I am sure that most of you know by now that I published a book almost two years ago. The book is called Changing My Mind: Reinventing Myself In Retirement. I published it under my real name, Dorry Curran (for those inquiring minds who want to know what is up with the whole name thing, please see http://www.terrilabonte.com/2018/03/the-big-reveal/.) If you like my blog, you will probably like the book.
I published the book using an author services company for several reasons. The main benefit of using the company is that I didn’t have to learn how to do a lot of technical production work that I didn’t want to learn to do. The whole experience was very educational and enriching. I was able to produce a book that gives me a lot of satisfaction and pride. I wanted to learn something about the mechanical/technical/operational world of book publishing and I did. I did not really want the aggravation involved in learning how to do the mechanical/technical/operational work itself. I think I made the right choice for me and I do not regret the decision.
The downside of using the author services company, of course, was cost. It cost me a bit of money to publish and distribute the book. I didn’t expect to recoup the entire cost and I’m fine with only making back a fraction of the investment. My mother had a friend who was wildly obsessed with stamping and making cards. She invested thousands of dollars on stamps, supplies, and a custom designed “stamping room” where she displayed her stamps on handmade shelves. I think my book is similar. I spent the money for the love of writing and the desire to create something wonderful and unique to me. Every time I look at a copy of my book, it makes me happy. Money well spent, in my opinion.
The thing is that the money needs to keep getting spent if I want to continue to make the book available. Each year, I have to pay a chunk of change to the author services company to handle orders and distribution of the book. Last year, I cut that cost a little bit by discontinuing the “direct-to-reader” author website. This year, the renewal for the remaining services will come due towards the end of March. Since sales over the past ten months or so have been virtually non-existent, I have decided not to renew. Yes, I’ll be stopping the presses. My book will be out of print by the end of March. I wanted to give you all a head’s up so that you can order any electronic or paperback copies that you want before the only place to get it is at yard sales and secondhand stores.
If you would like to buy paperback or electronic versions of Changing My Mind, please visit your favorite online bookseller. The book is available on amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and many other online sources.
Thank you for your support of my work. I will continue to blog each week until I run out of things to say (yes, I hear you scoffing, those of you who think I ran out of things to say years ago.) I appreciate all of you who come along with me on my musings and adventures. I am so glad to have you as my traveling companions!
For those of you who have read my book, is there anything you would like to share (positive or negative) that might help others decide whether or not to invest in a copy? Please share your perspective by leaving a message. In the alternative, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.