Learn from authors just like you who have self-published their books.
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 of Chicago's South Side, where he grew up during the turbulent 60s and 70s. During the struggles of the civil rights era, Terry experienced racism as he spent his summers in the Deep South, working on his grandparent's farm in the cotton fields of Tennessee. His faith and entrance into [...]
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 grade reading and writing. While four books have been written about her father, none were accessible to children. “All of my students learn about my dad at some point during the year, and about five years ago my students started asking if there was a book they could read about [...]
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 to resize the beautiful illustrations that had already been completed. And, while Eleanor’s original goal for writing her book was to create an additional source of income in an area that gave her passion and joy, she realized a joy in writing and publishing that exceeded her wildest imagination. Why [...]
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. After much struggle to deal with change, most are able to leave behind the way it used to be and get on board with the new culture. And in truth, organizational culture change never ends. Now imagine if that organization is NASA’s Mission Control, and the group undergoing a culture [...]
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 are just one example of what companies do with the data they collect online. They also inspired Dennis Meredith’s latest novel, The Happy Chip. Says Dennis, “The idea for The Happy Chip sneaked up on me rather insidiously. I realized that companies were becoming ever more sophisticated—and intrusive—at monitoring my [...]
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 Pro-Nuclear Advocacy. While Meredith is well-known and respected as an advocate for clean nuclear energy, she says, “Writing this book increased my prestige in the industry. Instead of just being a blogger, I am an author. Someone noted that ‘author’ and ‘authority’ have the same root. If you are the [...]