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Retired educator of science now reveling in good books and music.

Self-publishing: Q & A with first time author

Recently I sat down and talked with long time friend and first time fiction author Rick Ferguson about his experiences self-publishing his fantasy novel "The Screaming Skull".  If you are considering a foray into self-publishing his answers may help you find your way. Q: Why self-publish over sending the book out to publishers? A: For me, the choice to self-publish was a no-brainer. To go the "trad" publishing route would have required: six months to a year to find an agent (that's if you survive dozens of rejections); six months to a year for the agent to find a publisher (that's if you survive another several dozen rejections); and six months to a year before the publisher brought the book to market. That's an 18-month to three-year process to trad-publish versus four months to self-publish and get the book immediately into the hands of readers. In addition, the publisher would most likely have required multiple changes to the book, would have allowed me no control over the cover or blurb, and would have offered me a 15% royalty rate vs. the 70% royalty rate I enjoy through self-publishing. Trad publishers no longer market your book for you but expect you to market your book yourself--and they're unlikely to even give you that opportunity unless you already have an established audience via another platform. The only advantage left to trad-publishing is the opportunity to get your book into brick-and-mortar bookstores--where it would compete for shelf-space with already established authors. There are really only two disadvantages to self-publishing. One, you're attempting to stand out in a market flooded with inferior product. Trad-publishers serve the "gatekeeper" role to ensure only quality books get published; in the indie market, [...]

By |December 13th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post, KCPL|0 Comments

Beyond Acadia: 10 Places to Visit in Maine Outside the Park

Acadia National Park is a national treasure. If you haven’t made the trek, then put it on your bucket list. I first made the trip over thirty years ago and have been there almost every year since. During those trips my family and I have visited many other places beyond the park and the tourist destination of Bar Harbor. Here are a few recommendations – with links to informational websites. 1. Roque Bluffs State Park We stumbled on this gem while on a drive up the coast. Located just over an hour north of the turn off to Acadia (Ellsworth, Maine) this secluded spot is perfect if you want some peace and quiet. The beach sits surrounded by islands and peninsulas, so the surf is gentle. Sit in your beach chair and let the beauty of nature heal you. Bring some water shoes because the rocks near the ocean can be sharp if you want to get your feet wet. Swimming is permitted, but the water will be cold. Across the road, adjacent to the parking lot are picnic areas as well as a pond suitable for warmer swimming. Kayaks for the pond are also available to rent. A series of rough walking trails take you around the pond and into the woods nearby. Another trail winds through a field that may be yielding blueberries if you are lucky. Be aware, there is a small entrance fee requested as it is a State Park.  Roque Bluffs State Park 2. Portland Portland could be a vacation by itself. There are many shops and restaurants that line the waterfront, and boat tours of all types are available. Walk along the Eastern Promenade to enjoy views [...]

By |August 28th, 2018|Categories: Featured Post|0 Comments