I have been thinking about publishing a book for over 25 years. And I still remember those early years when I sent out Query Letters to publishers big and small. At one point I sent out 147 letters by mail because we didn’t yet have email. I received 28 rejection letters and no replies from the others.
A few years later I contemplated something that was new then – self publishing. The cost was like $5,000 but within a couple of years it had dropped to just $1,000. By this time I just didn’t have a thousand dollars lying around but I marveled at how far we had come in allowing the ordinary author the ability to publish their own work.
What I didn’t know was that eventually the price would drop to Zero. That’s right the price today to publish your book is a big fat nothing.
I am not just making this up and I am not just promoting something. I literally just became a published author for the first time and it did not cost me a cent. Now let me be clear. I did decide to choose expanded distribution so that my book would appear in more stores. I didn’t have to choose that but I did and the cost – just $25.
The online software was extremely easy to use and I honestly believe that if you have a book that is begging to be published, go do it. The price has never been better. Click on the link at the top right and get started right now. It is so exciting!
On April 21st I lost my brother who died very suddenly. He was a year younger than me and I never, ever suspected that we did not have many more years to spend time with each other. I live in Calgary, Canada and he lived near San Francisco, California.
I was grief-stricken but I really didn't realize how bad things were until I came for his funeral and saw how devastated his wife and kids were. His wife of 23 years wrote this beautiful poem that was shared at his funeral. She has graciously allowed me to share it with you.
As you read it and feel her pain you may pray for her. Most of all, when you are done, go cherish every moment with the ones you love. Life is not just short; it can end very suddenly.
My Lost Love
by Dolly Tek-Marston
I have only just lost you and the pain is so hard to bear
Do I have to go through life knowing you're not there?
Please someone explain to me why he had to go
Are there any reasons, I really need to know
I sit here and remember all the wonderful and precious times we shared
The talks, the laughter, of everyone you cared for
I am told the pain will ease with time
And I will think of him without a tear
But that will be impossible as I need to have him here
He was my very world to me and my ever guiding star
My darling just kiss me softly on the cheek and tell me where you are?
I am not as strong as I thought I was
Since you have been gone
I sit and cry all night long
from dusk to dawn
Another day comes and once again
I have to pretend that I am strong
As soon as the day is over
I sit and cry all night long
From dusk to dawn
Will I see your smiling face?
Will I feel your strong, firm embrace?
Will I wish upon the starry skies,
Will I gaze into your loving eyes.
Will I feel your warm lips upon mine,
Will my eyes sparkle and shine,
The streets your feet will roam,
Because Our Lord and Savior decided to take you Home.
I have written many blogs over the years so I am going to keep this one as my way of keeping in touch with my friends.
The Secret Killer
Find out what it is before it kills you and your loved ones and what you can do about it.