My Adventure in Self-Publishing
It’s fast closing in on December 1, the date that my book, More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B will be released. This has been a fun project from start to finish. My story about the relationship Jeffrey and I have with our boat, the David B, is unique. Not every couple that buys a rotten old boat with the dream of turning it into their perfect business actually succeeds. After two years of writing, and rewriting, and rewriting again, I still find my eyes filling with tears of disbelief, joy and despair as I read the passages I wrote. It’s a great book, but I don’t know what the best way is for people to discover my story.
When I began writing, I decided to self-publish, a decision that I took a long time to make. I chose this path because I know I have something special and worth reading. The traditional road to publishing is full of roadblocks. As first-time author, I don’t have much clout. To take the time to seek an agent and a publisher would have taken more years than I’m willing to wait. I’m a patient person, but not that patient. Publishers have a lot to offer in terms of marketing and distribution, and I’d love to put together a book tour that extends beyond Washington State, and purchase a few ads in Wooden Boat Magazine or Sunset. The marketer in me is just dying for a publisher that can take my book far beyond my reach – maybe someday, but for now, I have a tour boat business to run. I simply don’t have the time to spend being rejected. As an entrepreneur, self-publishing is the best choice for my book. I love the work and the challenge of making the book available to as wide an audience as possible. Besides, I have deeply enjoyed bringing More Faster Backwards to life on my own. The satisfaction I have in creating a manuscript, starting a publishing company, and completing a book is incredible. It’s taken two years of focus and determination to finish. I’m proud of it (my mom is too).
I think there is still a lot of stigma attached to the self-published author, but as the barriers to great stories are broken down by new technology, and the public gains access to works that would previously have been left untouched by the traditional publishers, I hope that more authors will take a chance on themselves, and have the determination to make their writing available to us all.
For more information and to read an excerpt: More Faster Backwards: Rebuilding David B