Author Stories2019-07-19T13:25:23+00:00

Learn from authors just like you who have self-published their books.

Author Story: Matt Bloom

Matt Bloom’s closing words in our Author Story interview seem to sum up his approach to life: “You never know until you try.” Matt is the author of the children’s illustrated chapter book series Hello, My Name Is Bunny!, which he co-created with his wife, Shelley Simmons-Bloom. Their latest book [...]

Author Story: John Leifer

Book marketing got you down? Author John Leifer has this advice for first-time indie publishers: Publish for your own gratification, not with the thought of how many books you will sell. As the author and publisher of the Commander John Hart trilogy, John found book marketing to be by far [...]

Author Story: Juan Carlos Marcos

In a sense, it’s both an author's dream and a nightmare: the chance to relay an amazing war tale of adventure, survival and resilience, supported by 600 pages of handwritten correspondence from husband to wife, all meticulously filed. At aged 98, the hero of the story was eager to be [...]

Author Story: Kathleen Vallee Stein

Most people today seek to connect on a personal level: authenticity is key. So, when author Kathleen Vallee Stein was told by agents and publishers that she needed to become an expert on hospice and write a how-to book, she knew instinctively that her book needed to be written from [...]

Author Story: Bruce Bernstein

Ask any author—self-published or otherwise—what they consider the most challenging part of the publishing process, and most will rank marketing near the top of the list. Bruce Bernstein, author of the young adult book, You Gotta Have Heart, is no exception. Yet Bruce made some smart moves to get his [...]

Author Story: Melissa Ann

"Behind every face is a powerful story, and nothing is ever quite as it seems.” Wise words from Melissa Ann, author of Hope, Love, and Me: My Journey of Choices and Second Chances. In this book, her new memoir, Melissa shares her story of the second chances she was given [...]

Author Story: Alex S. Avitabile

Three aspects of Alex Avitabile’s journey as a self-published author stand out. The first is his twenty year odyssey, from having the germ of an idea for a story to seeing the book published—a tale that in itself provides inspiration for other would-be authors. (As Alex says, “To those who [...]

Author Story: Sven Michael Davison

Traveling to seven continents in seven years is no small feat and certainly worthy of a book. Yet it is author Sven Michael Davison’s admission that he considers himself lucky whenever a stranger picks up one of his books and reads it, that caught this writer’s imagination. There is a [...]

Self-Published Author Story: Sonia Panigrahy

When self-published author Sonia Panigrahy went looking for children’s books that featured a young girl superhero protagonist, she was in for a surprise. Nowhere could she find a book for young children that realistically identified females—especially ones of color—as intelligent, physically tough, brave and adventurous. Disappointed that girls continue to [...]

Philip Muls: Author Story

This month, author Philip Muls celebrates five years of sobriety. Looking back, Philip sees clearly the transformations he went through thanks to sustained sobriety, and it’s this improvement in the quality of his life, along with sharing his story with people on the same difficult journey, which motivated Philip to [...]

Author Story: Terry Braddock

When asked about the motivation behind his decision to self-publish, author Terry Braddock said something that really hit home: “I wanted to ensure my story was told as I remember it.” Terry’s memoir, The Stump—My Way Out of Chicago's South Side, tells of his journey out of the ghetto streets [...]

Author Story: Yvette Benavidez Garcia

Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez was a military war hero who did two tours in Vietnam. His actions earned him the Medal of Honor and in the words of his daughter, Yvette Benavidez Garcia, “He has a following like no other.” Yvette is an elementary school teacher who teaches 4th [...]

Author Story: Eleanor Gilvarry

Eleanor Gilvarry’s author story has so many unique aspects, it’s hard to know where to start. Her children’s book, Why Do I Love You? was crowdfunded. A decision to produce the book using offset printing rather than print-on-demand meant a new, larger trim size for her book, presenting a challenge [...]

1106 Design Self-publishing Author Story: Paul Hill

Culture shift in an organization is hard work. Undoing long-held beliefs and ways of doing. Agreeing on the values that should underpin the organization’s work moving forward. Creating new management practices that reflect those values. If not done properly, culture change can create much pain and upheaval, with some casualties. [...]

Author Story: Dennis Meredith

Have you noticed that online ads change to reflect whatever search you last performed in Google? Perhaps you searched for a cruise or a new fridge, or a certain health condition. All of a sudden you are inundated with ads for cruise deals, kitchen appliances and pain relievers! These ads [...]

Author Story: Meredith Angwin

Writing a book is a great way for entrepreneurs, celebrities, speakers and others to increase their profiles. At least, that’s the way it’s supposed to work. But does it? For pro-nuclear advocate Meredith Angwin, that’s exactly how it worked. Meredith’s new book is called Campaigning for Clean Air: Strategies for [...]

Author Story: Gary L Stuart

We managed to catch up with author and lawyer Gary Stuart as he publishes the third book in his popular western “Angus” series, The Last Stage to Bosque Redondo. Gary is a busy man. In addition to having published eleven books, Gary teaches creative writing to law students at Arizona [...]

Author Story: Daniel Martinez

Daniel Martinez is a retired therapist who has heard many painful stories from his clients, in addition to going through tough times himself. These stories are the inspiration for his books, and they serve as the basis from which he extracts ideas on the human experience in painful relationships. Forgive [...]

Author Story: Shary Williamson

At first glance, Shary Williamson’s author story seems simple and even a tad predictable, unfolding as one would expect. Retired school teacher writes children’s book based on the magical elfin world that she and her husband created in their backyard for their five young grandchildren to enjoy. She finds a [...]

Author Story: Glyn Haynie

“I want their sacrifice remembered.” Honoring the men of First Platoon, especially those who did not return home, was author Glyn Haynie’s inspiration for writing When I Turned Nineteen: A Vietnam War Memoir. Glyn’s new book recounts his experience as a nineteen-year-old in the Vietnam War—the weeks of boredom juxtaposed [...]