Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My first book

This is a digital world!  I wasn't going to wait any longer for a 19th century process when the 21st century is at my fingertips.

Very few publishing companies publish more than a few books a year and even fewer of those traditional books are from first-time authors.  The publishing world is a near impossible world to break into.  I've been trying for several years, but all I got was the standard form letter saying, "Thank you for your interest, but we are not looking for anything new at this time (or we are not the right publisher for your work).  Best of luck."

A few months ago, I read an article about a woman who published her first book through Amazon's Kindle online publishing.  Within a year, her book had sold over 600,000 times!  A movie company was looking to buy the rights to the book.  All of that and not a single traditional paper book was printed.  Last month I read another article about an author who had published a couple of books the traditional way, but was completely frustrated by the process that the publishing company goes through.  The author lost all rights to the publicity of her book and the publishers took a considerable chunk of the profits.  This author switched to Amazon and love it.  The author retains all control of the publicity and can even set the price of their book.

I knew this was the way for me to go.  Two weeks ago, I took the step and published my first book through Amazon.  I'm very proud of this.  It is a middle school aged fiction for girls.  So far, I've sold three copies! I bought one, of course, my grandmother and my aunt. Thanks family for your support! Check it out: Go Band Go!

"Moriah, Eva and Kathy are best friends and starting the seventh grade. Moriah and Kathy play the flute and Eva plays the trumpet in the school pep band that performs at all of the school’s football games. With such great friends Moriah is sure that this year will be fantastic.

Then, Moriah’s parents announce they are going to adopt a baby from China and Moriah is worried that the baby might turn out to be as annoying as her brother, Michael. On the first day of seventh grade, Moriah forgets to take her flute to school, finds out she has the dreaded Mrs. Talbot for her history teacher, and Walter, the weirdest kid at school wants to talk to Moriah in alien languages. When she gets to her first football game, Moriah realizes she knows absolutely nothing about football. And when all the band’s mouthpieces go missing, Moriah is on the lookout for the thief.

Moriah is going to need Eva and Kathy to help her get through the seventh grade and she begins to see that her friends will need her too."


Linnea said...

That is so cool!!

Lena Baron said...

This is Beyond Awesome!

Molly said...

Thank you!