Catching Up With Marc Lacy

1. Marc, a great number of authors begin their careers in writing penning poems, but don’t refer to themselves as poets. You, on the other hand, were a very successful poet and now you are an author. For your writing career, was this a planned move?

I’ve always “attempted” to market myself as a “writer” who happens to do poetry, fiction, blogging, speaking, etc. It certainly was a planned move for me to segue from publishing poetry to publishing fiction. Either way, whether it’s poetry or fiction, if it’s published, you can definitely call yourself an author.

2. Have you moved completely from writing poetry or can we expect the occasional book of poetry?

I’m still performing spoken word and producing spoken word cds; however, most of my publishing energy is going towards fiction and non-fiction literary works. I do plan on releasing, what I call my “poetry vault” in the coming years, God willing. When that work is published, I am 95% sure that it will be the last poetic work I publish.

3. You have seen the publishing industry from two perspectives, as a poet and author. Do you consider the challenges to be the same for both or have you experienced different challenges for each?

To my experience, being a poet is much more challenging simply because the literary industry seems to be driven by fiction and reviewers govern their preferences from that fact. Additionally, from a financial standpoint, it’s hard trying to push poetry when it technically doesn’t really sell.

4. Marc, you have been around the industry for a while. What is one of the biggest mistakes you see authors make in the writing, publishing and marketing process?

Often, I see people assuming that social media is all they have to do in the marketing aspect of the business. Many times, they fail to realize that it is not only the writing itself, but the author’s persona, brand and personal impression are very key as well. There’s nothing like personal appearances.

5. I know many first-time poets and authors have sought you out for advice, what is the first thing you tell them about the publishing industry? And what bit of information do you try to leave with them, that lasting impression type of information?

I try to impress upon them that book writing and the publishing industry itself are two completely different things, and that the only way to become seasoned in both, is to continue working nonstop. Lastly, I remind them that being an author is unlike any other professional undertaking in that at times, it can be very mundane. However, being patient and sticking to your guns are a must.

6. Curse of the Whiskey House was the first of the Whiskey House Trilogy. Although it was a very successful novel, did you learn anything from your first full fledge novel?

Yes I did. Poetry doesn’t sell, and fiction does. When I was publishing poetry only, book clubs and literary organizations basically wanted to “be nice” and review/listen to my work. However, as soon as I published my first full novel, the energy of those same organizations basically went through the roof.

7. When can we expect to see Books Two and Three of the Whiskey House Trilogy?

It looks as though book two, Viral Xgressions, will be released sometime in January 2018. I will push to release book three, The Ghost of Ace Honeycutt, by late Summer 2018.

8. Do you have a favorite poet and author?

Really too many to name. But if I had to, I’d have to say Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Alex Haley and Nathan McCall.

9. Do you have one book that stands out from the others, or a moment in one of your books that stands out more than the others?

Thus far, my first full novel, Curse of the Whiskey House, stands out because it’s a no punch-pulling, action packed thriller, that covers a very controversial topic.

10. Do you have any last words for our readers?

Always be as flexible as you can with the publishing industry evolving continuously. If you are an author to the core, you will be compelled to do things you’ve not done before as far as marketing and publicity are concerned.

11. How can our readers purchase your books as well as contact you?

My books can be purchased via marclacy.com or amazon.com. I can be contacted via info@marclacy.com.