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For the National League of American Pen Women, I got to tell the surprising story of my book, Souls at Rest – the inside scoop for fellow writers and artists. People understandably think I’m a bit crazy for self-publishing the first edition of SAR instead of going the more conventional Real Publisher route. (It is now available from a Real Publisher: Angelico Press!)
But, since the whole process had been sort of upside down and backwards already, getting to a Real Publisher in this round-about way was just par for the course. My motivation was not market-based, for instance. I had no idea, when writing, who my audience would be.
So differently from preparing a talk, when I’m avid to know who I’ll have in front of the podium, I wrote this for every Catholic, hoping, actually, that they’d all want to read it – improbable as that is. I’ve spoken with college students, men, women, children, at-home and working moms, teens and old people about Sabbath rest, and we all of us need to think more about it, I can promise you!
Anyway, these ladies weren’t especially interested in the Sabbath content…just the experience of self-publishing. But they understood that my process was upside down when I told ’em how much it cost! Lucky for me, the days of vanity publishers getting authors to shell out upwards of $5,000 for a garage full of their new books are over. I was able to publish Souls at Rest on an as-purchased basis with only the costs of paper, ink, and a lovely professional book cover to add to my hundreds of hours of (free?) labor.
I considered myself well-invested in something I’d have been happy to give away. Again, lucky for me, the print-on-demand publishing option did save me the cost of continually photo-copying my book for my enthusiastic spiritual director. Those gals with vows of poverty are happy to give everyone’s stuff away freely!
As for backwards, I am that part of the equation. God must have a sense of humor to put someone so technically challenged in charge of a word processor, mirrored margins, footers, headers, and FTP uploads! As for ‘platform’ I had zero, and one is told one needs a substantial one of those in order to market one’s books. It has all been a humbling experience, and turned into a surprisingly rollicking sort of talk for these literary ladies.
I’d love to discuss this again, with the more perfect vision of further hindsight, and the Rest of the Story.