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Reflecting on: a Debut Novel, with Nick Dettmann

Posted by Lisa Lickel on May 16, 2012

Welcome to Nicholas Dettmann, whose first published novel just released this winter. He’s joined our local writer’s group and I’ve asked him to share about his experiences.

When I held the hard copy of my novel for the first time, it was one of the most exciting moments of my career and my life. A lifelong dream had been achieved: I wrote a book and it was published.

The process to do so was much harder than I originally anticipated, specifically the cost. After some efforts to get it published through traditional houses, I came across the idea of self-publishing. I did a lot of research and found that it was an expensive route, which dampened my spirits. There were times I never thought my manuscript would be published because I couldn’t figure out how to pay for it. But after some begging and generosity from family and friends, my manuscript finally got off the computer and into a printer.

It was exciting and still is. However, it’s been a struggle to try and convince people who are unfamiliar with my work that purchasing my novel is worthwhile. I also didn’t expect to have as hard of a time selling the physical copies. The electronic editions, at least from what I’ve been told, have sold better.

I’ve spent an enormous amount of time working on my craft and believe I have the talent to be a successful author. The other part I’m trying to adjust to is the idea of patience. Outside of family and friends, I’m not really sure how the book is selling, so I wish I could say if the active promotion that I’m doing is working or not. I know it’s worked on a couple people who’ve met me at certain events.

My dream is to be a best-selling author someday. Some professional reviews I’ve received were not big fans of my novel, A Life Worth Dreaming About. But people who have read it said they love it and had a hard time putting it down. So the other problem I’m having is finding out what the true sense from people of the book is.

True no matter how much you sell, Nick–best wishes! Belief and dreams are excellent. ~Lisa

About the Book:


•ISBN-13: 978-1468543001

Kindle: $3.03

Paperback: $16.95

Carl Robertson, a 32-year-old man, did everything he could to move out of his small Midwestern town, losing many friends along the way. He dreamt of living the elegant lifestyle of New York City. He used his anger and hatred to move out of his hometown, discredit it and never wanted to think about it again. For a while, it worked. Then, he finds his life on the ropes and doesn’t know why or how to change it. That is until he meets a man who will change his life forever and in a way he never could’ve seen coming. Suddenly, he finds himself trying to catch up to a new reality, just in time to save his life and find his true love. Learn more at

About the Author:

Nicholas Dettmann is a veteran journalist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has worked at daily newspapers in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Michigan City, Indiana, and West Bend, Wisconsin. He has also appeared in numerous newspapers around the country, including the Houston Chronicle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Baltimore Sun.

He has won writing awards at the local, regional and national levels. Nicholas graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in journalism & mass communications. In 2010, Nicholas wrote a story about a high school swimmer who suffered from dwarfism. His dream was to become a Paralympian. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association said, “Good story and nice storytelling getting the reader into the story.”

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