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

Author Story: Leigh Callan

"How much longer do I have to live to see this book?" Talk about pressure! Leigh Callan’s mother, Juby, had saved over four hundred letters sent to her during World War II by her husband Lt. Doyle Whittenburg, along with many treasured photos. In 2009 Juby handed the letters and photographs over to Leigh, who began transcribing the letters so all her family members could have copies and enjoy the family history.  The historical importance of the letters and photos soon dawned on Leigh, and she realized she needed to find a way to share this treasure with the public. [...]

Author Story: Stephen Grissom

Sometimes it takes an author to jog our memories about what we do here at 1106 Design for authors who self-publish, and why we do it. OK, so we know what we do. We provide cover and page design, editing, proofreading and layout services to indie publishers who choose to self-publish, along with hand holding…blah blah blah. And we do it well. But it’s so easy to lose the “Why” of what we do. Stephen Grissom, author of Rivulets of the Absolute: Healing Ground in the Ancient Tamil Siddha Tradition, reminds us that in a way, 1106 Design is like [...]

Author Story: Marlene Zefferys self-publishes her new novel

Originally from frosty Winnipeg, Manitoba in central Canada, where the average low temperature in January is -7F, Marlene Zefferys, who self-published her latest novel Softly Fall the Snowbirds, knows what it’s like to want to escape to warmer climes along with thousands of other “snowbirds.” Snowbirds are people—typically retirees—from Canada and northern US states who, like their winged compatriots, prefer to winter in the south. “My husband gave me the inspiration that started this adventure with retirees in Phoenix, golfing, and the lifestyle.” She adds with a smile, “It was fun to write.” Yes, we think Marlene had a lot [...]

Author Story: Jo Anne Musolf

Sometimes you meet someone who has a message for you, and choosing to listen can literally change your life. Jo Anne Musolf, author of Living Your ‘Someday’ Now! It’s All About What You Believe, met her messenger while she was weighing the pros and cons of attempting an uphill climb. You see, Jo Anne is afraid of heights. While she was trying to decide whether or not to start climbing, a gentleman noticed her hesitation and said to her, “I would give anything for your health and your youth and all the times in my life I said, ‘Someday I’ll [...]

Author Story: Emilio Corsetti III

Emilio Corsetti III has an interesting perspective on the concept of “self-publishing a book,” something we’ve never heard before but certainly resonates. Emilio says to authors: Don't let anyone call you a self-publisher. My book was independently published. In the film industry, when an individual embarks on making a film without the backing of a major studio, it is called an independent film. A self-published book is something that only your family and friends see. And indeed, Emilio states that his new book Scapegoat: A Flight Crew's Journey from Heroes to Villains to Redemption is not self-published; it is independently [...]

Author Story: Peter Likins

Peter Likins, author of "Coyote Speaks" “I always wondered if I might be able to write a respectable novel and publish it before I reached eighty years of age.” We are happy to bring you Peter Likins’ author story today, of all days, his 80th birthday, July 4, 2016. Happy birthday Peter, and congratulations on beating your goal by publishing Coyote Speaks: Cross Country Run (a highly respectable novel receiving great reviews on Amazon.com) six months ahead of schedule. Coyote Speaks: Cross Country Run is the story of Coyote Viejo, a fugitive from the law for over forty [...]