began writing fiction about four years ago, after I encountered
little-known historical information that I thought folks should know.
Most people won’t pick up a dry history text, but they might read
entertaining fiction, so I tried to manipulate a couple of people into
writing a fictionalized account of the historic happenings. No one
would. A history professor finally told me, “If you want it written,
write it.” And thus began my foray into the exhilarating experience of
When I wrote (and rewrote . . .
and rewrote—too many times to count) that first novel, High
on a Mountain, I found I couldn’t quit writing. Since then,
I’ve written three other novels; a novella, which I’m currently
expanding to novel size; a screenplay; probably fifty short stories;
and I have a rough draft of a second novel in the historical series
about three-quarters done. (When I have the second novel in the series
finished and polished, I’ll publish those first two novels while I
write the next two.)
As to why I decided to publish
my novels myself . . . I’m older than dirt—I turned sixty-five on my
birthday recently—and I realized that I don’t have the luxury of time
for the submission/rejection/submission/rejection process, on the
off-chance that my novels might one day be accepted for publication.
So, I formed my own publishing company, Blackwater Books Publishing,
and three of my novels are now in print.
Rather than use a vanity or
subsidy publisher, which requires a substantial outlay of cash up
front, I opted to do the cover design and interior typesetting myself
and use CreateSpace, a POD (Print on Demand) company, to do the
printing. I chose POD rather than an offset printing company because
offset printing requires a minimum order, and like using a subsidy
press, it entails a major payment up front. It also requires having to
store a considerable amount of inventory, which was not a viable option
for me. CreateSpace will print as many or as few copies at a time as I
need. I pay for books only as I buy them, and the prices are
reasonable. And a big plus, the POD process produces beautiful books.
I’ve been quite pleased with the quality.
I once owned a computer graphics/animation company and was acquainted
with graphic design principles, I designed the covers. (I searched
stock photo companies for the right photograph to implement the design
and bought the license to use it. I laid out the cover on a template
provided by CreateSpace to insure it fit exactly, and produced the
required PDF file.
I designed the interior, typeset
it using page layout software (publishing professionals can spot books
produced on a word processor) and produced a PDF file. I uploaded the
cover and interior files to CreateSpace, ordered copies, and—voila! I’m
an independently self-published author.
My books are for sale on
Amazon.com and Target.com, but what I enjoy most is direct sales to
readers at book signings and other events. I love meeting the people
who buy my books and hearing from them after they’ve read them. The
upside to this little saga is that I get to enjoy knowing that folks
are enjoying my stories before I kick the bucket, LOL!