Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s never noticed before.

Can it be that grief and hopea are two sides of the same coin?

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The Indie Author Life

Flying Lessons is Lovelyn Bettison’s second novel, and she’s working on a third. Months before Sue Grafton’s rant about indie authors, Bettison presciently pre-empted the Grafton remarks on her own blog, as Flying Lessons was just about to be released:

Some people imply that self-publishing is taking the easy way out. They think that because you didn’t try to get a New York publisher you must not be that serious about your writing career. You didn’t pass through the gatekeepers so you must not be a real writer. Whatever (eye roll) …

Self-publishing can be hard. The learning curve is steep when it comes to figuring out what you need to do to get your novel on the market. I want this book to be good. I want it well formatted and as good as it possibly can be before I put it up on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Smashwords. That requires going over it again and again until I’m sick of it. So that’s what I’m doing.

Being successful in this takes a ton of work. There’s marketing and social networking and all that jazz, but it starts with making the best product you’re capable of making. That’s a key first step that must happen in order to be successful. That’s what I’m doing now. I’m getting it right so that I’m confident about the book. It won’t be long now, and I’m sure it will be worth it when it’s finally finished.

Read more at and at Lovelyn’s other blog, (dont skip her post entitled “Five Steps to Make Sure Your Blog Gets No Traffic“).

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