Learn from authors just like you who have self-published their books.
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 great illustrator and self-publishes her book. The author had fun and the book is successful, and so she writes another. Except, when you start to dig a bit deeper, you discover a little more, and a little more. Much like one of the young characters in her illustrated children’s books, [...]
“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 with minutes of sheer terror. Glyn tells of monsoons, a forest fire and a typhoon. He talks about carrying a 60 pound rucksack and the experience of building a fire base. Running throughout his book are the themes of fear, death, and their fight against the enemy while exhausted mentally, [...]
Author June Hyjek is one of 12 million people in the US impacted by Scoliosis, a condition that shows up as a curvature of the spine and has no known cause or cure. June has dealt with Scoliosis for many years, and even as an adult struggles with the body image issues of being, as she describes, “crooked.” Says June, “I have had people look at me with pity and others who did a pretty poor job of trying to ignore my ‘deformity.’” And that’s why June wrote her children’s book Being Grace: A Story for Children about Scoliosis: to [...]
"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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]