Author Story: James Pace

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1106 Design

August 25, 2023

In Mother of Exiles: Interviews of Asylum Seekers at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, Brownsville, Texas, James Pace documented what is happening on our Southern Borders, giving voice to thousands of desperate people fleeing their homelands.

James Pace was inspired by their diverse stories and the humanitarian aid provided by community volunteers of a small Texas border town. By publishing his book, he hoped to “bring to the forefront the humanitarian crisis and prompt communities of faith to engage in social ethics.”

From the back:

Mother of Exiles: Interviews of Asylum Seekers at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, Brownsville, Texas by James Pace brings a human face to the borderlands crisis. Through eighty-five poignant interviews of asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, Pace provides unvarnished testimony of the sojourners’ flight to the South Texas border (2018–2019), their detention by US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and conditional release.

Through the interviews, Pace records the humanitarian aid proffered by Team Brownsville and the interfaith Good Neighbor Settlement House’s galvanizing Refugee Respite Program, created by then volunteer director Jack M. White Jr., MSW, whose small staff and a cadre of volunteers sourced food, clothing, and transportation and provided access to phones, restrooms, showers, and beds for hundreds of people a day released to the city’s bus station, in transit to the next destination.

In her riveting introduction, historian Sarah Towle sets the stage for the political, social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to the desperate migration of people to the borderlands and how one small historic border town has risen to meet the unremitting humanitarian crisis through strength, intelligence, faith, and love.

Pace’s Publishing Journey

While the cover design was the easiest part of James Pace’s publishing journey, the most challenging part was the “constant proofreading,” as well as compiling “copyright and source citation permission for all footnotes, photos, and artwork, before engaging design services.” Nevertheless, he overcame these difficulties and intended to continue writing and publishing, as he still had many stories to tell. Unfortunately, James Pace passed away on June 12, 2022, but his legacy lives on.

When embarking on the marketing segment of his publishing journey, James and his daughter started spreading the news about his book “through word-of-mouth, email campaigns, news outlets, press events, targeted educational and cultural institutions, and national policy institutes.” Mother of Exiles is available on “Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Walmart online, Thriftbooks, Abe Books, eBay, and up to 40,000 other distributors through an expanded global distribution network.”

His Advice

Completing your manuscript is only the first phase of the publishing process. Much comes afterward for those who intend to publish a quality book. Even if you already have many ideas regarding your book’s design, you should hire a design firm, especially if you have little to no experience in the publishing industry.

“It [self-publishing] is a hands-on, 24/7 process after one has ‘finished’ the manuscript. One has to have a fluid dialog with the book designer and have confidence in the process. Obviously, one’s goal is to sell books, but faith in the end product is far more important. It is worth investing in a first-rate design company like 1106 Design . . . . Your final product with 1106 Design is comparable to any major publishing house’s publication.”

Please get in touch with us for a custom quote (we’ll never try to fit you or your book into a package) and learn how 1106 Design can help you achieve your publishing goals.


Mother of Exiles: Interviews of Asylum Seekers at the Good Neighbor Settlement House, Brownsville, Texas

Author: James Pace

Genre: Nonfiction

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mother-Exiles-Interviews-Settlement-Brownsville-ebook/dp/B09VM32GXG/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=mother+of+exiles+by+james+pace&qid=1692397335&sr=8-1

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