One of the greatest joys of being an author is holding a copy of your book in your hands for the first time. These authors share what that was like and hopefully will serve as motivation for you to finish your manuscript this year. Enjoy and let’s get writing!
- “Stein House” by Myra Hargrave McIlvain (iUniverse)
- “Tales of a Country Doctor” by Paul Carter (Xlibris)
- “Whirlwind & Storm” by Charles E. Farnsworth (iUniverse)
- “An Adirondack Life” by Brian M. Freed (AuthorHouse)
- “ A Century on New Brunswick’s N.W. Mmichiira” (Xlibris)
- “Playing Until Dark” by John R. Alberts (AuthorHouse)
Each book has been awarded with the Kirkus Star from Kirkus Reviews, which is arguably one of the most trusted and respected sources for book discovery since 1933. The Kirkus’ Indie program began in 2005, when the editors wanted to expand their coverage to include the fastest-growing segment in the book industry—self-publishing. The program gives self-published authors the opportunity to earn critical acclaim from one of the most prestigious reviews in publishing.
One of the great things about the Indie revolution is the only path to traditional publishing used to be work through an agent and have the book acquired. That has obviously changed as evidenced by this video. Virginia Castleman had a manuscript that bounced around among agents and publishing houses for years. Publishers were interested, but then they left the imprint and so she had to start over.
Finally, she decided to self-publish her book Strays with Archway Publishing and that’s how Simon and Schuster found her. Her book was acquired by Aladdin books and slated for release next year. Listen to what Virginia has to say about her experience.
This past month marked the 15th year of iUniverse offering supported self-publishing services to authors. To celebrate the occasion, they recognized some of the most significant authors who have self-published through them.
The list of those authors follows and it is a unique collection. Some have been picked up by traditional publishers. Some have used their iUniverse book to further a cause. Others have written multiple books and self-published them all with iUniverse. All together they help illustrate one of the greatest value of the indie publishing revolution. Writers from various backgrounds with a wide range of goals can get their books into the hands of readers.
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
Democracy’s Big Day – Jim Bendat
Lucia’s Survival Guide and Cookbook – Lucille Campilongo
Almost Home; My Life Story Volume 1 – Damien Echols
If I Knew Then– Amy Fisher
Kerosene Cowboys – Randy Arrington
Sounds Like Teen Spirit– Tim English
Life Above and Beyond the Rim 2014 – Joe Courtney
The Siren– Kiera Cass
Deadly Powder on Medical Gloves; A Wake-Up Call to the Food and Drug Administration – Robert F. Edlich, MD
24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9-11-01 The White House – Lt. Col. Robert J. Darling
Within Arm’s Reach – Dan Emmett
Why Wait to Be Great – Terry Hawkins
Battleworn: The Memoir of a Combat Medic in Afghanistan– Chantelle Taylor
When Kent Bell came into this world on Valentine’s Day in 1965, he was born without arms or legs and was not expected to live till the next day. But like most everything in his life, Kent defied the odds and is now, forty-nine years old. His most recent accomplishment is becoming a published author.
In his book, Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either, he narrates his life story, beginning with being born without arms or legs. Through his inspiring work, Bell tells what it’s like living and thriving with a disability. From his birth, to moving regularly with his military family, to attending school and college, to accomplishing more in life than an average person, he shares the ups and downs of almost fifty years.
As a first-time published author, he details various exploits and accomplishments. A sports enthusiast, Bell became a scorekeeper for many activities, from Little League to the pros, including being the first disabled person to be an official scorekeeper in the 2004 USA Olympic basketball event. His memoir shows how despite facing insurmountable obstacles to the most simple of activities, he has accomplished amazing things.
In addition to achieving things many people only dream about, Kent has been an advocate to change the laws for people with disabilities. Through Look Ma, No Hands, No Legs Either, Bell inspires the reader through his unrelenting display of courage, passion, strength, endurance, integrity, and most of all, a positive attitude.
In conjunction with the release of its 225,000th title, Author Solutions has released a video titled, “Special Delivery: Holding Your Book for the First Time.”. This unique compilation captures a range of authors speaking about what it was like to see a copy of their print book for the first time.
Two of the authors, Donna Schwenk and J. L Witterick were eventually picked up by traditional publishers, Hay House andG.P. Putnam’s Sons respectively, one of the world’s leading trade imprints of Penguin.
If you are still working on your manuscript, I think this video will motivate you to write to the finish.
Recently, the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards were named and the results were impressive. The number of entries this year was the most ever, with more than 5,000 books in a wide variety of genres entered for consideration. Perhaps no surprise, the largest category this year again was Memoir. What was also interesting was IPPY medals were awarded to entrants from 44 U.S. states plus D.C., 7 Canadian provinces, and 10 countries overseas. Indie publishing is truly a global phenomenon now, which is really exciting to see.
Once again iUniverse titles were recognized for their excellence in a wide variety of categories. So if you are looking for new and upcoming authors to add to your reading list this summer, these books are a great place to start.
Juvenile Fiction: Dancing on the Inside, by Glen C. Strathy
Multicultural Fiction Adult: The Hometown, by Leena Ceraveeni
U.S. History: Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II, by Ivan J. Houston
Religion: Consider the Ravens: On Contemporary Hermit Life, by Paul A. Fredette and Karen Karper Fredette
Regional Fiction: Sojourner of Warren’s Camp, by Joseph Dorris
Juvenile Fiction E-Book: Shanghaied, by David Paul Collins