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With author Lyda Phillips


This month we’ve heard from an attorney who examines and compares self-publishing contracts and an entrepreneur who runs his own self-publishing company. Today we hear from an author who has chosen to self-publish her books.

Lyda Phillips is an award-winning journalist, novelist, and screenwriter. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she went to school in Memphis, Tennessee, and has degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Vanderbilt universities.

She worked as a journalist for 15 years for weeklies and dailies in New York City and New England, United Press International in New England and Washington, D.C., and the Nashville Banner.

After leaving journalism, Lyda worked for Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen’s gubernatorial campaign in 1994. In 2000 she moved to Washington for a job with the pollsters for Al Gore. Afterwards she moved on as a communications director for the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and finally to her current position as a reporter for the Bureau of National Affairs.

Lyda has written two award-winning young adult novels: Mr. Touchdown and Peace I Ask of Thee, Oh River, as well as several unpublished novels for both young readers and adults.

She currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, son, two dogs and an elderly horse.

Join Lyda and host Paula B. for a first-hand look at a self-publishing experience, including:

  • Why she decided to self-publish
  • What the production process was like
  • How she got reviews
  • How she got her books into libraries
  • What obstacles she’s faced as a self-published author
  • How she thinks authors can improve self-publishing’s image
  • How she thinks iUniverse could help its authors more
  • What she’s learned from her self-publishing experience
  • Why she’s now looking for a mainstream publisher.

Interviewee: Lyda Phillips
Host: Paula B.
Date: February 26, 2007
Running time: 01:17:01
File size: 56 megabytes
Rating: G
Lyda Phillips’ Web site:

Purchase Lyda’s books at Barnes and Noble:

Mr. Touchdown
Mr. Touchdown
Peace I Ask of Thee, Oh River
Peace I Ask of Thee, Oh River