I’m a quiet person who likes to tinker around the house in the morning, write for several hours and drop a line now and again to see if I get a bite. I’m not one for galas, dinners or standing on a grandstand boasting about my book. But I’ve learned over the past ten months that if I’m going to stick around a while in this writing business I have to tell people I’m here and what I have to offer.
Jay Underwood, former editor and current owner of Pennydreadful Publishing, offered a few local authors space on a table at a local bank to display their books alongside his. Although my quiet side said, “Pass” my author side said, “Okay.”
So from May 9th until May 21st, visitors to the Royal Bank in Elmsdale, NS can view a selection of books written by me and three other local authors who are exploring the self-publishing industry. Anyone wishing to buy a book can do so from a bank employee.
The Authors and their Books
Jay Underwood: Jay is a long-time Elmsdale resident and an expert on the Canadian railway history. He created Pennydreadful Publishing to publish his books and is interested in helping others get published, too. He’s had a few books published by tradition publishers, but also sees the advantages to self-publishing.
Jay has three books on display:
Kings of the Iron Road: Stories of the men who made Nova Scotia’s railways work
From Folly to Fortune: The Firing of James Richardson Forman
Confederation Conspiracy: The curious career of a civil engineer.
Art Burton: Art lives in Lattie’s Brook and has been dabbling in self-publishing for a few years. He started out by having a local company print and staple his books which he sold at different venues. More recently, he’s given Blurb a try and re-released his collection of short stories. You can read more about Art, his books and his publishing experience by visiting his blog: http://lattiesbrookwriter.wordpress.com
Art has two books on display:
For Hire, Messenger of GOD: A Murder Mystery
Hobos I Have Known
Sam Lynn Smith: Sam’s first book came about because of a school assignment designed to education students on bullying. Her enthusiasm and creativity took over, producing a piece of work that deserved to be published.
Sam has one book on display:
Boys Ride, Too
Diane Lynn Tibert: Diane lives in Milford Station. She’s a genealogy columnist and the alter ego of Candy McMudd, author of the youth novel Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove. She created Quarter Castle Publishing to publish her own books and perhaps someday help others get their work in print. To learn more, visit Tibert’s website: http://www.thefamilyattic.info/Tibert.html
Diane has one book on display:
Mystery Light in Cranberry Cove
There, my book is not invisible anymore. It’s there for all the public to see. Even if I don’t sell a book, I’ve learned that I can do this. Armed with this knowledge, I may just do more . . . a lot more.