We’re talking books today with Chris Shella, author of Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice. If you’re even thinking about taking the bar, you need to read this book. It is chock full of pointers on how to make your legal practice more successful for you.
Chris is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York.He is also admitted to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court. He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. He has represented everyone from lawyers to major drug traffickers to a serial killer in Baltimore. His two most famous case are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend.
Chris now resides in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.
His latest book is the legal nonfiction, Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice.
Thank you for this interview, Chris. I’d like to start out by asking you how long you’ve been writing and when did you get the idea to write this book?
Chris: I had read a New York Times article about law graduates coming out with 200k in debt but since they couldn't find law jobs they were working minimum wage jobs. I just want them to believe in themselves and step out and do what they have been trained to do.
What’s the basic premise?
Learn everything you need to know about starting your own law practice. I discuss the good and the bad of running a successful law practice giving you the secrets to making sure you get paid with specific steps designed to guide you through the A, B. C’s of a Six-Figure-Law-Practice.
I understand you self-published this. Do you feel that traditional authors have an edge over self-published authors?
Well, traditional authors tend to make pennies per book sales, while I make several dollars. They have to sell millions to make what I would make with the sales of thousands. I also think that in this day and age that access to ebooks , puts self-published authors on a much more even footing with traditionally published books.
What was the biggest challenge for you as a self-published author?
The toughest thing was taking enough practice away from my law practice to work on marketing the book. Since I have a heavy felony practice that only has murder cases, federal criminal trials and federal appeals, it is very time intensive.
Do you plan subsequent books?
I have written a legal fiction urban thriller “ Reasonable Facsimile” and Im working on the sequel to that book “ Just Shut Up and Pour My Liquor.”
Can you give us one tip to writers who want to be published?
Get off your butt and write. Stop looking for books to give you the secret formula to become an author and become one.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that would come as a surprise?
I handle cases from shoplifting to capital murder. I have represented a serial killer in Baltimore. That, though all of the evil and the monsters I have seen, I still believe in the basic goodness of Humanity.
Do you have any advice for other self-published authors?
Control your own voice. Control your own work.
Thank you for this interview, Chris. If you are an aspiring author, pick up a copy of Grinding It Out: How to Create a Six-Figure Law Practice. You can visit the author’s website at www.hiredgunlawyer.com.