July 29, 2011

Made It Moment: Clarrissa Lee Moon

Filed under: Made It Moments — jenny @ 1:42 am

Celeste Nites

We have indie authors here on the blog, and traditionally published ones as well. Today author Clarrissa Lee Moon talks about finding her way from one path to the other, and the unique fit of a small press. It’s a Moment for this age and time, when more publishing options than ever abound, and a writer can truly find where she belongs.

I knew I ‘made’ it when I held my first paperback in my hands. It’s not easy for a lot of people to figure out how to get their book in print once it’s written. You sit staring at the stack of papers thinking, “Now what?” Some try to follow the traditional paths of finding an agent and submitting their works to various publishing houses. But, after hearing about the long waiting periods and horrors of what can happen to an untried author, not savvy in the world of contracts and interpretation, it can make a few want to hide their manuscripts under the mattress.

The internet, however, has opened up a lot of new ways of getting your book into paperback, but again there are places that can trap you and your work so you really have to be careful.

I started out self-pubbed and had a good time doing that. But as my series grew, I needed someone else to take the bulk of the burden off of me, so I could focus more fully on finishing my series.

My small publishing house fits me just fine and I am having a wonderful time being published with World Castle Publishing. As I hold each new paperback being released in my hands, I know I have made it.

Clarrissa Lee Moon would like to live like a tumbleweed going from different states often. An avid reader and owner of more books and DVD’s then any used book shop; she also enjoys Martial arts, swimming, riding Harleys and raising pure bred Japanese Chins. She has written as a journalist for two E-magazines. Author of Memoirs of The Nightwolves Series and Celeste’s Nites Novelettes, she considers herself unique, unusual and unconquerable!


  1. Must be a great feeling.


    Comment by Arthur Levine — July 29, 2011 @ 7:16 am

  2. Clarissa– I thoroughly agree about how daunting it can be to go the traditional route to get a book published. Best of luck with yours!

    Comment by Shelley Stout — July 29, 2011 @ 7:39 am

  3. Live inside a Tumbleweed! I love it!

    Comment by Connie — July 29, 2011 @ 9:33 am

  4. I applaud the growth of small publishing houses for those who cannot deal with the “big guns”, as long as people do their homework and check them out thoroughly. Much success on your writing career; I love to hear these “Made it Moments’! Rae

    Comment by Rae — July 29, 2011 @ 9:52 am

  5. This sounds like a good book. I’m glad it found a home. And I’m always happy to hear about small publishers who work with unagented writers.

    Comment by Doralynn — July 29, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  6. Love the “under the mattress” comment- so true!

    Comment by Debra Brown — July 29, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  7. Thank you all! I appreciate all the wonderful comments. Have a great adventure with Celeste Nites and Nightwolves!!!

    Comment by Clarrissa Lee Moon — July 29, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

  8. Congrats, Clarrissa. May you have many sales.


    Comment by Sandy — July 29, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  9. Great post, Clarrissa!
    I’ve read all of this wonderful author’s books and I highly recommend them! They are so unique & entertaining! Can’t wait to read more by her.

    Lea Ellen {night owl in IL}

    Comment by Lea-Ellen {night owl in IL} — July 29, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  10. Great Post Clarrissa! You have finally made it!

    Human Blend
    Earth Blend

    Comment by Lori — July 29, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

  11. Thank you all for the awesome support! and I am writing book fur as fast as it comes out LOL

    Comment by Clarrissa Lee Moon — July 30, 2011 @ 6:18 am

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