As I am editing the final proof for the Amazon print copy of The Search for the Unicorns I’m having a moment to reflect on the author, my dad.
Unlike many publishers, I have an emotional attachment to the author and his work because he was my dad, but not only that. As I read over the manuscripts I remember at what stage in his life he was and where I was.
In 1987, I would have been in grade 6 going into grade 7. I also can’t help but think that the main character Carla, had bits of me in there, no matter how small. It is very much a coming of age story and discovering who you are as a person. This is something that I was beginning to explore at that age. So interesting point there.
Which makes me think about his target audience. Was I his target audience? It wouldn’t be that hard to imagine for me as I grew up hearing him tell me stories, sometimes made up sometimes they were from books. Sometimes the lines blurred. I didn’t realise for the longest time that parents simply didn’t just make up stories to tell their kids so that they would fall asleep.
Which brings me to why I’m self-publishing his books. I’m self-publishing all of his novels that I can, mostly for myself and also for his memory. Is it at all about sales? No, it’s about putting out stories that should be out there on shelves and in homes of people. But even if no one buys a single copy of any of these books, as long as I’ve marketed them and have made them as accessible as possible, I’ll have done what I perceive as my job.
Having said that, there are things that I can do that a traditional publisher wouldn’t and couldn’t do. Like a series of pictures based on scenes from the book and like hand leather-bound limited editions of the book. These are the next projects that I will be working on, along with the next manuscript of course.
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I am delighted to announce that The Search For The Unicorns ebook is available everywhere! Now yes, this is the ebook version.
It’s available on Amazon, it’s available on Kobo, basically you name the place, you can buy it there.
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Hello! It’s me again!
You may be wondering, Beth, why haven’t you written in here for a month?
Well, friends, I have a confession.
I haven’t been writing in here lately because this month I’ve taken time away from everything else in order to write a first draft of a novel in a month. I was unsure of whether or not I’d be able to stick to my schedule so I didn’t want to say anything until I was finished my 30 day schedule. However, now that I am 2/3 of the way done, I feel comfortable in announcing that I am writing something.
Here’s the thing. I’ve never written a novel before. Not a full length novel anyway, most of my stories have either been short stories or comics. I’ll continue to post my progress as I go. Once the story is ready to go, I’ll be posting it on Wattpad and eliciting feedback so that I know what to work on and where my blindspots are.
Next Month I’ll be working on rewrites for this book and I’ll be reading over “Who Would Destroy the Gods”. I’ll be keeping everyone up to date on both of these projects.
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