Become an Author Too

Do you want to write and publish a book?
Have you started writing or finished writing a story?

Don’t know where to start?
That’s okay! I’m here to help and answer any questions you have!


There was so much I didn’t know about being an author when I first got into writing. I don’t want you to be like me: drowning in doubt, red-inked pages everywhere, depression ice cream filling the freezer. I want you to be better. I want you to enjoy the process. I’m outlining everything I wish I’d known so that you can grasp what you’re getting yourself into. 

You’ll find helpful tips on writing, ideas for creating worlds and characters, and helpful cheat sheets to get you through the process in my blog posts, podcast, and on my references board on Pinterest. I’ve got a ton of ideas for future content. So hang in there! And if you’re interested in learning more, make sure you follow my website feed to stay up to date.

I don’t currently offer an email subscription for writer tips because stars know we’re already overloaded with emails. I want to be here for you when you’re ready. You’re welcome to contact me directly if you have any questions or just want to talk indie awesomeness.

I connect with a lot of writers on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You’re welcome to join us!

Twitter: @ElysiaLStrife

Facebook: ElysiaStrife

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Check out my Writer’s Blog Posts here

Listen to E L Strife’s Self Pub Tips Podcast here.

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Testimonials From Those I’ve Swapped Work With

Many of these are from people who found me via my pseudonym pages on social media or used a longer name, which I have condensed to Amy. As part of my honesty policy, I do not edit these with the exception of the referenced name.

Nicholas Adams (The Heir of the First Tower)

[Amy] has an insightful eye to the art of storying telling. She gave me a multitude of notes on where my story lacked clarity, as well as strong points in my prose, story-building, and narrative voice. The chapter by chapter overview helped me the big picture from a new pair of eyes and where the holes that need to be filled exist.”

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00URQVFII Website: http://www.nicholasadamswrites.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NicholasAWrites Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NicholasPAdams


Angela Amberden (A Diary of Dancing Stars)

[Amy] is an invaluable asset to any writer looking to polish their work. Her ability to identify and concisely give feedback is a godsend. Professional and supportive, Elysia’s editorial assistance is immeasurably helpful for all genres of writing.”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorAngelaA


Rachael Williams (African Pride, Heavy as a Feather)

[Amy] is the 100% BEST CP and Beta I’ve ever had! She’s been with me for some time now, and I know I can always count on her. She gives me in-depth and honest critiques, that I know I can use for the future. She’s really made me a better writer, and I’m proud to say that I hope we work together again!”

Website: https://rachaelewrites.wordpress.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachaelEWrites


Milan Oodiah (End of Oblivion)

[Amy], through careful attention to each and every word she looked at, helped me take my manuscript to a whole other level. Punctual and always happy to expand on her feedback, she has been the best kind of editor one could hope to work with.”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MilanOodiah


Cody Badders (Quantum Lynx)

[Amy] gave probably one of the best critques of my first novel. From line editing sentences to overall story editing she’s a great choice for editing your work.”

Website: http://sneezepsychofist.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CodyBadders


Laura Barton (Killer)

[Amy] is encouraging, mindful, and great to work with. I particularly enjoy her “critique questions” document as it got me thinking about each moving part of my novel. Her feedback has been an integral part of moving forward with the next draft of my novel and I’d be more than happy to have her eyes on my work again.”

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Laura_Barton Instagram instagram.com/Laura_Barton Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LauraBartonWriter LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraabarton/

 

James Aichinger (Edge of the Flame, Shadows of Creation)

“I am a first time indie author, who was lucky enough to be offered a free review of my first book and a critique of my second by Elysia Strife. Having had a number of negative experiences with people reading my drafts, I was naturally a little nervous of giving anyone the chance to see my unfinished work. I am glad to say that working with Elysia has turned that view around.

Quite simply, it was a joy to work with Elysia. She was both professional and knowledgeable, while at the same time personal and friendly. Within days of having received my work she had moved up her schedule to support my first book’s release, published a review on that book and provided a number of useful tips to publishing and gaining exposure that I was unaware of.

Elysia’s review was thorough, insightful and honest in both the triumphs and flaws of my work. Unlike many reviews it was not simply a paragraph indicating a like or dislike of the story, but an in-depth analysis that informed without giving away anything of the plot. It left me, the author, wanting to know more about what she had read.

Shortly afterwards Elysia surprised and delighted me yet again with her critique of my second, unpublished, book. Having read on from the first in the series, it was an astonishingly tight turnaround. I received a full 9 pages of notes on both the positive aspects of my story so far, as well as its potential areas of improvement. Every sentence of the feedback was valuable and meaningful without a wasted word.

What really made Elysia’s review special was the clear passion she holds for good writing and her transparency of her thoughts on a piece. A competent reviewer will tell you what needs to be improved; Elysia will take you into the mind of your reader.”

Website: https://www.edgeoftheflame.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesAichinger Amazon: Author page

 

Samantha (Yes, Admin)

[Amy] offers excellent feedback that is both constructive and actionable. Her feedback is honest, kind, and specific. She is fast and concise with her suggestions. She offers moral support and balanced feedback with the goal of improvement. In short, she really knows her stuff, and I wholeheartedly recommend her editing service.”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/samantha2you


Ashley Casey (The Practitioners)

If you’re searching for an editor that will respect your vision, while providing the honest feedback you need, then you’re in the right place. Elysia’s in depth answers to critique questions had me nodding along, laughing, and facing some hard truths. Her in-text notes were extensive, and critical insight in to her understanding of the story I was trying to tell. Lastly, her author confidence booster sheet encouraged me to write, and keep writing. Can’t wait to work with her again in the future!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Maraudin3


Erin Simpson (The Blood Farm)

I had a great experience having Amy edit my manuscript. In addition to delivering quality line and developmental edit notes in a very short time, she was very gracious about being available to bounce ideas back and forth even after she had finished going through the manuscript. She did a fantastic job pointing out weak areas of my novel and suggesting way to improve them while also being an encouraging voice in what can sometimes be a very discouraging process.”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ekaylasimpson Website: https://eksimpson.com/


Jacy Pietsch (The Camp)

Elysia is great. Her editorial comments are thorough, thoughtful, and supportive. She always provides suggestions for ways to improve your manuscript, incorporating your ideas into her own so that the results feel organic and true to your story, but improved. And she is quick to cheer your strengths at the same time so you come out of the editorial experience feeling confident in your path forward AND in your ability to accomplish it. She is prompt and kind and meets her deadlines. Bottom line, she is a great choice for your editorial needs.”

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JacyPietsch


Lenn Wollsten (Project 2.24, Vanity)

“[Amy] has a keen eye for editing. I am always satisfied with her work and highly recommend investing in her services. She provides thorough developmental feedback all the way to exceptional line edits. Covering multiple genres, her knowledge and experience shines through as she tailors her editing style to the specific genre, all while maintaining accurate and detailed suggestions for the author. She excels in improving manuscripts to the best possible version they can be to prepare for querying agents/editors or self-publishing. Thank you again, Elysia, for working with me!”

Website: https://www.lennwoolston.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LennWoolston

 


James Aichinger (Edge of the Flame, Shadows of Creation)

“I am a first time indie author, who was lucky enough to be offered a free review of my first book and a critique of my second by Elysia Strife. Having had a number of negative experiences with people reading my drafts, I was naturally a little nervous of giving anyone the chance to see my unfinished work. I am glad to say that working with Elysia has turned that view around.

Quite simply, it was a joy to work with Elysia. She was both professional and knowledgeable, while at the same time personal and friendly. Within days of having received my work she had moved up her schedule to support my first book’s release, published a review on that book and provided a number of useful tips to publishing and gaining exposure that I was unaware of.

Elysia’s review was thorough, insightful and honest in both the triumphs and flaws of my work. Unlike many reviews it was not simply a paragraph indicating a like or dislike of the story, but an in-depth analysis that informed without giving away anything of the plot. It left me, the author, wanting to know more about what she had read.

Shortly afterwards Elysia surprised and delighted me yet again with her critique of my second, unpublished, book. Having read on from the first in the series, it was an astonishingly tight turnaround. I received a full 9 pages of notes on both the positive aspects of my story so far, as well as its potential areas of improvement. Every sentence of the feedback was valuable and meaningful without a wasted word.

What really made Elysia’s review special was the clear passion she holds for good writing and her transparency of her thoughts on a piece. A competent reviewer will tell you what needs to be improved; Elysia will take you into the mind of your reader.”

Website: https://www.edgeoftheflame.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesAichinger Amazon: Author page