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

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 [...]

Author Story: Stuart Horwitz

“You don’t want to be writing the same book for the rest of your life,” says Stuart Horwitz, author of Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It. And that’s why he tells authors, “Three drafts. That’s all you need.” The messy draft: which is all about getting it down. The method draft: which is all about making sense. The polished draft: which is all about making it good. “I find that the idea of three drafts helps you get past the fear, doubt, and [...]

Author Story: Lynn Lorenz

In this series, 1106 Design interviews authors who have teamed up with 1106 Design to self-publish their books. Lynn Lorenz has some advice for authors: If you don’t have a passion for the subject you’re writing about—save your ink! One visit to the website for Lynn’s company Just Multiples and you know that she has tons of passion for the subject of her new book, Twice Upon a Time. Lynn specializes in products for parents of twins, triplets and beyond; indeed her tagline is “Where shopping begins for triplets and twins!” Lynn says, “This was a passion of mine for [...]