Author Story: David Vela

With the goal of inspiring future generations of diverse conservation stewards, advocates, and workforces, David Vela penned his memoir, Hola Ranger, My Journey Through The National Parks. This work tells the story of a Latino growing up in the farmlands of Southeast Texas. It explores the impact of Vela’s first park experience, reflects on all the people he met along his journey through the national parks, and explains what it takes to work in and protect national parks and all the stories they contain. Vela also sought to use his memoir as a way to recognize all those who protect our nation’s most special places–our national parks–and the history preserved within these treasured sites.

Why He Self-Published

Vela meant business. He wanted his book published quickly, and he didn’t want to relinquish creative control or be unable to raise concerns or make changes throughout the process. So, he chose 1106 Design. We provided content evaluation, editorial support, interior page design, book cover design, eBook formatting, and proofs. We also uploaded Vela’s files to IngramSpark and KDP. On top of that, we delivered quality support, regularly sending updates and responding promptly to Vela’s questions. Vela’s goal was to have his book published by the end of December 2021. We helped him achieve that goal. Had he gone the traditional route, it would’ve taken him an additional six months and more money to complete. By self-publishing, he not only saved himself time and money, he preserved his creative control, and by choosing print-on-demand, he didn’t have to worry about the cost or hassle of managing his stock. When Vela’s next work is ready, he plans on returning to 1106 Design.

His Advice

“Talk to other self-publishers. Don’t be afraid to reach out to learn more about different self-publishing processes and experiences. Also, review books with similar themes and interests to compare font, page layout, cover design, and other aspects. Furthermore, make sure the records and informational references you use are accurate. Above all, if you want to get your story out there, do it! Don’t hesitate. If you’re looking for help along the way, 1106 Design is an excellent publishing partner, as well as a great source of information.” If you’re ready to take the next steps of your publishing journey, contact us today!


Hola Ranger, My Journey Through The National Parks

Author: David Vela

Genre: Outdoor, history, government, national parks, careers, youth, travel, Hispanic

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737727005/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_a_C5T3ZG4CKQ2XTTV7FA9C

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