Leigh Michaels

Leigh Michaels is the author of more than 100 books, including contemporary romance novels, historical romance novels, non-fiction books, and local history. 

More than 35 million copies of her romance novels have been published. Six of her books have been finalists for Best Traditional Romance novel in the RITA contest sponsored by Romance Writers of America. She has received two Reviewer’s Choice awards from Romantic Times (RT Book Reviews). Her work has been translated and published in 120 countries in more than 25 languages.

She received the Johnson Brigham Award, presented by the Iowa Library Association to an Iowa author for outstanding contributions to American literature, in 2003.

She is the editorial director of PBL Limited, a small publishing firm that specializes in local history books and niche-market non-fiction. She teaches writing online at Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and more than fifty of her students have sold their work to commercial publishers. She is also a writing coach.

She serves as chair of the Advisory Council for the University of Iowa Libraries and is a member of the board of trustees of the Ottumwa Public Library and of the Ottumwa Public Library Foundation.

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  1. Indie Publishing Isn’t Rocket Science: The new world of ebooks means that becoming your own publisher is far more feasible (and rewarding) than self-publishing was in the old days. But the process can be daunting, especially when you’re just starting out. What do you need to know before you start? What steps must you take (and which ones can you skip)? What are the down-and-dirty secrets of publishing your own work through Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and more? Though Leigh’s 100+ books were mostly brought out initially by commercial publishers, they are now all available as ebooks she created and released herself, and she shares her experience with the sometimes-challenging world of indie publishing.
  1. Our Town: Local history is a popular topic in every city and town — and the rewards of creating history books for your local area can be immense. You, too, can enjoy the satisfaction of preserving and sharing the stories and photos of your town (and the profits can be pretty good, too). How to think through, plan, organize, write, and publish YOUR local history. Leigh has published more than 50 volumes of local history about southeast Iowa towns and counties through her small publisher, PBL Limited (www.pbllimited.com)
  2. Writing Between the Sexes: Have you read a mystery where the heroine sounds like an oversexed gangster? Or a romance where the hero sounds more like a girlfriend than a man? Chances are, the oversexed heroine was created by a male author and the tender, emotional hero was created by a female author. Men and women think, act, and talk differently – which causes problems for writers who are trying to create characters of the opposite sex. Learn about the most common gender differences and how to use them to create believable — though not stereotypical — characters of the opposite sex.